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review 2018-04-06 23:30

So today's review is on the book The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Yes I know that I'm way behind the program when it comes to reviews, but I have only just joined this website and want to write reviews for books that I have currently already read, no matter how long ago I read the book. 


So this book I generally enjoyed, more so than Green's other books. I do like his other work but I just like the humour in this book more than the others. ANYWAY.


Hazel Grace Lancaster (Sorry but I'm horrible at spelling names so I'm sorry if it is wrong, do correct me if needed!) meets a cute boy named Augustus Waters at this support group and they fall madly in love. 


During their time of falling in love, they Hazel turns Augustus into a major fan man over this book she also really likes. To be honest I do this with other,I make people read the books I really like and cried over just so I can watch them cry as well. Is that weird? BACK TO THE REVIEW.


Augustus finds out that his cancer is worse and has to get treated again. Doesn't tell Hazel straight away. When he passes Hazel is so heart broken. She finally had someone and that person was taken away by cancer. I really like Augustus so this death did sting a little. 


So this book is written beautifully. I really like John Green's writing style but other people don't. But hey you can't impress everyone. 



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review 2014-11-26 08:00
The Fault In Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

I'm not going to write an extremely touching story or a very deep analysis of TFIOS. I think those can already be found all over the internet. I just want to describe my thoughts on this book.


I started reading this book in September, just before the university started again, mostly because I knew I had friends who would definitely ask me if I'd read the book already. (They had been doing so for the last month of the last college year as well). As I'd read a lot of books this summer, I figured I couldn't really come up with a reason not to have read it, even though watching the movie made me realise that it wasn't going to be a book for me.


This was around the same time that The Netherlands were stalked with big posters of John Green's head and the text 'Damn Near Genius' , which I thought to be at best 'Not a really good way to promote the books' as only very small pictures of the covers were included.


It took me to the first of November to finish it. Partly this was of course because I was a bit behind on my review books and they get to go first, but I also just wasn't enjoying myself while reading it. And that's not because I don't like books that are sad or deal with a serious matter. It was mostly because I couldn't stand both Hazel, Gus and their forced tear-jerking starcrossed romance.


They never for once talked like normal people. It's okay to like to talk about existential questions, but don't act like you're so much better than everyone else. It's not cool to put a cigarette into your mouth even if you decide not to light it. It's ridiculous to talk about basketball in terms of round objects moving trough conical ones.


Their weird obsession with An Imperial Affliction is another thing. It's just a book, and from what I've heard about it, not even such a good one. I know all about books ending unsatisfactory but I don't go obsessing about it in this way (I don't just read a single book on constant repeat either, and if I did, I certainly wouldn't give my one special copy of it to a random Guy I just met. I would have protected it with my life, so to speak). Hazel and Gus call it a pretentious book, but that's coming from perhaps the most pretentious book I've ever read.


I realise I'm probably not the intended audience for this book. I don't like romance, over emotional books or books that try to force me into certain emotions (like crying; I want to be able to decide for myself whether or not to cheer for the characters). I just wanted to see if the book really was as good as I was reading (and everyone was telling me) that I forgot that I probably wouldn't enjoy it anyway. The only thing I really can't understand is why people are loving the pretentiousness so much. It annoyed the hell out of me.


I thought the book was over long too. After the big thing happens, the story drags on for at least another 50 pages, trying to force me into crying (but definitely not succeeding; I don't know what this says about me). Perhaps TFIOPS (The Fault In Our Pretentious Stars) should have ended just like An Imperial Affliction, with Hazel realising she can't / doesn't want to continue writing and just stopping mid-sentence. And all I would be wondering about is what did eventually become of the hamster...

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text 2014-08-29 17:30
Bookhaul #3

Today I'm going to show you the books I bought in the last month. 

The first thing you see is Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I read Anna last year on my ereader but I wanted the trilogy in paperback. I bought Anna and Lola because of the Booktube-A-Thon when you could get a discount. That's why Lola is different than the others (sigh). Maybe I'm getting an other copy of Lola in the future, but it's fine now. I just got Isla today so I haven't read that one, but I read Anna and Lola this month!


In October I want to read in a theme: horror. 172 Hours on the Moon would be a perfect book fot that, so I already bought that one. I really like the version that I bought. It has the most beautiful cover! 


The last books you see are An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, WIll Grayson, WIll Grayson and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I saw the movie in the cinema and I was impressed! So I wanted to read all his books. I read Looking For Alaska last year but I didn't like that one so much. I already started An Abundance of Katherines because I was waiting soooooo long for Isla! I'm going to read them all in September for the #johngreenreadalong. If you want to participate as well, you can join our Goodreads group here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142021-john-green-september-read-a-long


What books have you bought recently?

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text 2014-08-27 03:21
Read 'Em and Weep: Totally Cry Worthy Books



So, let’s be honest here, sometimes, we all love those books that make us bawl so hard we can’t even breathe. Those books that just hit our emotions so hard and leave us tail-spinning in a storm of feels. They make us so attached to fictional lives that they affect our own emotional health. We love them, and I’m here to share a few of the books that had me crying so hard, I couldn’t even deal with life.



The Fault in our Stars by John Green- Big shocker here! I picked this book up before I knew anything about it. I had just discovered who John Green was, and I saw it at the library and decided to read it without know what it was about. I was in for the most touching roller coaster of my life! If you have read it, or seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about. It was like 2 am when I was finishing this book, and I was crying so hard, I woke my husband up and he literally was afraid for my well-being.  John Green crafted this amazing love story, made you fall in love with his characters, and then brought the world crashing down upon us all. It was hard to read this book, but at the same time, it’s real life. Things like this happen, and you know,  “The world is not a wish granting factory.”



The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken- I was not expecting to be so hysterical during this book, but Alexandra Bracken likes to do that to her readers. She pulls us in so deep, we feel the struggles of her characters and we fall so much in love with all of them…When the end came and she dropped that bomb, I was not expecting it at all! I couldn’t even deal with it, it just cried so hard I couldn’t breathe! Ugh, it was sooooo good!




Harry Potter books 5-7 by J.K. Rowling- I’m sorry, but if you didn’t cry reading these books, I don’t know what is wrong with you! Do you even have a heart?? I don’t think I’ve cried as hard for any book as I did with these last three Harry Potter books. Harry loses so much in his life, and it makes us feel so lost with him, he loses all the people he has looked up to and it’s just sooooooooo sad! However, in the end, I suppose everything was alright, but for a while there I wasn’t sure if I could even move on with my life! Especially with book 7, Deathly Hallows, I started bawling after reading the dedication! It was pathetic… I have grown up with Harry and these books in particular really hit and emotional nerve with me, they are so close to my heart <3



Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins- Oh my goodness, this was so painful to read. It was heartbreaking and I felt like my world had been turned upside down. If you have read this book, you understand what I mean, it was sad, just very sad. However I did really enjoy this book as the last installment in an epic trilogy that I will love for the rest of my life.



Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clair- This is the first and only Cassy Clair book that made me cry It was the most heartbreaking love triangle in YA book history! But she just ended this series so perfectly and beautifully and it was just all kinds of amazing. And also, William Herondale :)



Allegiant by Veronica Roth- If you haven’t read this book yet, and haven’t been spoiled, props to you! If you had read this book, then you KNOW why this is on my list. That’s all I’m saying….



New Moon by Stephanie Meyer- I have no shame in saying I read these books, I even really enjoyed them. I picked them up long before anyone knew what Twilight was and I think I take a little bit of pride in that. I read Twilight and New Moon during my summer break one year and devoured them. I have no shame when I say I absolutely cried when Edward left in New Moon… it was devastating because we were reading it through Bella’s eyes and it crushed her. Looking back now, I’m not sure if I would have the same reaction ( I was a young teen at them time) but this make my list because I really had the water works going.


That’s all I’m going to mention for this post, I often cry in books, but the one’s that I mentioned above were really by hard-core sobbing fests. Let me know what books made you cry! What books made you feel all the feels??? I would love to hear  from you!

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text 2014-07-20 20:21
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

So, I started reading this. I know. I have no excuse. It was at my library and I decided to go ahead and check it out. I wanted to go ahead and see for myself. I have friends who hate it as well as friends who love it. So, I wanted to go ahead and decide for myself what I thought.I also kind of have this habit of reading books after they become insanely popular, even though I don't act on it all of the time. Anyway, let's see how it goes. 

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