Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Books to Pack: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

On a vacation, sometimes the perfect book is one that'll make you laugh your head off. Jennie has just such a book: 


Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

I love to read series books when I travel—I love being able to stay in the same world, with the same people, for the duration of my trip. One series in particular is one that reminds me of traveling, mostly because I read so much of it while on the move.

I came across Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal snogging at The Tattered Cover, a very cool bookstore in Denver, when I was on a spring break tour with my college choir and read it on the long bus ride back to Iowa. A year later, I read the sequel, On the Bright Side, I’m now the Girlfriend of a Sex God while on a layover, sitting at the gate, waiting for my flight. Sadly, it was my book for the plane, so I was stuck watching stupid movies once we finally boarded.  When the 10th and final book came out, I had it pre-ordered, but then I was in London for a friend’s wedding, and walking through Heathrow on the way home, I saw a HUGE stack of Are These My Basoomas I see Before me? Because it wasn’t out in the US yet, but it was out in England. Of course I bought it and read it on the flight!

All the books in this series are the diaries of Georgia Nicolson, a girl with boy issues, crazy friends, a huge cat, a hilarious little sister and slightly insane parents.  The series follows Georgia as she tries to navigate the cake-shop of love (don’t worry—it makes sense when you come to it) while staying besties with her mates, who have their own issues with luuuuurve. To use Georgia’s lingo, these books are fabity-fab-fab and full of hilariousity.* That last bit can cause a wee bit of an issue while traveling, as this truly is a laugh-out-loud book. You WILL burst  out into loud laughter and people WILL look at you oddly. But you’ll be too amused to really mind. Despite the weird looks issue, this is the perfect travel series, because it’s easy to lose yourself in it (so the boring bits of long flights and car rides go quickly) but it’s an easy, fun read that you can also put down and come back to when real-life adventures happen without losing the plot. Plus, the all the laughing puts you in the perfect mood to enjoy your vacation.

AND, so you don’t have to lug them all around with you—the library has most of the series available as ebooks.

*Don’t worry. All of the books come with a glossary to translate the British-isms, but also the words and phrases that Georgia just makes up. Lucky for us, Georgia wrote the glossary herself, so it’s also full of hilariousity.


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