I don't think I've ever met a single person who hasn't heard or read any John Green. He is a great author, but also a great content creator (on his YouTube channel with his brother, who is as great as him), so choosing which one of his books is a favourite is hard. This blog post is a run down of my favourite books/short stories of his that I've read, which might make it easier for you to decide on your next John Green pick. Here we go!
5) 21 Proms
I only read John's short story in 21 Proms because I don't own the book so I quickly read it in the book store, and maybe it was the fact that I read it in a rush, or simply because it was so short and felt un-developped, but I really disliked it, and so did my friend. I forgot what his story was about, but I remember being not impressed.
4) The Fault in Our Stars
Don't get me wrong, I LOVED tfios, but compared to his other books, I definitely preferred the other ones better. This book got so much hype and I found it so overrated. It was a very good book and I reread this more than twice, but his other books deserve so much more recognition!
3) Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Apparently, I'm one of the only people who genuinely enjoyed this book? I haven't heard many booktubers say that they really liked this, yet I loved it! It was brilliant, the way the characters met and interacted, although the ending was annoying. I didn't have closure, and definitely wished that the book continued on for a bit. Basically, this is the story of two boys both named Will Grayson who meet on a random night at a music store. The LGBT aspect of this book was really good as well, because it was funny and lighthearted, and the love story was really adorable, but short.
2) An Abundance of Katherines
I will admit that I picked up this book only because my name was on the title, and this ended up being one of my favourites of his. It is SO underrated! Now that tfios, Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska are being made into movies, this one is even more left out, but I loved it so much! The road trip aspect, the funny love stories and the smart protagonists only made this book even better. This is one thing that I love about John Green's books; that his characters are all so clever and smart and their voices are always very interesting. If you haven't read this one yet, I beg you to! I might even reread it this month, to get me out of a small reading slump.
1) Looking for Alaska
Last but not least, Looking for Alaska. This book was simply phenomenal. So many different themes were explored in this book, through so many different and entertaining characters. They all went so well together, and Alaska was definitely my favourite. People usually LOVE her or HATE her, but I really loved her. She was so messed up in a good way and so many aspects of college life, dealing with people, friendship, etc. were mentioned in this book, and it felt so real. I couldn't put this book down when I read it a bit over 2 years ago, and I really want to reread it soon!
You might have noticed that Paper Towns and Let it Snow are not on the list, and it is because I read Paper Towns a long time ago in French, so I honestly don't remember anything about it, which is why I didn't want to rank it yet. As for Let it Snow, I'm waiting to read it in December this year, so this post will be updated soon!
I hope you enjoyed knowing my John Green book rankings! Comment down blog post suggestions because I'm having a blogger's block (if that's even a thing). Thanks so much for reading,
Let me tell you how often I have been told that popular books are not "literature" or are "irrelevant". It seemed to me that every time I told someone that I liked reading, they would ask me what books I read, and anything other than classic literature was basically not considered literature at all, and it angered me so much. Popular reads and Y.A. contemporaries are so much more than a simple "teen's book" with "no relevancy" and here is why.
1) Teens relate to the protagonists
Yes, Jane Austen has written amazing novels but it is hard to relate to any of her characters, whereas in Y.A., the characters are not only closer to us age wise, but also through the different problems they go through. In Isla and the Happily Ever After for example, she has to face the hugely tough decision that is to choose a college. It is probably one of the hardest things teens have to do nowadays, and classic literature just doesn't help us with that the same way contemporaries do.
2) The setting
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but really important. In contemporary literature, especially in young adult, it is always set around events that concern teens. High school bullying, suicide, shopping mall, at a part-time job, etc. In classic literature, things were not at all the way they are now for young adults, and the setting in the books that we are currently reading are easier to picture ourselves in and to understand what is happening.
3) The themes
A main thing that I like about literature nowadays is the fact that sex is not taboo. In no classic book will you find teens having sex, and having it written explicitly. However, the topic of (safe) sex is very important and is something that definitely has to be taught to us teenagers. Dating and hook ups are explored in young adult books, which is great, but also a curse because of how they are sometimes so horribly done. Watch this video to see what I'm talking about, Emmmabooks is amazing!
4) The writing
One big reason why teens do not like to read is because they have never found a book they liked. Therefore, starting with relatable, light-hearted and well and simply written books is a must to build a strong love for reading. Forcing someone who hates reading to read a classic is the worse idea ever. However, make him/her read some Ernest Cline or Stephanie Perkins, and as they read, they might start noticing that they actually do like to read. The writing in Y.A. is usually very easy to understand, and the language is a lot more understandable to teens. When there is swearing in contemporaries, it isn't bad; it's just keeping things real. Which is awesome.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, and let me know if you agree with me on anything! I genuinely think that popular reads are really important in getting teens into reading and that they should even be found in curriculums!
Hey! Inspired by Regan (PeruseProject)'s video, I decided to make a blog post about the books I need to read before this year ended. I feel like we've all been at a point in our lives where we just had so many books and our TBR was never ending? Actually, scratch that, that is a permanent feeling. But at moments like right now, when the year is about to end, I feel like I haven't read everything I wanted to read this year. So here are the 6 books that I really need to read before the year ends!
Ps; take into account that I am talking about books that I own! There are many that I would like to read but have not yet bought, so I did not mention them!
6) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
I bought this book this summer, because I was in the mood for a historical fiction. However, by the time the shipment arrived, I was over it, and this book just sat on my shelf, waiting to be read. I know that this book is a favourite of many, and Zusak is a great author according to almost everyone, so before the end of the year, I would really like to be able to finish this book!
5) Room, by Emma Donoghue
Everyone has been raving about this book and with the movie coming out, it felt like a necessity for me to read. I am actually currently reading it, which is a start, but I haven't been liking this as much as I wish I would. Knowing what happens in the book, I am scared and really worried for some reason, but I WILL finish this book!!
4) The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan
Need I say more? After finishing the Percy Jackson series, this series has been on my TBR. With the release of Magnus Chase, there's just no way that I will stay in the dark and not know what happens to Percy after The Last Olympian.
3) Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
Sue me for being an idiot, but this book has been on my TBR for as long as I can remember. If you have been following my book blog for a while, you know that this book has always been the one book I needed to read. Everyone and their mothers loved it, and I want to be in the loop too!
2) 1984, by George Orwell
Shame on me. I feel like I've read this, but ages ago, so I didn't quite understand. I want to end this year with a fresh memory of this book, and not the way I am currently, aka confused as heck and having a blurred memory of reading this masterpiece.
1) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Yes. I have not yet read this classic. People keep telling me to read it, and after the "sequel" came out, this has been booming even more. I will not end the year without knowing what happens in this book, trust me.
I hope you enjoyed this almost ranty post! Are there more books I need to read? Comment below! Thank you,
Hey, very different post today that has (almost) nothing to do with books! But because it's November, I felt like I had to make some kind of post about NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, when people around the world have a month to write a novel. I did it last year, and part of it was for my school personal project (because I was in the IB during high school). The project that I personally chose to do was to write a short novel, and I did it in November, because not only was it a good inspiration and motivation, it was also because the first draft was due in December.
Writing a novel is an incredible challenge, although very hard, but very rewarding. As I was writing it, I cursed and swore and regretted my decision, but as it was finalized, edited and printed, I had never felt so proud.
I have no tips for you except that you have to 1) Plan things out and 2) Go with the flow
These are the most typical tips but you have to follow them. Planning things out just avoids getting you in a huge mess. Writing should be done with your gut, but if you start off a book not knowing where you're going or what your intentions are, you're not gonna be happy with the ending, and you might have a crisis in the middle of writing. It happened to me, as I was 5000 words in and realized that nothing was coherent or made sense, nor how and when to end the book. Make a plan before, use cue cards. That is how I write my scripts at the moment, but cue cards are really useful if you want to plan events out. On each card, write down a big event or something that you consider important to the story. At the end, place your cards the way you want them to be. You might end up choosing to go non-linear, and change the arrangement of your cards as you write, but at least you'll know what you're doing and where you're going.
Go with the flow simply means to write when you feel like it, and not when you feel obligated to. A (pretty nasty) quote that my friend always tells me is "if you force it out, it's going to be sh*t", which is true, but a weird mental image. You are never at your full potential when you're not doing something that you are genuinely interested in doing. I had a writing schedule for myself, but realized after two writing sessions that it was a horrible idea. Therefore, I started writing when I saw that I had time, and when I felt relaxed, or wanted to escape school work a bit but still wanted to be productive. If you like to write, you will find moments when you'll really want to write. If not, you can always try again when you feel your "writing spirit" at its strongest. But don't force something out, because chances are, you will be really disappointed.
So as a 17 years old who wrote her novella at 16, I am definitely not the most experienced person or best person to give you advice, but it is exactly because I am so inexperienced that I wanted to share with you. Writing stories for a living is definitely one of my job goals, and starting early to gain experience is the best way for me to attain them. If this is your first time participating in NaNoWriMo, you will probably relate to me and find this hard, but the whole point of the challenge is what makes this month such a fun month. Talk to other writers, make friends and be inspired!
Have you ever experienced the sad reality of finishing a heartbreaking book? That's what happens to me a lot. Having recently finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower for the second time, I didn't know what to do with myself at the end. It was an amazing read, even better than the first time, but really sad. I was thinking of picking up Room but I'm scared of being sad again, so I put together a list of my comfort book (like comfort foods basically) that I might reread next time I experience a book trauma (??) like this one!
1) Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
This doesn't even require an explanation at this point. This book is cute, funny and the characters are easy to love. Everything about this book, the people, the plot, the setting is perfect if you need to be cheered up. The rest of the series is just as good!
2) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
The third and my favourite installment. I could've taken any other HP book to be honest, but the other ones kind of make me cry. This one has an amazing plot line and a very happy ending. Plus, Sirius Black is my favourite character, so...
3) Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This is easily my favourite book of all times, just because it makes me smile as I read it. Never have I been so sucked into a little girl's life, and laughed at everything she did. The happiness and innocence of youth are prominent themes throughout the book, and Anne's way of thinking will make you soooo happy. Plus, this book was given to soldiers in WWI (or WWII) to give them hope and happiness!
4) Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
I was thinking Fangirl at first, because that book does make me happy, but I have to admit I preferred Carry On way more. The characters in Fangirl weren't as relatable as I expected them to be, and some of them were irritating at times. However, Simon Snow's story sucked me in like Harry Potter did, and the love story made me aww the WHOLE TIME! Ask my friend Maxine, I was crying the whole time and fangirling like an idiot. I will definitely reread this book when I'll feel sad, because there's no way Simon x Baz won't cheer me up.
5) Le Journal d'Aurélie Laflamme, by India Desjardins
I have talked about this series on this blog a few times before, but if you don't know what this series is, it is basically 8 books following a young, socially awkward and nerdy, very relatable girl, as she goes through high school (in Quebec it is 5 years). We follow her first love, first break up, first job, prom, etc. Although sometimes it dealt with harder topics, it is very lighthearted throughout most of the book and incredibly funny. I loved the characters and what she went through. My copies of these books are in such bad condition, because I read them everywhere (I even spilled pasta sauce on one of the pages) but I could never imagine replacing them.
So here were 5 books that I would read as a comfort read, and I would suggest you check these out too! These were all very lighthearted and cheer up books, in case you ever finish a sad book and don't know what to do with yourself...