Recently Read #2

10 Apr 2014

Even though I'm being sunk under my revision and school work at the moment I've still made sure I've been able to do a little bit of reading so I thought I'd share with you what I've been reading recently!

The Time Keeper By Mitch Albom: So This is the second Mitch Albom book I've read I think and I was going in with high expectations because of how much I loved Five People You Meet In Heaven. This story was just unique as his other; it about the man who invented a clock who was banished for centuries for trying to measure time. He is granted freedom but he has to teach two people the true meaning of time: Sarah, who is about to give up on life and a man who wants to live forever and so in order to save himself he must save them. This book is set out in quite a unique way with it being sectioned off into bigger sections which has chapters within which almost smaller chapters inside. When ever the narrator changes to a different person, the first line is in old so you know it's changing which is helpful in knowing what's going on. Even though I did like this unique layout, I found myself skipping to bits I knew I'd find most interesting which is bad in trying to get the full experience of the book. Saying that, I still managed to relate to parts of the book especially the teenager which is something I love to be able to do with a character in a book. I'd suggest reading his book Five People You meet In Heaven before trying this book as if you don't like that book, I don't think you'd like this one at all.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I've been hearing about this book for a while now and I'm just getting round to reading after recieving it for my birthday in January. It's set in 1986 when Eleanor moves to Park's school and they get to know eachother through having to sit next to eachother on the bus. It's a story of young misfits in love and was right up my street! When I first started reading it, I wasn't completely sure if I would enjoy it but it became a book that I just couldn't put down. It was split between chapters aswell as Park and Eleanor. You'd think that becase the book is split between them both, that it would be in first person but it's in third and actually reminded me a lot of how The Time Keeper was written but at the same time being very different. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to read Rowell's other book, Fangirl.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This book has only bee released in the UK for a couple of months and I was straight in there with it on my birthday day list again back in January. This is such a modern book about a set of twins: Cath and Wren who write fan fiction about Simon Snow who is supposed to be Harry Potter people have said but I guess I didn't really see that. They have always done everything together but as they go to college, Wren wants to become independent, leaving Cath and the Simon Snow fan fiction world to themselves. Cath has to find her feet on her own and has to tackle new people and new experiences including learning about love. Like Eleanor & Park, it took me a few chapters to get into it and then I just couldn't put it down and I found myself giggling to parts of the book. I also thought it might be one of those books that really didn't need to be as long as it was but it was the perfect length. The book includes snippets of the Simon Snow book and the fan fiction they had written and I found sometimes there was too much of this and it didn't interest me that much. Saying that, I did like the idea of the fan fiction and you could relate to the book in so many ways; whether it's that you write fan fiction yourself or that you don't understand it, you are able to find out with the other characters as to why people choose to write fan fiction( how many times did I just say fan fiction?).

I've tried to avoid any spoilers in any of the books mentioned and these are only minor but I loved when I realised that Cath and Wren was because their mum didn't know she wasn't going to have twins (get it? Cath and Wren- Catherine!). My favourite part of the book was a particular conversation Cath had with her dad which made me laugh. My version included illustrations of the characters which I thought would annoy me when imagining the characters myself but I actually liked the novelty. My copy also included illustrations at the back of the book which I would recommend leaving till you've read the book other wise it may ruin it! I refuse to choose which Rainbow Rowell book I preferred; I normally try to leave another recommendation of a book similar in case you've read the book mentioned or want to see if it's anything like a book you've already read but seriously read the Rainbow Rowell books! If you love John Green, you'll love these!

Sorry if this was a long winded post but I hope you still enjoyed it!
Have you read any of these books or what have you read recently?
Hope you're doing great, 


  1. I really want to read Fangirl and Eleanor&Par, they're both on my birthday list!:)x

  2. I read Eleanor and Park as well and loved it...the time keeper looks really good, I'll have to see if I can buy a copy! :)