Hype or Like Friday – September 30th, 2016

Woohoo, it’s Hype or Like Friday again! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

September’s BOTM is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and the topic of the month is Back To School!


  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Review of the BOTM – Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


Okay, here’s the thing – I just started this book last night. Soooooo, yeah, I can’t really give you a full review at this time.

I had hoped to at least be much farther into this novel than I am, but Smashing Series September went a lot slower than originally planned. But the good news is that I did finish The Winner’s Kiss Trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles Trilogy, and the Dorothy Must Die series. Bad news is that I didn’t even get to Throne of Glass series or Half Bad Trilogy, but there’s always October!!! Anyways, back to the subject of this post…

I did read Fangirl. That’s been my only taste of Rowell’s books up until this point. And while I enjoyed it, I had no desire whatsoever to read anything else by her. I’m just not a fan of contemporaries – y’all should know this by now! Luckily, this book is a fantasy so I’m hoping to at least find it entertaining. I know plenty of bloggers rave about it (hence it being the Hype or Like Friday BOTM), but I’m usually a contrarian so this should be interesting.

Have you read Carry On? Are you a huge Rainbow Rowell fan? What are your thoughts on this novel? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

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8 thoughts on “Hype or Like Friday – September 30th, 2016”

  1. So I’m about 70% through Carry On right now (also didn’t finish it in time 😭) and I encourage you to keep reading if you are feeling unsure about it!! I know it’s silly and kind of ridiculous but it loses that ‘Harry potter fanfic’ feel and becomes its own story (still kind of silly, but I don’t think it’s meant to be taken too seriously). I’m really enjoying the story now and I am loving Simon and Baz! 😊

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    1. I’m about 40 pages into it so far and I’m enjoying it at the moment. It definitely has a more adult feel than Harry Potter, losing a bit of that childhood innocence and adding a bit more reality – probably due to the characters being 18 years old. I’m ready for the action to start and while I haven’t met Baz yet, he’s really starting to pique my interest through the references to him. I’m glad you’re liking it so far!


  2. I actually really enjoyed it! I’m not a huge Rainbow Rowell fan (I hated Eleanor and Park) but it was pretty good. It was also the first book I ever read on my Kindle 🙂

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  3. Can’t wait to see your full review of this one. I read it during my hiatus, and was disappointed in it. It had some pretty neat aspects, and it wasn’t a struggle to finish, but I was really hoping for a well-developed gay romance. Simon and Baz’s relationship (like the rest of the book) had some neat aspects, but needed more fleshing out to suit me. But I’m a picky bastard. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it better! =)

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    1. Yeah, I see what you mean about the relationship. I think the problem is that this book is like the final book in a fictional series, so you’re only seeing the end result of the relationship rather than watch it fully evolve over 7 years. I’m just enjoying all of the snarky comments and inner thoughts from everyone haha!

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