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Top Five Wednesday: Books Before I Started Watching Booktube

This week’s Top Five Wednesday theme focuses on books that you’ve picked up before joining any online book community. While I’ve been getting a lot of recommendations from my fellow book bloggers, A TON of the books that I’ve picked up since 2015 have been a result of watching BookTube videos. BookTube really inspired to amp my reading game and helped bring on a whole new level of fangirling for me: give me Youtube videos about books any day! That being said, today I’ll be talking about books that I read and loved (still love) before watching BookTube.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– I think it was (and still is) impossible to walk into a Barnes and Noble without seeing The Fault in Our Stars. I didn’t need BookTube to tell me how much I would love TFIOS, not to mention how many times I’ve reread it. I still sob every reread! I actually read all of John Green’s books before watching Booktube and I’m most definitely anticipating Turtles All the Way Down.

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Helper I remember picking up The Cupcake Queen at a Scholastic Book Fair in middle school. I think The Cupcake Queen will always be one of my all-time favorite books because it’s one of the most memorable books I read growing up, plus it has cupcakes in the title—how could I not love it?

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard– I don’t remember when I read Sara Shepard’s The Heiresses, but I do feel disappointed that this series didn’t continue after the first book.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman– I remember eating up If I Stay up while sitting outside on a really nice spring day. My neighbors were most likely looking into my backyard, wondering why I was sitting on my deck sobbing my eyes out. If I Stay is one of the saddest books that I’ve ever read and one of the few books and book-to-movie adaptations that have made me hysterically cry.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell– I read E&P during my sophomore year of high school and I remember wanting more of Rainbow Rowell’s writing (I’m still trying to figure out why I didn’t pick up Fangirl until a year later). I have the B&N exclusive edition of E&P with its gorgeous fan art and I had Rainbow Rowell sign it at Book Con in June (mini PSA that Rainbow Rowell is the nicest person you could ever meet).

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Top Five Wednesday: Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want

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For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be talking about what fitness routines I would love to adopt from characters. The topic has made me realize that many of my favorite characters aren’t too into fitness, so I had to be just a bit inventive for this T5W.

Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- How was Peeta so physically fit to perform during training and the games? He lifted bags of flour at his family’s bakery! If doing Peeta’s fitness routine means that I get to work at a bakery, sign me up! Katniss would enjoy my banana bread, and hopefully Katniss would get Gale to eat it and he would love it and he would want to marry me and we would have a happily ever after better than any dystopian society could imagine.

Starr from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– Starr is very committed to playing basketball, and I wish I could have just some of her skills. Between my height and lack of basketball playing skills, I tend to not mix too well with the sport. img_4427.jpg

Spencer from the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard– In the books, Spencer plays field hockey, and being a field hockey player myself, I could possibly develop a fitness routine that revolves around the sport (and yes, this is evidence that I have read EVERY single book in the Pretty Little Liars book series, but I couldn’t get past the first season of the show).

Jule from Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart– It’s pretty impressive that Jule finds time to work out in between traveling from place to place. Her dedication to her fitness routine is something that I need during the summer (what can I say, my bed can be just too controlling in the mornings). I’m going to have a review of E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud closer to release date (September 5th) this fall. funkohps

 

Oliver Wood from Harry Potter– Quidditch as my main form of exercise? Yes please! Oliver’s routine is probably a bit intense, but I’ll do whatever it takes to make me closer to being a Hogwarts student.

Being an athletic person myself, I’d love to read some more books that feature characters who play sports or who are into fitness. Let me know about some books about sports/fitness that come into your mind in the comments!

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Second Book is Best


Today’s Top Five Wednesday is focused on series where the second book was the best. I actually had a really hard time coming up with books for today–when it comes to some of my favorite series, trilogies especially, the second book is typically my “least favorite”. Due to my struggle, I decided to change up the prompt today. The first three books I discuss will follow today’s topic, but the last two books I talk about will be a author’s second published book that I enjoyed more than their debut novel.

Second Book in A Series:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo– I didn’t think I could love Crooked Kingdom as much as Six of Crows, but nevertheless, Crooked Kingdom stole my heart. I am so satisfied with this duology’s finale, and it’s still a book that I find myself thinking about. The plot was perfectly executed, the OTPs are the best, and CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GORGEOUS THE PHYSICAL BOOK IS?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Even though the Illuminae Files series isn’t finished yet, I enjoyed Gemina even more than Illuminae. I loved seeing this story and world expand, not to mention the amazing illustrations by Marie Lu. Gemina’s cover was also just as cool Illuminae, once again winning the award for best naked hardback.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight is my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. I’m in serious need of a reread, but I loved how Crown of Midnight really started to set the stage for the rest of the series, plus there’s SO MUCH Chaol in this one! Unpopular opinion here, but what can I say, Chaol is my fav. I’m so happy I was able to get my copy of CoM signed by Sarah at Book Con  this year.

Author’s Second Published Novel:

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera- I was really impressed with Adam Silvera’s More Happy than Not, but History is All You Left Me has earned a spot as my favorite Silvera book (maybe They Both Die at the End will change things??). HIAYLM, not unlike More Happy Than Not, has such an interesting storyline, as Griffin tries to come to terms with his ex-boyfriend’s death alongside his ex-boyfriend’s current boyfriend.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun deserves all the hype and more and is hands-down one of the most beautiful, if not the most, beautiful book that I’ve ever read. I enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere, but I’ll Give You the Sun stole my Jandy Nelson heart.

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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Top Five Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

For this week’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be talking about some book covers that I’d love just to set up camp in.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han– Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books have the coziest covers. I just want to jump into Lara Jean’s bedroom, and I cannot wait to see how her room comes in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before film adaptations!!! Jenny Han’s on-set Instagram stories have made me even more excited to see these books come to life!toallthe.jpg

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins– Once November 1st hits, you better believe that I’m in Christmas mode! I love the holiday season so much, so I’d love to be on a lake surrounded by Christmas trees (even though I’d be on the sidelines with a cup of hot chocolate due to my lack of ice skating skills).IMG_4105.jpg

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour– The cover of We Are Okay also gives me cozy vibes, and I’m in love with the cover’s color scheme. We Are Okay has been one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I have a full review here (this was the first review post on Fangirl Fury!).

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– I bought These Broken Stars purely because of its cover, so it’d be the one time I wouldn’t mind floating around outer space in a gorgeous dress. Looking at These Broken Stars reminds me of how much I want to reread this book.bookcovers.jpg

The Vacationers by Emma Straub– I wouldn’t mind diving right into the water on this book’s cover! Emma Straub’s books tend to have lower star ratings on Goodreads, but I really enjoyed reading The Vacationers,following a not-so-in-agreement family’s vacation, and Modern Lovers last year.

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.

I guess I have a thing for wanting to live in contemporary book covers! What’s a book cover you’d like to jump right into? Share in the comments!

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Series That Got Better

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Book series that get better with every installment are the best type of series. Listed below are some series that improved with each book for this Top Five Wednesday.

The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab– One of my reading goals for this summer was to read the entire Shades of Magic trilogy, which includes A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light. This series is among the most loved books in the book blogging community, so I knew it was time for me to pick it up. While the Shades of Magic trilogy wasn’t my favorite, I did enjoy reading these books, and I was impressed by how the cast of characters grew with each installment (Hastra, Alucard, and Rhy are my faves).

The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han– When I read To All the Boys Before back in May 2015, I thought it was another cute and heart-warming read and was pretty excited to pick up the next book, P.S. I Still Love You. I ended up loving this second book about Lara Jean and the Song sisters even more, and my heart squealed when Jenny Han announced in 2016 that this once-duology would be turned into a trilogy, finishing with Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Always and Forever, Lara Jean was everything I could have hoped for in this series conclusion, and I love how much Lara Jean and her story grows throughout the series.

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins– I’m one of the very few people who consider Mockingjay their favorite book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I KNOW IT’S VERY DEPRESSING, BUT IT WAS JUST SO GOOD! I obviously love the first two books as well, with The Hunger Games having so much action and setting the scene and more plot movement in Catching Fire, but I just remember being obsessed with Mockingjay and the way this series finished.

The A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas– The A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy is one of my all-time favorite series, and I really enjoyed seeing the ACOTAR world and cast of characters grow and improve with each installment (not to mention how much more gorgeous fan art came out with each book). I have reviews for A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin on the blog.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling– It’s no surprise that I think each Harry Potter book is amazing in its own way, but I must admit that I love the final three books in the series a bit more than the first four. I enjoy seeing Harry Potter and friends a bit more mature and older, even as their story grows darker. When asked which is my favorite book in the series, I always struggle to choose between Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (ranting sidenote: I really don’t like seeing people put down Order of the Phoenix because of ‘angsty’ Harry, he was facing a really dark and depressing time in his life) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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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Top Five Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set in the Western World

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For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be discussing five books that are set outside North America and Western Europe. All of these books take place in multiple locations (some of these places may be set in North America or Western Europe), but their overall story takes places outside the Western World.

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys– One of my favorite books, Between Shades of Gray tells the story of fifteen-year old Lina, whose family has just been deported to Siberia from their home in the Baltic States. This novel is so heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and I think it is so important for everyone to read this book, as many people are unaware of the horrors people from the Baltic States experienced during World War II.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin– Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf takes place in a world where the Aix Powers won World War II. Every year, the Third Reich and Imperial Japan host a motorcycle race across their shared continents. Yael, a former death camp prisoner with skin-shifting abilities, is given a mission: win the race disguised as Adele Wolfe and kill Hitler. While the race begins in Europe, much of the novel takes place in Asia, as Yael races to win.

Cinder by Marissa MeyerThe first book in The Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder primarily takes place in the Eastern Commonwealth, a futuristic version of Asia. If you haven’t yet heard of Cinder or The Lunar Chronicles, all you need to know that this series includes cyborgs, fairy-tale retellings, sassy robots, and a hot prince known by the name of Kai.

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin– Still on my TBR, Ryan Graudin’s The Walled City takes place in a dark world based on Asian culture. I’ve been told to go into this novel without knowing much in order to get all the thrills!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Want a book that doesn’t take place on Earth at all? Then jump into Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s sci-fi series, The Illuminae Files, and head into OUTER SPACE. This series is filled with space ships, politics, romance and more!

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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Top Five Wednesday: Children’s Books

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For this week’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be reflecting on some of my favorite childhood reads. I read very few Middle Grade novels, so I think it will be fun to go back in time and think about the books that made my love for reading grow.

The Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke– Besides Harry Potter, the Inkworld trilogy was the first fantasy series I picked up when I was younger. I remember getting the first book, Inkheart, at my school’s Scholastic Book Fair (PSA to have these in college) and carrying it back and forth to my 5th grade classroom everyday. Meggie basically lives every reader’s dream, or nightmare in this case; her father can read book characters to life, while her mother disappeared into the story. Apparently, there’s been another book in the works for this series, which means I need to get to rereading soon!

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry– Number the Stars is one of my all-time favorite books that I’ve ever read in school. In 137 pages (definitely recommend if you’re into short books), Lois Lowry tells the story of two young girls living in World War II era- Copenhagen. When the Jews of Denmark start being taken away, Ellen must pretend to be part of Anne Marie’s family.

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass– I first read A Mango-Shaped Space for summer reading in middle school, and since then, it’s still a book I love to revisit and reread. The story is told by thirteen-year old Mia, who has a not-so known condition called synesthesia. Mia can see sounds, smell colors, and taste shapes, which often causes a lot of misunderstand between her and her family and friends.

The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novels by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. MartinThe Baby-sitters Club books were among my favorite series growing up, so I was more than excited when they came out with graphic novels of the first few books. I loved (and still do) Raina Telgemeier’s artwork and how she brought Kristy, Stacey, Claudia, and Mary Anne to the comic pages.

The Nancy Drew Mystery Series by Carolyn Keene– I really enjoyed reading Nancy Drew and I remember doing a few book reports about her (one was an awesome haunted house about The Secret of the Old Clock). I would love to do a Nancy Drew cosplay one day!

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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!

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Top Five Wednesday: Hate to Love Romances

Hate to love romances can become forced and a bit tropey, unless they’re done in the right fashion. Listed below are my favorite hate to love romances for this Top Five Wednesday!

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Simon and Baz from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Simon and Baz are among my all-time favorite One True Pairings. Their back-and-forth conversations are to die for, and one of my favorite parts of the book is seeing their feelings for each other come out. I just love Carry On so much, and I may or may not have three copies to prove so…

Dimple and Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon- From the moment she meets him, Dimple Shah hates Rishi Patel (there may be a thrown iced coffee involved). She didn’t come to her web development summer camp for the sake of meeting her future husband, but as they spend more time together as friends, Dimple discovers that she feels something for Rishi that is most definitely not hatred. 

Mia and Nicholas from The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement – I may be in a bit of Chris Pine daze after seeing Wonder Woman, but I’ll always think of Chris Pine as Nicholas from the movie, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.  The Princess Diaries films are among my all-time favorite movies, and I love seeing Mia and Nicholas’s relationship develop from hate into something more meaningful. 

Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Even though I’m Team Gale, I do like Katniss and Peeta as an OTP. The tragedy they both face in the trilogy helps them understand and care for each other. 

Nina and Matthias from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Nina and Matthias may start off from members of opposing sides, but that doesn’t stop them from developing feelings for each other. Frankly, I adore all of the OTPs from the Six of Crows, and Nina and Matthias are no exception with their waffles and banter. 

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Top Five Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Not every protagonist can be every reader’s cup of tea. However, there are some “unlikeable” protagonists that you can’t do anything but love!

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Josie from Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahanLove and Other Foreign Words is one of the most underrated books in the book reviewing and Booktube community—in my opinion, it doesn’t get the hype it deserves! Josie is one of the top YA characters that I can relate to because of her sarcasm and quick remarks. While she does tend to irritate some people around her, you can’t help but love her intelligence and wittiness.

Celaena Sardothein from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– Some Throne of Glass readers tend to hate on Celaena, finding her arrogant and stubborn, but I just can’t get over her wittiness and kick-butt attitude. As much as I enjoy seeing her develop into a stronger leadership role as the series continues, I do miss seeing the best sassy assassin in all of Adarlan.

Levana from Fairest by Marissa Meyer– The “prequel” to The Lunar Chronicles, Fairest follows Levana’s journey to being the Queen of Luna. Don’t get me wrong, Levana is a despicable person throughout her life, but I enjoyed learning more about her backstory.

Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Listen, it’s been TWO days since I’ve mentioned Vicious in a blog post! Victor Vale is the perfect anti-hero, and you just have to love his scheming and evil doing.

Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu– I think a lot of people struggle getting into Adelina’s mindset because she’s rather dark, and it’s clear from the beginning of the book that she is not a good individual. I plan on rereading The Young Elites soon and continuing on with this series because when I first read it back in 2015, I definitely enjoyed it, but compared it too much to Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (aka one of my all time favorite series). The two series are quite different from each other.

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.

 Who are some of your favorite “unlikeable” protagonists? Let me know in the comments!