Young Adult fiction has remained one of my favorite genres, even as I’ve gotten a little less young and a little more adult. Not because the language is easier to read, but because the time period it explores in one’s life offers such a wealth of good material.
K suggested my next read should be John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars.” I’m here to pass the favor along. This book is so, so good. So good I finished it in (almost) one sitting.
It tells the story of Hazel and Augustus, two teenagers who fall in love, teach each other about the world, and ultimately teach us a little more about life. Oh, and they happen to have cancer. It’s a driving point of the novel for sure, as cancer isn’t something that really accepts being ignored, but the book is about so much more. It’s about relationships — between kids and parents, idols and their devotees, and two teenagers in love.
And while you’ll fall in love with the characters, they’re not the only part I loved. As a writer, I enjoy being swept away in not only the story the author is telling, but how he is doing the telling. Green has such a great way with language; the first thing I did this morning was look up his other books.
It’s a quick read, and one I — as well as almost 2,000 5-star reviews on Amazon — will wholeheartedly encourage you to read as you spend your afternoon in a coffee shop.
… Which is how I spent my day. Sadly, I finished up “Stars” this weekend, so today I went back to a book I told K I’d read, um, months ago. Honestly I just sort of forgot it was there. I just haven’t been able to really get into it. But I’m almost half way done now; my goal is to finish it by the end of this week. F’REAL this time. So expect a blog on that to follow. Although maybe not as passionate of an endorsement.
After finishing up some work at home this morning, I spent the afternoon reading on my Kindle at The Coffee Bar, a cute spot on S Street. Like any good little blogger, I … took a picture of my coffee…
That’s what a vanilla latte looks like, y’all. You’re welcome.
But what you CAN thank me for without sarcasm is the video I’m about to share with you. (Best watched if you have a weird sense of humor. And it’s also maybe one of those best-viewed-delirious-after-midnight videos.)
So, it was my roommate B’s birthday today, and we somehow stumbled upon this YouTube gem. You might be confused, as B’s name is not in fact… Dennis. What started as an innocent YouTube search for Happy Birthday B(real name) videos, quickly turned into us watching a lot of weird superfan messages to Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys and then the rabbit hole finally, somehow lead us to this ode to Dennis.
If any of you know the weird, ridiculous genius who made this video, please let me know. Or at least let him know my house has watched this approximately 94 times in the last 24 hours. Warning: This song WILL get stuck in your head. And if you DO have a friend named Dennis, well, you know what to do when his special day comes around.
Phew. What a way to start the week. Happy Monday!