Sunday, April 2, 2017
I read Carry On this past summer and absolutely fell in love with it. It was one of those instances where I couldn't put the book down--Rainbow Rowell has the talent for creating engrossing stories that you lose yourself in. And the talent for crafting beautiful relationships. Basically, I love Rainbow Rowell, and this playlist is a tribute to one of my favorite characters she's created so far, Simon Snow.
"Shots" by Imagine Dragons
This song represents the hole Simon feels he's trying to fill in himself, the expectations that he's trying to live up to.
"Thistles and Weeds" by Mumford & Sons
Simon holds onto hope, even when things may seem bleak.
"Human" by Of Monsters and Men
Simon has always been known as the Chosen One, but all he really wants is to be normal.
"Your Ex-Lover is Dead" by Stars
An homage to Simon's ex-girlfriend, Agatha Wellbelove.
"Oblivion" by Bastille
This reminds me of the danger Simon ends up in as the Chosen One, that he only has one fate and is resigned to that fate.
"Crinan Wood" by Alexi Murdoch
This song represents the woods around Watford, and the solace that Simon would sometimes find in them.
"Beginner's Luck" by Eels
This song reflects the beginning of Simon and Baz's relationship: "If you are willing, well, I think I'm qualified / And with beginner's luck we've gotta take the ride."
"I Found" by Amber Run
As Simon learns what he has to do in order to save the magical world, he uses Baz as his focal point in order to keep himself anchored.
"Kiss Me" by Ed Sheeran
When Simon realizes that he loves Baz, all he wants to do is be kissed by him.
"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Tyler Joseph (cover)
Simon couldn't help his feelings for Baz.
There you are! Hope you enjoy!
Thursday, July 28, 2016
“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can't carry on at all.”
-Rainbow Rowell, Carry On
When I started this book, I wasn't expecting it to suck me into that black hole that sucks you in when you've found a truly amazing story. I've loved every single thing that I've read by Rainbow Rowell, and this book was no exception. The moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Simon and Baz and the magical world that Rowell created and fully captured my attention.
Carry On is a spin-off novel from Rowell's last book, Fangirl, giving readers the context to the fanfiction that Cath writes in that book (also a phenomenal book, highly recommend). However, this book completely works as a stand alone book as well. Though this way Rowell's first foray into fantasy, and you can see the influence of Harry Potter (I mean, she used to write Harry Potter fanfiction, and who doesn't love Harry Potter anyway?), but I think it's different enough that you can't say that she completely copied her world from Rowling. The way magic is used in Simon and Baz's world is completely different than Harry's world.
And oh my god, the characters. The dialogue. The descriptions. If there's anything that Rowell does uniquely well, it's these three things. Definitely had a book hangover after this book, because I just didn't want to stop reading about Simon, Baz, and Penny. Rowell slowly draws you into the story at the beginning, and once Baz enters the picture, you've lost all hope. The chemistry between Baz and Simon was magnificent, adorable, and shows Rowell's ability to write romantic relationships.
All in all, I absolutely loved this book, and it's been awhile since I've read a book that I fell completely head over heels for. So go! Read it! And then go and read all of Rowell's other books too, because they are just as good.