Musings From A Bookmammal


Musing Mondays–What I’m Reading

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

This week my Musing Monday is about the book I’m currently reading:

fangirlI started reading “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell this weekend. I have to admit that I was nervous about starting it. I simply adored Rowell’s last Young Adult book, “Eleanor & Park”, and I still find myself thinking about those characters a month after reading it. I wanted so badly to like “Fangirl” just as much. I was also a bit anxious because I recently started her debut adult novel—“Attachments”—but just couldn’t get into it.

So I started reading “Fangirl” apprehensively—and about 12 pages in I was hooked. Rainbow Rowell can write. The dialogue here is GOLDEN. The character’s voices in this book—and in her previous novel—are so authentic that I can almost hear them in my head.

What’s even more remarkable to me is that I’m definitely not the target audience for this book. It’s written as a Young Adult novel about an introverted college freshman who is obsessed with a series of bestselling books (that are clearly modeled after the Harry Potter series) and who writes wildly successful online fanfiction featuring these characters–while also dealing with issues regarding family, dating, and getting used to college life.

I’m many decades past being considered a Young Adult, I only read the first Harry Potter book, and I only had the vaguest idea of what fanfiction even was before I started this book. Yet, I’m invested in these characters and I’m loving this book almost as much as I loved “Eleanor & Park”—which is saying a lot, as I consider that book to be one of the best that I read this year.

I’m about ¾ of the way through “Fangirl” and I can’t wait to find out how Rowell is going to wrap all of this up. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sorry when it ends.

What about you? Have you read any of Rainbow Rowell’s books? What was the last book that you read that you simply loved? Please share!


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What are you currently reading?


I’ve read a couple of  Tom Perrotta’s novels and I thought they were just OK–but I’m enjoying “Nine Inches: Stories”  a lot. So far I’ve read five of the ten. The common theme is everyday people trying to make sense of their lives in everyday suburbia. They’re definitely not lighthearted–these characters are dealing with some issues–but they’re good short character studies. If you’re at all into modern short story collections, I’d suggest giving this one a try.

What did you recently finish reading?


I may have to write a separate post about “Eleanor & Park” on another day–there’s so much to say. This book has had so much buzz about it since it came out this past spring that I was prepared not to be impressed. I figured it couldn’t live up to all the hype.

I was wrong. I LOVE being wrong about things like this!

This is the most emotionally moving book I’ve read in a long time. It’s classified as a Young Adult novel, but it’s not just for teens. It will take you right back to high school when you fell in love hard for the very first time–and is there ANY love that hits you like a truck the way that your first high school love did? There were lines of dialogue here that made me laugh out loud, and there were times when I was literally weeping at the sheer emotions that were being experienced by the two main characters–and conveyed so simply and so brilliantly be the author.

There’s probably going to be a movie based on this book at some point, but I’m not sure if I’ll see it. I know EXACTLY what these characters look like and what they sound like, and there’s no way that the pictures on the screen are going to measure up to the pictures that the author has painted inside my head. There just isn’t anything about this book that I didn’t love.

There’s been some controversy about this book (mainly due to some profanity), and it’s been challenged in a school district in Minnesota–but that’s all for a post on a different day. I’ll just say now that I think this book should be read by teens, by parents of teens, by adults who work with teens, and by anyone who remembers–or needs to remember–what it’s like to try to make your way through high school with dignity and self respect. This is a wonderfully entertaining and very moving book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

show me a story

On to something lighter! My reading plans can change on a whim, but right now I’m thinking I’ll be reading “Show Me A Story! Why Picture Books Matter.”  It contains interviews with 21 well known children’s book authors/illustrators. I work in publishing, I still like reading children’s books, and I’m always interested in the thought processes of writers, so I’m hoping that this will be an interesting read.

Have a great reading week, everyone!