Friday, June 21, 2013

Favorites Friday // Quotes

For my first ever Favorites Friday, I wanted to share a couple quotes that I find memorable. Whether it be touching, inspirational or plain laugh out loud funny, these are moments in some of my favorite novels that moved me enough to deface my lovely books and underline them!

"If you were drifting with a thousand other people, could you really still say you were lost?" Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult 
"So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane." Looking for Alaska, John Green 
"Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you." The Fault in Our Stars, John Green 
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis." Inferno, Dan Brown

I hope these little snippets of memorable text will brighten your day with a smile, make you think or even allow you to happily remember the first time you read these books. Are there any quotes you particularly love, especially from any of these books? Let me know!

Enjoy and happy reading!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Looking for Alaska // Review

If you're looking for a book that will make you cry, laugh and feel it deep in a hidden place that is only reserved for the strongest of feels, you've got your book right here!  Looking for Alaska is the novel that launched John Green's career, and for good reason! A unique structure, plus characters that have genuine heartbeats and questions about life, makes it impossible to put down until you've read its very last words.

John Green's novel, Looking for Alaska

Immediately, I was hooked wondering what "before" was referring to, and as the days counted down to after, nothing other than work could keep that book out of my hand (and even sometimes during work, I would sneak a page or two!). And well, after, I needed to know why everything happened. Now, don't worry, if you haven't read it yet, I won't actually spoil what happens. But if Looking for Alaska is on your "To Read" list, have that box of tissues on hand!

One thing I love about the novel's structure of "before" and "after" is how much thought John Green put into choosing this particular idea. In interviews, Green noted that many important events in history or great works have a defining moment in which everything is changed for good: 9/11, Hiroshima and even the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians, for that matter, annotate the passage of time as BC and AD. I can't think of a better structure for this wonderful piece of writing, because it not only adds suspense, but truly highlights the gravity of the novel's life-changing situation.

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When it comes to character development and John Green, there is no finer artist. I BELIEVED these people were real, which is so hard to do when it comes to YA fiction. I believed them almost too much, because I would often times find myself frustrated and annoyed with Alaska's impulsive and quite selfish actions. I wanted to guide Miles through his first awkward moment with a girl, and I wanted to hold each of them when everything came crashing down around them. And then, all at once, I remembered that I wasn't a student at Culver Creek and I couldn't fix all of their heartbreak. And even though I knew I couldn't, I was so happy! So wonderfully overjoyed that I even cared for characters I read about on pages of a book this much! And that pretty much sums up my love for this beautiful, crazy story.

Have you read Looking for Alaska? What are some of your thoughts on John Green's first novel? Let me know! Happy reading!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Looking For A.... Perfect Manicure

I adore John Green! He is a wonderfully talented writer who creates stories that wrap you up in a perfectly constructed quilt of complex characters and heartbreaking romances. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use the very intriguing cover artwork of Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, as inspiration for my first manicure to be featured on Novels and Nail Polish


You'll come to learn I have a few certain brands of nail polish that I love to use, and one is Ciate nail polish! I used Vintage, a rich shade of asphalt grey, for the base color. It applies very smooth and only takes two coats to become completely opaque.

My review of Green's first novel is on its way soon. Happy reading!