The Book List // 1

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I've been on a roll when it's come to my reading so I've decided to add book reviews to my blog because why not? I don't really know how this series will go because I rarely come across books that I don't like, but anyway let's jump right in!

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, 336 pages
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Rating: 5/5

I first found out about Brown Girl Dreaming through an article ( of a list of books that President Obama and his family picked up through a holiday visit to the book store and I immediately put it on my To-Read list because the synopsis sounded good. Brown Girl Dreaming is a colorful memoir by Jacqueline Woodson of her life as a child growing up as a brown child in the 1960s and 70s era in America. When I first started this book in February, I was a little hesitant because I'm not a big fan of non-fiction and I had a whole pile of fiction delights at my finger tips, but that all changed because I seriously could not put this book down. What I like most about this book is that it's written in free-hand poetry and it's very reminiscent of the classic Langston Hughes style. I went through a whirl wind of emotions that made me laugh and cry while reading and by the end I almost felt as if I knew Jacqueline and her family personally. I definitely recommend this to everyone.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, 328 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 4/5

Whhhhhyyyyyyyyyy?!?!? Why did it have to end! I thoroughly loved this book! The book Eleanor & Park is no stranger to anyone who's a part of the "avid reading community" (if there is a thing), so this book has been in my to-read list for a while. I decided to finally pick it up because it was available at my library and, boy, am I glad! This is an amazing coming-of-age love story with all the feels. I was a little hesitant when I started to read this book as well, because I'm not a big fan of most love-at-first-sight-let's-get-married teen novels, but this book it not like that at all. Eleanor & Park's relationship is unconventionally realistic and I became engrossed in their love. The only reason I gave this a 4 instead of a 5 is the ending. WHY did it have to end like THAT!!! Read the story and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, 438 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 4/5

I started reading this book after I was still reeling from my pain involving Eleanor & Park. After that book, I wasn't expecting to connect with any other book again. This story follows Cather, a college freshman, as she's trying to juggle her uni classes, romantic misgivings, her struggling relationship with her "mom" and her twin Wren, her fanfic writing "career" and her dad's occasional breakdown all in her own teeny hands. I will say that while this book didn't move me as much as Eleanor and Park, I was still engrossed from beginning to end. Rainbow Rowell does an amazing job at writing relatable characters and I've added Attachments, another book of her's to my reading list as well.

Have you read these books? What were your thoughts? x

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