Definitely very happy to report here that I have been reading more books after my brief sabbatical from it in 2013. Definitely owe a huge thanks to some other bloggers, such as Kate, Sandy, Dana and Dana (too!) for always being so forthcoming with their book selections.
Also, have to thank, Kim for posting earlier in the week about the Goodreads 2014 Challenge, which I totally joined after reading about. I set my goal low (12 books over the course of 2014), because if I do surpass it, I know what to aim for the following year.
I definitely think I can read a book a month and am truly hopefully I can meet that goal and like I said even surpass it.
The first book that I have already read for the month of January (and now onto my second), was actually started at the end of 2013, but I totally finished up this past week at the beginning of January, so I am including it in the challenge was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which incidentally was recommend edby my very good friend Sandy (mentioned above).
Here is what Goodreads (coincidentally a 2012 Choice Winner) had to say about this inspiring and captivating book:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
The book description alone made me know this one would be a bit of a tear jerker, but then again I am a try sucker for this type of story and get easily invested when the plot and storyline are match this theme perfectly.
I also knew from Sandy’s review that it was totally worth it (I trust her opinion). So, I dug in and from the very first page, I was hooked and found myself unable to put this book down.
Even though Hazel has been defined by her cancer, she truly doesn’t have a clue at the onset what is in store for her.
I will say that I knew she would meet Augustus Waters, because of the book description and the review I read, but had no idea how exactly the book would unfold. And must tell you, there is a definite twist to the plot line that I truly didn’t see coming at first and then when it did I was left trying to be hopeful until almost the end, but in the end the inevitable did happen (and again not what you would originally think).
I got a good old fashioned cry reading the heart wrenching tale of Hazel and Augustus and even though I would have loved for a happy ending, I stayed the course and was pleasantly surprised at the real, true ending.
I am on Goodreads and if you aren’t following me, you definitely can here. As for my rating of this book on Goodreads, I had to give it 5 stars, because I not only fell in love with this book, but the characters, too.
What am I reading now?
Stay tuned for the review when I finish it now!
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