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:

tfios bookworld entry

 

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