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 Shalvis, Jane Austen, Robin Hobb, Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Laini Taylor, Victoria (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.
My 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
This 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.
Quickly 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.
Now, 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?
And don’t forget to check out Becky’s post!
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! :)