Top Five Wednesday: Most Anticipated 2018 Movies


I’ve recently realized that 2018 is THE year of movie releases.There’s so many book-to-movie adaptations (especially YA), my childhood is returning to the screen, and there’s at least one movie coming out this year for plenty of fandoms. I created a thread on Twitter of my most anticipated releases and will definitely be going back to add more on– feel free to comment what films you’re looking forward to this year there as well!

Since today’s Top Five Wednesday prompt is a freebie, instead of going back and choosing an old topic, I’m going to be discussing my current top 5 anticipated movies of 2018.


Love, Simon (March 16) – It’s absolutely crazy to think that we’re only 10 days away from Love, Simon, the adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I am here to admit that I am jealous of anyone who’s been able to see an advanced screening (why of all days did I have to have night class and miss the one closest to me??).

Ready Player One (March 29) – I’ve just finished reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, so I’m prepared to see its film adaptation soon or NOW. Like most book-to-movie adaptations, I feel like there could be a few changes between the two: I think the movie will favor action over the instances where Wade is watching old movies and TV shows or trying to think his way through the Hunt.

Ocean’s Eight (June 8)- Ocean’s Eleven is one of my favorite movies, and I am more than ready for Ocean’s Eight female take and kickbutt cast! I cannot wait to see their heist at the Met Gala play out, and I ’m interested to see Danny Ocean’s role in the film.

Incredibles 2 (June 15)– While I love Disney, I am a Pixar girl at heart. The Incredibles is one of my favorite childhood movies (along with with every Pixar film ever), and it’ll definitely be a family movie day.

Mary Poppins Returns (December 25)- Just say Lin-Manuel Miranda and I’m there. Aside from LLM playing Burt, I cannot wait for Mary Poppins Returns because Mary Poppins was definitely a favorite movie of mine growing up and it was actually my first Broadway play. Like the above-mentioned films, Mary Poppins Returns has an amazing cast, between Emily Blunt, LMM, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.

Honorable Mentions:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (TBD)To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is only an honorable mention for the time being because we don’t have a release date just yet. Amidst all the YA releases coming out this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie didn’t come out until 2019, but I would love a fall or winter release (but summer would be an amazing choice too).

The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)– I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I get a bit nervous about new stories in the Harry Potter world, case in point being The Cursed Child.  However, I am interested to see where Fantastic Beasts will take us and Dumbledore’s role in it all.

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.


If you’re still wondering where my spending money in 2018 will be going, I think it’s safe to say that it’ll be going straight to my local movie theater.

What movies are you looking forward to this year? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: 2018 Wishlist (Ft. 2017 Inspirations)

While I already have an on-going list of 2018 book releases, today’s Top Five Wednesday is more-so a wish list featuring the types of books that I’d like to see more of in the New Year.My 2018 Wishlist is mostly inspired by books that I’ve read in 2017 that my heart and TBR crave.


Books featuring positive female friendships – I feel like 2017 had a bunch of awesome books featuring positive female friendships— friendships where in the beginning, girls are not pitied against one another, competing over a guy, etc.—and I would love to see this trend thrive on in 2018. Some 2017 releases that come to my mind include Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Something Like Happy by Eva Woods, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

Summery contemporaries – Contemporary is my favorite genre to begin with, but add summer AND I’LL BE THERE BEFORE YOU CAN GRAB YOUR BEACH CHAIR AND SUNGLASSES! I think I enjoy contemporaries that take place in the summer so much because not only is summer my favorite season, but I also tend to love the situations or settings most characters get to experience in the season, from being a camp counselor to escaping to the family beach house. My favorite summer contemporary released in 2017 is hands-down The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord.

Books about college students– This wish mainly comes from the fact that I am currently a college student myself, and I admit that I am starting to get a bit tired of the more high school dilemmas set in some contemporary YA books. I think I won’t find this category in YA as much as I might find it in new adult or adult reads. My favorite 2017 release where our main characters were college students is We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

YA Books featuring feminism – This wish is 100% inspired by Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie. Moxie focuses on a feminist revolution in a small-town, Texas high school and was such an empowering read (and it also featured positive female friendships). I think Moxie has really set the bar for more books about feminism to be released in the young-adult market.

Series FinalesOkay, so this might be cheating the prompt just a bit, but there are so many series conclusions coming out in 2018 that my TBR has been waiting for–I’m taking about you, Throne of Glass #7. Aside from Sarah J. Maas’s last ToG book, I’m highly anticipating the sequel to Marie Lu’s Warcross and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. My favorite series finale in 2017 was of course, Jenny Han’s Always and Forever, Lara Jean.


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.


Top Five Wednesday: My Top 5 Books of 2017 (With a Twist)

Today’s Top Five Wednesday asks us to list our absolute favorite books of 2017, however, I want to hold off giving you guys my top favorite books of 2017 post for a bit longer. I admit that I’m having a teeny bit of trouble coming up with my favorites list because I’VE READ SO MANY GOOD BOOKS THIS YEAR!

Anyway, I still really want to do today’s T5W so I’m going to give you my top five favorite books in five different categories that I’ve created. I thought this would be a fun way to do today’s topic, as well as try to help myself determine my favorite books of the

Favorite Fantasy: I think this one’s going to be on many favorites list this year and it quite deserves its spot—A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass. I admit that this book was not perfect (see my review for more details, since I don’t want to spoil anyone), but I loved this next chapter in Feyre’s story and I was captivated by how Sarah expands the ACOTAR world—the meeting with all the Courts was my favorite scene.

 Favorite Book Featuring Fandom: I picked up quite a few books this year that focused on fandoms, but the one that absolutely stole my heart was Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This book gave me the closest feelings to what I felt while reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl ,and I think the best way to show you my Eliza and Her Monsters feels is what I wrote in my Goodreads’ review right after I finished:

In short: I loveeeeddddd this so much


Favorite Classic: This category is evidence that I, Haley of Fangirl Fury, read more than one classic book this year in which I can complete this category. And I am super proud to announce that I read this book on my own, WITHOUT ANY SCHOOL SYLLABUS TO PRESSURE OR FORCE ME TO: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I really enjoyed Sylvia Plath’s writing style because her voice felt like the book could have been written in this decade–I often have trouble connecting to the jargonish writing style of many 19th and early 20th century classics.

Favorite Book that has a TV or Film adaptation: Another title that I think will reign on many favorites’ list includes Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I wanted to watch Big Little Lies so badly since it stars an amazing female cast, including one of my faves, Reese Witherspoon. But with many adaptations I follow, I knew I had to read the book first.

Favorite Book that I Bought at a Library Sale- I took advantage of my library’s book sales this year especially, and my favorite one that I read this year is One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (there had to be a British contemporary somewhere!). I found a paperback version of the book that was in like-new condition, and I really enjoyed this one about family and a road-trip.


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.


Top Five Wednesday: Bookish Things I’m a Grinch About


You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch! Today’s Today Five Wednesday is taken in all light-heartedness, as I’ll be reflecting on five bookish things that I’m not the biggest fan of — I wish Santa would just put them on the naughty list!


Being on hold for a book in the library- I admit that waiting for a book to be available through my county library system doesn’t happen to me often- it typically occurs with popular books or new releases- but I still get a tad impatient when it does happen. Yes, I realize that I could probably go out and buy the book myself, BUT WHERE’S THE FUN IN THAT? I’m currently in this situation while being on hold for Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. I really want to read some festive books in honor of Christmas and my TBR craves this one. Library users, PLEASE READ FAST.

The cover changes for Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series-  I really do not like cover changes mid-series to begin with, but the cover changes of the Across the Universe series made me especially upset BECAUSE THEY DECIDED TO CHANGE THE COVERS AS THE FINAL BOOK CAME OUT.  One of the first YA series I ever picked up, the Across the Universe trilogy begins abroad the spaceship Godspeed, which holds frozen passengers who will wake up 300 years in the future on a new planet. Seventeen-year old Amy wakes up 50 years before she should have and must adapt to life and society on the Godspeed. The covers of the first two books fits the space vibe perfectly. AND THEN THE THIRD BOOK TAKES ON THIS INDUSTRIAL VIBE THAT DOESN’T FIT THE FIRST TWO BOOKS AT ALL. But don’t worry, we’ll fix the first two books by MAKING THEM LOOK THE SAME AND FORGET THE ORIGINAL,FITTING COVERS. I’ll end my rant by showing you the original covers vs. new covers below:



Running out of bookshelf space- I think this is every bookworm’s worst nightmare and one that I am currently living! I did unhaul a few books from my collection over Thanksgiving break, but with Christmas and a brand new year of books approaching, any space that I have left is in danger. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THAT BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SIZED LIBRARY!

Not being able to give half-star ratings on Goodreads- I remember when Goodreads updated their site earlier in 2017 and being so excited over the fact that you could finally keep track of your rereads. I thought for one minute that with the new updates, you could finally give half star ratings on Goodreads, but alas, I was wrong. I admit that I’m not the biggest fan of star ratings in general, but I wish I could provide my true star rating without having to write it in my review post on Goodreads.

The fear of my paperbacks or hardback covers being ruined in travel- Packing for college obviously entails packing books! When I travel between home and school, I often have books packed in one of my bags and throughout my journey, I drive in fear that one or more of my books will be ruined from being packed with other items. However, I think my fear could be resolved with an increasingly popular book sleeve!


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.


Top Five Wednesday: Authors I’d Like to Write Like

Many readers dream of one day publishing their own book. While I don’t practice creative writing myself too much these days, it’d be amazing to be able to dedicate my life to storytelling. The following authors would inspire me through their creative and beautiful stories and writing styles.

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Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl. Eleanor & Park, Carry On, Attachments, and Landline) Besides her characters and writing style, I love the premises of all of Rainbow Rowell’s stories. I think they’re all just so creative and accurately depict how people feel, whether if they’re a girl who writes fan fiction or a boy who’s trying to navigate life in the wizarding world with his part-vampire roommate. AND I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT FOR HER GRAPHIC NOVEL WITH FAITH ERIN HICKS! IT’S ABOUT A PUMPKIN PATCH AND FOOD, GUYS!!!

Jenny Han (The Summer I Turned Pretty and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogies)- Jenny Han is just like Rainbow Rowell for me in the sense that I’m in love with all of the ideas she comes up with for her books!

Jandy Nelson (The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun)- If there’s one thing that I remember from I’ll Give You Sun, it’s Jandy Nelson’s beautiful writing style. Hopefully 2018 will bering a new Jandy Nelson novel!

Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere)- Celeste Ng has a writing style that I just fall into, and I remember not wanting to let go of Little Fires Everywhere this summer.

Morgan Matson (Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, and The Unexpected Everything) Like Celeste Ng and honestly all of the authors above, Morgan Matson has a writing style that I’m so obsessed with that I become shocked over how many pages I’ve flown through! Her books are also perfect summer contemporaries (aka the best kind of contemporary books) AND HAVE THE BEST COVERS! DOGS MAKES COVERS EVEN MORE MAGICAL!

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.


Top Five Wednesday: Books I’ve Read Because of Booktube  

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I can’t believe it’s the last week of September, guys!! I first month back at college has really flown by, and I think I’m a bit confused about the transition from summer to fall here because it’s still eighty degrees! The final Top Five Wednesday of September is all about the books you’ve picked up because you had heard about them in an online book community or platform. I get a lot of my book recommendations from Booktube and still find it to be one of the top reasons as to why my TBR is so big!

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler I remember seeing What We Saw on Jessethereader’s Booktube channel back in January 2016 and ended up picking it up this book. What We Saw completely sucked me in, as it’s an important story about sexual assault in a small-town community.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard– When Red Queen came out in early 2015, it was everywhere on Booktube and it’s gorgeous cover sure didn’t help keep it out of my mind. I enjoyed Red Queen when I first read it, but as I read more fantasy and thought about the book more, I found that Red Queen didn’t seem so earth-shattering and original that I unfortunately decided to not continue the series.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel– While Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index had been floating around my TBR radar, it was Booktuber Ariel Bissett and the BookTube-A-Thon that inspired me to pick it up. It took me some time to get into the story, but I ended up really enjoying Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.

 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– I’ll be quite honest—the original cover of Anna and the French Kiss was what prevented me from picking up the book until 2015. After hearing rave reviews from the Booktube community (and let’s be honest, the cover change might’ve been a factor), I finally picked Anna and the French Kiss and loved it.

 Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows is most definitely one of the best books I read because of the hype it received on Booktube. If you haven’t figured it out already, the Six of Crows duology delivers beyond the hype and more.   Don’t hesitate to pick Six of Crows up, even if you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy like me!

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.

What books have you read because of Booktube? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Books Without Romance

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While finding books without romance is a bit difficult, there are just stories that don’t need romantical elements to make them great. Some of the following books may include hints of romance (I wish I could remember everything about my past reads), but by no means does romance first come to mind when I consider these works.

City of Thieves by David BenioffCity of Thieves is a historical fiction novel set during World War II. I read City of Thieves last summer, and I consider it one of my favorite WWII books because of its unique plot. Taking place in Russia, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting, earning a spot in jail next to deserter Kolya. Instead of being executed, Kolya and Lev are given a task: find a dozen eggs for a Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– One of my favorite books of 2017, I was sold on picking up This Savage Song because there is no romance in it. Yay girl-boy friendship! This Savage Song takes place in a city divided not only by a wall, but monsters. Kate, the darling of North, wishes to be as commanding and threatening as her father. August, on the other hand, wishes to be anything but the monster he is.

Radio Silence of Alice Oseman– Another one of my favorite reads of 2017, Radio Silence contains the slightest bit of romance (there’s discussion about past crushes and the development of some new ones, if I recall correctly), but romance is the last topic I think about when it comes to this book. When she’s not focusing on getting into one of England’s elite universities, Frances spends her time drawing fanart for her favorite Youtube podcast. When the creator of the podcast, not to mention her next door neighbor, Aled, asks her to do artwork for the show, Frances gets to finally experience true friendship.

One by Sarah Crossan– Sisters Grace and Tippi may share some things with one another that you may not share with your siblings, such as a body. Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins and while life hasn’t been exactly easy for the past sixteen years, they’ve got a pretty good hang of it for their situation. But when a major operation begins to come up, Tippi and Grace must face the most impossible choice of their lives.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr– A book that deserves all the hype it gets, All the Light We Cannot takes place in occupied France during World War II. Blind since she was six years old, Marie Laure’s father has a miniature of their neighborhood in Paris for his daughter, so she can navigate herself through the city. When the Nazis occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo, meeting the path of Werner. Werner is an expert with technology, causing him to rise up at his Hitler Youth academy and earn a spot fighting the Allied resistance. All the Light We Cannot See features such beautiful writing and charcters, in addition to teaching readers more about the WWII period.

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.

Have you read any of these books? Share in the comments!