What I’ve Been Reading | Week 9

Quick, everyone pretend it’s Monday!

Here’s what I read last week, it’s a mixed bag but overall I had a pretty good reading week. I may have even found a new favourite, ooh mysterious…

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Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers

I kicked off my month of Irish reading with a quick illustrated kids book, Imaginary Fred. I’m a recent Eoin Colfer convert having just fallen in love with Artemis Fowl (more on that in a min!) and have always had a deep, deep love for Oliver Jeffers.

Fun fact: Ci and I met him a few years ago and he doodled me a moose, it was an excellent moose.

Pretty much everything about this book had me hugging it to my chest and all but cooing over it. It’s beautiful, a wonderful story with a great message and just so much fun.

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Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

Artemis Fowl was super popular when I was a kid. People in my school read and raved about it, it was always waiting on the shelf on my weekly thursday trip to the library and I knew it was about fairies. So even now I’m still confused as to why the heck I never read the series.

It’s by Irish author (and Laureate na nOg!) extraordinaire Eoin Colfer and set largely in Ireland so it seemed like the perfect addition to my March TBR. I was hyped, confident I would love it and more than ready to jump into Artemis’ world when the deal got even sweeter: I found out that the books have been adapted into graphic novels. If you’ve been reading my blog or subbed to my youtube for a while you’ll probably know I love graphic novels. They’re my favourite things to read and collect and I could ramble about them forever. So of course I immediately dove into the first graphic novel and adored it. It’s fun but never patronising, balances the light-hearted and heart-shattering aspects perfectly and features some gorgeous art and colours. And fairies.

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One by Sarah Crossan

One is written in free verse which has a special place in my heart and on my shelves. I love reading and writing free verse and novels written in that style almost always have an emotional and creative impact on me. But One took it a whole new level.

Grace and Tippi are teenage conjoined twins who are starting public school for the first time and have some big decisions to make. The story is told from Grace’s perspective and her voice is so clear and distinctive that it reads like a conversation with a friend. The book deals with tough family life, terminal illnesses, eating disorders and addiction as well as the difficulty of navigating a crush,the importance of friendship and how people can often be more than they first seem. I laughed, cried (a lot) and felt completely changed by the last page.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The only non-Irish book I’ve read so far this month was Fangirl, I started it at the end of February and didn’t finish before March 1st.

I have mixed feelings about Fangirl. On one hand it is incredibly relatable, Cath is starting college and her anxiety is definitely getting in the way. All she really wants to do is write Simon Snow fanfic (and her thousands of fans agree) but life has lots to chuck at her.

The book handled mental health relatively well, although I much preferred and was much more invested in another character’s journey as Cath’s mostly faded away after a few chapters. The fanfic sprinkled between chapters was wonderful, so much fun to read that eventually I mostly looked forward to the end of chapters so I could check in on Simon and Baz.

I was sometimes uncomfortable with how much the book relied on a love of Harry Potter (and really bothered by the mention of Harry Potter…why??) and used the nostalgia and love we already have instead of creating it’s own emotional impact. Basically, I finished Fangirl and immediately watched Harry Potter and had a cry about how much of my heart is in Hogwarts. So while Fangirl did illicit an emotional response, it had very little do with the book itself and everything to do with the dredging up of old Potterhead tendencies. Not that I mind, Potterhead for life.

 

What have you been reading?

Meg

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The Coffee Book Tag

Coffee and reading are two of my biggest weaknesses. Put them together and that’s that, nothing can drag me away. So I thought it would be fun to do the coffee book tag, let me know if you do it too!

black coffeeOutlander-blue-cover-198x300A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

Outlander and I have been battling for a few weeks now and so far, I hate to admit, I’m definitely not winning. But the hardcore love people have for this book has kept me reading and as I’m sneaking up on the halfway mark I’m starting to maybe possibly understand that love a little. Maybe.

peppermintHarry01englishA book that gets more popular during the winter

Kind of has to be Harry Potter, doesn’t it?

hot chocolatebook-review-a-series-of-unfortunate-events-a--L-w32TvXWhat is your favorite children’s book?

This one is tough since there wasn’t a day of my childhood that wasn’t full of books. I loved so many books so passionately but one series that had a major impact on me was A Series of Unfortunate Events. I still love it so much, hence the name of this blog!

double espressoness-1A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Not just The Never of Never Letting Go but the entire Chaos Walking series completely took over my life from the very first page. The world, characters and story are so gripping and unpredictable.I could read these books over and over and still be on the very edge of my seat the entire time.

starbucks416TWMc56dL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_A book you see everywhere

It seems like everyone is smitten with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I haven’t read any of her books and to be honest I’m not too sure why, especially since the adorable Fangirl illustrations are by Noelle Stevenson who I adore

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Into+the+Forest+CoverA book you were expecting more from

I did really like this book, the characters are compelling and the story is definitely interesting but I found it weirdly hard to connect to. I know it was beautiful but I just didn’t love it like I thought I would.

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245e75af-a474-46db-84fb-9be1e9106e61-bestSizeAvailableA book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying

Am I Normal Yet? is about a teenage girl dealing with her mental illness and working hard on her recovery. Parts of it were pretty tough to read but they came in equal measure with the sweetest, cutest and loveliest parts.

So that’s the coffee book tag! I’m planning on doing a comic tag soon so let me know if there are any you’d like to see and I’ll check them out.

Meg

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