Monday, May 6, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

My parents bought me a Kindle Fire for my birthday last week so I finally had an excuse to ignore the piles of unread books in my room and buy a new book to read. I decided on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I'd already read Looking For Alaska by him and I'd been hearing good things about The Fault in Our Stars so I decided to give it a go. The above illustration pretty much sums up my experience with the book. It is sad and beautiful and truthful about how we deal with life and death. I was happy with it being the first book I read on my Kindle.
Is it weird to feel like I actually read faster on a Kindle? Have there been any scientific studies that have been done about this? I think it feels faster because 1) it feels like you're only ever reading the right page of the book, which I think I read faster in actual books. and because 2)it's lit up so my eyes never really got tired from poor lighting. I think both of these aspects (and the use of electronic note-taking) made my reading go smoother and faster. Maybe I'm crazy, but there really should be a study done about it.
Anyway, I still need to read things from the aforementioned piles of unread books in my room. Thinking of maybe adopting a read a Kindle book--read a real book--read a Kindle book--read a real book type system. What should my next book be? Thinking of picking one out of the 25 I haven't read on this list. I also have a whole pile of books set or published in the early 1900s-1920s that I put together after I finished Downton Abbey and needed literary supplement. I only got as far as The Great Gatsby (which also kind of ruined my life). So as you can clearly see, the weight of the world is resting on my shoulders. Any suggestions of books that I may want to start a deep, emotional and somewhat unhealthy involvement with? It would be greatly appreciated.
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1 comment :

  1. I would heartily recommend this novel to a wide audience far beyond the Young Adult crowd. Personally, I became aware of Green through his YouTube efforts and eagerly awaited this book. My only regret is that I read it at one sitting, but I simply could not put it down. A masterful, coming-of-age story. Wonderful and poignant. Laughter and tears. I will definitely be passing this book on to the readers in my life.


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