Book Tag, Top Five Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms You Are No Longer In

Happy Wednesday! For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be discussing five fandoms that I am no longer part of. If you haven’t heard of Top Five Wednesday, it’s a collaborative group of book bloggers on Goodreads who use Wednesdays to discuss five things about a certain bookish or fandom category. I definitely recommend joining in on the fun—who knows, maybe you’ll find some new fandoms to replace your old ones!

Gossip Girl– I never had any interest in the Gossip Girl book series, but I watched the TV adaptation’s first three seasons back-to-back during my junior year of high school and was obsessed. Gossip Girl had just been recently added to Netflix, and it was all everyone could talk about. Yet by the fourth season, I had become bored. The only character I really cared about was Dan, and if I can recall correctly, even some of his choices were beginning to bother me. I then jumped right to the final episode, watched it, and haven’t looked back since.

November 9th by Colleen Hoover/ Colleen Hoover books– When I first read and finished November 9th by Colleen Hoover, I found it a bit problematic, but overall a pretty quick and good read. However, as I began seeing more reviews for the book, I reconsidered my opinion and found that November 9th had way too much male dominance for my liking. While I did pick up Hoover’s It Ends With Us, which I also found problematic at times,I don’t plan on reading another Colleen Hoover book anytime soon.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard– I read Red Queen soon after its release in 2015 and absolutely loved it. Yet, as I divulged more into the YA fantasy world, I found that the novel had similar plot devices and tropes to pre-existing fantasy reads. When Glass Sword came out a year later, I really didn’t have any interest in continuing the series.

The Study series by Maria V. Snyder– I read the first three books (Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study) in 2016, and with each novel, I became more disenchanted with each story. I gave Poison Study  a 5 out of 5 stars, loving the novel for its unique plot and the way Maria V. Snyder handled the romance. While I enjoyed Magic Study for its character development, I really wasn’t in love with the new setting, and I remember speed-reading through Fire Study just to get to the ending. When I found out that this series expanded and continued, I debated back and forth on putting book #4 on my TBR, ultimately deciding not to.

Fuller House– Let me be clear: I am a huggeeeeee Full House fan—I don’t know if that statement fully describes my love for this TV show. I remember being so excited each time a new season came out on DVD, now the proud owner of all eight seasons, and I’m still waiting for the day that I get to San Francisco, “Everywhere You Look” playing in the background. That being said, you could imagine my excitement when my all-time favorite TV show (I’m always going back and forth between Full House and Parks and Recreation) was getting a ‘sequel’ on Netflix. I knew that Fuller House couldn’t be better than Full House, but I had hope. While I enjoyed season 1 for the most part, I just wanted more than ‘special appearances’ from Danny, Jesse, Becky, and Joey, and I couldn’t care less about DJ and Kimmy’s own kids. I was even more disappointed in season two, finding myself skipping through most of the episodes just to get to major plot points. I probably will watch and review season 3 out of the hope that I can rejoin this fandom.

What are some fandoms that you are no longer part of? Share in the comments below!

Book Reviews, Books

Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

 

Summary: Since she was ten years old, seventeen-year old Flora Banks has been unable to create new memories. Her mind often resets itself during the day, and she has no short-term memory whatsoever. Until she kisses her best friend’s boyfriend, Drake, and remembers it. Now faced with this one memory, Flora believes that Drake is not only responsible for restoring her memory, but for also making her feel like a normal teenage girl. With “be brave” written on her arm, Flora is determined to travel to Norway to find Drake and thank him for allowing her to reclaim her mind and her life.

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My Rating: 4.75/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

If you’re looking for a quick, yet meaningful read, look no further: I didn’t realize how addicted I would become to The One Memory of Flora Banks until I had read the first fifty pages within a half hour. You soon find yourself wanting to learn more about Flora, rooting for her along her journey in and out of Penzance, and feeling heartbroken for our main protagonist. The One Memory of Flora Banks was the first book I’ve read that’s told from the perspective of someone with amnesia. While some readers may not be drawn to Flora’s repetition, as she needs to constantly needs to remind herself of who she is, where she is, who she should know, etc., but I feel that it gave a more authentic portrait of her. This book has been compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time , as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is told from the perspective of an individual who has a mental illness and has a more-so innocent mindset like Flora. Having read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time also, I felt more drawn to Flora’s story because of its more unique plot and main POV.

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While The One Memory of Flora Banks has some frustrating parts (Paige’s ignorance, Flora’s very controlling parents), I loved this story and left me wanting the best for Flora. She is such an innocent individual who just needs the right support and community in her life. If there was one character I wish we had more involvement from, it would have been Jacob, Flora’s brother. He just cared for Flora so much, and he was one of the few people in Flora’s life that was completely honest with her. I also loved the community of people Flora finds in Svalbard—they make her feel like the normal person she wishes to be and how she should truly be treated. Without being too spoilery, the uncovering of the “truth” behind Flora’s life in the last section of the novel had me totally intrigued and wanting more.

Have you read The One Memory of Flora Banks? Share your thoughts and feels in the comments!

Books

Why I’m Obsessed with the Library (and You Should Be Too)

The library has always been a main staple in my life. Like myself, my mom is a huge reader and would always (and still does) take me to the library and let me pick out all the books that I wanted. One of the best days of my childhood was when I was old enough to take out my own library card. Since then, I go to my local library at least two times a week, and I am the queen of the YA section. I encourage you, my fellow reader, to use your local library for the following reasons!

You save money- Listen, I am all about buying and collecting books. However, if I bought all the books I read each month, I’d probably be spending $70-$100 a month that I don’t have. I’m a broke college student after all! I buy about 25% of the books that I read, with the rest coming from the library.

You’re always encouraged to read- My library allows me to take out more books that I could possibly read within two weeks. Even if I can’t finish a book before the return date, I can almost always go online and renew it for another two weeks. Also, even if your local library doesn’t have a book that you’re looking for, most branches can get the book from another library in their system in a quick amount of time. It’s another fun form of book mail!

You feel better about not finishing books I’m all about reading books that I genuinely enjoy. If you follow me on Goodreads , you’ll rarely see me give a 1-2 star reading. When I am not enjoying a book, I almost immediately put it down and don’t rate or review it. I really don’t feel guilty about DNF’ing a library book because I didn’t pay for it. If I bought a book that I DNF’ed, I would just think about the money I wasted on the book.

Saves shelf space- Let’s be honest, even though I am a frequent library user, I still buy a lot of books. While I would love to own every book that I read, my bookshelves and storage space certainly would not feel the same way. I just don’t have enough space (still wishes for that Beauty and the Beast size library). By using the library, I can read all the books I want without having to reorganize my shelves a thousand times.

You support your local community- Libraries are one of the main community centers in most towns and cities. My library has a variety of services, and they offer a lot of events, from author meet-and-greets to story-time hours for younger children.

Do you use the library or do you buy all of your books? Do you do both? Share in the comments below!

Book Tag, Top Five Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

Happy Wednesday! I’ve recently decided to participate in Top 5 Wednesday. If you haven’t heard of Top 5 Wednesday, it’s a huge collaborative group of book bloggers from any platform who post list of their top 5 favorite things every Wednesday. The category for each week changes, and for this week it’s favorite minor characters. My top five minor characters are from a mix of different mediums.

Dol from Vicious by V.E. Schwab – Dol is the perfect sidekick because HE’S A DOG AND HOW COULD YOU NOT WANT A DOG AS YOUR SIDEKICK? Sydney and Dol just make the best team in one of the best books ever- sorry, but I will not stop screaming my love for Vicious from the rooftops.

Alis from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas – Alis is one of the best components of the Spring Court. She has a quick wit and was one of the few members that actually helped Feyre in the long run.

Samuel Seabury from Hamilton– “Farmers Refuted” is one of my favorite songs (frankly, I love every song from the show) in the first act of Hamilton. I love how Samuel Seabury goes back and forth with Hamilton throughout the tune, and seeing his character come to life when I saw the show made the song even better.

Tigris from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins– I loved seeing Tigris come to life in Mockingjay: Part 2, and I really enjoy learning about her part in the resistance. Having a The Hunger Games movie or reread marathon is a must for me this summer!

Jean Ralphio from Parks and Recreation – I’ve been re-watching Parks and Recreation a lot lately (when am I not is the true question), and my love for Jean Ralphio has only grown. I love his interaction with Ron the most, as Jean Ralphio’s humor and Ron’s bluntness makes for some funny scenes. It’s weird to think that the creators of Parks and Recreation considered making Jean Ralphio a love interest for Leslie!

Who are some of your favorite minor characters? Share in the comments below!

Book Reviews, Books

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Summary: Sixteen-year old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier enjoys participating in the school musical and emailing with Blue, the pen name of another not-so-openly gay guy at Simon’s school. But when class clown Martin comes across Simon’s emails, Martin blackmails Simon into helping him date one of their friends. If Simon doesn’t play wingman, Martin will reveal Simon’s sexual identity and his emails with Blue. Filled with humor, love, and suspense, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Simon and his friends’ suddenly complicated junior year.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Thoughts: **Warning: there are spoilers for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda below**

 I admit, it took me a while to pick up Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda because I was a bit scared by all the hype surrounding the book. I wasn’t totally sold by the premise of the novel, and I didn’t want to be the one person not to like this book. However, I’ve been really interested in Becky Albertalli’s latest release The Upside of Unrequited, and while you don’t need to read Simon to read Upside, there’s apparently a Simon reference in the newer release. Despite my fear of not liking Simon, I ended up really enjoying the book and read it within two days!

I loved how Martin’s blackmailing started on the very first page of the book because we jumped right into the plot. We didn’t need the first two chapters or so just to set up Simon’s life, rather we learned about our main character as he faced his dilemma. I figured that it would have been too predictable to have Martin be Blue, and as much as I loved the idea of Cal and Simon together, it just would have been too convenient. I actually predicted Bram as Blue about halfway into the novel, after Simon learned that Blue was Jewish (Abraham is a traditionally Jewish name).

I also enjoyed reading about Simon’s family and friends. I loved how close Simon’s family is, and it makes me sad that Simon was nervous about coming out to them, as they were totally supportive of him no matter what. I loved his friendship with Nick and Leah because they were all just so comfortable with one another, playing videogames with Bieber in Nick’s basement. One of my few ‘disappointments’ about the novel was the lack of Oreos! Whenever people talk about Becky Albertalli or her books, Oreos almost always become a topic of conversation. Yes, Oreos were in the novel (and on the cover), but there just wasn’t an abundance. I wanted Blue/Bram to show up with a bouquet full of Oreos for Simon, but in the end, I wouldn’t expect Nabisco to become the sponsor of the novel.

I’m looking forward to the Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda film adaption (even though I’m sad that it’s not coming out until 2018), and Becky Albertalli’s next release, also slated for 2018, will be told from the perspective of Leah and will be the sequel to Simon. I’m really excited for this book as well because Leah was one of my favorite characters in Simon and I wish we had more interaction with her.

Have you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Movie Reviews, TV & Film

Everything, Everything Movie Review

The film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything was released in the United States on May 19th, and I was lucky enough to see the movie during its opening weekend! The film and book follows eighteen-year old Madeline, who has an illness that prevents her from ever going outside. Madeline is somewhat content on spending life indoors, until Olly moves in next door. She’s forced to question how she can spend a life inside when there’s a person and a whole world waiting for her. Madeline is played by Amandla Stenberg, with Nick Robinson playing Olly.

**Warning: This review will contain spoilers for the film and book, Everything, Everything.

My Thoughts:

Amandla Stenberg was the perfect Madeline. She was exactly how I pictured Madeline when I read Everything, Everything. I loved seeing all of her books scattered around her bedroom and office, and it was so fun to see her work on her book blog. I also enjoyed seeing her growing addiction to Modcloth, it just made her feel so much more real.

I absolutely loved Nick Robinson as Olly! I think he fit the role perfectly, and I’m so excited to see Nick in future roles. His looks definitely don’t hurt him either! I saw Everything, Everything with my sister, who I read the book alongside with back in 2015, and she swears that Nick is a mix of Ansel Elgort and Shawn Mendes!. One of my favorite parts of the movie was toward the beginning, when Olly takes his mom’s Bundt cakes and keeps placing it on the windowsill for Madeline. My favorite edition of the cake was when Olly made a fake IV for it. It was so funny to get a sense of Olly humor and his desire to get to know Madeline.

My main critique of the film is that I feel that we needed a bit more interaction with Olly and Madeline. I definitely felt their love for each other, but I just wanted more. I would have loved to see more of the artwork from the book incorporated into the actual film. However, I loved how the film set up Madeline and Olly’s text messaging. Instead of having scenes filled with phone screenshots or messages, their messages were played out as them talking in one of Madeline’s architecture models. Additionally, I noticed few differences between the book and the film, which I’m so happy about. I feel that the film captured the true heart and spirit of Everything, Everything so well! I read the book back in November 2015, so while I may have forgotten a few things, the only difference I found between the book and the film was that Olly and Madeline didn’t go to Carla’s house before going to the airport.

While I do prefer the book to the movie, I appreciated how the movie took more time with the ending. One of my critiques of the book was that the ending felt very rushed. Yet, in the film, there was still about twenty-five minutes left of the movie after Madeline returns from Hawaii, allowing her to learn more about her condition and to confront her problems with her mom and Olly.

My Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I really enjoyed the film, and I definitely recommend seeing it if you have or haven’t read Everything, Everything. I’m really excited to see Nick Robinson star as Simon Spier in the film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Amandla Stenberg is currently working on The Darkest Minds film adaptation and she’s set to play Starr in the film adaptation of The Hate U Give.

Have you seen or read Everything, Everything? Share your thoughts & feels in the comments below!

Book Tag, Books

A To Z Bookish Survey

 

 

Hello! During stressful times (aka the school year), I try to relax by catching up on reading blog posts and watching Booktube videos. Recently, Kristin of SuperSpaceChick posted the A To Z Bookish Survey tag on her Booktube channel and I loved it so much. The tag was originally created by The Perpetual Page-Turner and I’m so happy that she created this post, it’s so much fun!

Author you’ve read the most books from: Barbara Parks. The Junie B. Jones books were a key part of my childhood.

Best Sequel Ever: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Currently Reading: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Drink of Choice While Reading: Green tea, preferably accompanied by summer and my backyard

E-reader or Physical Book? Physical book. I just can’t concentrate while reading on an e-reader, I like the feeling of holding a physical book so much more.

Fictional Charcter You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: Neville Longbottom. I think Neville is such a sweetheart, and I love the person he becomes in the last 3 books. Also, the Deathly Hallows movie Neville makes me swoon .

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: Six of Crows b y Leigh Bardugo. Don’t be scared by the fact that you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy beforehand, like I was. You can totally read this series without ever picking up Shadow and Bone .

Hidden Gem Book: Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher. I wish more of her books were available in the US.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: Discovering Booktube. I found Booktube when I was a junior in high school and I had just made reading one of my top priorities again. Booktube has inspired me to pick up so many books and to start Fangirl Fury.

Just Finished: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I’m not a huge fan of books with supernatural elements.

Longest Book You’ve Read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Major book hangover because of: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I still can’t take my mind of that book

Number of Bookcases You Own: 3

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Preferred Place To Read: My bedroom

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:


“ “I didn’t know someone could love me like this.” she said. “ Could love me and love me and love me without… needing space.” Lincoln wasn’t asleep. He rolled on top of her.

“There’s no air in space,” he said.”- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I wouldn’t call myself a huge romantic, but this is the one of many Rainbow Rowell quotes that give me all the feels.

Reading Regret:I think it’s more of a disappointment than a regret, but not having any interest in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books. I tried reading City of Bones in 2015, but I just couldn’t get into it and I really don’t have any interest in the world or premise.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in the series): To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Unapologetic Fangirl For: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas. Chaol is my favorite character in the TOG series and I’m so excited for this book because it’s centered around him.

Worst Bookish Habit: Eating while reading because I’m not very talented at not getting food in my books.

X Marks The Spot- Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 

Your latest book purchase: A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that keeps you up WAY late): Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, where my post-read feels insisted on keeping me up even later.

Have you done the A to Z Bookish Survey? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Reviews, Books

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas

If this review is up, then that means that I have conquered the beast that is A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. The latest installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, which is no longer a trilogy (!!!), is a whooping 699 pages long— even though the physical hardcover doesn’t look like it because Bloomsbury has made Sarah’s longer books with thinner pages for the sake of the environment. I’m all about being eco-friendly and I love trees, but if I read a book that is 700 pages long, I want that book to look like a monster!! **Warning: there will be spoilers in the my thoughts section of this review**

Cover Lust? : This is my favorite cover in the series so far because I love Feyre’s dress and the mountains in the background. However, I wish the green, at least on the spine, was a bit darker so it could match up with A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury’s darker color tones.

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

My Thoughts:

I made it my goal to read at least one hundred pages per day, which I succeeded in doing so after reading ACOWAR in five days. It was quite easy to do so because there were many moments where I just couldn’t put the book down. For example, during the meeting with all of the courts (my favorite part in the book), I stayed up past my bedtime because I was so enchanted by the new characters we meet and the tension in the meeting. Outside of the Night Court, my favorite court is hands-down the Winter Court because of Viviane. She just felt so human, and she brought a lot of humor to the situation. I love when she asks her husband why she can’t be High Lady like Feyre. I also really enjoyed her friendship with Mor.

My favorite character in ACOWAR is most definitely Nesta. Nesta is willing to do anything to protect Elain, and I feel like her protectiveness was really evident after Graysen breaks his engagement with Elain. Feyre even fears what Nesta may do to him for breaking Elain’s heart. Nesta reminds me of Angelica Schuyler from Hamilton, willing to do anything for her sister. I also enjoyed seeing her try to figure out her power and train with Amren, and her sass was to die for. I wish we got to see her relationship with Cassian further, and I loved every scene where they interacted together. Even though they’re not official, they are my favorite OTP in the series.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading ACOWAR, however, I feel very conflicted about the ending, which prevented me from giving the book a 5 out of 5 stars. The final battle just had so many ups and downs. I was so happy when Elain and Nesta murdered King Hybern, as I believe that they are the two most haunted individuals in the series after their experience in the Cauldron. Yet, I was so confused by Amren potentially betraying the Court (she ultimately doesn’t) and how the Cauldron controlled Feyre. I think a lot of my confusion came from waiting for some sort of real action or resolution. I totally called Rhysand dying, however, I did not know if he would come back to life (which he does). While I am happy that all of the Court of Dreams survived, I feel like someone shouldn’t have lived, considering that this was one of the biggest wars in Fae history. In general, a lot of things just feel unresolved, which may be the point as Sarah releases more books in the ACOTAR world. Are Nesta and Cassian actually going to be a couple or mates? Is Mor going to confess her true feelings and sexuality to Azriel and the gang? Also, is she going to end up with Viviane’s sister?? Sarah doesn’t name her until the very end, which I don’t know if Sarah wrote it that way or if she’ll have a larger role to play in the rest of the series. Is the mating bond between Lucien and Elain going to snap into the place? I could also see Azriel and Elain being a couple as well!! And what about the queens, how is that going to play into the new treaty??? Like I said before, ACOWAR is 699 pages long and while there is never a dull moment, certain components could have been taken out in order to provide some more resolution. Call me impatient, but I really don’t want to have to wait a year+ to find out more, especially since ACOWAR was originally supposed to be a trilogy conclusion. While I consider Sarah as one of my favorite and go-to authors and I adore the worlds she creates, I’m not feeling too excited right now about more ACOTAR books. I’m hoping my feelings will change as we get more details about the series (right now, there is supposed to be three more books and two novellas).

Have you read A Court of Wings and Ruin?? Share your thoughts and reactions in the comments!

Book Reviews, Books

Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Summary:

Elle is the biggest Starfield fangirl you’ll ever meet. She is super-excited about the space/sci-fi TV series’ movie reboot, until it’s announced that Darien Freeman is slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor. Yes, Darien Freeman, the teenage heartthrob from that soap opera, is slated to play one of Elle’s all-time favorite characters. While Elle is not happy about this news, there’s one thing she is more than excited for: the Starfield cosplay contest at Excelsicon. The winner gets tickets to the LA premiere of the movie, where Elle can finally put her evil stepmother and stepsisters behind.

Darien Freeman has a love for Starfield that rivals his love for orange Crush. Playing Carmindor isn’t just job for him: it’s his fanboy dream come true. But playing the Federation Prince isn’t a total happily ever. Instead of walking the floor of Excelsicon just like any other ordinary fan, Darien has to do meet-and-greats, signings, and judge the Starfield cosplay contest. And when Starfield fans start doubting Darien’s ability to play the Federation Prince, Darien questions how he’ll do the fandom and himself justice.

Star Rating: 4.5/5 stars 

Cover Lust?: Yes! There’s the Magic Pumpkin and Franco, what else could you need?

My Thoughts:

Geekerella is my new favorite Cinderella retelling because of how relatable this book was to me as a fangirl. Elle and Darien are such huge fans of Starfield, and they each have a special connection to the series. Elle’s parents met at a Starfield convention and shared their love for the series with their daughter, supplemented by the fact that Elle’s dad founded Excelsicon. Darien grew up watching the series with his dad, and this totally reminded of how I read and watched Harry Potter with my mom.

I really enjoyed how Ashley Preston mixed Cinderella elements with modern elements. My favorite combined element was the Magic Pumpkin food truck! I thought it was such a clever idea for Elle’s mode of transportation, along with the fact that it came along with Sage as her fairy godmother. Sage was my favorite side character in the book because she was always there for Elle. She let Elle bring her into the Starfield fandom, which reminded me of how I share my love for fandoms with my own friends. Most of my friends can’t hang out with me without me mentioning Hamilton or Harry Potter or books at least three times.

One of my favorite parts in the novel is when Elle and Darien are at Excelsicon. My only complaint is that I wish Elle went around the show floor more. When she was describing all the cosplayers and the atmosphere, it reminded me of my own experiences at conventions, and I wished I was on the show floor with her. Overall, the fandom elements were so amazing in this book. If a crush tells me, “I hear the observation deck is nice this time of year”, I just might swoon over.

While the ending was a bit predictable, I absolutely loved it and gave me all the fangirl feels. Sometimes you just need a good happily ever after. My favorite part of Geekerella wasn’t even in the actual story– Ashley Preston’s acknowledgements made me cry! In her acknowledgements, Ashley Preston thanks the fandom community and the reader. I squealed when she writes, “So I want to thank you . You, the reader. You, who cosplays and writes fanfiction and draws fan art and runs a forum and collects Funko-Pops and must have hardcovers for all of your favorite book series and frames for your autographed posters”. If that’s not me, I don’t know who I am! Her acknowledgements were just so heartfelt, and I look forward to reading her other books!

What’s your favorite fandom(s)? Share in the comments below!

Book Tag, Books

The Book Cake Tag

If there are two things that I love in this world, it’s books and cake. I was inspired by the release of Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han to do the book cake tag this week! Lara Jean is the ultimate baker, and in my opinion, she should have her own Youtube channel dedicated to baking . I’d be the first subscriber for sure! The Book Cake Tag was created by Booktuber suddenlylorna, I love her creativity with this tag!

Flour – A book with a slow start but really picked up later

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I actually DNF’ed this book when I first read it because of its slow start. ’m so happy that I gave it a second chance because it’s a great summer contemporary.

Butter – A book with a rich plot

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ll Give You the Sun is just so beautifully written, following the perspectives of twins Noah and Jude. I love how the plot interwove between Noah and Jude,  I was completely memorized by this book.

Eggs- A book that you thought was going to bad, but was actually quite enjoyable

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian. I was a bit skeptical of reading The Last Boy and Girl in the World because of the mixed reviews I saw on Goodreads. I ended really enjoying this story, and it made me consider what I would do if my town went underwater!

Sugar- A sugary, sweet book

In honor of my inspiration for the tag, P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I loved this book so a bit more than To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before because it put an even bigger emphasis on the Song sisters and Lara’s life. Lara also bakes some cakes that I wish came along with the book.

Icing – A book that has everything you enjoy

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cinder has it all– action, humor (hello, Iko!), romance, politics, fairytale retelling, and more. I definitely recommended picking up the entire The Lunar Chronicles series if you haven’t already, as these elements are incorporated throughout the entire series.

Sprinkles- A book series that will pick you up when you’re feeling down

The Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins. Contemporaries are my go-to reads when I’m feeling sad, and between these books’ gorgeous covers and cute romances, Stephanie Perkin’s series is sure to please.

Cherry on Top- Your favorite book this year

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I cannot stop thinking about this book about two college roommates turned arch nemesis (I have a full review posted where I have all the fangirl feels), and V.E. Schwab recently announced that a sequel is coming out in 2018! Prepare the rereading!!!

What would your perfect book cake be made of? Share in the comments below!