Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Books You Thought You Would Hate But Ended Up Loving

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

As the saying goes, never judge a book by it’s cover. And well I’m really glad I didn’t get put off by books that didn’t look or sound like my kind of thing. Some of these I was basically forced to read by my sisters as they loved it and needed someone to fangirl with!

So these are the books I am glad I gave a chance to because I loved them all!

1 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – the first contemporary book I read because my sister loved it and told me I HAD to read it. And yes, I completely fell in love and it’s what convinced me to try reading more contemporary books.

2 Light Years by Kass Morgan – the most recent book I gave a chance to and loved. I was a little put off by the cover but several bloggers said they loved it and I had gotten the arc in an illumicrate box so I thought I may as well give it a go and yup, I need the sequel already!

3 The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I don’t typically read romance but a retelling of Arabian nights is what swayed me and Shazi and Khalid are my OTP and I completely fell in love!

4 The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – thank goodness my sister forced me to read Cinder because OMG this is one of my favourite series ever!

5 The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare – the weird covers of TMI had put me off reading any of these books and while TMI is not a favourite, TID most certainly is! I adored this trilogy!

So these are books that I thought I would hate but ended up loving! Some of these have actually become some of my all time favourite books!
Is there a book that you’re glad you gave a chance to?

Fiction Books, YA Books

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Book Review

I reread this recently and I just fell in love all over again! I hadn’t read it since I read it for the first time in 2016 so I thought it was time for a reread and it honestly one of the best contemporaries I’ve read!

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Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

This book is what convinced me to read contemporaries. Before reading Fangirl I always thought contemporaries weren’t for me and although it’s still not my favourite genre, I still try reading some depending on what the book is about and that is thanks to Fangirl.
One of the main reasons I fell in love with Fangirl was because of how absolutely relatable Cath was! She is a total fangirl, struggles with change and has social anxiety.

She reminded me of my teenage self when I was about to start university and how absolutely terrified I was. I loved how real her anxiety felt. It was really well represented. How she manages to get to class but can’t bring herself to go to the social events, because class is a necessity so it can be managed. Just how she felt in different situations was so relatable.

“Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster”

Cath is the socially awkward fangirl that I could relate to in so many ways. Her love for Simon Snow was like my love for Harry Potter growing up and how I would go to the midnight launches to get my copy as soon as it released. I loved seeing her character develop throughout the story but I loved that she wasn’t suddenly “cured” of her anxiety by the end, just that she was learning to try new things and take more chances. But she didn’t leave her childhood love behind, the love of Simon Snow shaped who she was and it was a nice change to see that both Cath and Wren continued that love as they grew older. Because let’s face it, us adults in our twenties still love our childhood favourites, you know a certain golden trio, and it is still very much a part of who we are.

“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one”

I adored Levi, he is my favourite cinnamon roll character ever! He was so sweet and kind and funny and I fell in love. I loved how respectful he was of Cath and made sure she was okay with everything in every step as their relationship developed. And even though he made a mistake, he owned up to it and did his best to make up for it.

I really enjoyed seeing Cath and Levi’s relationship develop and they are so damn adorable my heart can’t take it. How Levi asks Cath to read to him and how they just hang out and that was so wonderful to see. Their romance is still my favourite because it was cute and sweet and they took it slow and it wasn’t a happily ever after, more of a new beginning and they would see where it would take them, yet they were still falling hard for each other. And I just want more cutesy, feel good (and sometimes awkward) romances like theirs in YA books.

“You’ve read the books?”
“I’ve seen the movies.”
Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. “So you haven’t read the books.”
“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me”

I loved Reagan and her friendship with Cath, I loved how they understood how each other’s personalities were and even though they were so different they got along so well. She was a wonderful friend to Cath, helping her get out of her shell and being there for her.

“I feel sorry for you, and I’m going to be your friend.”
“I don’t want to be your friend,” Cath said as sternly as she could. “I like that we’re not friends.”
“Me, too. I’m sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.”

I think you can tell by now that I adore all the characters, Wren and their father were so great too. It was nice seeing how different Wren and Cath were yet how much they still looked out for each other and for their dad. The characters seemed so real and normal, like you could actually bump into them on the street. I loved how Cath and Wren knew each other so well, and even though their differences threatened to distance them, they still managed to come back stronger than ever. I loved how sarcastic they were with each other and their fandom references, it reminded me of me and my sisters.

The story itself is one that most teenagers could relate to. Going away to university and being an adult (or pretending to adult) and trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be, what you want to do in life. And still dealing with whatever baggage they went there with. I

I could gush about this book for ages. And how much of a feel good book it is, even though it deals with lots of serious topics, and how Levi is pure sunshine but I will stop there.

I also reread via audiobook and I highly recommend it. I really loved listening to it.
Have you read this book? Did you love it?

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Standalones That Need A Sequel

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

I don’t really read that many standalones as I love series and being able to spend books and books in the same world. But there are some books that I have loved and read that are standalones and yes I’ve been left wanting more. So these are the books that I want a sequel for!

1 One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus – I just want more of these characters okay! I completely fell in love with them and how much they grew and developed throughout the story and I just want more!

2 The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – Romy is such a wonderful character and I want to see more of her story

3 Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – Ayesha and Khalid are my OTP and I want to know more of their story

4 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – this story is so damn adorable and I just want more of Cath and Levi okay

5 Wonder by RJ Palacios – this story had me in tears but this is such an important story and I would love to have more of the story

6 To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – I want to go on more adventures with Elian and see what type of sea queen Lira becomes!

7 Saints and Misfits by SK Ali – I really want to see Janna get the justice she deserves!

8 Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo – I loved the story and I want to see more adventures and world saving with the whole team!

9 She Wore Red Trainers by Naima B Robert – it ends with them getting on a plane to Mexico just after getting married so I would love to see older versions of them and what they’re doing

10 The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James – I just finished this book and I just want to see more of the world that Lowrie and Shen live in and how they cope as they get older.

So these are the books that I would love a sequel for! Is there a book you wish had a sequel?

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Favourite Couples in Books

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

This weeks post is about my favourite couples in books.

I have so many ships. Characters that I have been rooting for since I first met them so it was pretty hard to narrow it down to 10 but here are some of my favourite ships!

1 Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter – I will go down with this ship! Although I ship book Romione than the film version. They were one of my first ships and I still love them!

2 Samirah and Amir from Magnus Chase – They are my OTP! I have never seen a cuter couple. I love how much they support each other and Amir is just adorable! I want a book based on them please!

3 Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – gahhh I love these two so much! my favourite classic and one had me screaming for them to admit their feelings

4 Percy and Annabeth from Percy Jackson – They are my favourite friendship to lovers. Their relationship develops over so many years and I love it so much!

5 Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles – They seem like opposites, but I loved how they made each other better.

6 Will and Tessa from TID – This is the one time I was rooting for both Will and Jem but I feel like Will and Tessa were better as a couple. Both are bookworms and they are so great together!

7 Ayesha and Khalid from Ayesha at Last – So much second hand embarrassment in this book that by the end I was dying in anticipation for them to admit their feelings for each other.

8 Shahrzad and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn – Gahh I loved them so much! Khalid is so romantic and there was so many swoon worthy moments!

9 Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows – The most sow burn romance ever and I loved it! I loved how their relationship developed but still held true to who they were.

10 Amani and Jin from Rebel of the Sands – I loved how their relationship developed and how much they had to sacrifice throughout the story. For each other and for the sake of the rebellion.

So here are some of my favourite ships! Tell me your favourite couples and come fangirl with me!

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesdays – Nostalgic Ships

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

This weeks topic is nostalgic ships. Couples that you loved when you were younger.

Okay so a lot of my ships will be from films as most of the books I read when I was younger didn’t really have ships. But these are my favourites because I was totally rooting for them and found them adorable!

1 Ron and Hermione – Romione forever! I have loved these two since I first read about them and loved seeing their relationship develop throughout the books!

2 Anastasia and Dimitri – this was one of my favourite childhood films and these two are just amazing! Anastasia is sassy and fierce and I love how Dimitri develops throughout the film.

3 Elizabeth and Darcy – Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favourite classic and I adore these two! From the socially awkward Darcy to outspoken and confident Lizzie.

4 Lyra Belaqua and Will Parry – I loved these two in the His Dark Materials trilogy and how much they sacrificed, even having to spend their lives separately for the greater good.

5 Thomas O’Malley and Duchess – I know, I know, they’re cats but common! Artistocats is one of my favourite Disney films. You have love how much effort Thomas goes into impressing Duchess and how well he looks after her kids.

So these were my favourite ships when I was younger!

Do comment and tell me which couples you loved when you were younger!