Saturday, 2 May 2015


Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 461
Publisher: Macmillan
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5
Summary (from Good Reads): 
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?

I have been putting off reading Fangirl for such a long time, despite the glowing reviews for this book. Fangirl is the second book I have read by Rainbow Rowell with the first being Eleanor and Park, which I enjoyed. I've found that I thought I do enjoy Rowell's book, I have the same kind of relationship with her books that I do with John Green's, and I know that a lot of people compare the two, but both of their books feel kind of the same to me, although I can't quite put my finger on why.

I felt that Cath was an interesting character and I enjoyed getting to know her and the way she thought and I loved her determination for what she wanted to do. For me, it was interesting to see how Cath was without her sister. Cath and I are kind of different in the way that I think for Cath, being out of her comfort zone was difficult and a bit scary, whereas for me I don't mind it so much, but I think it was good with the way that she dealt with things. 

Something that I thought was cool was the relationship that Cath had with her Dad. I haven't really read many books where the only parental figure in the characters life is the Dad, and to see that Cath had such a positive relationship with her father was really nice to read. The relationship between Cath and her sister Wren wasn't too overdone as Wren wasn't in the book all the time, but it was interesting to read how both of them coped with moving to University and not always being together. 

To me, Fangirl was quite a light read with a topic that wasn't too heavy. I didn't love it like a lot of people have but I did enjoy it and like it, plus I thought it was a good read. 

Would you Recommend?
If someone asked me for a light read, something that involved being at University, new experiences or family relationships then I would definitely recommend this.

Friday, 1 May 2015


April has been quite a busy month for me and I think it's only going to get busier with May coming up. As mentioned in my March look back (which I posted extremely late), I actually repainted my room at the beginning of April which I am totally in love with. It's so much more grown up and pretty! Plus with clearing out my room in the process, I cleared a shelf so I can have more books, woohoo!

May is going to be busy for me as I have 2 exams and two assignment deadlines, although one of the assignments is a portfolio of four pieces of work! So far I haven't started any of my assignments and I'm really struggling to revise for my exams as I feel that my course is a bit flimsy in comparison to other subjects such as Science or Math.

This month I read a total of 5 books which, in comparison to March when I read 10 books, is a little disappointing but I know that it's because this month has been fairly busy what with University coming to end meaning deadlines and exams coming up! Two of my favourite books that I read this month was The Start of Me and You and Ugly Love. I read both of these in a day each which is a bit crazy, I surprised myself if I'm honest! I also completed the Ruby Red trilogy. My reading goal for April was 6 books so I was almost there. I'm reading The Great Gatsby at the moment but I think it's dragged me into a reading slump..

My reading goal for this month is 4 books. It's low but it's because I have exams and deadlines so I'm not too bothered about only reading 4 books in May! In my March look back, I said I wanted to read some Fantasy books for the Flights of Fantasy challenge however that never happened, so hopefully once I've finished my exams, I can really throw myself into reading some Fantasy!

This month I'm hoping to get some more posts written and published, more than likely this will be done after my exams, although I have a lot of reviews to get through! Hope you all have a lovely May!