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The New Fan of Fangirl

Yes! I have read the first book of 2016.

Actually, I have read the first half of the book in 2015, so I don’t really know if it counts. So I didn’t include in my challenge. But I have finished it in 2016, so it is officially my first book of the year.


The book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It was published in 2013 and I’ve been hearing about it a lot since then. It’s a new adult book, which basically means that the protagonist goes to college.

The plot is quite simple. Cath, an introvert dreamer, starts college with her twin sister, Wren. Wren is looking forward to the experience. However, Cath is quite nervous and just has one thing in mind: writing her fan fiction for Simon Snow. Simon Snow is Harry Potter in an alternate universe. Their plots of basically the same- magicians, magic, Voldemort-ilke nemesis, Dumbledore-like headmaster. Her fan fiction, Carry on, Simon, is quite famous among Simon Snow fans everywhere. You can think of it as a gay romance between Harry and Ron, if Ron was an evil vampire. She isn’t looking to make any friends, but her roommate, Reagan and her boyfriend, Levi, slowly get under her skin and change her life.

Though it looks like a classic girl-starts-college-meets-people-aand-falls-in-love book, it actually has some deeper themes. Lots of them, really. Fandom, a writer’s creative process, twins, manic depression, abandonment, independence, anxiety, learning disorders (because I think that’s what it is), friendship, being a freshman, and college life in general. It is realistic, as much as a cute fluffy book like this can be.

I quite liked the book. I loved the first half, and I stopped reading it for a while because I didn’t want it to finish. I picked it up later. I didn’t like the second half as much. I thought some things were not properly concluded. For example, how did Cath end ‘Carry On, Simon‘? I can’t help thinking she didn’t provide an answer to this question because she actually wrote a spin-off.

The characters were awesome. Cath, though annoying to others around her, was really fun to read about. You could basically see her growing throughout the book. I can say the exact same thing about Wren. Levi, of course, basically shines. I also adored Reagan. All the characters were perfectly constructed and came alive. It painted a good picture of college life in the States. At least I think so. I haven’t actually been to college in the States, but it sounded believable.

I gave this book 4 stars, because I think the second half wasn’t as good as the first. And because I’m really stingy with my stars. It also made me want to continue rereading Harry Potter. I think this really calls for a sequel, maybe with Wren as the protagonist. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll write a fan fiction about that. Or not.



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Reading in 2015

I looked at my 2015 list in Goodreads and it turns out I have read a total of 52 books this year. I think that’s really good, since I had a lot less time to read this year. Here are some stats:

  • 11 of them were in Turkish. (2 of these were translations)
  • 7 of them were nonfiction. (3 of these were baby related)
  • 10 of them were young adult.
  • 3 of them were rereads. I decided to read the Harry Potter Series and watch the movies afterwards. I’m also rereading the Princess Diaries which I have never finished anyways.
  • 11 of them were part of a series.
  • 3 of them were kids-lit. Or middle grade. I never know what to call these, since I rarely read these.
  • I have finished one series- Divergent by Veronica Roth.
  • 8 of them I found really dismal.

I have to say this wasn’t the best reading year for me. I enjoyed some of them quite a lot, and I will write about them soon, but none of them were what I’d call ‘the best book I ever read’. I have now seen that I have read so little nonfiction. I love nonfiction. I don’t know why I haven’t read much.


I think the best part of my year was rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It was so enjoyable, like coming home again. Visiting somewhere you love. Seeing people you’ve missed. It was the best reading experience of 2015, by far. I’m so glad I decided to reread the series. It’s been years since I read them. I never reread them, since I’m not a big rereader, but now I see why people keep reading these. I’ve missed Dumbledore immensely. He’s my favorite character, in any book I’ve read so far. I think he might be perfection. What’s interesting is that I started reading it, and on the same day, I found out about the illustrated version. It had come out on that day. I didn’t get it yet. I don’t know if they’ll continue on doing the whole series, but if they do, I’d love to buy them as a set for my daughter, Selin. However, I’d prefer if she read a non-illustrated version first, just use her imagination first.

Anyway. That’s all I read in 2015. I’ll do more in depth blog posts about my favorites, the ones that I really enjoyed and the ones I really didn’t.

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3 Mediums 3 Reviews

I haven’t written for a while, and I haven’t read anything substantial, though I have read and watched a bit, so I decided to give a couple of short reviews all in one post. We’ll see how it goes.

– Book: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Having read a couple of books by Juliet Marillier already, I know she favors a good fairy tale. So when I saw that this book was based on the fairy tales “12 Dancing Princesses” and “Frog Prince”, I wasn’t surprised. It’s about 5 sisters that live in a castle in Transylvania (yes, there are, in fact, vampires) in 1500s. They discover a portal from their room to another world, where they go dancing each full moon by crossing a lake called Deadwash. Deadwash, in fact, is the same lake where their cousin drowned many years ago. Jena, the main character, also has a pet frog with whom she can communicate via her thoughts. They are living quite harmoniously until their father falls ill and goes to another city to get well and their cousin (the younger brother of the drowned one) takes charge of their beloved castle.wildwood dancing

This is a young adult fantasy book, or so I heard, though other than the fact that the story is a bit simpler and shorter than her other books (at least the ones I read) it’s not that babyish. I like the relationship between the sisters, although Jena is sometimes really annoying. I like the cousin, Cezar, and how evil he can be. Also I really enjoy a good love story, and this one is not a bad one. There are also vampires, though they are not called thus but “Night People”, and you know I also enjoy a good vampire story. It also has this small historical vibe, and she even mentions Turks. It’s overall a good story, though I’d prefer her Sevenwaters Trilogy any day.

– Movie: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

I do not exactly run to the theater after a Harry Potter movie has been released (though I was among the first who purchased the books), but when I actually get there, I do enjoy it immensely. Sometimes I find myself to be the only one laughing or crying (not at the same time, hopefully) and attract a couple of weird books. Who cares.

Anyway. As with the books, each movie is a better than the last, and a lot more sophisticated. I don’t even believe I have to talk about the plot at this point. When I had read the book, I had cried my eyes out on the bus, for an hour at least. Thank God I didn’t cry that much, though I cried a little bit, because the ending is the most heartbreaking yet. I believe it’s even worse than the last one. Though it’s been a while since I read the book, I can physically detect the differences between the book and the movie, the most obvious being Harry and Ginny. It was a lot better in the book, as usual. I also don’t remember Dumbledore asking Harry if there was something going on between Harry and Hermione. That just doesn’t sound like something old Dumbledore would do. There is another thing: I heard that in the first script, Dumbledore actually mentioned an old crush on a girl, but J.K. Rowling said that Dumbledore couldn’t have a crush on a girl because he’s actually gay. I already knew she had said this, but it’s still funny.harry potter and the half blood prince

I like the flashbacks to Tom Riddle, and I like whoever plays both the child and the teenager. He’s close to the Voldemort I imagined. Especially the way he speaks reeks evil. I adore the scene where Harry visits Hagrid with that Professor Horace, and he’s kind of drunk. I love Ron, as usual, when he eats the love-potion-induced chocolates and is lovesick all over the place. I also like Draco Malfoy, and how he’s finally a center character trapped between good and evil. It’s just so enjoyable. All Harry Potters are enjoyable. Rowling is such a genius. I only have one negative thing to say, and it’s that the ending is a bit rushed, especially the bit with Snape, but I can see that there’s nothing to be done about the short span of a good movie.

– Manga: Constellations on my Palm by Chisako Sakuragi and Yukine Honami

This is one of the lighter yaoi mangas I have encountered. Mizuho is a college student (as these things go) and Enji, his cousin, comes to Tokyo to study and stays with Mizuho’s family. They used to be really close, but something happened in the past, when they were still teeny kids, and Mizuho avoided seeing Enji since. When they meet again, Mizuho sees that Enji barely talks to him, and is cold as ice. He really wants to go back to the way things are, but Enji doesn’t seem to want to. constellations on my palmThe title comes from the fact that they used to watch the sky together, and stare at the stars. In fact, now Enji is studying to be an astronomer and seems mad at Mizuho because he has abandoned his childhood dreams.

The story is pretty straight-forward, and nothing really surprising. But I did enjoy the way the story goes, all calm and deep, and Mizuho’s changing feelings. Enji is especially a nice character, though he seems cold at times. Their chemistry is just right. The misunderstandings go a bit too far, but that’s to be expected. It’s nothing hard core, so it can be a good starting point for the immense world of yaoi. Good stories are hard to come by in yaoi, so this one is a good choice.

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