Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Book Talk/ Review

Hey everyone hope you all are having a great day. 🙂 Today, I’m gonna be reviewing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I jumped into Fangirl just after Geekerella, as I was in the mood for books based on fandom. Geekerella was simply stunning and wonderfully written, so maybe that made me critique Fangirl too much. But nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read!

Going in, I was quite unsure if I would like the book or not, because I had heard mixed opinions on this book. To be completely honest, I’m the kind of person who gets easily influenced by others’ opinions. I might not even pick up a book, if a majority of people whom I follow, seem to dislike it. So, it was quite a tough decision for me to pick up Fangirl. But I’m glad I picked it up because, I mostly enjoyed the book and it was swift ride, and helped me get over my mini book slump, I’m grateful for that. I will be going into spoilers now, so read further, only if you have finished the book. If not, read the book, come back and we can talk more freely about it, together 🙂

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Right, assuming you have read the book, I will continue with my spoiler thoughts.

I loved how this book was easy and comfortable to read. A perfect book to get over slumps I’d say. Levi is such a cinnamon roll. I love how Cath calls him “roommate-in- law” at one point in the story. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone smiled all the time like Levi?

Although, I’m all for the good hearted Levi, Reagan was my favorite character as I felt like I connected to her better than any other character in the book.

I connected to Cath on a fangirl level, but as a person, Reagan was more appealing to me. I could understand why she found Cath weird. Cath has social anxiety and that is also something I understand completely, but I felt she could have tried a lil bit more. Levi and Reagan invite her loads of stuff but, Cath ignored almost everything, till she realized that she liked Levi.

Which leads me to the scene where Cath reads Outsiders to Levi. It was probably my top 1 favorite part of this book. It was so cute and intimate, and I couldn’t stop smiling.(Refer Chapter 15 :D) Also, thanks to Levi, I realized that recording lectures and listening to them later, is a very effective study technique, so thanks Levi for that 😀

My heart broke, when Cath saw Levi kissing some random girl. I felt cheated and started hurling mental curses at Levi. But then again all worked out well in the end.

I think it was brilliant not “lazy” that their mom named the twins as two separate parts of the name Catherine. Cather + Wren = Catherine. Really smart.

Now coming to Wren, well I have a friend who is like Wren. I understand people like her who want a complete makeover of life in a new environment. It appeals to them, but I was with Cath here as I hate changes. More like changes in relationships. It was right on Cath’s part not to accept their mother. I would have done the same, if I were her shoes. Wren became quite bitchy later in the story. I swear to God, Wren’s friend, was like that dumb blonde sidekick of Regina George in Mean Girls. She irritated me to no ends. Her character was not at all required.

We have to talk about the total scumbag Nick, who deserves to be shot by Jesper, “Forgive me” spelt across his chest with bullets ( A lil’ Six of Crows reference there ;))

I really wanted Nick to be a nice guy. I really wanted him to be like the second lead or something. But I knew from start, that it wasn’t gonna happen as he seemed too business minded. He never walked Cath on the way home. I should have realized it completely back then. But when he says he wants to submit the story he and Cath wrote together, he doesn’t even ask her permission. It was like he was just letting her know that he was going to do it anyway. That ticked me off. The whole time, I felt that he was like that character from 13 reasons why( Now that I think about it, I think even his name was Nick) in her poetry club. I would say why I compared them, but that is a spoiler for the show. Anyway, he got what he deserved. Karma truly comes back in the end, so I was like “You go gurl!!” when Cath says that she doesn’t want her name in the magazine as her work of the story they co write and in turn made him lose his prize. Perfect revenge xD

I loved how low key sassy and funny Cath was, at times.

Like this time when Cath is frustrated with her breakup with Abel and his high ACT scoring girlfriend.

I can’t believe Abel told me this girl’s ACT score, what am I supposed to with that? Offer her a scholarship?”  And at another point she contradicts this dialogue with her own situation. “And why was she even arguing this point with herself?  It’s not like she was going to send Abel, Levi’s ACT scores.

And this time, when she is pissed at Levi for kissing the random girl.

Levi in gods’ country. Probably having the merriest Christmas of them all. Merry. That was Levi 365 days a year. (On leap years, 366. Levi probably loved years. Another day, another girl to kiss.)” XD.

Find a guy who looks and talks about you like Levi looks at Cath. “He talks about you like you’re something he found in a natural history museum.” –Reagan (Chapter 16)

I connected on a spiritual way with Cath’s coping mechanisms for heart break. “Usually she ended up working on Carry on, Simon. Cath was on a streak, posting long chapters almost every night.

Where do I find a gentleman like Levi? “I literally couldn’t walk next to you empty handed, said Levi, taking her luggage. It’s nothing personal. I’d do this for anyone with two X chromosomes

*dreamy sigh*

Now let’s talk about Cath’s parents. I loved Cath’s dad. He was funny and caring at the same time. On the other hand, I absolutely loathed the mother. The worst part was that she never felt any remorse for her actions. And she acted in the most childish way, expecting her kids to understand her when she was entirely at fault. I hate that Cath became socially awkward and has to visit the doctor regularly because of her. But anyways, I loved the dad. He was too funny that time when he wanted to build a pole from her Cath’s bedroom leading to the bathroom. I was like “Where can I sign up for this?” and the time when Cath calls him, and he answers “This is Art” I doubled over, laughing at that. 😀 XD

I do have a few problems with this story. I never bothered to read the Simon Snow snippets throughout the story as they felt boring and irrelevant to me. And the fact there was Harry potter co-existing in the same universe and Simon Snow being popular than Harry Potter kind of made me angry. And the whole time in the story, Cath writes this fanfiction but it is never shown how it ends. I wanted to see some kind of interaction between her and Gemma. T Leslie. So that was another disappointing thing about the ending.

Speaking of which, I never saw the ending coming. It felt abrupt at the time, but now that I think about it, it was a very good ending, with Cath winning the Underclassmen Prize.

So, there you go, those were my consolidated thoughts on Fangirl. I gave the book 4/5 stars.

I’ll see you in my next post. Till then I hope you have a happy reading week. Bye! 😀

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March Wrap Up and April TBR!

Hey everyone. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I have a lot to talk about this time so let’s jump right in! 😀

Note: I have decided not to elaborate much on the summary, but more on the feelings and best parts I loved, in the wrap up posts. I’ll link the GoodReads page for each book, so you can check the summary and decide if you wanna read the book or not.

I’ll go in full depth in my review posts. 🙂

March was the best reading month I have had so far this year. Like seriously, I was in a major book slump, I tried reading so many books only to put them away. You know how book slumps work. Most of the time you get into a slump before actually realizing it. It’s quite cruel. Read a chapter, “I don’t think I’m in a mood for fantasy” try another, “Maybe I should save this contemporary book for the summer”. Ugh. The struggle is real. But all that said and done, I’m officially over, sooo over my slump and back to reading and also back to posting more interesting stuff, so look out for those. 😉

Right, the first book I read in March was Six of Crows. This book. Just. Hmm..

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I have never read such a constantly engaging book in my life. It kept me on my toes at the end of each chapter.

A plot twist at the end of each chapter. And the multi-perspective writing just won me over. The last time I turned pages this fast was for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows so that is saying something! If you wanna feel badass, read this book! I know that sounds so vague and weird, you gotta trust me on this one. This book really makes you question your priorities on various topics in life like real friends, importance of family, varying outlooks on life. I’m making out this to be a spiritual read, but it is so not that. It does deal with some pretty hard stuff but very subtly.

I gave this book a 5/5 stars. Duh.

GoodReads page: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


The next book was the start of my contemporary kick, which is still high at the time I’m writing this post. And that is a well known, fan favorite Anna and the French Kiss.

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Don’t go by the name. It is not as cheesy as it sounds. I was looking for a fluffy cheery romantic read and this just popped up in the results. This book took me by surprise. I didn’t think I would like it. But I loved it. Of course, there were some usual YA contemporary tropes, which I felt weren’t even needed. Apart from that the book was hilarious and light-hearted. A perfect summer read.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars.

GoodReads page: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


The last two books I read in March were: To All the Boys I’ve loved Before and P.S I Still Love you both by Jenny Han.

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I loved these two books okay. Although I gotta say I loved the first one better. Do yourself a favor, pack these two books and go to the beach. Thank me later. 😉

I gave To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 5/5 stars and P.S I Still Love you 4.5/5 stars.

In April I’m planning to get to

  1. Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon
  2. Since you’ve been gone – Morgan Matson
  3. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  4. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian- Rick Riordan

Well, that’s all for this post, I will soon post a full spoiler review of Six of Crows. I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next time. Bye!

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TOP 5 BOOKS I READ IN 2016

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Well, 2016 wasn’t my greatest reading year. I was very busy with college and book slumps happened (Yes plural.). But nevertheless, I did manage to read 50 books this year (most of it being manga books XD). And….. I have my top 5 books list which, honestly, wasn’t that difficult to finalize as I read a very little amount of books this year and I didn’t like most of em’. Need to really work on those book selection skills. 😐

All that being said, now let’s move on to my favorite books list! 🙂

Coming at Number 5, we have:

5) ANYA’S GHOST BY VERA BROSGOL

Goodreads page: Anya’s Ghost

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This is the only graphic novel I read this year, which both surprises and freaks me out at the same time, because normally I read more than my fair share of graphic novels each year.

At first I wasn’t really able to get to the book because of the main character. She was too rude, arrogant and a straight up ungrateful b***h. But then, her character development throughout the story was on point! I wouldn’t have enjoyed this book, if I preferred plot driven stories over character driven ones. This was a quick read lasting for about 2 hours. I gave this book a 3.5/5 stars rating.

Moving on,

4) LIFE IN OUTER SPACE BY MELISSA KEIL

Goodreads page: Life in Outer Space

Life in Outer Space

    This was hilarious. Freaking Hilarious. I was so engrossed in this book while reading it, that I read during classes, skipped a few lectures and finally finished it within a single day. I normally don’t read contemporary novels because I feel they are more unrealistic than high fantasy books, but this book made an exception. Also, this book is quite underrated and I don’t see many people reading or raving about it on the internet. This book needs more love. 😀 I gave this book a 4/5 stars rating.

Next on the list..

3) THRONE OF GLASS BY SARAH. J. MAAS 

Goodreads page: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

   This book should come as no surprise to most people as this one has a “maas” following on BookTube See what I did there? 😉 

I loved this book. I have a full Goodreads review on this book, more like a list of things/ scenes in the book which made me go wow. Do check it out, but it is very spoilery. Do read it only after completing the book. I did have my issues with it. But definitely those issues might be solved in the next books in the series, which I plan on reading very soon in the early 2017. I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars rating.

Goodreads review mentioned: Spandana’s review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Next, the penultimate book on the list…

2) PERCY JACKSON AND THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH BY RICK RIORDON

Goodreads page: The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

This book is precious. Such fantastic writing by the author. I didn’t lose my attention with this writing style which is saying something because I normally have an attention span of a goldfish. It was very funny and all in all an awesome read. I would highly recommend this series. I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars.

And finally my favorite book I read this year is……. *Drum rolls please*

1) HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX BY JK ROWLING

Goodreads page: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

Plot: 5/5 stars. Characters: 10/5 stars. Need I say more? 

This is my first time reading the Harry Potter series and although I read 3 of the HP books this year (books 4-6), this made the top of my list. Cause’ boy oh boy I leeerved this book.  This was so good, that as soon as I finished it, I couldn’t come on terms with the fact that I actually finished the book, so I reread it immediately. If you haven’t read the HP series, go pick em’ up right now because WHY NOT?! 😀

I obviously can’t rate this gem less than five stars. 

 

Hey there! Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. Let me know which were your favorite books of the year and which was that one beauty which made it to the top of the list and I’ll see you again with another post. BYE! 😀

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