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2015 Reading Challenge

For the duration of the year, I’ve participated in Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge. Granted, I did not manage the goal of fifty books and I read fewer books than I did last year (partly because of my major reading slump). However, I still managed to check off a lot of boxes!

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Review: Fangirl

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: September 10th 2013
Pages: 445
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository | 

❝ 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?

As someone who has just started university herself and is known to be a bit of a fangirl when it comes to books, films and tv-shows, this book hit really close to home and I absolutely loved it because of it.

It’s really easy to relate to the main character. Cath is a bit of an introvert and as far as I could tell she has a certain level of social anxiety. Surprisingly enough, Rowell did not try and glorify these very troubling aspects like so many other authors have, but instead left it for what it really is. It’s hard for Cath to be social and meet new people. Furthermore, for some people it’s hard to deal with Cath because of this. It’s not cute, and Rowell did not try to make it so. Continue reading