More Than This by Patrick Ness: Mind Equals Blown

Title:more than this More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: YA thriller/sci-fi/dystopian/I don’t even know how to categorise this book

Length: 480 pages

Published by: Walker Books

Source: received for review (THANKS, WALKER BOOKS, I LOVE YOU)

Blurb: 

“Books are often described as ‘mind-blowing’ but this is one of the few books in which, while reading it, I have exclaimed aloud, ‘Oh. My. God.’ on multiple occasions … Just read it.” 
John Green

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

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Yeah, so um, if you haven’t already figured out, this book KIND OF blew my mind. So let’s start with plot, because that’s the most memorable part of this book.

It’s very hard to categorise this type of book into a genre. It crosses into several genres, and that’s really exciting to me. For some reason. There are elements of sci-fi, dystopia and thriller, and lots of philosophy, and…yeah, it’s lots of things. It’s very difficult to say much about the plot, because most of what I can say would be spoilers. Throughout the book, different parts of the story unfold, and at some points my mouth was literally gaping open. This dude sure knows how to create tension.

But at the same time, it did have quite a slow pace at the beginning. I mean, this is a rather large book – it’s like 500 pages, guys. The beginning took a long time to start getting exciting. There was a significant amount of description, speculation and Seth’s loneliness. That’s why, in the end, I took a star off.

CHARACTERS, THOUGH. So we have:

Seth. Seth is our main character. He beats himself up a lot. I feel pretty sorry for him. All that stuff with his brother is HEAVY. I’m not saying anymore, though. My lips are sealed.

Thomasz. Unfortunately my brain is stupid and kept pronouncing his name as “Tom-arse.” Which is not quite right. He’s so funny! He’s a lot younger than the others, and frankly adorable. Also he’s Polish and that’s quite cool.

Regina. Now she is awesome. I’m pretty sure the book could have been from her perspective just as easily as Seth, because she just jumps off the page, she’s so well-written. She’s got attitood, guys. And she gives Seth the tough love he really needs.

Gudmund. So he’s from the “real world,” before Seth died. I mean, real world is debatable, but just…let’s go with that. Seth is gay, and Gudmund was his boyfriend.

YAY DIVERSITY. I’ve been banging on about diversity for ages (I’m sure you’re sick of me hearing about it). This checks the awesome boxes because a) it’s a fantastic read and b) it doesn’t focus purely on their diversities.

There was also a nice realistic element to this story. We got to see glimpses and flashbacks to Seth’s life, and the friendships/family relationships/romantic relationships there. Reading about Seth’s brother Owen was so sad.

The POV was different to what I normally read. It’s in third person, which is usual, but present tense. I’ve read a couple of those books that I absolutely HATED, because it seems to distance the reader. But in this, the writing style managed to give the story an air of mystery and a literary feel.

Also, JOHN GREEN recommended it, okay? THIS GUY:

And he said “just read it.” So I did. (he has great recommendations, by the way)

Oh oh oh I also forgot to mention that this books wins the award for “Most Amount of Times the Title Is Used in the Actual Book.” They said “more than this” quite a lot. I’m impressed with such a versatile title.

Overall, this is a powerful, philosophical read, with incredible writing and diverse characters. How does it end? You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Rating: 4/5 Wonderkitties

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What Happened This Week: Stacking the Shelves and Reading Wishlists

What’s happened recently, you ask?

1) I shared my reading wishlist for YA books. Link is at the end of this post. Anyway, based on that wishlist, I established that my perfect book would be:

A quirky retelling of multiple fairytales, where the main character is a mermaid with Asian heritage, who switches her tail for legs and discovers a land full of fairytale characters and stories. She would have a large family who cares about her, and who she cares about. There would be no love interest. Her hobbies would be knitting and collecting odd socks/shoes (because she has legs! Socks and shoes would be so interesting to her!). It would be funny, because I wanted a laugh-out-loud speculative fiction book. It would have a variety of weird settings, like an abandoned theme park, a painting, a snow globe, a jungle, underwater and in the clouds. Also, the book would have beautiful illustrations.

Would you read my perfect book? 🙂

2) I attended a drama excursion, where my drama teacher actually performed in a play! It was so good. She played three or four different roles, and each had a different kind of American accent. Now THAT is talent!

3) I made a group on Goodreads called YA bloggers celebrating diverse books. You should totally join! In a couple of weeks, I’m devoting seven days to talking about diverse books. So look out for that!

4) I filmed my entry for the book bloggers tag (I was tagged by Jaz from Fiction in Fiction in Fiction, and Jeann from Happy Indulgence). I have to edit it and stuff, but hopefully that will be up soon!

And now it’s onto Stacking the Shelves (AKA my favourite book meme ever)

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Stacking the Shelves is a book meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

FOR REVIEW

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Rebel by Amy Tintera – I actually lent my copy of the first book, Reboot. I haven’t read it yet, so I’ll have to track it down! This looks really great.

Every Word by Ellie Marney – I’ve actually already finished this one, and it is ah-may-zing. I’m part of the blog tour so you’ll hear about it shortly!

Thanks to Allen and Unwin for both of these ❤

LIBRARY

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Stolen by Lucy Christopher – this looks really interesting

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – judging by the explosion on Twitter when I asked if I should read this next (YES YES YES was unanimous) I am extremely excited for this book.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – Peter Pan retelling!! Yes please! Someone else I know just wrote one of these… 😉 Plus, it’s a beautiful cover.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – I’ve heard a lot about this

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – and this one too!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve never anything of hers. I figure it’s time to start!

BOUGHT

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This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl – I’ve already read this, and reviewed it. You should read it right now.

Usually I do a Stacking the Shelves once every two weeks, but I’ve got so many awesome books lately! I’m expecting some books for review this week as well, so who knows? I might make this a weekly thing. Or maybe just a whenever-I-get-new-books thing.

BOOKS READ SINCE LAST WEEK

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(and, just saying, you guys HAVE to read Every Word when it comes out. It’s like YA Sherlock. As in the TV show. But swoonier).

CURRENTLY READING

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I might actually have finished this by the time this post goes up. Anyway, it’s pretty good so far. A bit slow, but good.

READING NEXT

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VERY excited for this. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

GIF OF THE WEEK

LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS!!!!

POSTS THIS WEEK

Monday: I reviewed the gorgeous How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington

Tuesday: books I almost put down but didn’t, for better or worse

Wednesday: Teens Can Write Too blog chain – my reading wishlist!

Thursdayreview of The Last Shot by Michael Adams (DAT ENDING!!)

Friday: review of This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl…just read it, okay?

And that’s all for this week! What’s happening with you? 

This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl: such a beautiful story

Title: 17675031This Star Won’t Go Out

Author: Esther Earl (along with entries from parents Lori and Wayne Earl, and an introduction by John Green)

Genre: memoir

Published by: Penguin Teen Australia

Published in: January 2014

Length: 431 pages

Source: I bought it!

Blurb: 

A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

 

I was prepared for a sob-fest reading this book. In part, I got it. But I also got a deeply positive, loving, funny account of a teenager’s last few years of life.

This is Esther:

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The first time I heard of Esther was when I started watching the Vlogbrothers videos in 2012. I met her through those videos, and as I kept working through, I got to the video where John Green talked about Esther passing away. I’d never cried at a Youtube video before that one. So it was through Nerdfighteria that I heard about her, and I knew that I had to read this book. She sounded like an extraordinary girl…and she was. And that shines through in this book. She inspired a lot of The Fault in Our Stars – in some parts I could see direct parallels. And it’s so sad that she never got a chance to read it.

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The thing is, it’s not just sad. I mean, yeah, it’s sad, but there is such positivity in her journal entries. I’m not sure how. If I was dying I’d probably just cry 24/7. Not Esther. Part of it might be because of her faith, which was really strong. But I’m sure most of it is that she was just such a positive, making-the-most-of-life person.

My favourite parts to read were those that described her online relationships. There’s this weird assumption that online friendships are less valid than ones in real life. But Esther and her friends, a group known as Catitude, proved this wrong. Reading about such an incredible friendship made me really happy. Yes, happy! Despite how sad this story is, and how much I’m angry that Esther died, it doesn’t take away from the fact that she enjoyed her time here, and her family and friends cherished that.

Of course I bawled towards the end, but that’s expected. And John Green’s introduction made me tear up.

If there’s one thing you take from this book, let it be this: romantic love is overvalued in our society, but love for family and friends needs to be heard more. Tell people you love them.

Esther means star. We will remember her. This Star Won’t Go Out. 

Rating: 5/5 Wonderkitties

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What happened this week: stacking the shelves, TFIOS movie and school spirit week

Random updates for this week:

– I finally put the widget for my Facebook page on the sidebar. It’s on the right >>> you can go like it if you want. I mean, I’m not forcing you or anything. (but I DO post pretty pictures of my books. And possibly my cats).

– It was School spirit week at my school this week. There are themes every day – Monday was horror, Tuesday was dynamic duos, Wednesday and Thursday were the athletics carnival days, and Friday was thrift shop. I didn’t dress up for any, because I’m slack. Well, except for the athletics carnival – I just have to wear blue for my house. Also I lost my shoe in both the 200m race and the triple jump event. Because shoes don’t want to stay on my feet, apparently.

– I went to see THE FREAKING TFIOS MOVIE, YO. Which I blogged about. And fangirled about. And I can’t wait til you guys can see it so I can fangirl with all of you.

– I’m Stacking the Shelves finally – I haven’t done one of these for like THREE WEEKS. I even edited the photos using PicMonkey, because I’m just that dedicated (plus my camera’s a piece of crap). Here goes.

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Stacking the Shelves is a book meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

WON

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Because I found one of the elusive red Interns, I got a prize pack from HarperCollins! WOO! This included:

1) Venom by Fiona Paul

2) Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

3) How to Convince a Boy to Kiss you by Tara Eglington

4) Divergent by Veronica Roth

5) All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

6) Some awesome cosmetics

The reason those last three aren’t in this photo? Well, the books I gave to my sister, since I already own them. So now they’re locked away in her room somewhere. And my mum and sister scored the cosmetics, because who needs make-up/jewellery when you can wear books? (I’m kidding. Please don’t wear books)

But yeah, this happened because of the AWESOME book The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer. My review of it is here. THANKS SO MUCH, HARPERCOLLINS, I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THESE.

BORROWED

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I borrowed “The Utsiders” apparently. Obviously this is The Outsiders by S E Hinton, a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. The stamps on the back are from like 1990, which is so long – and it’s still in pretty good condition.

FOR REVIEW

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SUCH a cool cover. And it’s steampunk! Can’t wait to read this. Thanks, Thames and Hudson!

BOUGHT

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Okay, so I didn’t buy all of these. I just wanted to show off the complete book stack (isn’t it PRETTY?). Out of these I bought:

1) It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (because I love it so much I had to OWN it)

2) Butter by Erin Lange (after loving Dead Ends I can’t wait to read this)

3) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (when I read a review of this book on the blog Speculating on SpecFic, I knew I HAD to own it)

So yep, those are the beautiful books I’ve acquired recently. Later today I’ll probably borrow some more, but you can see those next time 🙂

Books read since last week

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Finding Jennier Jones was an alright read, but (I think) unnecessary given that not much progressed from the first book.

The Last Shot was a fantastic read. THAT ENDING. I’ll be reviewing it soon.

Currently reading

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Reading next

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GIF of the week

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Good old John Green.

Posts this week

Monday: I reviewed a book called Writing Clementine and then took it down once I realised, since it doesn’t come out until the end of June! I’ll be reposting it then 🙂

Tuesday: alllll the gorgeous book covers

Wednesday: fangirling over the TFIOS movie

Thursday: I reviewed the awesome Aussie apocalyptic bookThe Last Girl by Michael Adams

Friday: I reviewed a book that made me think, Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

Saturday: I told you why doing the washing is good for ideas (no, really!)

How have you been this week? It’s getting colder where I live. Very difficult to get up in the mornings. Oh, and if you’ve done a Stacking the Shelves this week, LINK ME UP! It’s like my favourite meme of ever. 

Loony’s Musings: Watching the TFIOS Movie (!!!!)

Thanks to Bookworld Australia, I got the chance to attend an advance screening of The Fault in Our Stars. I even got to bring two other minions – my mum and my sister.

Okay. Okay. Just…let me get my thoughts in order. This is more difficult than it sounds, because right now my feels are exploding everywhere and writing a coherent sentence is quite a task.

So yeah. I loved the TFIOS movie. And below you’ll find my extremely biased review of why it’s awesome (no spoilers, promise). As well as lots of GIFs.

First, though (before I get to the GIFs), a video. Okay, so let me paint you a word picture: the cinema lights went down, and at once everyone was quiet. Then John Green’s face came up on the screen – you will not even believe the fangirling. There was screaming and squealing and laughing. I came with my sister and my mum, who had no idea why everyone was freaking out so much.

So anyway, below is the video that we watched before the movie started.

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So. Much. Fangirling. That’s what I took from this movie. Again to use the example of my sister and my mum, bless their souls, they were completely unprepared. We (the fangirls) laughed at everything – things that probably wouldn’t seem funny unless the book was important to you. We awwwed. We ooohed. We cried.

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That’s basically my summary of how passionate everyone was. I’ve never even been to a midnight premiere let alone a PRE-screening, so that part was definitely a highlight.

Also at the screening were Joy from Thoughts by J and Jaz from Fiction in Fiction in Fiction. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to meet up with them, but we were in the same room! Which is pretty cool.

Onto the movie. Obviously I’m not going to spoil anything, but a few things:

1) It was not nearly as cringe-y as the trailer made it out to be. You might not even have thought that the trailer was cringe-y – even better! But I did. Some of Augustus’ lines in the trailer were just so unrealistic. But I swear he does not come across like that in the movie.

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2) It was very faithful to the book. Not faithful in the sense that it followed the book from start to finish – that’s unrealistic and wouldn’t translate well on-screen. But it did keep the integrity of the book, and the tone, and the wittiness, and the themes that I was really worried would be coated in sentimentality and cheap ploys to make the audience cry.

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3) Ansel and Shailene are fantastic actors. As soon as Ansel appeared (lots of squealing at that), their chemistry was evident. I almost forgot they’d been brother and sister in another movie. I was a bit doubtful about Ansel but he did really, really well.

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4) Supporting characters really made the movie. Here I’m talking about Patrick (hilarious), Mr and Mrs Lancaster (so supportive), Isaac (hilarious), Van Houten (lots of depth) and Lidewij.

5) The music. Not to go into details but…I got chills, guys.

These gifs probably aren’t even making sense now.

But hopefully you can surmise that I loved it. I am so, so grateful that I got a chance to see this movie in a roomful of TFIOS fans, and it’s an experience I hope I can have again someday.

This was my entry to the competition, if you were wondering:

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So are you going to go see the movie? Not going to? I’d love to know your thoughts!

What would you say to your favourite author?

Saturdays are usually about writing, but since this week is FANGIRL FRENZY WEEK, I thought I’d change it up a bit. And really, this could apply to writers as well.

For the purposes of this post I’ll use J K Rowling as my example, because she was my first favourite author. I mean, I probably can’t narrow my favourite authors down to five let alone one, but she’s the most obvious choice.

But what would I say to her if I met her? The first reaction wouldn’t be spoken, let me tell you. It’d be something like this:

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Then a bit of this:

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My next sentences would be incoherent. By the time I managed to say something discernible to the human ear as SPEECH, I’d probably be crying.

And then I’d be like: Jo, can I call you Jo? SHE SAID I CAN CALL HER JO. Jo, ahem, just wanted you to let you know that you’re my childhood. Nothing that important.

Our thoughts surrounding celebrities are weird, and we think of them as these unattainable people. But really, once I’d finished getting over my inner fangirl, I’d probably just talk to her like a normal person.

How amazing would that be? Just to talk to such an amazing author about writing and reading and things in general.

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Really, I’d love to meet so many authors: John Green, J K Rowling, Meg Cabot, Phillip Pullman, Kasie West, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins and SO MANY AUTHORS OKAY.

The only problem is my awkwardness. But I’m sure I could get over that eventually. After a few years. Possibly.

But seriously, where would you even start? The problem with this is that if I ever did meet any of these authors, it would probably be for three seconds while they signed a book or something. They’d never remember. Maybe I’d just make up a really awful pun and they’d remember it for the rest of their lives as The Worst Pun Ever.

Puns are great.

What was I talking about?

Okay so I haven’t actually answered the original question of this post, but that’s because I’d love you to answer. What would you say to your favourite author? What would you ask them about their book that you’ve always wanted to know, and only they can answer? Imagine you’re Hazel Grace and you get to meet Peter Van Houten. Except the author’s actually nice.

I’d love to know your answers 🙂

And today’s the last day of Fangirl Frenzy Week, so I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have! Tomorrow I’ll be doing my monthly wrap-up, so watch out for that.

When Books Are More Than Books: The Fault in Our Stars

ImageThis week has been Fangirl Frenzy Week, so it’s only fitting that I talk about The Fault in Our Stars. I first read it in 2012, the year it came out – can’t believe it’s been so long! Back then none of my friends had heard of it. My copy is now well-worn from bent lent out to everyone, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s so popular.

Sometimes, books don’t just feel like books. They feel like so much more. That’s what The Fault in Our Stars was like for me. Back in the hazy 2012, I tried to write a review of it:

 There seem to be mixed reviews about tfios. On the one hand there are those comparing how many buckets of tears they cried, and on the other hand there’s those remarking that it’s “just another cancer book.”

I disagree on both counts. Yes, it was sad. Yes, it contained cancer. But it was so much more than that. His other books had the same feel to them, and the same sort of characters, but I think tfios is different. John Green doesn’t try to make out that everyone with cancer is this amazing person because of it; he writes these incredible truths that coincide with incredible hilarity. It’s not a depressing story, it’s an inspiring one.

What makes it so good? I don’t know. But the fact that I can’t point out exactly what it is…well, that’s what makes it so amazing. I had a similar reaction to this book that I think Hazel had to An Imperial Affliction.

On commercialism: I disagree that it was the point of tfios. Cancer books are different. They’re about suffering and tears and dramatic deaths. Tfios isn’t. It’s about existential jokes, misuses of literality and overall the fact that having cancer doesn’t automatically make you a good person. It’s profound in a different sort of way, in that it makes you happy rather than sad.

 

(tears of nostalgia for that review)

But I don’t think that review sums up all of my emotions. This was a book I cried in, when I don’t cry, like, ever. It was a book that affected me so much I read it again the next day. I’ve literally never done that before. It’s a book that I wish I hadn’t read just so I could experience it all over again.

It’s a book that makes me feel all the feels, without fail, every single time I read it.

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I love you, Colin Morgan.

I think this is for a few reasons (the amazingness of TFIOS not why I love Colin Morgan):

1)      It’s amazing

Goes without saying. It’s quite literary in some of its thoughts, and it doesn’t condescend to teenagers, and it’s just a rollercoaster ride of amazing characters, unrealistic characters but beautifully so, in a way that us teenagers would like to be. It’s sad in the most uplifting way possible.

2)      It’s familiar

This week I’ve been doing exams, and I’ve been so freaked out that I just needed something familiar to get me through it. Cue this sneaky picture from one of my friends (I was reading under a table, yes. It was The Fault in Our Stars, yes. It’s totally fine):

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3) The community

I mean, I talked about fandoms yesterday, but I cannot stress the importance of communities around awesome things. If I was on a desert island and The Fault in Our Stars happened to…be there already (just…go with it), and I read it, YEAH, it’d be awesome, but I wouldn’t like it half as much. Because there would be nobody to fangirl with and that’d be boring.

Tomorrow I’m talking about another book that’s more than a book (well, a series): Harry Potter. Yay! What are some of your favourite books-more-than-books? 

 

The Paper Towns Movie (read: FANGIRLING HARD)

PS this post will have lots of Nerdfighter gifs. If you’re unaware, this is Hank Green, John Green’s brother. Yeah, he’s dancing. Yeah, he’s awesome.

So it was announced that Paper Towns, my equal second-favourite book of John Green’s (equal with Looking for Alaska, second to The Fault in Our Stars) is going to be made into a movie. Nat Wolff, who plays Isaac in the TFiOS movie, is going to be Quentin! THAT’S SO COOL. I feel like I have to pinch myself to see if it’s real. Or slap myself, apparently.

I thought I’d give you a bit of history about my obsession with John Green. It was 2012. Which meant I was in year nine. At the beginning of the year, I was an admin of a Harry Potter Facebook page (cool, I know). One of my admin buddies told me to read John Green’s books. Around the same time, I discovered the Nerdfighters. Back then, I didn’t even know that the two things were related. The first John Green book I read was Looking for Alaska.

And. I. Loved. It. Really I see it as my first foray into YA fiction. Before then I’d written some of it, but for some reason it didn’t occur to me how FREAKING MANY awesome YA books there were. Then I started watching the Vlogbrothers videos. And saw awesome/weird things like this:

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And this:

And last one I promise (for now):

I watched all thousand (or something like that) videos in a very short amount of time. Then I read The Fault in Our Stars. Twice in two days.

I was in love. Back in ye old 2012, John Green wasn’t a familiar name with the people around me. The amount of times I lent my copy of TFiOS to others is astounding. It passed from hand to hand and we kept a tally of who cried and who didn’t. For two years I’ve followed them and though it doesn’t seem that long, it has had a huge influence on the books I read now, the books I write now, the opinions I hold, and the people I interact with online.

Hank and John Green are hugely influential people. And when the TFiOS movie was announced, it was almost too good to be true. I’ve followed the casting and the behind-the-scenes looks, and I watch Hank and John’s videos every time they’re uploaded. After a while it almost feels like John and Hank are FAMILIAR.

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I am a huge Nerdfighter. I wouldn’t have been one without being a Potterhead. So basically let’s all thank J K Rowling. It always leads back to her.

I am SO SO excited that John is having so much success, because he deserves all of it. While I’m wary that the tight-knit community might become lesser, I have confidence in Nerdfighters. Because we’re awesome.

Are you excited for the movie? Couldn’t care less? Read the book or not? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Top Ten Tuesday: things on my bookish bucket list

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list. It’s a great way to find and connect with other awesome bloggers.
There are so many things I want to accomplish as a blogger or a reader. Today I’m going to share ten of those things, even though there are many, many more!
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1. Meet this guy
So John Green is like my favourite author. And not just in terms of his ASKFLSKDJFLSDK books but also because he’s thoughtful, knowledgeable, incredibly funny and witty, and a great online role model. Meeting him would be incredible.
2. Make my blog into a .com site
Except I’m poor. And I don’t know much about how to do it. But one day, I am determined to make my WordPress blog into a PROPER REAL ONE. With a PROPER REAL DESIGN and stuff. At the moment, I’m happy with my blog 🙂
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3. Attend Book Expo Australia
This is a new thing this year, and it would be so exciting to go!
4. Host a giveaway
And I mean my OWN giveaway. I’ve done them before for critiques and such, but I’d love to do a blogaversery giveaway towards the end of this year.
5. Meet some of my blogging friends IRL
Except I’d probably be all awkward. But yeah, I’d love to do this sometime!
6. Attend a book launch
It sounds as though this would be super fun.
7. Be someone’s favourite blog
How amazing would this be? I’d love to be someone’s favourite blog.
8. Work in publishing
Okay, so I’m only 16 and this is a huge goal, but I’ve got a lifetime, right? Sometime in my life, I want to work in publishing.
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9. Read a book more awesome than Harry Potter
I mean, that will be almost impossible, considering the whole part about growing up with Harry Potter. But this would be awesome. I’d love to experience that excitement all over again.
10. Never stop being excited about reading. 
I love reading. I don’t ever want to lose my excitement for reading.
So those are the things on my bookish bucket list! What things do you want to accomplish as a reader or blogger?

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favourite Contemporary YA Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the future topics, click here!

My expertise in YA fiction is definitely contemporary – ever since John Green I’ve been hooked. For the sake of other authors, I’m only going to include one book from John Green, and all my other favourite contemporary authors. Here we go!

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1) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I don’t know why. I can’t tell you reasons this book affected me this much, but it did.

2) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book is so cute and fluffy and funny and I just LOVE Stephanie Perkins. Also, RELEASE DATE FOR ISLA RELEASE DATE FOR ISLA I’M SO EXCITED.

3) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

All sorts of awesome reside in this book. It’s unique, it has diverse characters, it makes hand-holding the most romantic thing in the universe.

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4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Amazing book, amazing movie adaptation. This book makes me cry. And that poem is…wow. Read it if you haven’t.

5) It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I was so devastated to hear of Ned Vizzini’s passing away. This book is so honest and real, and its cover is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

6) This Song Will Save Your Life

I read this only recently. It was a heartbreaking and then heart-gluing-back-together story.

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7) The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Again, this was a recent read. It’s such a great book! The main character Caymen is one of my favourites ever.

8) Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Aside from the fact that Maureen Johnson is amazing, this is my favourite of her books.

9) The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

This whole series is amazing, and I loved it even BEFORE I met John Green’s books, so it’s pretty special to me.

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10) The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

Aussie author love! This is a recent release about a magazine internship: funny, hilarious and funny. It’s a great debut and I can’t wait to read more from Gabrielle Tozer!

So those are my top ten all time favourite contemporary YA books. There are many, many more that I love, and many I’ve probably forgotten. What are your favourite contemp books – any I REALLY REALLY REALLY should read but haven’t listed here?