on connecting with a book (and author)

There are books you love, and then there are books that consume you.

I haven’t had that feeling in a good long time. There have been books I’ve loved, books I recommend, books I enjoy and worlds I will miss, but it’s been a while since I’ve had that grip you and won’t let go feeling after reading a book.

Rainbow Rowell has totally blown me to literary smithereens.

I read Fangirl a couple of weeks ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Not only did I immediately connect with the story, it made me remember all the things I love about been a book lover, a writer, a fan, a geek, and a student all in one. The novel is emotionally charged and deals with some heavy subjects (depression, social anxiety, drinking), but Cath’s ability to overcome these things through writing and books is a powerful message in itself.

And then I read Eleanor & Park and there were so many feels, I’m still reeling. I just want to read these books again and let them wash over me.

These are the kinds of books I want to tell everyone about. I know I’m going to sound like a sales lady every time someone asks me for a book recommendation at work. It’s like when I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, or the Georgia Nicolson books, or Harry Potter and couldn’t stop trying to get all my friends to read them too. These books are an experience.