The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

I have been sitting on writing this post for ages. I don’t know why I am finally getting down to it, especially since I am down with a cold. But yeah.

The book is AWESOME.

I didn’t want to read it initially cos I thought it will be like a “Chicken Soup” series kind of book. But I can’t be more wrong.

The writing is simple. Nothing fancy. Straightforward, simple, comforting (?). The storyline is simple, the love story was simple. I knew someone was going to die, but somewhere in the middle, I kept wishing that I will be proven wrong. I got caught up with the characters obsession with how a book ended in the story. It’s brilliant.

The book has loads of quotable quotes. Made me appreciate stuff abit more. Reminded me that life’s short and that the world is not a wish granting machine.

I think I will let some of the quotes do the talking.

…In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life.

Without Pain, How Could We Know Joy?

(This is an old argument in the field of Thinking Aloud about Suffering, and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries, but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not in any way affect the taste of chocolate.)

This quote is abit hard to get but read it again. It’s quite funny actually (:

…one of the job requirements of Professional Sick Person is sleeping a lot..

“Sometimes people dont understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.

Isaac shot me a look. “Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway…”

And in freedom, most people found sin.

The world is not a wish-granting factory.

…I thought being an adult meant knowing what you believe, but that has not been my experience

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

“He’s not that smart,” I said to Julie.

“She’s right. It’s just that most really good-looking people are stupid, so I exceed expectations.”

…two thirds full but felt one third empty.

So dawn goes down to day, nothing gold can stay.

Pain is like fabric: The stronger it is, the more it’s worth.

…the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.

You dont get to choose if you get hurt in the world but you do have some say in who hurts you.

Honestly, go grab the book and read. It’s fabulous!

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

As you may have already, I am re-reading the entire Harry Potter series cos a) I have time on my hands and b) can’t find anything that’s nice to read.

Just realised that Book 4 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) has to be my favorite out of the 7 books! Here are some of the reasons –

  • It’s the book before the entire series goes dark and gloomy.
  • There’s the Triwizard Tournament! The tasks are interesting!
  • Proper Quidditch coverage. The rest of the Quidditch mentions are just too long.
  • Quotable Quotes!
  • Touching moments (:
  • First book of the series where I actually had to pre-order. Oh the excitement!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book –

Never be ashamed (of who you are)…There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with…
– Hagrid

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
– Dumbledore

And one example of the touching moments –

(When Harry and Voldermort’s wands met and the Prior Incanto spell was forced onto Voldermort’s wand)

“Your father’s coming..” she said quietly. “Hold on for your father…It will be alright…Hold on…”

And he came…tall and untidy-haired like Harry, the smoky shadowy form of James Potter blossomed from the end of Voldermort’s wand, fell to the ground, and straightened like his wife.

Many small moments in the book that’s nice. Like when Mrs Weasley hugged Harry and it was described as, “…she hugged him as if he was one of her own children..”Or when Fred and George jinxed Malfoy at the same time as Harry, Ron and Hermonine.

Yups! I am on Book 5 right now. Reading it extra slowly cos Sirius is going to die and I really don’t like the Occlumency part (though the story about Snape’s past was interesting). Alrighty. Back to the books!

Bible Prayers for Bedtime.

Raise your hand if you’re shocked that I am actually blogging something about Christianity. Heh. When I tell people that I am a Christian [or rather I believe in God], they are shocked. I guess it’s because I am not the kind who goes to church every week or openly talk about my religion.

Once and for all, I am a free-thinker but yes, I believe in God. I went to Sabbath School when I was a little girl. And even almost acted as Mary in a Christmas play once [cried my way out of it. hehehe].

ANYWAY! Enough about me! My sister is currently in-charge of the primary level of Sabbath School at our church so she bought this book with the intention of sharing it with the little kids. But me being me, I hijacked the book and started reading a few pages before I go to sleep and after waking up.

I’m sure little kids may have this problem. They don’t know what to say when they pray. When I was young, I thought just talking normally would be offensive. Sometimes, I feel like I am asking too much from God. Sometimes, I don’t know what to say and so I just skip praying and go to sleep.

And this is where the book comes in!

Here’s one example of the book –

starts off with a story.

ends with a simple prayer.

I like how simple the whole book is. There’s 4 colors representing 4 different ‘companions’. The words are easy to understand and straightforward. It also helps to increase the child’s understanding of stories in the bible!

PLUS!! By reading the stories and prayers, you will find that there are many things to be thankful for. Things that we have grown used to and have taken for granted. It also serve as a reminder that God is always near (:

Yups! I am so pleased with the book that I bought the other one!

devotions for bedtime.

There’s one more series that I am eyeing!

And I just found out they have this!

Heeee. Maybe I should ask my sister to buy them all! OR! Just borrow her member card. OHOH! You can buy it at any Trumpet Praise store(: Not sure where are their outlets but I got mine from the one at J8 !

Before I go, here’s another of my favorite prayer –

for the friends in my life.

Anyhoos, Happy Sabbath Day (:

Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu

I have this habit of borrowing at least ONE children book everytime I visit the library (: You’ll be surprise at how good their fantasy stories are!

While waiting for bernice yesterday, I saw this book on display and started reading it –

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And while the illustration was pretty cute, the story was a bit sadistic!

In the first story, the bunnies were muddy and then Bear had to put them in the washing machine and hang them to dry overnight!

In the second story, the bunnies were sucked into a vacuum cleaner and flung out of the bag!

The last story is the worst! The bunnies were playing hide and seek in the bushes when lo and behold!! Their tails were cut off! And that’s not all! The tails were then sew back on with a sewing machine!  I cringed when I read till that part!!

And the ending of all the stories were, “..And everyone was happy…” Like eh?

Abusing people make them happy? What’s the moral of all these stories?

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares.

I stumbled across this book when I visited Bishan Library after my final paper. I was too lazy to climb all the way to the 3rd floor and browse through the many shelves for book so I decided to take a look at the recommended books on the 1st floor.

The title caught my eye. Don’t you think it has a bittersweet feel to it? Especially with the You & Me written in brackets. It’s almost like those words were added as an afterthought. Like the author was unsure if those words should be there or not. I don’t know.

Anyways, other than the title, the author caught my eye too. I rather enjoyed “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” so I thought I should give this book a shot. And I’m glad I did.

The storyline was pretty normal. Not fantastic. I found it  a little hard to get used to the lifestyle and scenes described in the book. Usually I will have a pretty good mind-map of how the houses look like and such. But not for this book. Almost gave up but lucky I stayed.

The description of the feelings of the characters in the book was pretty good. It got me ‘inspired’ to write one of my own sappy stories too (take a look at my OTHER blog). But yeah.

As per usual, not going to say much. Just going to share some quotes from the book –

Love was a rose, according to the song, and you weren’t supposed to pick it. Well, she’d picked it, and now she had the handful of thorns.”

The longer he spent with his father’s things, the less remote and the less precious they become. He got better at throwing them away. It seemed analogous to the moment in a relationship when you got comfortable enough in another person’s presence that you could waste time together.”

We trusted ourselves when we were younger….We didn’t trust ourselves to be adults, though. We thought we knew better then (when we were younger).”

yups yups.