I hope you enjoy "31 Days of Books."
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Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Year I read it: 2013
One sentence summary: Green examines the more tender, less reverent side of life from the perspective of Hazel Grace, a 17 year old suffering from cancer.
Three reasons to read it:
- It's a reminder at how fleeting and fragile life is and to spend it generously.
- Green excels at navigating romance, loss, and humor, with a running philosophical commentary.
- Catharsis is necessary; pain demands to be felt.
(Bonus reason: film adaptation coming 2014)
One reason you maybe shouldn't:
- It could be a dangerous trigger (or at least a bit too much to handle) for some people.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal”
“It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.”
"You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you."
"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities."