Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
First Published: 2013
Genre:  Young Adult | Romance 

About the Book:

Cather and Wren are twins, “built in best friends” since birth. They do everything together- including writing fan fiction. But now they are going to college, and while Wren is suddenly going to frat parties and getting drunk most weekends, Cather prefers to stick to her own fans and the stories she is writing for her favorite characters. It’s a lot more comfortable than giving in to her loud roommate Reagan, who is making Cather her personal project. Or Reagan’s boyfriend Levi, who practically seems to be living in their dorm and eats her energy bar supply without asking.

Notes:

I am Cather. I mean, we are all Cather. The entire community of tumblr is Cather. The book is entertaining and portrays fan fiction as the modern phenomenon that it has become, tying the parcel up with the story of Cather’s family and a cute love interest that makes you want to ruffle his hair. 

Still, when I picked up the book and started to read it, I expected more than what I got. Some things are just so airbrushed that it’s ridiculous to read if you are familiar with fan fiction (for example, she’s making it seem that rated M fics are rather the exception than the norm), and sometimes Cather is so cliché “fangirl” that it’s hard to imagine that a person like that actually exists.

It’s really nice to have this acknowledgement of fan fiction and the concept of a fandom in a YA book, and I’ll definitely recommend it as a fun, light back-to-school or late-summer read.

Rating: 8/10
Age Recommendation: 14+
Educational Value: 2/5
Sex: 1/5
Language:
 1/5
Drinking, Smoking; Drugs:
  2/5

-L xx

Title: Chocolat
Author: Joanne Harris
First Published: 1999
Genre:  Novel | Fiction | Drama

About the Book:

The Story begins with Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk moving into the small French village Lansquenet-Sous-Tannes and opening a chocolaterie, which is eyes suspiciously by the conservative and close-minded people living in the village, most of all Francis Reynard, the village priest. He despises Vianne, her chocolate, her unorthodox way of living, and how she seems to change the entire village and its inhabitants with something as simple as sweets. 

Notes:

With a feeling of velvety dark chocolate and the image of Vianne and Anouk in their red cloaks, blown into this old French village by the wind, the atmosphere is by far the best aspect of this book. The characters are infuriating, comical at times, and seem just real enough to exist in this vaguely magical world of Vianne’s chocolaterie. 

It’s a book that feels like dark chocolate should taste- rich, sweet, not-quite-scandalous and a little bitter.

Rating: 9/10
Age Recommendation: 16+
Educational Value: 3/5
Sex: /5
Language:
 1/5
Drinking, Smoking; Drugs:
  1/5

L x

can you tell i’m Swiss?

Betcha all thought I had died, didn’t you? Well, I’m going to justify my absence with this post because, essentially, this has been the reason for my staying away. I’ve spent countless hours crying over and watching the musical version of this so there is that. But I’m back and motivated to write at least 10 posts. Without further ado, let me present to you my favourite piece of literature of all time.

Title: The Visit (Orig. Title: Der Besuch der alten Dame)
Author: Friedrich Dürrenmatt
First Published: 1956
Genre:  Tragedy | Comedy | Classic Literature

About the Book:

The play is set in a small town “somewhere in Europe named Güllen. The millionairesse Claire Zachanassian returns to said town after 45 years, with the promise of giving Güllen financial aid that will help them rebuild everything to its former glory.

When Claire offers the people a million (the currency of which is not explicitly stated), they rejoice. However, the money comes with an immoral motive: murder. Claire wants the citizens of Güllen to kill her teenage love, Alfred Ill, for defaming and ridiculing her back in the days before she left.

Will the people succumb to their desperate need or will they refuse Claire’s offer?

Notes:

I realise that German Literature is not everyone’s cup of tea but trust me when I say that you will not regret reading this one. It may seems like a story about cold blooded revenge and a bitter old lady who can’t seem to let the past go but the deeper you dive into the actual story, the more you will notice that it’s about never-ending love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and so much more. If that’s not enough to convince you there’s even more, the story and everything about it can be applied to modern day society as well. Money changes people, for better or for worse. It always has and it always will.

Rating: 10/10
Age Recommendation: 14+
Educational Value: 5/5
Sex: /5
Language:
 3/5
Drinking, Smoking; Drugs:
  3/5

B x

natalievenom: I've just self published my debut novel Reap it and Weep on Amazon. Suffice to say, I'm terrified. I know that I'm going to get bad reviews from some people, and that I can't please everyone. I just hope there are some people who do find some joy in the story. It's exciting to be able to share a tale with the wider world. If you ever find Reap it and Weep in your reading list, I hope you find enjoyment in it.

hey man, congrats!!! It’s so awesome that you published your book, it takes a lot of effort to even write so much :)

Everyone should go check it out, okay?

-L x


Title: 
Looking For Alaska
Author: John Green
First Published: 2005
Genre:  Young Adult | Romance 

About the Book:

Miles “Pudge” Halter leaves Florida to go to the boarding school Culver Creek, Alabama, where life is a whole lot more exciting than his existence before the Creek, which consisted mostly of remembering famous people’s last words. His new friends change that. Most of all Alaska, the clever, fun, and incredibly fucked-up girl down the hall that Miles doesn’t really get, but is definitely very, very interested in trying to understand.

Notes:

Okay, yes. Here it is. Take a moment to take in the cliché. I think that most of tumblr has read John Green, and still I’m putting this up here. I recently re-read this book for about the fifth time, and it never gets old. The portrayal of this kind of naive boy being completely infatuated with this depressed girl to a point where he doesn’t even get that she is depressed- it simply doesn’t seem to matter that she is “a sullen bitch” at times- is described in such a painful and bittersweet clench-your-hands-tightly-together-kind of way that I have really only ever found in John Green’s debut novel.

Rating: 10/10
Age Recommendation: 16+
Educational Value: 4/5
Sex: 1/5
Language:
 4/5
Drinking, Smoking; Drugs:
  4/5

Trigger warning for death and depression. Also, this book contains scenes describing illegal smoking and/or drinking.

Seriously. Read this book if you haven’t yet. I beg you.

-L xx

mollyiswrappedupinbooks:

I’ve shared individual ones before, but I’m not sure which ones. So here’s a collection of the first 10 Like—>Try—>Why reader’s advisory graphics I’ve made for the library. 

coldhandsicyheart: can you recommend any good romance books without love triangles x

Sure, I hope you’ll find one amongst these that you’ll like, though I went more by authors than actual book titles:

  • Books by Sarah Dessen. There’s a lot of them and I think very very few of them have love triangles in them.
  • Books by Meg Cabot, especially The Princess Diaries. It’s not so much Romance as just a really great piece of Chick Lit if you haven’t read them. There’s ten books that you’ll probably read really quickly, and while the movies with princess of everything Anne Hathaway were fabulous, I think the books are better. 
  • I’m pretty sure that if you’re already looking for Romance, you have read Nicholas Sparks, otherwise you should definitely look into him.
  • Depending on how old you are, I deeply, deeply recommend Ruby-red and the two sequels by Kerstin Gier (I’d say… younger than 17). It’s fantasy and time travel and romance and honestly what could you want more?

So yes I hope that helped?

-L xx

swagncheese: Hello! I need help finding a great book to get lost in. I like books with adventure, mystery, twists, maybe a little romance and horror. I love the Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and Miss Perigrine's series so maybe that might help decipher more books. But it can't really find a good adventure/challenging book that doesn't involve werewolves and vampires (I'm not really into that). Please help me I've been craving for a good story!

Well, obviously I will always recommend A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to people who look for adventure/mystery and books with twists.

But here’s a few other books that might interest you:

  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Wanderers and Islanders by Steve Cockayne
  • The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

B xx

Anonymous: does Bittersweet have a love triangle?

It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I don’t think so… It’s a good read :) x

Title: If I stay
Author: Gayle Forman
First Published: 2009
Genre:  Young Adult | Romance

About the Book:

After a car accident that affects her entire family, Mia wakes up from a coma- without her body, that is. Instead she is left to watch the situation from a completely new point of view from outside of her body as she finds out what has happened to the rest of her family and has to watch her boyfriend Adam deal with the situation. She is aware of the fact that her body is still in mortal danger, and is faced with the ultimate choice: Should she stay- or go?

Notes:

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read this book, and honestly I still love it. Even though the story is simple and almost cliché, Mia is easy to relate to and the story does not seem outlandish, despite its unusual setting. 

I picked this book for my next review because I’ve heard rumors about a movie coming out in August with Chloe Moretz as Mia, and if that happens I feel like there will be a lot of people talking about this book. There’s also a sequel called “Where she went”, but if you ask me, the first one is about a million times better.

Rating: 8/10
Age Recommendation: 15+
Educational Value: 2/5
Drinking, Smoking; Drugs:
  2/5

Obviously I will add a trigger warning for injury and death.

Liv xx

HW