A Casual Vacancy


Helloooo, readers. Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I know I did in beautiful Virginia with the best boyfriend (hi JDJ). Sorry for the sappiness. So I finally finished A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling after carting it around with me everywhere I went for the past couple weeks. I insisted on buying the actual book rather than on my Nook, but as some of you might know, it’s a pretty big one.

The beginning was a bit rough for me. I started off a little confused about the actual storyline and—tear—there were no mentions of Harry Potter or Ron (my HP crush). Obviously I knew it would be nothing like Harry Potter, but it still took a bit of adjustment. Once I got past the first 25-50 pages, I was hooked. The book has a third person omniscient point of view, and I was surprised to find I was interested in just about every character’s view. Usually I get attached to just one or two and only look forward to their passages, but the characters and their actions are integrated so well that I wanted to know what was going on in everyone’s heads. There’s no denying that Rowling has an unbelievable knack for character development. There’s also the whole young vs. old conflict that the whole plot hinges on. So intriguing and modern yet timeless.

The ending threw me a bit, as it kind of just snuck up on me and I didn’t know what to do with it after I turned the last page. I’m still thinking about it. Very, very interesting. If you’re looking for a substantial book that will make you think and read closely, I highly recommend it.

:: Up Next ::

I just started The Christmas Train by David Baldacci after Jack’s raving recommendation (he read it like five years ago so…). It’s meh so far. Can’t get down with the narrator just yet.

Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom by Keltie Colleen (New blogger that I just discovered—love her style.)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Recommendation by Emma over at A Beautiful Mess.)

Any recommendations from you guys? I’d love some new ones, as always!


Author: Rachael

Book lover + editor, feminist, California soul + New York state of mind.

2 thoughts on “A Casual Vacancy

  1. I feel like I have so much to comment on! First off, your webpage looks amazing, and I wish my blog looked half as great as this!

    Two- somehow I was unaware that J.K. Rowling had a new book out. Big HP fan over here, so this will definitely be my next read. I’m just finishing up a book that your big inspired me to read, called “Sarah’s Key”. I’m a little over half way through it and cannot put it down.

    Lastly- I hope you don’t think I’m a creeper for reading and commenting!

  2. Hi Darcy :) Thank you so much for reading and for the recommendation! It’s so nice to know someone is actually reading what I’m writing. I’ve also heard that book is pretty good so I’m definitely adding it the list. It’s funny because I was actually reading your blog last week and it’s hilarious – Harrison is seriously adorable (hopefully that’s not creepy of me either, haha)! Also, I found it’s pretty easy to make your blog a little prettier by just googling codes and that stuff, like social media icons. So addicting!

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