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Backlist Blast #12: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Happy Friday Junior, and Backlist Blast day! I’ve owned this week’s feature for some time now, but still haven’t read it. Ohhhh the shame! Also, I’m torn on whether to read this book or Carry On first! I don’t know if there are spoilers for Carry On in Fangirl. Please advise! Haha. Also, I’m so happy to see that so many of you have decided to join Backlist Blast, and in order to make your post for this meme more visible (and your blogs, Instagram, or Twitter accounts too), I have decided to add a link-up form/widget to the bottom of every Backlist Blast post from now on! So, don’t forget to add your links to the form, so that all readers can see your posts.

– About the Meme –

Backlist Blast is a meme created by Milana from A Couple Reads and myself, and is meant to encourage book bloggers to feature and talk about backlist books (meaning books that were published 6 months ago, or earlier). We all get excited about all of the newest books coming out, but many of us also have a looming TBR of books published 6 months ago or earlier that we still need to read! The main purpose of this meme is to talk about those books, and remember why we wanted to read them in the first place. Another purpose is for readers to find out about awesome backlist books that they might have never heard of before! For more information on the meme, and for optional themes, please see the info page here.

– My Backlist Blast Choice –

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I remember seeing this book around when I first discovered Bookstagram, and I bought it very soon after that, with the intent of reading it right away. Two plus years later… that still hasn’t happened! I’ve requested far too many ARCs over the last two years, and now that I’ve realized this, I am consciously requesting less of them in order to make time for backlisted TBR books! Have any of you had to do this as well?

– About the Book –

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Macmillan)
Published: September 10, 2013
Source: Personal Purchase

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

– About the Author –


Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love. When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons. More at

– Link-up –

Welcome to the new link-up feature! Please link up your Backlist Blast post specific to this week, rather than your blog or social media account in general. You can either share a blog post, an Instagram post, or a tweet from Twitter on here (or all 3 if you so desire)! I also welcome any feedback regarding the link-up!


14 thoughts on “Backlist Blast #12: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Fangirl is one of my favorite books, and one that I can constantly reread, I hope you get to it soon! I also am having a ton of trouble reading backlist books and even new books that I buy for myself because I have so many arcs to get through rn.

  2. OH MY GOSH! I literally just finished reading this book this morning and you NEED to read it! It is amazing and I too have had it sitting on my shelf forever, but ended up getting the collector’s edition as well (in hopes that I would read it more) and needless to say, it is defiantly worth all the hype it is given 🙂

  3. I liked Fangirl and it tickled the fangirl in me but I didn’t love the romance. I haven’t read Carry On and I think you can read Fan Girl before reading Carry On. Fangirl was published first, so it is safe to say that it is okay to read first.

    Also, Carry On is like a reimagining of the Harry Potter series with vampires and LGBT themes.

    1. I’m glad to hear that you liked it but am sad to hear about the romance :O romance is very important for me in books (and in general haha). And thank you! I think that I will read it first 🙂

  4. I can’t believe I haven’t read Fangirl just yet, haha. It’s been recommended to me countless times and I’m fairly certain I could love it, though, so I can’t wait to read it 🙂 Thanks for the reminder haha 🙂 x

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