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The Fault in Our Stars- Part 2

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So I finished this yesterday.  It was sad, and moving, and funny, and uniquely John Green-ish.  You know how some authors just have a certain tone, well he has one.  For an author who writes stand alone books, this can in some ways be good for the reader because there is still a rhythm for the reader to find and fall in step with.  That may sound crazy, but I swear it’s there in every John Green book I’ve read.

Back to my original point of this post- did I like it?  Yup!  It’s obvious that Green has upped his game.  I think his writing style is becoming smoother and more nuanced, but I mean that in a totally non-snobbish literary criticism way!  He’s better at his craft and it shows in the end product.

Do I recommend this book?  Yes- especially to those who like thoughtful, funny, more-character-study over action, and yes, sad books.  My 17-year-old daughter LOVED the book, although Looking for Alaska is still her fave Green book.  I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next John Green project.

BTW, John is a very funny person and you might want to check our his YouTube channel Mental Floss which contains all sorts of posts busting myths and holding forth on all sorts of wide-ranging and varied topics.  Also on YouTube is the channel John started with his brother Hank called the VlogBrothers- also very funny!  So come on you Nerdfighters DFTBA!!

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The Fault in Our Stars

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I started John Green’s new one yesterday. I’m only about 40 or 50 pages in and I know already that I will really like this book. However, I am also dreading the end. I know someone must bite it, right? I’ve had a couple of people tell me- be ready with tissues and don’t finish it in public! Yikes!

I’m not really a “sad story” kind of person. I don’t like sad movies, I won’t watch TV shows that are too serious or depressing, and I’m not into the Ellen Hopkins books, if you know what I mean. So I am a little anxious about this read, but I will finish it. I’m hoping there is enough humor and hope to make it worth my while.
I’ll let you know once I’m done.

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Sofia on couch June

So, things have been a little busy for the last month and a half or so…  I graduated with my MLS in May (yay!!), finished up work the first week of June, adopted a 3-month-old puppy the second week of June, and was offered and accepted a job as a Youth Services Librarian the third week of June- which I will start the second week of July.  Whew!! (Why the Whew!!? See above photo!)

I’m also trying to read, read, and read some more!  You can follow me on Shelfari here:

http://www.shelfari.com/jenbreading

So far I’ve read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, two-thirds of the His Fair Assassins trilogy by Robin LaFevers, Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen, and I just started The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and a couple of books on training puppies!

I’m also planning on Doing the Dewey for the rest of the calendar year.  If you are not familiar with the Dewey Challenge, it’s just a personal goal to read books from all divisions of the Dewey Decimal System- it’s up to you how much you divide the numeric system.  I am doing it by 100s, but you could do it by 50s, 20s, 10s, 5s, however detailed and challenged you’d like to be.  I figured since I’m starting halfway through the calendar year, I would cut myself a little slack and start my first Dewey challenge at the broadest level.  The first book I plan on reading is The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne, Dewey #020.92.  (More on this in a later post.)

So I hope you all find some extra time to read this summer!  Maybe it will be pure fluff and fun, maybe it will be informative reading for SAT tests, ACT tests, or puppy training!  But whatever kind of reading you are doing is good reading!

Talk to you soon!

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June 29, 2013 · 11:33 am