Ever since Rainbow Rowell came onto my radar, I have been dying to read Fangirl. The very title screams HALEY YOU MUST READ ME!


But, for one reason or another, this book has eluded me. The library holds are always astronomical, no surprise there. And of course it is NEVER on a used book store shelf. I mean, who in their right mind would ever give this one up?

No, my only option was to buy new. So when Rowell announced the Special Edition preorders 6 months ago…oh yes. I am pretty sure I ordered my copy that same day.

And a few weeks ago, I received my very own bubblegum pink copy. This was one of those moments when my husband just looked at me like “Why the hell is she screaming?”

This is the same man who gets excited over socks.

But I digress.


I mean, I should have expected it. I do follow Rainbow Rowell on Twitter. But, YES. Now I understand why everyone is so excited for Carry On to come out!

If you can’t tell by all the capitals in this post…I loved this book. You know…just in case. I figured I’d tell ya. Cath–she’s me, circa 2005. Completely introverted, no social skills outside of my small town universe, and a new roommate. I am not sure I was never not anxious in the dorm diners, and parties? Those were terrifying. So yep, I get Cath 100%. I’m pretty sure she even looks like me, with her glasses and her hair always pulled up.

When I write these reviews I’m always overanalyzing the plots and characters…but there’s nothing for me to criticize here really. I am going to have a major book hangover after this one. It’s the kind of book that you’re rereading in your head while you’re cutting melon in the kitchen. I know that, because that happened earlier this evening. I was CRAVING this story after my walk, but I had to get the melon breakdown out of the way first. (Damn dieting.)

I’m sure this is considered New Adult Romance, maybe Young Adult Romance, something along those lines. But it also deals with bipolar disorder, depression, alcoholism, divorce, anxiety. I’m sure I’m missing some important theme on the list. My point is, this is not fluff, though it is a book that is “easy” to read. By that I mean you will be immediately transported into Nebraska and Cath’s world, and you’ll forget about everything else.

Yes yes, yes yes, yes yes yes.


WWW Wednesday 6/3/2015




What are you currently reading?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Ramayana by Ramesh Menon




What did you just finish reading?

The Turn of the Screw/The Aspern Papers by Henry James

 Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler (Review Tomorrow!)



What do you think you’ll read next?

The Shore by Sara Taylor

Paula by Isabel Allende

The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury


I might be the last person in the nerd world to read Rainbow Rowell’s Landline, but I finally got a hold of it this week, just in time to need a cheer up book!


Rowell is one of the few authors I have come across who does both YA and Adult Fiction extremely well. I was immediately drawn into the story and romance of Georgie and Neal. Their love story was just so relatable and real. Anyone who has been married or long term committed relationship will feel exactly what this couple feels as they struggle with the very real pain of that one really big fight.

I will admit it took me a little bit to realize the secret of the phone. I was a bit confused at first, but…so was Georgie. It makes me wonder what my husband will be like in 15 years, and what it would be like for 15-year-from-now-me to call now-R. How much different will we both be?

I’m glad I was able to fit this book in. It was the exact refresher that I needed after such a hard read this week. Landline only took me a few hours last night, so it was quick, too. Of course, I was flipping pages so fast because I was completely absorbed. The rest of Rainbow Rowell’s collection better find its way onto my shelf SOON. I have a need!


Fulfills PopSugar #39:  A book with magic

Eleanor & Park

Moving is catching up with us, so this is going to be a really quick and to the point review before I fall asleep into my computer.


Eleanor & Park  is YA romance done RIGHT. No weird love triangle…just two teenagers who are crazy about each other for all the right reasons. These are not the popular kids in school–and bond over their weirdness, which I absolutely love. I mean…our wedding motto was “Mutual Weirdness,” I fit right into this character set.
I was crazy about Park’s parents, especially his mom. How adorable was she? And they were such a great pair, too, and so supportive of their boys, and Eleanor when she entered the picture.
Unfortunately…Eleanor was not so lucky when it came to family ties. E&P is not all happiness and rainbows, despite the author’s name (Rainbow Rowell). While being of the YA Romance genre, it is also a tale of domestic abuse and poverty set in the 80s. It’s very tough to get through parts of it without wanting to call CPS or beating down the door yourself. This book will make you sooooo angry, if you have even a shred of humanity.
Rowell did a fantastic job with the characters, the plot, all of it. The chapters are short, and flip back and forth between Eleanor and Park, and give both perspectives repeatedly throughout each chapter. To take from something I’ve seen on Tumblr the past few days…you know shit is gonna go down when Rainbow Rowell starts using short chapters!

WWW Wednesday 7/16/2015



What are you currently reading?

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy


What did you just finish reading?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Shining by Stephen King

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


What do you think you’ll read next?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell