Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites – Books That Were Recommended To You

This is hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here. There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share. You can share your most or least favourites too!

So this weeks topic is books I was told that I would love and should read. While I was thinking about the books I have been recommended I realised that a lot of them were from my sisters, who basically told me to read it so they could fangirl with me!

So these are the books my sisters have recommended:

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare – they basically told me to read all the shadowhunter books because they knew I would love them. And I do, TID is definitely my favourite though!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I don’t usually read contemporary books but my sister kept insisting I would love it and you know what I really did! I’ve reread it three times since.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – my sister was obsessed and so of course I had to see what the fuss was about lol

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – another series my sister basically shoved in my face insisting I read it. I’ve read the first two so far and although I wasn’t a fan of the first book I did enjoy the second a lot more so I will be continuing it

Also thought I would share some that have been recommended by fellow book bloggers and just generally on bookstagram:

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – I wasn’t sure whether I would like this book but @violettereads said it was amazing and if you know me well…you know that these books have been my obsession for the past year!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – another one I kept seeing on bookstagram and @fictiontea kept saying it’s amazing so I thought I would pick them up and I really loved it!

So these are some of my fave books that have been recommended to me!

Have you had a book recommended to you and completely fallen in love with it?

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Rainy Day Reads

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.

I’m a mood reader so I tend to decide what book to read depending on what I feel like picking up at the time but I think it would be nice to read a contemporary book while cosied up on the sofa or bed with a cup of tea and a blanket.

So these are some contemporaries that I loved and think would be great to read on a rainy day!

1 Geekerella by Ashley Poston – a geeky retelling of Cinderella which I adored!

2 Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan – I absolutely loved this book which has themes of female empowerment and sisterhood!

3 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – the contemporary book that convinced me to read more in this genre!

4 The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – I read this recently and adored it even more than Geekerella!

5 Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu – another female empowerment book that I loved!

As you can tell I tend to read contemporaries if they are about something that I am passionate about. So female empowerment themes or it being totally geeky!

Do you enjoy reading contemporaries? What type of books do you enjoy reading on a rainy day?

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!


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?

Diverse Books, YA Books

The Princess And The Fangirl by Ashley Poston – eARC Review

Thank you to Quirk Books and Netgalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I adored Geekerella so when I heard there would be a companion book I was so excited! And this book did not disappoint. In fact I probably loved this even more than Geekerella.


Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.
When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

This book is filled with so much adorable geekiness, I just cannot deal! It’s a feel good book that left me feeling giddy and wanting to go to a con myself. There is so many pop culture references and I loved it! From Harry Potter to Star Wars and so much more. It made the characters, being at the con so real and so relatable! Honestly, I don’t read many contemporaries especially cute fluffy ones but wow did I love this.

This story is essentially a modern prince and the pauper retelling and it was so nice to see a retelling of a different story, as all I seem to see a beauty and the beast retellings. With the added bonus of it being set in a con over four days, it was fun and fast paced and intense. A lot happens in these four days from each of the girls learning more about themselves and each other to how it is on the other side of the fandom.

I really loved the diversity in the book too. Ethan is Asian and there is a f/f romance. I thought it was really well written and not like it was forced in there.

Jessica is the actress who plays Princess Amara on the film Starfield and she receives a lot of hate. People are always commenting all over her social media, sending her hateful messages, which is difficult for her to handle. She feels as though no one wants her there because she wasn’t a Starfield fan and she didn’t want to be in future films. As a result of all of this she is distant and generally looks like she doesn’t want to be there. Although I didn’t particularly Jess at the beginning of the book as her story developed and we get to see all that she has had to go through and how unhappy and lonely she is and I ended up really loving her and totally rooting for her!

“We need those stories, too. Stories that tell us that we can be bold and brash and make mistakes and still come out better on the other side”

Imogen is probably the opposite of Jess. She is reckless and passionate and adores Starfield. So much so that she has spearheaded a campaign and started a petition to save Amara. She has a younger brother Milo who she feels she is constantly in the shadow of. Her mums can be a little over protective and she had her heartbroken at the last excelsicon. So she puts everything into the saving Amara campaign, regardless of whether Jessica Stone wants to continue being Amara or not. Throughout the story we learn why saving Amara is so important to Imogen but she also learns why it isn’t okay to force Jess to play a role that makes her so unhappy.

They both have some great character development even though it is only set over four days and the beginning of a romance. While they switched places they both meet someone who they start to develop feelings for. Imogen’s hate to love was great, I loved how they both misunderstood each other and their own prejudices got in the way of them realising their feelings. And I oved that Jess was able to meet a girl who she could talk openly to without fear of her words being twisted and shared all over the internet. I loved seeing their friendship develop into something more. I liked that neither couple “fell in love” but that it was the beginning of something as they have only known each for a few days.

I loved that the darker side of cons and being part of a fandom was also discussed from how obsessive fans can make the actors feel uncomfortable and unsafe. To how females are portrayed in films, especially sci-fi/fantasy. They tend to be a love interested and there to push the story and character development of the male hero. How actresses are held to higher and stricter standards than their male colleagues, even mentioning real actresses that this has happened to.

“I’m sick and tired of princesses being either damsels in distress or the foil for a male character’s emotional growth.”

I think the only thing I was unsure of was the motives of the person who leaked the script. Why was it leaked? What did this person hope to achieve? I also figured out pretty early on who it was but none of this lessened my enjoyment of this book. It’s honestly so fun and anyone who loves cons and is part of a fandom will love this!

P.S Can we have Starfield made into a real show?

This book releases on April 2nd so you still have time to preorder!

*Any quotes used are from the arc and subject to change in the final copy.