Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell {Review by Kayla|

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis:
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?

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Review

I have been reading such good books lately and this one definitely is one of them!

Where do I even start with this book?? First of all, I want to talk about how real this was and I could totally see this as being someone’s actual life which was really interesting to see. Then there are the characters in this book which I absolutely loved. The main character, Cath, is so relatable especially to me since she is a writer and I think almost all writers out there will easily relate to her on many levels. With the minor characters, I really enjoyed that I either completely loved or completely hated them (in a good way) based on their relationship with Cath and just the overall role played in her life. Towards the end when I finished the book, I felt like I wanted more of the story. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the way it ended but part of me I wanted more of an in depth description. Overall, what really pushed this book to a five star was the book boyfriend (of course) because he was basically perfect. See for yourself!


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

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Age recommendation: 14+

 

 

 

Favorite YA Series {Part One}

This week has been the perfect week to curl up with a book by the window and read all day. It’s been raining nonstop and it doesn’t look like it’ll subside any time soon.

Unfortunately, I have to work all week, but luckily I have a gorgeous view of the lake in my office, so at least I can enjoy that much.

Today I’m recommending my favorite young adult series. These recommendations are those that I’ve read at least two of the books in the series. There are several series in which I’ve only read one book that I love so far, but I’ll wait to recommend those series once I’ve read at least one more book.

I’m more of a new adult/contemporary romance reader, so my YA favorites aren’t vast, however, I do love a great YA series every now and then.

My reason for this post is two-fold: First, I’m recommending every series listed here and second, I’d love it if you could recommend YA series that you’d think I’d like based on these.

 
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Book Hangover: The Hating Game

One of the worst things about reading a great book is that you can never read it for the first time again.

There is absolutely nothing like reading an amazing book for the very first time. It leaves you just a bit melancholy when you turn that final page.

It is the feeling you get after those moments when tackling your TBR list for something similar seems daunting and impossible that I like to call a Book Hangover.

My remedy is usually to either listen to the book on audio if I read the hard copy or read it if I listened to it on audio. I also force my sisters and mom to read the book, then stalk them as they do so … asking for updates every 4 seconds.

If there is a fandom associated with the book, you’d better believe I look for that, too.

And then, there is the difficult journey of trying to find a book similar enough to the book I just read so that I can start the process all over again.

I am here today for all those The Hating Game fans who have gone through this process. I’ve gathered a few books that I’ve read that are fantastic remedies for the book hangover you might be experiencing at the hands of Sally Thorne.

 

6 Book Recommendations for The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Fans

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Favorite Romance Novels of 2017

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Oh. My. Goodness.

This year has been such an epic reading year for me. Not necessarily in the amount of books I’ve read, but more in that I discovered so freaking many amazing books and authors all in one year!

My Goodreads goal this year was 100 books and I completed that goal just in time this month. Now, I’m off re-reading all the books I’ve become obsessed with thanks to this goal.

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2017 was the year I discovered auto-buy authors like Mariana Zapata, Rainbow Rowell, Laura Kaye, Jay Crownover, Helena Hunting, Sierra Simone, Sally Thorne, Lauren Rowe, and Penny Reid. I know, RIGHT?!

I also discovered a few series that I burned through in a matter of days, characters and stories that have stuck with me, oh, and I wrote and published a novel that I love, too!

These are my absolute favorite romance reads of 2017

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Review

Oh, Rainbow, you’ve done it again. You’ve made me fall in love with your characters, your writing style, and your story-telling. I could easily see myself falling into a vicious cycle between this book and Fangirl — reading and re-reading each one over and over again.

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Book Haul 08.07.17 [Library Bookstore, eBooks, & Audiobooks]

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Ok, I am seriously trying not to load my Kindle up with so many free ebooks, and if you’ve seen my past hauls, you’ll notice this week’s haul is significantly less than others. At least, as far as ebooks go.

I immediately made up for that by perusing my local library’s bookstore and picking up a ton of books. In my defense, I also donated a big reusable bag full of books that I knew I wasn’t ever going to get around to reading. My hard copy TBR shelf is overflowing once again, though.

If a room without books is a room without a soul, then my house has so many souls it’s basically a cemetery.

That came out way more morbid than I intended.

Anyway, onward to last week’s haul!

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

[Audiobook purchased from Audible]

Attachments

Goodreads synopsis:

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

Full book details here.

 

Review

Attachments was such a unique love story in the style I’ve come to love and appreciate from Rainbow Rowell: strong supporting characters, the quote-worthiness, and the down-to-earth romance.

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Favorite Books of the Month (July 2017)

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This month was a good freaking month of books for me. So much so that I fear August won’t be able to live up to all the tremendous reads I devoured this month.

There are a few reasons why I think I had so many more hits than misses this month. First, I had that giant Audible Book Haul in which I utilized gift cards and extra credits on my account. Second, the novels I chose came highly recommended by friends who love the same type of books that I do. And, third, I discovered Mariana Zapata. Three of her novels made my favorites list this month and I haven’t even read the last two yet.

Anyway, of the 15 great books I read this month, 7 of them received 5 stars and made my favorites list. (I cheated and added two entire series to this list, even though I didn’t read all the books in the series this month.To my credit, I read ⅔ of the books in both series in July, the other ones I read in the end of June.)

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Purchased from Audible)

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Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Full book details here.

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?

 

Review

Where have I been this book’s whole life? Seriously.

I’ve seen so much hype about this book and Eleanor & Park, yet it took me forever to pick up Eleanor & Park and even when I fell in love with that book, I still didn’t immediately read Fangirl as I should have. I’m kind of, maybe, a little bit mad at myself about it.

Because as much as I loved Eleanor & Park, I love Fangirl more.

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