Monday, 11 November 2013

I'm sorry

So I have posted 2 things, 2!! And I am already behind. So as much as I hate this I won't be able to blog hardly at all for a few weeks. Maybe on Saturdays I'm not entirely sure. You see I am in year 11 at school and that is a very, very busy time. On Friday I have a French writing assessment AND a history assessment. Then in 2 weeks I have my college entry exams (or mocks) Which include my first music and philosophy exams, a 3 hour art (I'm dreading the 10hour next year) and a grand total of of 12! Yh... I hate GCSEs sooooo much. And on top of that 6th form open evenings start this week. So sadly blogging and reading will both be at a minimal :-(  But Christmas is coming up and I am determined to read loads when that holiday comes :-D 

Monday, 4 November 2013

Fangirl: review


Author: Rainbow Rowell                                                                                                             
Published: September 2013, St Martin’s Press

Blurb:  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?

After reading this blurb I knew this was a book I was going to love; then everyone started raving about it. I started reading it pretty much as soon as it arrived in the post and devoured it. This book is such a light and quick read and it is one of those that leaves you all warm and fuzzy inside. Also can we take a moment to appreciate how cute and pretty this cover is!

One of the best parts of the book is that Cath is so relatable, she is a shy nervous girl just starting a new life when she would much rather stay at home reading, writing and going on the internet-sound familiar? J  
This is a contemporary young adult book but it isn’t all lovey-dovey. It is very family oriented and the when it came to Cath and Levi their relationship took time, she didn’t just fall into his arms like some books, it was refreshing.  The extracts from Simon Snow (which is basically Harry Potter) and Cath’s fanfiction I found so fun and I am so glad Rainbow Rowell put them in!   Also the twins, Cather and Wren, aren’t the names awesome, I mean Cather wren- Catherine! Even though the origin of the names is a little said I still love it. That brings me onto the one thing I didn’t massively like. We came into the twins’ relationship when they were “fighting” and at first I disliked reading Cath and Wren’s conversations, I almost disliked Wren too. I get why these convos took place but I kind of wish we could have seen them happy first and then I would have warmed to Wren better.

But I gave Fangirl 5 stars anyway- I really really loved this book and I just wish we had more of it! It is relatable, well written and I love the little surprise at the end! J

October Wrap-up

Hi everyone! So today I bring you the books I read in October:

1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell- This book took me WAY too long to read (3months!) I’m not sure why really because I really enjoyed it, but I had a lot going on and I was reading other books too-that were a bit more exciting- so it got put on the back burner. I picked it up due to the BBC miniseries which I adore and am actually watching right now; I have learned that it isn’t a very faithful adaptation but I love them both so much! I gave North and South 4 stars J

2. Much ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare- This was my first experience of an eBook, and I like them. They are very practical and easy to read but I must admit I much prefer a physical book. I read this play for the first time when I studied it in year 9 (I think, it may have been yr 8) which I enjoyed but sometimes I think you can over analyse a book so it was nice to just read it. I gave Much ado 3 stars J

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- This book has had so much hype on the interwebs, and rightly so I say. I LOVED this book and this was my favourite read this month without a doubt. It was just so light and heart-warming. It was exactly what I was in the mood for and I’m planning to post a review soon. I gave Fangirl 5 stars J

4. The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving- I got this story a long time ago because my favourite trilogy- The Hollow by Jessica Verday- is based on it. The writing style is a little hard to get into as it is quite wordy and the descriptions were long but I did enjoy it. I also finished this on Halloween which was fitting because it got very tense and spooky at times! I gave Sleepy Hollow 3 stars also J

I don’t have a very set list for what I am reading this month, but currently I’m on The Iron King by Julie
Kagawa- which I am really liking at the mo, and then I will go onto The Lunatics Curse by F.E. Higgins. After that, well we will just have to wait and see! What did you read in October, anything good?