Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Guys. I am in love. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows Cath, a freshman in college, who is less than enthusiastic about her impending college experience. Her twin sister, Wren, has abandoned her and their shared love of Simon Snow (a book series about magicians) on favor of independence. Cath is alone with her fanfiction and anxiety in a world of strangers until her roommate Reagan and Reagan’s friend Levi coax her out of her shell and show her how much fun college can be. 

The characters were definitely the best thing about this story. They are all real and relatable; they have good qualities and flaws and could be real people. I cared so deeply for these characters and I was very sad when the book ended and I couldn’t read about them anymore. 

I LOVED this book. This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel and I was not disappointed. I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say that I relate to Cath on a deep and personal level. While Harry Potter is my Simon Snow, I related on almost every level to Cath and her struggles. Even if you aren’t a fangirl or fanboy yourself, this book is still full of fun. The romance is adorable, the plot is compelling, and the characters are amazing. Fangirl explores deep issues such as the desire for acceptance, divorce, and abandonment. I truly think that anyone could enjoy Cath’s story. 

5/5 stars. Would HIGHLY recommend. 

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ll be honest here, I was expecting a little more out of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve heard so many good things about this book series, and my hopes for loving it were high. It was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. 

Shatter Me follows Juliette Ferrars, a seventeen year old girl trapped in an insane asylum because her touch is lethal. Craziness unfolds as she’s hunted for her abilities and she tries to survive in the destroyed world. 

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is beautiful, however I felt that it almost distracted from the story. I listened to the audiobook of Shatter Me, and was a bit confused by the flowery style at times. I think that I’m going to read the ebook of Unravel Me to see if I like that format better. 

The characters were definitely compelling, especially Kenji. He was hilarious. The world was terrifyingly realistic. The idea that humanity could screw up the Earth so much is hardly a new concept, but it is scary because it is possible. 

I was a a little bored while listening to this book, but that’s not unusual for the first book in a series. I’m still hopeful going into the next book. 

I ended up giving Shatter Me 3/5 stars, but that could change as I read on. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this review. If you did, leave me a like and a comment. I will talk to you next time! 

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection is a very popular YA novel that follows America Singer, a 17 year old girl living in a world driven by an eight tiered caste system in which ones are the royal family and eights are the homeless, poverty-stricken members of society. America is a five, the caste of artists and musicians. When the crown prince of her country comes of age, there is a competition held known as The Selection in which girls are chosen at random from the various castes for the chance to be chosen by the prince as his wife and future queen. Despite being opposed to the contest, America finds herself part of it and must navigate the confusing waters of palace life. 

The best part of the book is definitely the characters, specifically Prince Maxon. I love any book that gives me a new fictional boy to fangirl over and The Selection, definitely delivered with Maxon. He is sweet and caring and everything a girl would want her prince to be. America is a little different. While I don’t dislike her, some of the things she does and says don’t make much sense to me. She’s a bit annoying but seems to be a good person overall. 

If you like The Bachelor, you will like The Selection. The book is essentially the show set in a dystopian society. Although, when reading you don’t even really care about the society because you are too wrapped up in what is going to happen with the romance. 

I very much enjoyed this book. Fast paced and fun, it was one of those quick and easy guilty-pleasure read to which you get addicted and fly through. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something fast, fluffy, and entertaining. 

4/5 stars for entertainment. 

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Need More From

I know this is late again, but motherhood is hectic y’all. The Goodreads group for T5W can be found here. The group is hosted by @thoughtsontomes and it is wonderful so come join us for fun weekly topics. 

Here are the top five authors I need more from:

1. J.K. Rowling

How can I not put the queen on my list? Please give me a series about the Mauraders and Lily. I need it deep down in my soul. Also we can totally pretend that Cursed Child doesn’t exist and get a bunch more next gen stories. I would be so happy. 

2. Suzanne Collins

I haven’t really heard anything about Suzanne Collins since The Hunger Games. All I do know is that I loved her famous trilogy so much and I need more of her wonderful story telling.

3. Cinda Williams Chima

Ok, so we just got a new book from her and have been getting them fairly regularly for awhile, but I am a glutton and I always want more. I love love love her books and I need everything she writes ever. 

4. Simone Elkeles

I adored both Perfect Chemistry and her Paradise duology. They were some of my very favorite books in high school and I would be delighted to read more of her writing. 

5. John Green

It’s been forever and a day since The Fault in Our Stars. I think it’s high time for a new John Green novel. Pretty please? 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you did leave me a comment and a like. I will talk to you guys in the next one! 

Top 5 Wednesday: LGBT Books I Want To Read

For this T5W the topic is favorite LGBT reads. Unfortunately, I haven’t really read very many. One of my goals for this year (and the future in general) is to read more diversly. I am ashamed that my reading history is so devoid of diversity, but I plan to remedy that very soon. So, instead of my favorite LGBT reads, here are the ones that I am most eager to read. 

1. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

This stand alone fantasy novel centers around a lesbian relationship and it intrigued me from the very first moment I heard about it. A princess goes to a neighboring kingdom with the intention of marrying the prince and ends up falling in love with the prince’s sister. I am very much looking forward to getting my hands on this book. 

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This popular LGBT book has received a lot of hype since it’s publication. It involves a closeted gay teen who can only be himself online with an anonymous friend. The plot sounds incredible and adorable, so I’m honestly not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick it up. Hopefully it will happen soon. 

3. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

I know this one isn’t super heavily LGBT, however the LGBT character in this series is a very important one. Rick Riordan is excellent about including diverse sexualities, races, and religions in his books and I deeply respect him for that. I can’t wait to read this series because I adored the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. 

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Shame. Shame. Shame.

This books is probably the one on the list that I feel the most ashamed about not having read it. I have also never seen the movie, but I know that one of the main three characters in this novel is unashamedly gay. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book. It’s been on my TBR for far too long and I need to get to it soon. 

5. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

This book has not yet been released. The publication date is set for May 16, 2017 and I NEED IT. From what I gather from the synopsis it is about two teenage boy spies who are to compete for the affection of a target girl, but end up developing feelings for each other. Just the description makes me want to squeal. You can bet I will be reading this ASAP after it’s released. 

Thank you guys for reading my Top 5 Wednesday post. If you have any other LGBT recommendations please please please leave me a comment. 

The Goodreads​ group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here. Come join us for fun weekly topics about bookish things! 

I’ll talk to you guys in my next post!  

Introductions πŸ“—πŸ“˜πŸ“‘πŸ“•πŸ“™πŸ“š

Hello fellow book lovers! I’ve never tried to blog before, but I am passionate about writing and about books. I thought I would combine these two passions and create a space for me to express my thoughts and feelings about the books I read and post other bookish things that I enjoy. I hope to make some friends with similar bookish tastes and maybe gain some new insight into things I may not have considered about the books I read.

I will probably post mostly reviews, but I may occasionally spice it up with some other fun things.

I am a huge fan of booktube, so I thought by way of introduction I would borrow a tag from the YouTube book community and give you guys 25 Bookish Facts About Me. Hope you enjoy!

1. My favorite series in the entire world his Harry Potter. It will forever and always be my number one series and holds a very dear place in my heart. ⚑

2. I much prefer paperbacks to hardbacks (hence my blog name). πŸ“–

3. I like to eat while I read. Usually just chips or something similar. πŸ˜‹

4. I purchase most of my books onlineΒ and the vast majority of them are used. πŸ’»

5. I desperately want to write a book and have actually started a basic outline for my story. ✍

6. I’ve never listened to a complete audiobook and that is something that I intend to remedy very soon. 🎧

7. I am a Ravenclaw. πŸ’™

8. Dog-eared pages fill me with rage. 😀

9. I can read literally anywhere except in the car. I get motion sick very easily. πŸš—

10. My favorite genre is fantasy. 🐲

11. I’ve been known to write some Harry Potter next-gen fanfiction. πŸ€“

12. I have absolutely no desire to read A Game of  Thrones.  Or to watch the show. 🚫

13. I dearly love the library, but don’t go near as often as I should. πŸ“š

14. I want to read books to my son, but he usually doesn’t sit still long enough to finish even a kids book. πŸ‘Ά

15. I read mostly YA, but I would like to start reading more adult novels as well. ☺

16. My most anticipated release of 2017 is Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima. πŸ˜„

17. I can read even when there is a lot going on around me. Noise doesn’t usually bother or distract me. 🎢

18. Despite being able to read with noise around me, if I am interrupted I get super annoyed. If you interrupt my book, there better be a good reason. πŸ‘Ώ

19. I am lucky enough to be married to another book lover. πŸ’’

20. I almost never see plot twists coming. I am dreadful at predicting things. 😨

21. I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi. πŸ‘½

22. I bring a book in my bag everywhere I go. πŸŽ’

23. My favorite book to movie adaptation is Catching Fire. 🎬

24. Speaking of Catching Fire, when new readers ask me for recommendations I usually tell them to read The Hunger Games. 🏹

25. My number one OTP is Percabeth from the Percy Jackson series. πŸ’–