Continuing the bookish theme (I always tend to read more in winter, it feeds my urge to hibernate.) The first book I read this year was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s a young adult fiction novel about sisters starting college, coming of age, fan fiction and fandoms in general. It’s a lighthearted look at some serious topics and the story is interspersed with fan fiction! A clever novel that’s a quick fun read and well paced. The main character is a little passive at times for my liking, but overall this does not affect my view that this is an enjoyable way to spend a couple of evenings. Highly recommended.
Whilst updating my Goodreads account to indicate that I had read my first book of the year (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell) I decided that I wanted to create some bookish content on the blog as another way of me charting my reading adventures. So here I detail 5 of the books I read last year.
Paper Towns is a character driven “young adult” novel, and I adore John Green’s characters, the pacing of this book is excellent, it’s both moving and funny, and I’ve recommended it to several people already.
Full disclosure, I have attempted to read this book twice and struggled both times to get past the first few chapters. So, I decided to try the Audible audiobook version, read by Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake’s reading is excellent, and the book is one of the most beautifully written pieces of work I have witnessed. So I can recommend both the book, and the virtues of audiobooks here.
About half the books I read in any year are non fiction, this is the first of two I will detail here. I’m a reasonably tidy person, but have always thought that I hold on to too much stuff. This book and the methods detailed in it really helped me to change my mindset on what I surround myself with at home. The ideas are simple yet powerful, and I have just started reading the illustrated second book in the series.
Another day, another audio book, this time it’s the first Oz book read by Anne Hathaway. I adored this reading and got through it in just 2 sittings, Anne really brings the characters to life.
I absolutely adored Felicia Day’s autobiography, and related to a lot of her experiences earlier in life. Anyone with a geeky side will probably appreciate many of the anecdotes here.
I’d love to hear what you have been reading lately, so comment below or tweet me @kezla