Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
This is a Book by Demetri Martin
The Song is You by Arthur Phillips
Happy Marriage?! v1
Happy Marriage?! v2
Fangirl was something I read a review of in EW and I'm glad I picked it up. It's about a girl trying to finish her definitive "last book" fanfic for a Harry Potteresque fandom before the actual last book is released, all while adjusting to her first year of college and dealing with some family drama. I think I liked her friendship with her roommate more than the obligatory romance for exchanges like this:
As far as Reagan was concerned, Cath was already problematically weird. "It's bad enough that you have homemade Simon Snow posters," Reagan had said last night while she was getting ready for bed. "Do you have to have gay homemade Simon Snow posters?"
Cath had looked up at the drawing over her desk of Simon and Baz holding hands. "Leave them alone," she said. "They're in love."
"Pretty sure I don't remember that from the books."
"When I write them," Cath said, "they're in love."
"What do you mean when you write them?" Reagan stopped, pulling her T-shirt down over her head. "No, you know what? Never mind. I don't want to know. It's already hard enough to make eye contact with you."
And what I really appreciated about this book was that in the end fanfic wasn't something Cath had to grow out of or leave behind as something childish or fulfilling some sort of emotional need. I was really afraid that she'd be forced to decide to give it up because she was all grown-up university woman now. When her creative writing teacher slammed fanfic as something "stillborn" and a waste of time, I was convinced that ultimately Cath would be made to agree with her. So glad to be wrong. Hobbies are fun, even the childish ones.