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End of Another Book, Beginning of a Another Year!

New Years Eve with Book Worm

Hello All!

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 

An Abundance of Katherines

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!!!

Cheers 🙂

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One Book Closes, Another Book Opens

Hello All!

You will be happy to hear that I have finally finished reading The Third Twin by Ken Follett, and have now moved on to something else. First, however, I’ll give you a little bit of my feedback.

The first books I read by Ken Follett were historical fictions that took place back in the 1100’s or 1300’s, and they revolved mostly around certain characters trying to make a living. In the first one, it was about a man trying to build a cathedral, and the second one featured the construction of a bridge, as well as the reconstruction of certain parts of that same cathedral. In other words, they both followed similar story lines that made it easy to transition from one story to the next, but still allowing you to find something new and exciting by having a whole new cast of characters.

The Third Twin

“The Third Twin” is completely different. It’s a more modern style novel that focuses on a cover up of genetic experiments that were performed back in the 70’s, where they tried to breed humans with the desired physical and personality traits, and how one woman studying at a university funded by the business behind these experiments, Genetico, ends up unearthing their little conspiracy entirely by accident. It has a completely different feel than all of the other books of his I have read, but trust me, it is just as good. In fact, in many ways I liked it better, but mostly because it is easier to relate it back to modern society and our current scientific progression.

I said this before, but I will say it again now that I’ve actually finished reading it: I recommend this book to everyone! Okay, maybe not everyone. Just like in all of his other books, there are some rather descriptive sections that are not meant for everyone. Personally, I think it makes the story all the more believable, but if you become squeemish when faced with highly descriptive violence or sexual content, then you should probably find something else. Otherwise, this book is amazing. If you’re into law, science, cloning, genetics, and huge business cover-ups, then this book is definitely for you.

Now, on to the new book!

I only started it today, but already I’m hooked. What can I say? I become hooked on any book that’s written by John Green! That’s right, it’s another teen fiction novel full of witty humor, clever anecdotes, and a great assortment of characters, each one of which you cannot help but get attached to.

An Abundance of Katherines

This one is called “An Abundance of Katherines“, and it’s about a high school teen named Colin Singleton who has been dumped 19 times, each time by a girl named K-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e. I have only just begun to read it, and already I feel like I know Colin Singleton. I would say he’s your typical teenage boy, but he’s actually a bit of a genius. His smarts came at the costly price of his social skills, which you will come to understand as you read his story. Oh, and I should mention that he is obsessed with anagrams, which I just find thoroughly amusing.

I’ll fill you in a little more about the book once I’ve had a chance to read it from cover to cover, but trust me when I say anything written by John Green is a must read!

Cheers 🙂