It’s hard to believe that this will be my last post for 2012!
We have seen a year with many ups and downs – sadly more downs than ups – and witnessed the rise and fall of many great figures. But even in the midst of all the bad times, there have been moments that I will treasure for years to come as some of the happiest times of my life.
Many of those moments, for me, have had some sort of connection to my love of words, literature and the art of writing:
1.Writing with The Fulcrum, for instance, has been a major highlight for me; being able to share something with the world that benefits both them and myself. It has also been one of the big highlights of my university life.
2. Seeing The Avengers with a dear friend of mine. This movie was not only visually stunning, but was also equipped with an amazing script that was made possible by the efforts of non other than the amazing Joss Whedon. One of the things I would wish for in the new year is that Joss Whedon be made a part of more movies, inspiring us with his creative genius.
3. And of course, there are all of the amazing books I have read, ranging from fantasy, to science fiction, and even a little bit of historical fiction. In fact, this brings me to my next topic of discussion!
I must warn you now that the text that follows may contain some potential spoilers from “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green. If you have not read the book, or are planning on reading it (which I do hope you are, since it’s amazing) then I recommend that you read no further. With that said, I will now share with you my final Book Recommendation of 2012!
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I said this after reading The Fault in Our Stars, but I will restate it because it continues to hold true; I do not care for teen romance literature, but John Green’s books have been the exception. I don’t know how he does it, but somehow he is able to take something that makes me groan at the mere thought of it, and turn it into this life changing experience. He is a literary genius, and I do hope more and more people come to know him and his work. In fact, if you would like to get started on that, you can go watch him and his brother Hank Green on their Vlogbrothers YouTube Channel.
Not only did this book unveil a whole new outlook on the world of fictional romance, but it also sparked within me a new appreciation for mathematics, which is saying a lot coming from the person who could barely scrape a B in math all throughout grade school. The idea of being able to graph out a relationship in order to determine who will be labeled the Dumper of the Dumpee is utterly fascinating, even if in the end his formula turned out to be utterly useless.
It also explores a thought that wiggles its way into everyone’s mind at one point in their life, which is the idea of wanting to matter. We all want our lives to mean something, to have a resounding impact on the world that people will remember for years to come. Colin Singleton, the protagonist of this novel, struggles with this idea, thinking that being a child prodigy and having an aptitude for making anagrams just isn’t enough for him to achieve the kind of greatness he sought. It wasn’t even that he wanted to be famous, but he simply didn’t want to die without making some kind of contribution to humankind.
Finally, there is his Katherine conundrum. Although it’s not entirely believable that one guy could be dumped by 19 girls with the exact same name, and the same spelling of said name, it still made for an enjoyable tale of teenage romance gone wrong. I especially enjoyed the twist at the end where he ended up dating a girl who not only was the exact opposite of the girls he normally dated, but wasn’t even named Katherine!
So I hope you all had a wonderful year filled with good friends, good food and good books. I look forward to continuing our literary journey together.
HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE EVERYONE!!!