Author Addiction: Rainbow Rowell

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It’s the first Monday of the month and we’re back with Author Addiction! This is a monthly feature here on Of Dragons and Hearts and on A Fool’s Ingenuity, Becky’s wonderful blog. You can also check out my previous editions with Jill ShalvisJane AustenRobin HobbTessa DareSarah MacLeanLaini TaylorVictoria (V. E.) Schwab, Sarah J. Maas, and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I know posts have been a bit thin on the ground lately (life is rearing its ugly crazy-cool head and we’ve been travelling and also we’re moving next week so it’s pretty hectic right now) but Author Addiction is the one regular post I haven’t missed this year yet so I’m not about to start now. I’ll soon be back with reviews for the wonderful books I’ll be mentioning in this post (and others, too), but let’s focus on the awesomeness that is RAINBOW ROWELL, please.


eleanor-and-parkMy first encounter with Rainbow Rowell was when a friend of mine (a real-life friend, even, not a blogging buddy!) told me about Eleanor & Park and that it was being translated into Slovenian. I really liked that book. I gave it a glowing review and it stayed with me as one of the best books I’ve read in 2014. I loved the 80s setting, the feeling that the characters were real and the fact that it put my insides through the grinder. I love how Rowell wrote a romance that is so much deeper than your usual teenage story. It’s not a comedy, it’s not even a very happy story, and yet it conveys this hope about life and love and growing up. It made me think about mix CDs I made (and received) in high school and the feeling when you like a boy and you’re afraid to touch his hand for the first time. <3

fangirl-rainbow-rowellThis beautiful characteristic of Rowell’s work, this mashup of really adorable romance and real-life problems that don’t overwhelm the general feeling of giddy, bubbly excitement is probably my favourite characteristic of her novels. Her books make me feel good. And not just in the fluffy romance-reading way, I always feel like I’ve done something really great when I read her books. It’s hard to explain.

I read Fangirl next and fell in love. Hard. Check out my review for more articulate feelings (or not) but let me just say that this book has made it into the top 5 books I’ve read in 2015 and I think also my top 20 all-time favourites, because it’s so good. Cath is a great character and I loved following her story, and Levi is such a cool guy but he’s also flawed and I just … I just … ahhh go read this already. Seriously. If you know me at all you’ll know that I’m not usually inarticulate or overly gushy but I’m in full gush-mode when it comes to Fangirl. I think this might be the perfect novel to start your Rowell adventure if you’re new to her work.

attachments-rainbow-rowellQuickly following the amazingness of Fangirl, I read Attachments, which is an adult novel (both E & P and Fangirl are YA stories, though Fangirl is actually more of a NA), and became convinced of two glaringly obvious facts: a) Rainbow Rowell is a genius and b) her books and I were meant to be. I haven’t reviewed this one yet but I will soon and it’ll be another one of those sparkly reviews, that’s for sure. I know Lincoln is actually slightly creepy if you think about it but he’s such a clueless individual it’s really hard to hold it against him. Eh, what can I say, I like weirdoes.

Rowell has another adult novel, Landline, which is the only full-length novel of hers that I haven’t read yet. I’m slightly wary of starting it because it didn’t get really great reviews (I remember reading a couple of them last year) but I’ll definitely be reading it sometime soon, as soon as I come down from the high that was Carry On.

carry-on-rainbow-rowellNow, if you’ve read Fangirl you’ll know all about Simon and Baz and the story of Carry On (and if not, you should probably read Fangirl before you tackle this one). Here, too, I was pretty worried about the story not meeting my expectations, which were pretty high, I admit. But it did. Oh, it did. I loved reading about these two wizards and though I’ve read mixed opinions about it, I fell through it in two days, unwilling to put it down. I’ll be reviewing this one soon, too.

So yes. Rainbow Rowell is absolutely amazing and I’ll be eagerly awaiting her next brain-child, consoling myself with Landline in the meantime, and hoping against hope for another Simon & Baz or Cath & Levi or Eleanor & Park story (not really, I loved the conclusions, I’d just enjoy hearing about them from time to time, like you cherish news of old friends). Treat yourself and go read something of hers and then we’ll chat, yeah?

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Have you read any of Rainbow Rowell’s books? What did you think?

Do you ever feel like a book was MEANT for you? (Or is this too selfish an emotion for you?)

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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  • MissBookiverse

    I whole-heartedly agree. Rainbow has become one of my favourite authors of the last couple of years. Don’t worry too much about Landline, I for one absolutely loved it :) It’s different because the characters are so much older and at different points in their lives (married, having children!) but it has the usual Rainbow-touch that makes you love and smile and your heart dance.
    I have not read Carry On yet but will do so this month :D I didn’t care for the excerpts in Fangirl much but I’m confident it will work much better on its own.

    • Ah, that’s great to hear! I hope I’ll like Landline as much as I did her other novels. I don’t mind reading about older characters (I don’t read YA exclusively, and after all, I’m married with a kid) ;) Is that Fangirl I see in your display picture?!
      Yeah, I didn’t follow those excerpts in Fangirl that closely but I loved Carry On as a whole. Such a cool spin on “the chosen one” trope.

      • MissBookiverse

        I read a lot of YA but I’m in my twenties and so I find it really refreshing to have some adults as the main characters, especially when they are written with so much love and insight.
        Why, yes it is, you have a very good eye :D So far Fangirl is my favourite RR book (it’s a close tie with Landline though).
        I can’t wait to finally get started on Carry On. Just waiting for my friend’s copy to arrive now, so we can read it together.

  • Yay! I love Rainbow Rowell too. She’s just amazing! I’ve read all of her books besides Carry On. I do want to read that one, but haven’t gotten there yet.

    • I hope you’ll enjoy it, then! Did you like Landline?
      I adore her style, I don’t know how she does it but she’s amazing. I really hope she has a long and prolific career because I’m craving more of her novels. :)

  • Maraia

    Ahh, I completely agree. Fangirl was the first book of Rainbow Rowell’s that I read, and I knew within the first page that I would be hard-pressed to find a book that was more “me,” stylistically. The way she writes and the things she makes me feel…it’s magical. Fangirl is my favorite, followed by Eleanor & Park, then Attachments, then Landline (I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book, I only like one of the timelines), and then Carry On. Even though I didn’t like Carry On, Rainbow Rowell still made me swoon. It’s a good thing not everyone can write ships as well as she does, otherwise I’d dissolve into a puddle of feels and be completely useless.
    I’m looking forward to hearing about your move! I hope everything goes smoothly. As smoothly as possible, at least.

    • Ugh, YES, she has perfected that punch-in-the-gut feeling when she’s talking about her couples, I always ship the right ship with her and you’re completely right, she’s MAGICAL. There’s something about her making her characters human and quirky without making them look like caricatures. I don’t even know what she’s doing, and I really should be able to tell, being a lit student and all, but I don’t care. I’ll be reading her novels as they come out, I think. :)

      So far, things are going fine, we’re getting our kitchen from Ikea on Friday (we’ve already bought it, they’re just bringing it and installing it then), which is the most important part, we have most of the other furniture already so we’re just going to have to move it to the new apartment. Keeping all the chores in mind is a pain but so far, so good. I’m sure we’ll hit a bump somewhere but we’ll manage, I think. :)

      • Maraia

        Exactly! The characters are realistically quirky, never falling into the “manic pixie dream girl” trope or other popular cliches. I do prefer Rainbow Rowell’s YA novels, because I don’t usually enjoy reading about marital struggles or how crappy life is as an adult, but I’ll still read anything she writes. :)

        And then you’ll set your son loose to find all the dangerous things in the apartment? :P

        • Haha manic pixie dream girl :D Yeah, that sounds about right. Marital struggles, though … I haven’t read Landline yet so I’m assuming you’re talking about that one? I liked Attachments a lot, despite its rather far-fetched plot.

          Ugh, we can’t even let him close right now with boxes everywhere and loose screws and paint pots and everything. I’ve already screwed in the kiddy protectors into the power sockets… But I think he’ll enjoy getting to know his new room.

          • Maraia

            Yep, that’s the one. Attachments was far-fetched, but the characters were endearing, so it didn’t bother me at all. It was sweet.

            Yikes! That does sound scary.

  • Rainbow Rowell was the first contemporary author I read in recent years since not having touched the genre since high-school! My first of her books was Fangirl and I love it! I adored the characters and it’s one of my favorite contemporaries to date. I didn’t have as much luck with Eleanor & Park though *hides* I wanted to love it but it just wasn’t meant to be I guess :( I do very much want to read Carry On and I still want to check out her adult books as well!

    • Ha, yes, I remember reading your review of E & P – well, you can’t love every book, right, no matter how hyped-up it is. :) I hope you like Carry On better, it’s a fantasy novel so it’s right up your alley.
      And yes, Fangirl tops my list of contemporaries, too. I made my mom read it, she’s about halfway through now and loving it!

  • I love your post, you’ve completely encapsulated the feelings her books give with that inarticulate fangirling you want to do about her books. You’re right about her books, they really do make you feel good. You get that nice warm happy feeling when reading that you just know means you’re reading something amazing. And I can now say I’ve read Carry On (finished it this morning) and wow. Just wow. My expectations were pretty much through the roof on this one, which made me wary, but Rowell smashed my expectations and made it even better than I thought. How does she do it? I finished it and I want to read it again, on repeat, I want the warm happy feeling that book gave me again.

    And I forgot about the move, I want to send you a housewarming gift now, (a plant, obviously, because that’s the only appropriate housewarming gift, which makes no sense. Yay, you’ve moved house, have a plant for you to attempt to keep alive whilst you also have to reorganise your entire home unpacking from boxes, you’re welcome? No one wants that extra responsibility when moving.) because it’s the only polite thing to do, obviously.

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