But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, 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 fan fiction, 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 fan fiction 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? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? Continue reading →
My tbr list is getting quite ridiculous at this point. This time, instead of a review (since I haven’t finished reading this novel-guilty of all charges), I will be telling a little story. For old times sake, as a child we always have a classic story that we know by heart. For me, the novel was Around the World in Eighty Days. I heard the abbreviated version from my mom in a local library. If memory serves me correctly, she read a translated version to me too, in Mandarin. Even in another language, the action was incredibly captivating.
7 or 8 year old me, on the edge of my seat (or a tiny stool) keen to listen to the next crazy situation. My lovely mom willing to sit on a tiny stool too to read to me :). Is the train going to fall off the bridge? Will Phileas be captured by the police? They did not back it back time! My dramatic sighs that were too loud for the library could be heard clearly. Or with the time difference, they did make it back in time? Anyhow, only pleasant memories are entailed with the adventures around the world. Continue reading →
First things first (I know what you’re thinking and don’t say it) thanks so much to the Writing Hufflepuff for nominating me. You are amazing and cool! You guys need to check out her blog. Here’s her post: blog! https://thewritinghufflepuff.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/liebster-award-3/ Pre-warning: This post doesn’t have many images since I didn’t have much time to find many, but I hope you enjoy the content and get to know me better!
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Title: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Author: Marina Keegan
Number of Pages: 240 pages
Date Published: April 8th 2014
Publishing Company: Scribner
Part of the Summary (All you need to know):
An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation. Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker.
I want to give the rating first so you can read it now, unless you really want to read my review. The non-fiction section of this book is 5 out of 5; the fiction is 2 out of 5 so this averages to 3.5 out of 5 cups of tea. It’s amazing and even though I disliked the stories I still gave a high rating so this should say how much I enjoyed the book in general. Do not read the full summary. Read from the Opposite of Loneliness essay to the end of the book. Then decide if you loved the book or not. Finally, go and read the forewords and the acknowledgements. Bonus: I made a playlist for it. You’re welcome. 😉 https://play.spotify.com/user/musicperson221/playlist/1sJojMoxl6xsRqVab4CLFVContinue reading →
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Go and read this book now, because you can’t know anything about it if you want to enjoy it. If you read this review it is at your own stake. The smallest details are spoilers. My rating is 5 out of 5. Now go and read it!