Thursday, May 3, 2012

First impressions and some more books on my list.

Okay so a while ago I made a post about some books I wanted to read.  I left off one book that I REALLY wanted to read, because I couldn't remember the name of the book.  Well, I have since started to read that book and let me tell you, it's amazing.  Honestly, I shouldn't even buy books online or in a bookstore any more.  I should just go to my sister's house and borrow books from her. I don't know how, but she always knows which books are amazing.  Anyway, enough babbling.

The Fault In Our Stars, written by John Green:

Okay, so this book is amazing. I can't even say it enough times.  However, I won't post a synopsis along with it, just because you'll do what I did when I read it: "That sounds like a sad book, I'm not going to read it." JUST. READ. IT. John Green is an amazing writer and also has a very successful youtube channel with his brother called, 'The Vlog Brothers.'  Besides being talented in his writing and all of that, he's pretty hilarious, both in this book and on youtube.  Okay, I'll give in and tell you a little bit about the book.

It's about this teenage girl who has cancer. Uh oh, see? Now you don't want to read it. Hang on!  This girl, Hazel, is amazing and funny and she meets a few more cancer patients who become her friends.  She meets Augustus, another cancer patient, well survivor, who immediately likes her and a sort of romance happens, I think (I haven't gotten that far yet).  He does amazing things for her and it is just so sweet and funny and gah. Just READ IT. 

Hazel isn't this 'sick, depressed, stay indoors, feel sorry for herself' person...although there are moments she thinks she's a 'grenade.'  She's just an amazing character and John Green really knows how to just get into his character's heads and make them not only relate-able, but entirely realistic.  It really has not been a very sad book so far.  I'm more than half way done and all I've done is laughed and not been able to put it down. So....once again, I say...READ. THIS. BOOK.

In addition to being almost finished with The Fault In Our Stars, I noticed that on you can read the first chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey, and I did just that. 

First off, it's not the ENTIRE chapter.  They leave out a good chunk.  However, whatever that 'chunk' is, I don't think the reader even needs it.  It's basically the two main characters talking-the woman (Amelia?) interviewing the man (Christian Grey)- and the interview is LONG....kind of boring. Also, I'm not grammar or punctuation person, (as one can see by my horrible-ness of it in my blog posts) but even only into the book a few pages there's a ton of errors.  I don't know if this book had an editor, even, because it was an online book first and they basically just published it out of it being popular and all...but come on.

Also, the way it's written is pretty amateurish.  You can tell that a person was writing it online for fun in his...her? Whatever, in their spare time.  I've been told this book is 'mommy porn' which is why I'm not actually going to BUY a copy...even more so now that I read how poorly it's written on amazon.  Still, I want to read it just for shits and giggles and I am on a waiting list at the library, thanks to my boyfriend who knows how to work library things.  So, I'll post a blog whenever I finally read it...which probably won't be for a long while since the last time I checked, I was number four hundred and something on the waiting list haha.

Now on to a few books I've added to my reading list...I have so many and I realllllllly hope I can get to them all this summer.

Another book by John Green (and David Levithan). Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  I seriously will read any book he writes, honest. Here's the synopsis gives:
"One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.:"

Again, I love amazon for the 'look inside this book' thingie-ma-bob. Again, it is a just amazingly written book and although it's written by two people, I really do think it's going to be a good book. Also, I think this is John Green's newest book so that'll be nice to see how his writing has changed, if it's changed at all.

Also, I want to read, you guessed it, another John  Green book, Looking for Alaska

This book won John Green tons of awards! (Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick, a Los Angeles Times 2005 Book Prize Finalist,and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.) So, I know a book obtaining a shit ton of awards doesn't make it a 'good' book, necessarily, but this one I know will's John Green. Come on.  The snyopsis I found online is this:
"Miles Halter, a sixteen-year-old with a fascination for last words, begins his scholastic adventure at Culver Creek boarding school in Alabama with an introduction to his roommate Chip "Colonel" Martin, a trailer-bred genius. Chip nicknames the skinny Miles "Pudge" and introduces him to Alaska Young, a beautiful, literate and intellectually gifted teenager with a head full of elaborate pranks. Under the tutelage of his new (and real) friends, Miles learns to drink, smoke, escape punishment, and understand people. A few days following a major, adrenaline-pumping prank, Alaska drives insanely drunk, crashes her car and dies instantly.

Miles and Chip, both grieving for their lost friend, wondering if she committed suicide or was killed accidentally, search for evidence of the reasons behind her death. They also feel guilty because they were the last people to see her alive and did not stop her from driving drunk. From his experiences with this loss, Miles learns valuable lessons about loyalty, friendship, and life.

The novel is divided into two sections: "before" and "after". Miles' school year is comprised of exactly 136 days before and after Alaska's death."

Annnnddd....Damn. I did it again. I have all these books in my head I want to read and when I sit down to actually write them out? Poof. Gone. Damn it. Anyway, I guess that's all for now and as more books are read and more books are added to my mental list, I'll try to blog about them. Done. Peace, yo.

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