Dear Diary

Dear Diary: What I read in January 2016

As I mentioned in my last reading roundup post I’ve taken on a new reading challenge for 2016 and if you’ve watched my New Year’s Resolutions video you’ll already know what that is. (If not, it’s here *plug plug*) I’m partaking in the PopSugar Reading Challenge which involves reading books that fit different categories and hopefully broadening your personal reading choices.

So here’s the thing. I am 90% certain that I read three books this month as I was a bit annoyed that I didn’t manage four (I want to try and read at least one a week this year) but I can’t for the life of me remember what the third book was! I was home for a weekend in mid-January so may be that it was a physical book that I took with me and left it behind but I guess if I can’t remember what it was, it couldn’t have been that good anyway!

That said I only have two book reviews for you this month. The first was an audible book that I got ages ago as part of a BOGOF deal they were running and is the first of a series. Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0) the first book in the Magic 2.0 series by Scott Meyer was one of the audible recommendations I received after I’d picked Ernest Cline’s novels as my first two audible books. Basically Martin Banks is just an ordinary guy until he discovers that the world is actually just a computer program and that by manipulating the files he can go almost anywhere in the world and do almost anything he likes except go to the future. Of course things go horribly wrong and Martin has to flee to Medieval England in order to escape from the authorities. Here he discovers others who have also found out this secret and becomes a wizard in training to prove that he is worthy of this knowledge.

This book is really light hearted and fun which had me giggling several times. Some of the portrayals are very stereotypical so not one to read if you’re easily offended and can’t laugh at your own nerdiness. Oh and the best part, the guy who narrates this Luke Daniels sounds a LOT like Nathan Fillion. Be still my fangirl heart! I am so happy I have the other two books that are currently available also already downloaded and ready to go.

The second book I read is one that people have been telling me to read for basically forever. It was written back in 2013 so I’m not exactly sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it. Fangirl is about Cath and her twin sister Wren who go off to college together but instantly start to grow apart. Wren gets in to the college swing of things by drinking and going to parties while Cath likes to remain in her dorm room writing fanfiction and generally pretending that the outside world doesn’t exist.

Like other YA novels it’s a coming of age story and beautifully written. When Cath starts to develop feelings for a boy it’s so raw and real I was close to tears. It also handles the subject of fandom quite well as this can be quite a difficult subject given how rabid some of them can be. I think one of the reasons that this novel struck home was that I know some of Cath’s exact feelings as someone who loves to write but also struggles with it.

You can keep up with my reading challenge on this page here to see how I’m getting on too. I’m also thinking of filming my book reviews every other month over on YouTube rather than written posts – what do you guys think?


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