I LIKE BIG BOOKS: Largest TBR Reads

Who needs to go to the gym and lift weights when you have books?

While I am not scared of big reads, there are quite a few books on my TBR that go beyond 400 pages. Today I’m going to be discussing the largest books on my TBR, as well as I few big books that I’ve read. The following page amounts are according to their hardcover editions on Goodreads.

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My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (658 pages)- I’m almost always up for a Hamilton-inspired read, especially one that follows Eliza. My Dear Hamilton is definitely on my priority 2019 TBR.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer (552 pages)- Renegades WILL be conquered in 2019, thanks to the final book in this trilogy coming out later in 2019. I’ve had this book on my physical TBR shelf since 2017, next to my beloved copies of Heartless and The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, hence why one of the reasons it’s been on my TBR for so long, but I’m ready to give it a read soon.

Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton (483 pages)- I love a lengthy contemporary. After enjoying London Belongs to Me, I’m excited to read Jacquelyn Middleton’s latest new adult release set in New York City.

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REREADING FAVORITES & SERIES: 2019 Reread Goals

Us book bloggers (okay, ME) always talk about books that we need to reread.

I am definitely someone who’s been working on her rereading over the past two years -yes, my TBR still scares me, but we’re working on our relationship. I intend to reread the following books  at some point this year, either for revisiting a favorite read or necessary for continuing a series.

FAVORITES REREADS

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Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Stay Sweet was the type of book I went in expecting to love and I thankfully did. Siobhan Vivian has become one of my favorite contemporary authors. I’m really hoping her next book comes out this year, but nevertheless, I want to revisit Stay Sweet to re-experience those ice cream and summertime feels.

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The Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, & Isla and the Happily Ever After

The Anna and the French Kiss trilogy is such a YA staple. I often reference these three book in Top Five Wednesday or recommendations posts, so I think it’s time to re-learn why I love this series so much.

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SO WE’RE DOING THIS: August (ARC) TBR

It’s official: slowly, but surely I am becoming a summer TBR person! After creating a July TBR and sticking with it for the most part, I decided to create an August TBR. This is a disclaimer mostly to myself that I may read all, more, or less of the books listed below. I am going on vacation for a few days this month and I’ll be heading back to school in a few weeks *le sigh that I probably won’t be reading 10+ books a month between 3 jobs, 5 classes, and all the fun college things for the rest of the year* (but I am excited for me and my roommate’s plan to catch up on Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale).

In other fun TBR news, 2018 will be my first year participating in Read.Sleep.Repeat’s ARC August Reading Challenge.  The goal of the challenge is to read as many of your advance reading copies as you can. There’s also a readathon, bookish bingo, and plenty of fun giveaways in store for participants too!I gratefully have a few fall and winter ARCs on my TBR, and I plan on at least reading 7 ARCs this month along with some backlist titles.

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Start of Something New: July TBR

Well, I guess you should never say never when it comes to your reading and blogging life. And yes, I do hear Troy Bolton and Gabrielle Montez signing “Start of Something New” whenever I read this post’s title. After writing a monthly TBR discussion post almost two months (the title, “I’m a moody reader and proud”, might give you a hint about my monthly TBR habits), I, Fangirl Fury, am here to give you my first ever monthly TBR for July.

The reason I decided to embark on this new TBR journey is simple: I’m officially overwhelmed by my own-books TBR. Over the past few years MY WHOLE LIFE and despite my growing personal library, most of the books I read come from the library so I tend to not be overwhelmed by TBR because its not at home. Unless I’m staring at my Goodreads shelf. Enter Book Expo and Book Con 2018, where I received almost 40 new books, and over half of them are ARCs coming out in Fall 2018. I’d like to take a moment to say that this is not me complaining because I am truly excited about ALL of the books I picked up last month and I’m so appreciative of all the experiences I had at Book Expo and Book Con. Besides being genuinely excited to read, my goal is to have reviews out around pub date for each of them. I know this is not entirely realistic, but this reader can dream!

Getting back to the point of a July TBR, I am determined to read the ARCs below this month and of course some new and backlist books as well. This is also not my final TBR, as it’s likely that I’ll read more books that aren’t on this list as well.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (ARC) – I need some Victoria/V.E. Schwab in my life, and if I can’t have Vengeful yet, I will gladly take City of Ghosts. I really don’t read middle grade, but I’m excited to read Schwab’s first take on the genre. And blame it on Strange the Dreamer, but I’ve been in the mood for some ghost books lately.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (ARC)- Speaking of Strange the Dreamer, I’m so excited to be able to read its sequel, Muse of Nightmare. Strange the Dreamer is easily one of my new favorite fantasy books, and yes, I’m scared for EVERYONE in this finale.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden- So as I’m writing this post, I just found the last book in the Winternight trilogy isn’t coming until January 2019 instead of August 2018. I was originally planning on reading The Girl in the Tower this month to prepare for The Winter of the Witch. I still plan to read it this month because I am of need of Vasya and Russian folklore.

The Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood – I haven’t read a book by Jessica Spotswood before, but her latest release had me at summer contemporary featuring four sisters.

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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (ARC)- Sisterhood and fantasy are also more than welcome! I’m excited to read Grace & Fury before its July 31st pub date.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (ARC)– The hype is real for A Very Large Expanse of Sea (it’s gorgeous cover was just recently revealed) and I’m sure will more than satisfy by contemporary cravings.

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- Ideally, I’d like to binge-read the entire Burn for Burn trilogy this month. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian are two of my favorite contemporary authors, so I’m hoping I fall in love with this collab as much I’ve loved there other books. Plus it takes place during the summer.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone- I’m so excited to read Nic’s upcoming book, Odd One Out, and I’d love to read her debut novel before then.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Reread)- Netflix’s film adaptation of one of my all-time series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is easily my most anticipated movie of the year! Like Burn for Burn, I’d love to read all 3 books, but I want to at least reread the first this month.

What do you plan on reading in July? Share in the comments

My Beach TBR

While you most likely know Fangirl Fury as a fangirl, I am also  a beach girl. I’ve been very fortunate enough to grow up near the shore and basically have the beach as my backyard- I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how people spend their summer not near the ocean (or that many of my hometown friends don’t like the beach..).

As you can probably guess, the beach is one of my favorite places to read during the summer. On a beach day, I often alternate between reading and going into the water- no worries, I never do both at the same time. Today I’m going to be walking you through my somewhat summer, somewhat beach TBR. Basically, these are books that I’d like to read during beach trips, days by the pool, and in between this season. I’m also going to talk about the books that I have such fond memories of reading in these same spots last summer.

My 2017 Beach TBR Included:

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia- After reading and loving Eliza and Her Monsters, I immediately needed more Francesca Zappia, which led me to Made You Up. Read while tanning on the beach, Made You Up sheds light on mental health, and not knowing what to expect kept me glued to the sand!

The Start of Me & You by Emery Lord- If I had to name my summer after an Emery Lord book, it’d be The Start of Me & My Pool Raft. I read many books floating around the pool (no books are harmed in doing so), including The Start of Me & You. Emery Lord is one of my go-to contemporary authors, and any of her books make for the perfect summer read.

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Top Five Wednesday: Making My TBR Bigger

Across all of your favorite bookish blogs, this month’s Top Five Wednesday posts are going to be a different in that we’re all going retro! Welcome to Top Five Wednesday Rewind Month. This month I’ll be using T5W posts from the past, i.e. before I joined the T5W family back in May 2017.

My first rewind is going back to July 2016, where one of the month’s topics was “Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist.” Blame it on finals stress and not wanting to do anything else but read, but my TBR went from about 65 to 90 books real quick at the end of April. Today I’ll be talking about my 5 most recent additions to my TBR.

newfireborderStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor- One of my best friends IRL loves YA fantasy and when she found out that I haven’t read Strange the Dreamer yet, she made me add it to my TBR immediately. I think I’m going to pick this one up later this summer or in the fall closer to the release of Muse of Nightmares.

Ship It by Britta Lundin- Blame Kristin of Super Space Chick’s Booktube video about Book Expo & Book Con on this TBR addition! I love books that incorporate fandom, so Ship It sounds right up my alley. Britta Laudin is also a writer on Riverdale, so that makes me even more interested.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo- I’ve seen a ton of positive hype around To Kill a Kingdom since its March release, and this is another one that my best friend has thankfully pushed on to my TBR. I’ll take any book with The Little Mermaid vibes! I also really enjoy reading standalone fantasies every once and a while.

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi – I saw a few bloggers haul this one from the LA Festival of Books. I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews for this diverse read that features feminism and female friendship.

Burn for Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han- Being a huge Jenny Han fan, I figured that it’s time to check out her Burn for Burn trilogy with Siobhan Vivian. I also adored Siobhan Vivian’s The Last Boy and Girl in the World two summers ago and Stay Sweet is on my summer TBR. I plan on borrowing the trilogy from my library, but I actually found Burn for Burn among the library’s used books for sale! I think I also saw Fire for Fire for sale, so hopefully Ashes to Ashes will pop up too.

What are some books you’ve just added to your TBR? Share in the comments!

Spring 2017 TBR

Happy Spring! There are some great book releases coming out this spring, so I’m excited to get a head start on those and some pre-2017 books this season.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer– As a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles series, I’m actually surprised that I haven’t read Heartless yet. While Heartless isn’t a fairytale retelling, it’s a backstory about the Queen of Hearts. All Catherine wants to do is open a bakery in Wonderland, but her parents’ plan for their daughter involves a marriage to the King. I’m really excited for all of the baking in this book!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon– Not only am I happy that the two main characters in When Dimple Met Rishi are Indian-American (yay diversity!), but I’m also super excited with the fact that this being promoted as a YA romantic comedy. We obviously have a lot of romance in YA, but not romantic comedy!! When Dimple Met Rishi follows two teens, Dimple and Rishi, who meet at a summer program for web developers. What makes Dimple and Rishi’s story different from others is that they aren’t just fellow camp-mates; they’re each other’s arranged spouse. When Dimple Met Rishi comes out on May 30.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J.Maas– The conclusion to the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin, is sure to break me! I’m so ready to be reunited with the Night Court and find out how Feyre’s story ends. Since ACOTAR was a Beauty and the Beast retelling and A Court of Mist and Fury was inspired by the story of Hades and Persephone, I’m excited to see what Sarah J. Maas has in store when this book comes out on May 2.

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl– Contemporary meets mystery meets religion in Katie Bayerl’s debut novel, A Psalm for Lost Girls. A March 2017 release, the book follows the aftermath of Tess da Costa’s death, whose town believed that Tess was a miracle-producing saint. When the town petitions for Tess’s official sainthood, her twin sister, Callie, refuses to join in on the cause. All she wants to do is prove that Tess was more than a saint; she was Callie’s sister and best friend. When Ana, a girl who has been missing for six months, is found alive at Tess’s shrine, Callie is more than ready to uncover Tess’s real identity.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab– I finally started reading Victoria Schwab’s books this year and I’m absolutely obsessed! I read This Savage Song and Vicious, and I can’t wait to dive into this book about magic and parallel universes and so much more. Once this school semester ends, I plan on diving into A Darker Shade of Magic and marathoning the Shades of Magic trilogy. 

What are books are you excited to read this spring? Comment below!