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The Fault in Our Stars – Movie React/Review

Guys. Guys! YOU GUYS! I’VE SEEN THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

In the coolest job perk EVER, about two weeks ago I got to go to an advance screening of the Movie Most Likely to Make Grown Humans Ugly Cry in Public.

Edit: BE PREPARED. I’m not kidding. I brought these with me:TFiOSTiss

There is next to zero chance you haven’t already noticed me obsessing about this book, and about the upcoming movie. And I’m SO GLAD I DID, because I freaking well adored it!

It’s pretty rare for a movie adaptation of a book you adored beyond all reason, I mean that you enjoyed, to not suck, and I am so thrilled to be able to opine that the TFiOS movie absolutely did NOT suck. It was everything I wanted it to be. And that’s saying A LOT.

I mean, this guy:

 

And this lady:

 

And, just, YOU GUYS. THEY WERE WONDERFUL. EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL AND NOTHING EVERYTHING HURT.

I’m not going to lie, there were feels and they were intense.

From about halfway through – you can surely guess where – I cried pretty steadily ’til the end. And I didn’t cry nearly as hard as others.

(Quick aside: Supernatural really has a gif for everything.)

I will say, however, that it was that necessary, cathartic, releasing kind of crying, when you’re going through something you wouldn’t miss out on for the world and your tear ducts just have to bear the brunt of it.

Seeing this with a cinema full of my colleagues was… a unique experience, making it both better and worse. I’ll let you know if it’s any different when I see it for a second time.

What? You didn’t think I’d be content with one screening, did you?!

Read the book. Watch the trailer. See the movie – out in Australia on June 5th!

Okay? Okay.

I’m Baaaaack!

You know that thing you do, where you’re in the middle of a brilliant book, you look up and you’ve missed your tram stop?Book Life

That’s basically what happened here.

I’ve been reading so much, and working so much, and gallivanting, well, a bit, and completely neglecting foxonbooks.

But no more! I’m back, and about to start filling you in on all the awesome (and not-so-awesome) books I’ve been knocking off my TBR pile.

There’ll be a few format changes, a few new things, and some that will be familiar.

nerdjohngreenI miss ranting about these wonderful reading experiences. I miss my fellow nerds. This is going to be great fun!

But enough about me – how are you?? More importantly, what have you all been reading? I could use a few recommendations!

We have SO much to catch up on. I can’t wait!

The Diary of a Young Girl – by Anne Frank

imageOne of the things I was determined to do in Europe was visit places I had learned about as a child and teen. I’ve always found the first and second World Wars compelling – interesting in a cautionary and sociologically worrying way. In Amsterdam, I visited the Anne Frank Museum, where the Franks hid for more than two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in WWII. After touring the house, I bought another copy of Anne’s diary. I can’t think of a more pertinent time to read it.

I was about Anne Frank’s age when I first read her diary. At that age, I don’t think I could fully appreciate its importance. Or perhaps I simply understand a lot more of the context now, 10 years later. Either way, reading the Diary was a powerful experience. During my travels, I also visited Dachau, a former concentration camp outside Munich, Germany. The amount of history, the depth of sorrow, and the continuing warning provided by stories like Anne’s, and places like Dachau, make them crucial.

It’s easy to forget, when reading this diary, about all the external horrors Anne and the Franks faced. I Don’t Wanna Be:

The Fault in Our Stars

Wow.

Have you guys seen this?

A 17-year old up and coming actor from Australia, Troye Sivan, has recorded a song inspired by John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Not only is the song gorgeous, Troye filmed the video in the Princess Margaret Hospital’s oncology ward, spending a day with some kids who really understand.

There are options to buy the song, and 100% of the proceeds are going directly to the Princess Margaret oncology ward.

Have a look – this guy is amazing.

Waiting on Wednesday: The 5th Wave

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted over at Breaking the Spine, looking at upcoming books we bloggers are already obsessing about. This week, I’m looking forward to yet another dystopian. I know! But this one comes with huge buzz from Penguin Teen Australia, who have pretty impeccable taste. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey:

5th“The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.”

(Synopsis from Goodreads.)

So, are you guys ready for the next big thing in YA dystopia? I’m really hoping this one lives up to the hype. Because if so, it should be fantastic!

What are you Waiting On this Wednesday, hmm?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Moon and More

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted over at Breaking the Spine, looking at upcoming books we bloggers are already obsessing about. This week I’m thinking about the upcoming Sarah Dessen novel, The Moon and More:

moon“Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

Dessen’s stories are wonderful examinations of coming of age. They’re about the summer between Grade 12 (except that it’s America, so I guess I mean senior year) and the rest of your life. It’s a great time to explore, because it’s fraught with possibility, heavy with nostalgia, and always, inevitably, on the cusp of great changes.

Dessen uses different characters in similar settings to look at the ways in which people face this time, and does so very well. I’m definitely looking forward to reading her next novel!

Have you read any Sarah Dessen? Who’s your favourite growing-up author?

Tell me what you’re waitin’ on this fine Wednesday, why don’cha?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Program

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted over at Breaking the Spine, looking at upcoming books we bloggers are already obsessing about. This week, I’m intrigued by a new book coming out at the end of April called The Program, by Suzanne Young.

Program

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

(Synopsis from Goodreads.)

I’m not sold on this one, I’ve read a fair few Dystopian novels lately, but there’s something about the premise that’s grabbing me. I’m just going to have to read it and decide if it’s any good!

What are you Waiting On this week? Huh??

Stacking the Shelves

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Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme (well, it may not be weekly here at Fox On Books but we’ll see how we go!) that looks at all the pretty, pretty books that came into your life recently. Here are some of the books I’ve taken home with me:

NesboBat NesboRed NesboNemesis NesboDevil

A bunch of new Jo Nesbo titles – I’ve never read him before and have been meaning to for ages. We got heaps in on special at work, so I went a little bit crazy:

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A new collection from Simon Armitage. I’ve never read his work before, and I’m not much of a poetry reader. But I’ve been meaning to change that, and this came highly recommended by a colleague, so it seems like a great place to start!

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Finally got this onto a Kindle reader for my iPad. I have a Kindle but neeeeever used it. I’m way more likely to read on the iPad, because it’s multi platform and I can do all sorts of other things on there too!

What books have you adopted this week? Link me in the comments (so I can get ideas for next week!)

Waiting on Wednesday: Nameless

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted over at Breaking the Spine, looking at upcoming books we bloggers are already obsessing about. This week I’m looking forward to reading Nameless, by Lili St Crow. I know, I know: this isn’t technically one I need to wait for, because it’s out already! But I’ve a lot happening IRL at the moment and I won’t have a chance to get to this for ages, so Waiting On it is!

nameless“When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has crafted an evocative update of Snow White, set in a vividly imagined world and populated by unforgettable new characters.”

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

I really enjoyed Lili St Crow’s Strange Angels series. I am not, however, a fan of fairy tale adaptations, as a general rule. Which I gather puts me in the minority? I haven’t found any retellings that resonate with me. Although I do like the film/TV that’s been playing with this stuff lately.

Perhaps an author I already like can bridge that enjoyment gap?!

I’d love to know what you’re all Waiting On this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: Spirit

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted over at Breaking the Spine, looking at upcoming books we bloggers are already obsessing about. This week, I’m Waiting On Spirit, by Brigid Kemmerer. I loved both Storm and Spark, the first two books in Brigid Kemmerer’s Elementals trilogy. Needless to say, I’m pumped for the third, which is due out in May!

spirit “Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

What book/s are you hanging out to read this Wednesday? Link for me in the comments!

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