Top Five Wednesday: From Liking to Loving Books

March is known for being “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” This monthly mantra can also be applied to some of the books we read!

I’m pretty good at picking up books that I know I’ll like before even reading, but there of course have been that have put my ‘book choosing’ to the test. Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about books I was nervous about or wasn’t enjoying in the beginning, but by the end, I was so glad to have added them to my ‘read’ shelf.onetrueloves-e1502725198699.jpg

 

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid- I read One True Loves pre-The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo taking over the book community and becoming Taylor Jenkins Reids’ most recognized book. One True Loves actually remains to be my favorite TJR book! Even after almost two years of finishing it, it’s a story I can easily recall in my mind and I love its uniqueness (not to mention the fact that the protagonist and her family own a bookstore).

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman- Despite the massive amount of hype and positive, I almost DNF’ed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine around the seventy page mark. It took me quite a while to adjust to Eleanor and her narration, but this book is seriously worth sticking out those first seventy pages or so. By page 100, you’re completely sucked in to this heart-warming tearjerker.

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Top Five Wednesday: Spring Reads

If you’ve been here at Fangirl Fury for a while (okay, a little while), you’ll know though I’m constantly reaching for contemporary books. However, I find myself reading the most contemporary during spring and summer—they’re the perfect companions for outdoor reading! For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be discussing the top five books that remind me of spring and get me ready for no winter jacket weather! Break out the dresses and books please.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang- Speaking of dresses, The Prince and the Dressmaker reminds me of spring thanks to Jen Wang’s use of pastels and bright colors. I also ate it up in one night last spring!

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How to Be Bad by E.Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, & Lauren Myracle- This fangirl loves her ‘throwback’ YA, including How to Be Bad. I can’t remember during what season it takes place, but the book reminds me of a stereotypically wild spring break trip.

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills- When I think of spring, I think of green, which leads me to the cover of Emma Mills’ This Adventure Ends. I also think of spring as a time to reset and refresh, between the end of the school year and the warmer weather to come. This Adventure Ends is all about refreshing and resetting, as Sloane starts another year of high school after her family relocates to Florida and makes new, all-consuming but heartfelt friends.

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Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys- This is another example of a book’s aesthetic reminding me of spring. Out of the Easy’s paperback cover and its color schemes just screams spring to me.

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka- Another beautiful book cover, another book cover that screams spring. While the book takes place roughly over a school year, Always Never Yours follows Megan’s nightmare of being cast as Juliet in the spring production of Romeo and Juliet . I know this book pops up on a ton of recommendations and listicle posts, but it’s very much worth the hype!

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Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

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What books remind you of spring? Any of the above? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Love Interests I’d Break Up With

While we spent last week with our favorite fictional love interests for Valentine’s Day, today’s Top Five Wednesday features five love interests who don’t make the cut as one of my book boyfriends.

Cooper from Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West- By no means do I not like Cooper as a character, because I do! I love the chemistry and humor between him and Abby throughout Kasie West’s Love, Life, and the List. However, somewhat like Abby, I would not be into Cooper’s mixed signals.

Luca from I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo- I never understood why Desi was so enchanted with Luca from Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love. He most definitely fits the angsty-artsy teenager trope. If it weren’t for Desi’s K drama inspired scheming, I think they would have not gotten together.

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Top Five Wednesday: Top of My TBR

Prioritizing books on my to-be-read pile can be a hard task for this reader who a) purposely tries to find books that I know I’ll love and enjoy b) is currently back at college, searching for any time to grab a non-school related book and read and c) is a mood reader.

However, I did get better about creating and publishing monthly TBRs in 2018. I’ve entered 2019 with at least five books (in honor of today’s Top Five Wednesday) on my priority TBR.

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