This is the most solid blogging I've done since January. Holy cripes. I'm totally going to admit right now that I'm mildly proud of myself for that. I'll try not to hurt my arm while I pat myself on the back.
Once again...today is a singular read. Bummer. But...I figure that I'll be so kind as to also share other books by the author so that you can access them (and feel cover lust) as well. Because...well...his books are just good. And he's a good person.
Hazel and Augustus are both teenagers with cancer who connect over a mutual love for books in this story that will give you all the feels.
|An Abundance of Katherines by John Green|
A Fault in Our Stars by John Green one was a suggestion from my good friend Erin. I read it way back in 2012, the year it also won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and read it all in one sitting while I more or less bawled my eyes out. Seriously. This book make me swing the full gamut of emotions. Thankfully, I was able to laugh in some places, but plan on keeping a Kleenex box handy.
First, something special about the book. It was turned into a movie a few years back, so even those of you who are not a big fan of reading can take part in a beautiful story. No...for those of you wondering...I haven't yet seen the movie. But I will. One of these days. Probably after a reread to just have the purely wonderful literary version in my head one more time.
Second, John Green is more than just an author. He is a YouTuber and a really smart guy all around. I've been following the YouTube channel he runs with his brother, Hank for quite a while now. If you haven't been over and watched some videos from Vlogbrothers, you should. They also run the YouTube channels Mental Floss and CrashCourse where you can learn all sorts of neat stuff.
|Paper Towns by John Green|
Why it Makes the List:
This is where I gush. READ THIS BOOK. Seriously. I love it so very much. The story is really simple and sweet without being overly dramatic, juvenile, or just plain trying too hard. The characters have an immense amount of realism. John Green just writes a darned good book. The Fault in Our Stars is easily a book that I will reread several times over. It's a good story with a balance between presenting the realism of cancer without making everything morose and depressing. It's beautiful and wonderful and one of those books you just want to hug.
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