Hello! It’s time for another Recently Read. As writing these posts has given me so much motivation to read, I’ve only gone and completed my GoodReads challenge for the year! Woo woo! Take that, GoodReads! Here are my thoughts on the last three books that I read.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Plot: Fangirl follows two twins, Cath and Wren (Catherine – geddit?). Cath is quiet and Wren is loud (what a surprise…. not). They go to college, where loud twin is loud, and quiet twin is quiet. Quiet twin writes a lot of fanfiction.
I’m going to come out and say it – this book was beyond disappointing. All of the characters were shallow and grossly unlikable. I am not sure what the fanfiction aspect had to do with anything. The fanfiction Cath writes about seemed to be based on a story similar to Harry Potter, which is fair enough if that doesn’t exist in the Fangirl world, but then it goes on to mention Harry Potter anyway? It’s not as if the fanfiction was echoing Cath’s life, or having something to do with the overall story.
I kept waiting, and waiting, for a big event/scandal/fall out to help the characters’ development, or at least make them become a little bit more likable, but nothing happened. There was so much potential here. Cath could have met the author of the series her fanfiction was based on; she could either have been motivated by her to write her own stories or be disappointed by her idol. But no. Quiet twin stayed quiet. Loud twin stayed loud. Quiet twin still wrote fanfiction. Both twins became even more annoying. The end. I am not joking. I don’t have anything nice to say about this book. Avoid.
Recommend? No, no, definitely not.
If you didn’t get that reference… have a word with yourself.
Hausfra by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Plot: Hausfra is about a bored housewife called Anna. She is mentally ill, with certain conditions such as depression and insomnia. She has lived in Switzerland for years, yet cannot speak the language that well. She does not have a job, or even her own bank account. She is scared of her husband and she has no friends. She begins to have lots of sexual affairs, but of course things end badly.
Hausfra was recommended to me by my bae Chelsea. She had read this book and wanted someone to talk about it with, so off I went to my local library to find a copy. I’m such a good friend. My first impressions from the blurb were that this book was going to be rather difficult to get into, but I found it quite easy to get stuck in after a few pages. The book alternates between the present day and Anna’s past conversations with her therapist. I particularly found those parts to be the most interesting, as they were almost poetic in a way.
Other than that, I thought that the book focused a little too much on the “affairs” part, instead of the decline of Anna’s mental health. I think that would have made me a little more sympathetic towards Anna as a reader. I can understand why Anna was afraid to tell her husband her fears and worries, but it was a little hard to believe she could have multiple affairs so easily.
It’s definitely a book that gave me a few things to think about, but it’s not one I would read again.
Recommend? I would recommend this book to fans of the thriller genre.
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Plot: Young Polish girl moves to England with her Mum to find her Dad who abandoned them.
This was an impulse choice at the library. I have heard of Sarah Crossan in the past, so when I saw a book with her name on I decided to borrow it on her name alone. It’s fair to say that The Weight of Water is something else. It is written entirely in verse, so the story is told through poems. It’s certainly a different, and unique, way of story telling. Even though it isn’t like a conventionally written novel, I was still pulled into Kasienka’s story. As a whole I thought the book was very easy to read, and I read it in just under 2 hours, possibly even less.
What have you read recently?