Title Hunt (1): The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

Hi Lovelies! I’ve been brewing this idea for quite a few months now and my only regret is to not do it sooner. Anyway, The Solitary Bookworm present you Title Hunt. Title Hunt basically means finding the title of a book within the novel. I found it interesting and entertaining as well challenging to find these “hidden” titles within the story which is why I decided to document these finds through Title Hunt. For starters, the very first title hunt I will feature is one of my favorite reads for 2012. Without further ad0 –

What is Title Hunt? Title Hunt (TH) is a feature in The Solitary Bookworm wherein I features screen caps or pictures of book titles written and deviously hidden by authors  within the story of a book.

Page 111, HB

(Click image for link to the review)

** If you want to participate or know more about Title Hunt, please visit HERE.

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Book Review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Pages: 318 pages
Publisher: Dutton Books
ISBN: 0525478817

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

REVIEW

I’ve never read a John Green book and most often when there’s a huge hype about a book, I am very hesitant to read it because most hyped books are just exaggerated praises and most of the time when I read one I am disappointed. It’s like there’s something in a particular hyped book that I am not getting like most readers are. Maybe that’s just me but that’s one reason why I didn’t want to read The Fault in Our Stars – I didn’t want to be disappointed. I wanted to read this before all the attention poured by the masses but they got into it and boom! Anyway, last night I decided to read it after putting it off for so long and I was just engulfed by it. I read it and I definitely felt the emotions had my share of tears through The Fault in Our Stars. I just can’t help it!

It’s hard to fathom teenagers or children to go through such a terrible ordeal such as cancer but as they said – nobody is safe once it gets you. The story has such weight that I found myself thinking if John Green can deliver a book that’ll leave a mark to his readers but after finishing The Fault in Our Stars, I think I’ll never doubt John Green’s talent in the future. The Fault in Our Stars was just amazing.

Hazel and Augustus are perfect. Their beginning was played cool and their relationship evolved naturally as time permitted it to be. It wasn’t rushed, it didn’t seemed fake and it had that right moment effect to it. They were both quirky, funny and made the best there is to their lives. It wasn’t “i-am-dying-pity-me-” sort of story but rather it gave us strength, happiness and contentment vibe to it. It was also a winner in the category of “most-bookmarked/quoted-book” since I have bookmarked a few of my own. I know some of you already know these quotes but I still like to leave some here:

Always’ was a promise! How can you just break the promise?

“Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said

That quote I specially like and agree 100%. Granted that a lot of people will cry bucketful with The Fault in Our Stars and other stories with similar themes but Green captured the right emotions for this book and that’s what made it a best seller.

Most of the time, I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this: they might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and the omega of my parents’ suffering.

This one was just heart melting. I am not a cancer patient nor do I know one but Hazel’s emotion and fear about her parents are just heart breaking. How can one face these fears and how can one accept the fact that they will indeed die eventually and leave love ones behind no matter how hard they fight to stay? Life is indeed a matter of acceptance and to be able to face hard facts of life that nobody has power of controlling.

Here’s one favorite that I kept on seeing around and I know most of you guys also know and my heart just melted and went awwww and oohhh with this one!

I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that were all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am inlove with you.

It’s really hard to write a review that sums up your feelings towards a book so instead of writing all the technicalities and all the facts you need to know to read it i’ll just say this: This is the first John Green book that I have read and definitely wouldn’t be the last.

Kudos to John Green and his writing ability. Kudos to my fellow book readers who have read, reviewed and recommended this book. Kudos to other readers who will pick up this book and enjoy it. 5 Stars on my scale!

FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled (IMM 8)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM – rebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

Hey guys, so this is my 2nd post for FGH and I’ve got a number of books to share with ya’ll. I finally received my BD package and was sooo happy to open them. So here’s what I got this week:

PURCHASED

* BS – Booksale (second hand shop), NBS (national bookstore)
Ohhh and I’ve also got this Merriam-Webster dictionary WITH Garfield Comics 😛
Usually there’s a word listed in the box section there (lookee picture above) and they use that word in a sentence in the comic strips.
On another hand, I bought Kwentillion (heard this from Chachic) and the illustrations are sooooo good guys. Only browsed it a few times and just looking at the art works is A-mazing!
Gaaah. I really don’t have any talent with taking pictures, can’t justify the beauty of these artworks. 🙂 It’s too pretty in person yo guys. I have to read it soon!!!

NETGALLEY

FOR REVIEW

Intangible (Intangible #1)
by J. Meyers

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

The Oracle (The Gateway Chronicles #2)

by K.B. Hoyle

A year ago Darcy Pennington had no real friends. A year ago she’d thought that magic only existed in fairy tales. A year ago she would have laughed at the idea of other worlds.

Then everything changed when she’d visited Cedar Cove Family Camp and stumbled into a magical gateway to a world called Alitheia.

Wings of Hope
by Hillary E. Peak

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules father asks her to come be stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life. Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

Dead Radiance (Valkyrie #1)
by T.G. Ayer

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.

Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

**Thanks to J Meyers, The Writer’s Coffee Shop, Majanka of Enchanted Book Promotions & Cami of Reading Addiction Blog Tour

SIDE NOTE: I just received an email for the upcoming book to read from TFG (The Filipino Group) via Goodreads, I still haven’t finished The Fellowship of the Rings. Arrrgghh but I think I’ll finish it by Sunday, hopefully finish it by Sunday, HAVE to finish it by Sunday. Hahahah.

Okay what did you receive for this week guys??

IMM: In My Mailbox (6)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.

Just got back from my lovely vacation with my partner (actually it was last week but hadn’t had the time to update the blog) and I bought 3 books when I was away. I know what you are thinking, only 3? Ahuh, only 3 books but 3 great books. *grins*

The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl #7)
by Eoin Colfer

Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies — not humans — and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind — and the grips of a giant squid — in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?

The Fault in our Stars
by John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

The Perks of being A Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Here’s what I have for this week from Netgalley:

Between You and Me
by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have proven again and again that they are masters at exploring the nuances of family relationships—as they intersect with the current trends in the culture at large.

In Between You and Me, twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey since they were separated as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi. But the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a “real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between saving her cousin and saving herself.

Rape Girl
by Alina Klein

Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.

There you have it, so what’s in your mailbox? 🙂