WWW Wednesday: 24/04

WWW Wednesday: 24/04

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I missed WWW Wednesday last week because I shamefully didn’t finish one book, despite actually reading,


What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I’m lucky that I get an hour long lunch break so I am reading it at home as well as at work which is helping me to get through books!

What did you recently finish reading?

So this week, I finished quite a few books. I’m quite surprised by how much I actually read, but it’s all thanks to the long Easter weekend. Praise bank holidays and we still have two to come in May!

Between Thursday and Tuesday, I finished Opposite of Always and The Path Keeper and read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and The Paper & Hearts Society. That’s 4 books read in a week which is so good for me. I wish I could read that many every week!

What do you think you’ll read next?

My plan is to read Romanov by Nadine Brandes and Viper by Bex Hogan next. We still have a week left on April, so I’d love to get more books read for #ARCAttack especially as both of these books are the only two left on my ARCs to be released list (even though Viper was released on the 18th April!).

What are you reading this week?

Top Ten Tuesday || First Ten Books I Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday || First Ten Books I Reviewed

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.

I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years now and hasn’t it gone quick? I took a little step back not long after I started because I got a little bogged down with working and university and I’ve been trying to consistently blog ever since. I’d say that I’ve started to step up my game more since October/November time although my new job this month has thrown me a little bit!

Writing reviews has always been the thing I struggle the most with which is funny considering this blog was created for me to review books. I struggle to write critically about books but I give it a go anyway.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about bringing our first ten reviews to light. If I’d been talking about my old blog from about 5 years ago, I would most definitely be a little embarrassed to be posting my first review but I’m to my first ten posts on this blog. Here we go…

  1. Processed with VSCO with se3 presetCaraval by Stephanie Garber (Are we really that surprised?)
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  5. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
  6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  7. Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
  8. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
  9. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Easter Readathon 2019: TBR

Easter Readathon 2019: TBR

Kate over at Reading Through Infinity is hosting another Easter Readathon after the success of her readathon last year and I am looking forward to getting involved. You can check out her TBR here.

Now, I’m not too sure how much reading I’ll get done as I do have some plans over the weekend but I would definitely like to read a few books. As you may have seen, I am currently hosting (badly) #ARCAttack so I have a lot of books on that list that I need to get too.

Kate has created a bingo board for books to tick off. I’m not sure how many I will get to tick off as I will be attempting to read all of the ARCs that I have left but I know that I will at least be able to tick one box off this board!

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My TBR for the weekend is:

  1. The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
  2. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  3. Viper by Bex Hogan
  4. Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  5. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I am really not sure if I’ll be able to read all of these books but I will give it a go!

Top Ten Tuesday || Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday || Rainy Day Reads

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.

There are so many books that I love that are perfect for rainy days. Here are just a few from that list…

  1. Vicious by V. E. Schwab
  2.  Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  3.  Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  4.  Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  5.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  6.  On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  7.  Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  8. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  9. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  10. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

What 10 books would you consider your perfect rainy day reads? I’d love to know!

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

 

Title: The Princess and the Fangirl

Author: Ashley Poston

Pages: 370

Publisher: Quirk Books

Published: 2019

Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thanks, Quirk Books!

Rating: ★★★★


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.


‘The horizon’s wide and I have a kingdom to rule.’

The Princess and the Fangirl is the sequel to Geekerella, a book that I read back in 2017 and loved. I was a little worried that perhaps The Princess and the Fangirl wouldn’t quite meet up to the standard set by Geekerella, but it was just as good and it was so sweet.

One of the things that I loved about Geekerella when I read it was that it was such a quick and fun story that you can easily just slip into because it doesn’t require a lot of thought when reading it. The Princess and the Fangirl was exactly the same. It was a different story, but quite fun and I enjoyed it. It just made me happy and I love books that give me that feeling.

Thoughts

The Princess and the Fangirl is set over a 4 day period at ExcelsiCon, a convention based on the famous Starfield series/movie. ExcelsiCon is the same convention we attended in Geekerella so it was very nice to return to it but in this book, we see it from a different perspective. In The Princess and the Fangirl, we see it from the perspective of a fan/vendor and from the perspective of an actress. I thought this was quite a nice take because, as a fan, I obviously never get to see conventions in the eyes of an actor/actress, so this was interesting to read about.

This book follows two main characters, Imogen and Jessica. Imogen is the fan and Jessica is the actress, but they easily get mixed up as they look very similar. The Princess and the Fangirl really bounces off their likeness, especially when the new Starfield script gets leaked, and it goes on from there. As the synopsis above mentions, they switch places to find the person responsible for the leaks which exposes them to the sides of fandom that they both don’t get to normally experience.

I liked both Imogen and Jessica’s characters, but I did find Jessica to be a little bit annoying at times with how determined she was to hate conventions and fandom. I preferred Imogen’s character, but I do wonder if it’s because as a character, she’s a fan so I related to her a little bit more.

This book did include m/m and f/f romances which was really great to see. It’s nice to read a book and see diverse characters. Imogen and her brother also have two mums who are vendors, which I really loved.

The Princess and the Fangirl also featured the characters from Geekerella which was a lovely touch to this book. It actually made me feel quite happy as the characters were familiar and it was nice to see where they were a year on from the events of the first book.

The plot of this is fairly fast paced and the writing helps to keep it that way. The book is split into 4 parts based on each day at the convention. What I liked about this is that whilst the story was going on, what was happening in the background wasn’t sacrificed. When it was Saturday at the convention, there was definitely a lot of buzz whereas on the Sunday, you could actually imagine the convention winding down which made me feel quite sad knowing that it was coming to a close. I think Ashley did a really good job of conveying what people feel at conventions through this book.

This book is perfect for anyone who is part of a fandom or anyone who wants to or has attended a convention before. I’ve attended YALC/LFCC for the past two years and will be going again this year. This book brought back so many great memories for me as I thought back to my own convention experiences whilst reading about the convention in this book. I think Ashley really manages to capture the magical element of conventions and it translates onto the page so well.

Final Thoughts

I’d fully recommend reading The Princess and the Fangirl if you like fairly fast paced books, romance and a book that is just fun. Like I said at the beginning, I really enjoyed being able to fall into this book without having to really think about the story or anything because it is easy to follow. I would argue that it is predictable, but it’s a happy kind of predictable. If I’m totally honest, reading this book made me think of my own convention experiences and has me really looking forward to my next YALC. I love books that make you happy and this is definitely one of those books that does that!

 

WWW Wednesday: 10/04

WWW Wednesday: 10/04

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I wasn’t sure whether to do WWW Wednesday this week seeing as I posted my first Top Ten Tuesday post yesterday, but then I realise that I barely posted last week (blame the fact I started a new job) so here I am making up for it now! Plus, I’ve read a book this past week so I may as well tell you about it!

I really want to continue this streak of reading a book a week, but what I’d really love is to be able to bump that number up to two a week. I know I’ve said it a few times now, but I really want to work on reading more books and faster this year.

What are you currently reading?

I’m still read The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds and am about a quarter of the way through so far. I’ve been reading it on my lunch breaks at work now that I get an hour, but I usually spend the first half hour eating and going on my phone and then the second half hour I try to read on my Kindle. I picked up Opposite of Always as my ‘at home’ read and so far, it seems quite good and like it could be a fairly quick read, despite the fact that it is 450 pages long!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Devouring Grey on Monday evening which I liked. I didn’t love it but I did enjoy reading this little paranormal book. I am hovering between 3.5 and 4 stars because I did find it slow to start with but the last 110 pages did pick up! 

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I’ll be reading Viper next as that is released on the 18th April so I would like to get to that before it comes out. After that, I’ll be going for either Romanov or A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder but I’ll see what type of mood I am in!

What are you reading this week?

Top Ten Tuesday || Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

Top Ten Tuesday || Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

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.

So I’ve finally decided to do a Top Ten Tuesday! I’ve been trying to decide whether to participate or not as there are sometimes topics where I can’t even think of 10 things, this topic being one of them! However, I want to post more and post consistently and this is a great way to do just that!

I can’t promise I’ll be participating every week but I’d like to start getting involved with Top Ten Tuesday more.

This is a fairly difficult topic because I can’t actually think of that many things that I’ve done that are exactly out of the ordinary.

1. Travelled to London just for V. E. Schwab’s Forbidden Planet signing.

I’ve travelled to Birmingham and Cheltenham before to see authors and for signings but I have never travelled to London for a book signing (we don’t count YALC because that’s an actual event that lasts longer than a day). Victoria wasn’t coming to Birmingham on her tour this time so with the Forbidden Planet signing being free, I made my way to London specifically for that.

2. Waited 3 hours to see Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

This is the longest I have ever waited for a book signing. I know plenty of other people have waited the same or longer but this is really not something I am used to. But I was committed to getting my books signed so I was staying in that queue no matter what.

3. Collecting editions of books – Caraval series and Harry Potter

Not exactly outrageous but I do have multiple editions of some books such as Harry Potter, the Caraval series and some of Victoria Schwab’s books

4. Special edition book boxes

Again, not outrageous or crazy but perhaps uncharacteristic for me. I do love a book box but I just can’t bring myself to splurge on the special edition boxes. Well, that changed last month because guess who bought their first special edition book box? Hint: it’s me.

5. Ran for books

I have a tendency to be very excitable about books and this is taken to new extremes when I’m at YALC. I didn’t so much last year, but in 2017, I was literally sprinting for books left, right and centre.

6. Pulled a beastly face for a chance to win a proof

At YALC 2017, Hodder was giving away proofs if you pulled your best beast face. It paid off because I did get a proof but that was definitely a different way to get a book!

7. Stayed up until 3am to read a book.

I know this is common for a lot of people to do but I am constantly tired and have to be up at 6am so I just can’t stay up at this time very often.

8. Reorganising my shelves for one book.

I have a tendency to let new books stack up until a rather large pile has stacked up in some bit of space in my room. However, sometimes I shall reorganise a shelf just so that I can fit one book on. In fact, I have already removed a book from my one shelf to accommodate Finale (which is released in a month!).

9. Reorganised my room for extra shelves

It’s true. I had a desk in my room for about 15 years until 2017, which is when I finished university. I decided that I didn’t need that desk anymore and so got rid of that in favour of more shelf space. I mean, totally worth it but I still need more shelf space!

10. Bought a bag based on the fact I can fit books in it

Not exactly crazy but I have bought bags based on how many books I can fit in them. I’ve even tried to see the smallest bag I can get whilst also being able to fit a book in it!

What are some of the craziest/outrageous/uncharacteristic things you’ve ever done for books?