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review 2015-08-12 16:00
Review: Paper Towns

Book Review: Paper Towns 

Originally posted on I'm Loving Books

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Release date: October 2008
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 305

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew... 


I'm very excited to start reading Paper Towns, it will be my second book by John Green. The Fault In Our Stars was an exceptional read, so special. I liked the writing in TFIOS and I'm curious to see how John Green wrote this story. I'm planning on buying the entire box set of John Green, but first I wanted to try one more book to be sure. 


So I was happy to discover I still like the writing style. It isn't very difficult to like the main character, Quentin. He's an average high school senior. He is described very realistically. Quentin has always admired Margo. She's such an awesome and interesting person to him. 

The book evolves around this mystery of Margo's disappearance and Quentin's journey to try to find her and also discover the real Margo. During the book Quentin is wondering if his view of Margo is accurate. Does he know the real Margo like he thought he did?

Quentin's has two great friends. Ben is absolutely hilarious, such a great character. I liked reading the developments around his friends.

It's interesting to see the story develop and witness Quentin's change in perspective. I don't wanna spoil anything, but I especially loved the ending. It made the book even more realistic. 

The book has portrayed a great message. Quentin realizes that everyone is also just a person. I love the following quote:

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

And it is, treacherous to believe that. Great quote and great realization too.

I thought it was a very interesting book. Very different than TFIOS, but it still got me thinking, just like TFIOS did. This book stays with you for a while and you will think of this story now and then. I love when that happens, when a book really sticks with you. 


I liked it a lot, it was a fast and interesting read. 
After reading this I definitely wanna read the other John Green books. If you have a John Green book to recommend, let me know!

Have a great day,
Source: imlovingbooks.blogspot.nl/2015/08/book-review-paper-towns.html
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review 2015-05-10 16:06
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy

Series: Vampire academy #1

Author: Richelle Mead

Release date: August 2007

Age group: Young Adult

Pages: 332

Synopsis from Goodreads:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.



My expectations are pretty high for this series because I heard so many good things about it. A lot of booklovers are calling this the best vampire series (and there are a lot of them). I would like to be drawn inside the story really fast and like to see some good world building along the way.



My first impression

Within the first 40 pages or so I was already drawn into this world Richelle Mead created. I truly loved the world building in this book. I think it's amazing when a writer can portray a world the reader can imagine and see in front of them. If you can do that, the story is already good.


Things I loved:

- I immediately liked the main character Rose. She's fierce, full of confidence and not afraid. I liked her humorous ways.

- This isn't a story were the main character doesn't know that vampires exist or anything like that, and I did like the fact that she new this world already. This aspect made it very different from other vampire related stories I've read.

- I like the realness of the characters. Richelle made most of them really easy to relate to and understand their emotions.

- The friendship of Rose and Lissa is discribed very relatable and real (exept for the fact that she can look inside her head from time to time).

- Dimitri is a very interesting character... I would like to get to know him better in the next book!


Because I liked a lot of things in this book, I'll give it five stars out of five!!

Source: imlovingbooks.blogspot.nl/2013/10/review-vampire-academy.html
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text 2015-02-24 18:48
How I read now: a book-lover's unexpected adoption of digital media

How I read now

Books have always been important to me. Most of my life, I carried a book with me wherever I went. For longer trips, I carried several books, to avoid the risk of running out of things to read. When I had no money, my idea of wealth was to be able to buy any book I wanted. My idea of the perfect house started with a library, with big windows, a comfortable chair and walls of books with shelves so high that I'd need a ladder on wheels to be able to reach them all.


Over the years, as my wife and I moved from place to place, one of the first things we did to make the house a home, was set up shelves to surround ourselves with the books that made us happy.


At first the books were shelved alphabetically by author. Then it started to be  alphabetically by author within each genre. Eventually, as wealth increased but time to read cruelly diminished, a separate "Not Yet Read" set of shelves started to appear giving me a physical measure of the gap between what I wanted to spend my time doing and what I was actually getting to do.


A few years ago, a change my younger self would never have anticipated occurred:  I reached a point where my books started to feel like a burden. My ever-growing "Not Yet Read" file became not just a symbol of failure but a possible symptom of irrational addiction. Why did I continue to buy more to add to this pile? Wasn't that just compulsive behaviour, similar to filling my closets with shoes I would never wear? My orignal test of wealth - being able to buy any book I wanted, had been passed. Now I faced the consequences: so many books that I could no longer shelve them all. I began to ask new questions: should I really keep every book I read? How big would that mountain be before I died? Did I want to live in its shadow?


I decided to make a change. I added a new classification for my books: "Read and Redistribute". These are books that I give away after I've read them. My local recycling centre maintains bookshelves where you can leave the books you want to redistribute. People browse them constantly. Nothing stays on the shelves for long.


The next step was to start to use audiobooks.  It did not dampen my addiction to buying books, over the past three years I've bought about ninety a year even though I usually only read sixty or so. They're just so tempting. In fact, I've added to my predicament by entangling myself in series of books following characters like Kate Shugak or Jane Yellowrock or Lily Bard. The switch to audiobooks had two main benefits, beyond the fact that a well-read, well-written novel is a delight: they take up no physical space at all - I carry a year's supply on a little iPod Shuffle; and I can "read" during the long car journeys that are a frequent but unwanted part of my life - so my Not Yet Read pile started to diminish.


Then I found that some books are hard to get on audio so I tried ebooks, using the Kindle app on my Windows 8 machine. I had low expectations but was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the reading experience - easy to navigate, easy on the eye, easy to carry.


I still love books but now the books I buy are usually hardbacks, often of books that are not on the best seller lists, especially short story anthologies.


The picture at the top of this post shows how I read now: mostly electronically with audiobooks and ebooks, but still with a foundation of printed books for harder to find authors or simply for books  like "SMART" by  Kim Slater that called to me like a puppy in a petshop that I cant' leave behind.


I suspect my experience is not atypical. I'd like to hear if any of you have been through similar changes.


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