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Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

Happy Monday bookish people! This is my second post today, I must be in a productive mood this rainy Monday. I’m here to show you all the wonderful book mail I received from Macmillan Kids UK last week. As you can probably guess from the title of this post… it was Any way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell, the final book in the Carry On series which includes Carry On, Wayward Son and Any Way the Wind Blows.

Here it is!

It came all wrapped up and honestly it felt a little but like Christmas to receive it, I didn’t end up eating the biscuit (my Dad got there first!) but I did use the tea and they were delicious.

That’s it for today, I’m looking forward to reading this book and sharing my thoughts on it here!

Monthly Wrap Ups

March Wrap-Up

Happy Wednesday bookish people! It is the last day of March and today I’m bringing you my March wrap up! This was such a good reading month for me. February put me in a big reading slump and for the first half of March I was still feeling it a bit but I did manage to read some books and then there was the Becca and the Books 48 hour Bookopoly reading challenge where I read eight books in one weekend!

Also this month I had more appointments, I got a new teacher for my dramatic writing University module and he’s not much better than the previous one, I completed my first case study for my new job and I’ve started my second one so that’s going well and I still haven’t heard back about my PhD application so that’s a bit worrying but hopefully I’ll hear soon.

It was my birthday in March! I’m now 22 and I keep forgetting and telling people I’m 21… I got a couple of books as presents so I’m happy with that, my sister got me an art set and my boyfriend got me an Alice in Wonderland teapot which I love! I didn’t do any reading on my actual birthday but I’ve read one or two books since – I actually skipped ahead and read one of the books of my April tbr already…

Anyway, I didn’t finish my March tbr but it has been my best reading month so far this year so I’m still pretty happy with how I did. This was my tbr:

  • What A Way To Go by Julia Forster – I did read
  • Uprooted by Niami Novik – I did not read
  • The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige – I did read
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – I did read
  • Rules for Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson – I did read
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I did read
  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow – I did not read
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I did not read
  • Map of Days by Ransom Riggs – I did not read
  • Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo – I did read
  • The Library of the Unwritten by A J Hackwith – I did not read
  • Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu – I did read
  • Chain of gold by Cassandra Clare – I did not read
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely – I did read

What I read: so from my TBR I managed to read eight books which is much better than February but I also read four books that were not from my March TBR which were: The Cousins by Karen M McManus, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I have put up the book reviews for all the books I read this month except for the Cousins and Lives of Saints so check those out if you’re interested in what I thought of them.

There were also two five star reads this month! Those were Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did and A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. They were my favourite reads this month.

Most disappointing reads: It’s actually been a really great month, there’s only one book I didn’t enjoy which was What A Way to go by Julia Forster. It just wasn’t for me.

Current reads: well I read the Cousins off my April tbr last night so today I’ll be choosing a new book off my April tbr to start reading and I’m very excited about it.

That’s it for my March wrap up I hope you enjoyed it!

Book Reviews

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Book Review

Happy Monday bookish people! It’s the beginning of another week, I’m pretty sure I’ve already exhausted my reading brain (and my eyes haha) for the rest of this week. This weekend I took part in Becca and the Books (on YouTube) Bookopoly 48 hour challenge. I somehow managed to read different books for all eight prompts. In one weekend I read eight books! – That’s more than I read in the whole of February!

And one of those books that I read for the prompt of contemporary was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve been putting off this book since I got it. Mainly because I don’t usually read contemporary books, or books with romance at its centre. So I was surprised by this book, especially when I found myself enjoying it.

In this book review I will give star ratings for four categories and I will write a little about each of these. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy reading my book review.

Plot:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I hadn’t read any of Rainbow Rowell’s other books before and I wasn’t sure what to expect but I thought the plot of this book was excellent. It was intricate and fit together very well. some parts of the story felt a tiny bit cliched but that is easy to ignore because of how included in the story you as a reader feels. I felt the plot was fast paced and kept me thinking about what was going to happen next, When I finished reading I was satisfied about the ending while still wishing I was deep in the story because of how much I enjoyed it.

Characters:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was very invested in the characters in this book, particularly the protagonist Cath. The character of Cath resonated with me in a lot of ways, the social anxiety, the love of writing and many of her other qualities. I could see myself in the character and this made me feel for her even more. I wanted her to have a good ending. I felt the characters emotions all throughout, literally felt them because at more than one point I was crying. I do cry at a lot of fantasy books but not usually contemporary ones, I mean obviously because I’ve only read three or four. I loved every character in this bool, they were well developed and interesting. They all had a part to play in the plot and even though at some points I didn’t like some of the characters by the end I did.

Dialogue and Writing:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I don’t have much to say for this category. The writing style was good, it flowed well and I was carried along with the story without noticing, that I think is a thing that only really good books do. The dialogue in this book is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes heartfelt but always exactly what that character would say. It made the characters feel real and likeable and unique.

Overall:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I can’t believe I’m saying this about a contemporary but overall I’m giving this books five stars. It was undeniably entertaining and I was completely immersed in the story, I can’t give it any other rating.

Synopsis/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, 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 fanfiction, 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 fanfiction 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?