30 Day Book Challenge – Day 1

Obviously I love the book challenge Lindsay found! I am a bit behind, so let me start trying to post regularly so I can catch up; it’s possible, I know it is.

Since this year is almost over, I feel it is appropriate to pick a book I have read over the past 11.5 months. I recently reviewed Looking for Alaska and I can honestly say that it has been my favorite book I have read in quite a while. I had no idea about the author, plot, characters, etc. when I picked up the book and after the first page I could not put it down. The setting was familiar (Alabama) and it was not hard to picture the sweat soaked students at boarding school under enormous pine trees covered in Spanish moss. The characters were relatable, real, and easy to believe. John Green created a wonderful novel with wonderful emotions; I am definitely looking forward to staring his The Fault in Our Stars sometime soon.

“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”

In other news, one of my favorite authors, Charles Finch, has just released a new novel in the Charles Lenox detective series. I’ll be reading that soon, so expect a review thrown into all of these daily challenges!

Happy Reading!
-H

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