The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Sourced from Goodreads

 

My review:

I came into this book with expectations. I’d been told it was very sad. Hazel, the main character, has cancer of the lungs. I guess I felt I was prepared for it. I wasn’t. What I thought was pretty straight-forward and predictable totally took me by surprise!

This book has something special about it. It has a searching tone to it which makes it intriguing. The characters are sweet and raw. They know what suffering is and it has an effect on who they are. 💛

It’s also heartbreaking, just knowing that these characters have experienced so much death and are left guessing as to who of their cancer support group will be next. It raises some very valid points such as how men dying in battle are depicted as heroes in history, yet people who die of illness are forgotten or swept into a collective category. It was very thought-provoking.

It is also one of the most emotional books I have ever read! It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, but this one certainly succeeded.

1) Did this book inspire me?

It’s not much of a positive, motivating book, however it did inspire me to make the most of the time that I am privileged to have on Earth. 😉

2) Was this book humorous?

There were some funny parts, but it is ultimately a serious and sad story.

3) Did this book make me cry?

So you know by now that I cried. The question is, how many times? *drum roll* Six times. It wasn’t just crying either. I felt so sympathetic to pretty much all of these characters that I basically hurt for them. 😭

4) Would I reread this book?

Yes.

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

Yes!

 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

Have you read this book or watched the movie adaption? Who is your favourite character?

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3 Reasons We Can Trust God

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;

do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do,

and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (New Living Translation)

 

To have faith in Jesus, it’s vital that we trust Him. If we have accepted His gift of salvation for our lives, then we have already trusted Him to take our sin away. But God doesn’t want to stop there. He doesn’t want us to just be forgiven, but to be free!

 

He wants more of us so that He can bring us freedom in every area of our life. It’s possible that we can trust God for salvation but then not allow Him access to any other area of our lives. But if we can trust Him in everything, then we can receive so much freedom for our lives.

 

But hey, it’s easier said than done, right? Trust is not something to be given away freely, and it’s natural for us to be wary of who we give our trust to. The thing is, God is trustworthy. In fact, if anyone deserves our trust, it’s Him!

 

Whether we still have reservations about trusting him, or whether we just want to be reminded of his goodness, here is a list of reasons why we can trust God.

 

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Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ September 2018

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This is very late, but here it is. 😂

 

~ Blog Posts Published ~

See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter ~ Sep 10

Paddington ~ Sep 17

 

~ Novel Progress ~

2018 NaNoNovel ~ Plotting in progress

With NaNoWriMo on the horizon, it won’t be long before I announce my novel now!

 

~ Other Writing ~

3 Reasons We Can Trust God ~ Article published on PURSUE

Diary Writing ~ 47 pages written

 

~ Writing Goals for October ~

~ Write chapter outline for NaNoNovel

~ Announce NaNoNovel on this blog

 

What is something you’ve achieved recently that you’re proud of? What are your goals for October?

Paddington

After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed “Paddington” for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington’s amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on the rare bear and his hide.

Sourced from google

 

My review:

I didn’t grow up with Paddington Bear. I vaguely knew who he was, but it wasn’t for nostalgia’s sake that I watched this movie. Frankly, I just love cute stuff, so naturally I wanted to see this. 😜

It still wasn’t until a few years later that I finally watched it, only weeks before the release of Paddington 2, unbeknownst to me.

From the beginning I loved it. I wore a huge grin on my face and it had been a long time since I’d laughed so much! Whilst some of the humor was quite predictable, I would describe the humor and movie as a whole to be utterly charming!

What impresses me most about this movie is that it is so innocent and sweet, yet it remains at a high quality. Not that movies have to have a higher rating to be of a higher quality, but it’s not too often that you see G-rated movies nowadays that adults alike can enjoy and appreciate too.

1) Did this movie inspire me?

Not really. I’d call it a more charming and feel-good kind of movie. 😊

2) Was this movie humorous?

Yes, as I’ve already covered. The story and the acting made for a humorous blend.

3) Did this movie make me cry?

No.

4) Would I watch this movie again?

Yes. As soon as I’d seen it by myself, I wanted to show it to someone else in my family. 😆

5) Would I recommend this movie to a friend?

Yeah.

 

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

Have you seen this movie? Did you grow up with Paddington Bear?

 

See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions–from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter. 

Grace’s past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down. 

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.

Sourced from Goodreads

 

My review:

I can’t think of a better sequel for “All Fall Down”. Where in the first book I was frustrated, in this book I was intrigued. Where before I was confused, I now felt adventurous. Where I was left feeling like I had too many questions unanswered, I now felt as though I had enough questions answered to satisfy me, while still enough remaining questions lure me to read the final installment of this trilogy!

Characters become more well-rounded to the reader. Sometimes I found it hard to tell the difference between some characters in the first book. However, the characters were better developed in this book that they established in my mind their own identities.

So much happened in this story, but what comes first to mind when I think of it is adventure and excitement, both aspects I really appreciate in a form of entertainment.

1) Did this book inspire me?

Not so much.

2) Was this book humorous?

Not much.

3) Did this book make me cry?

No, but there were moments in the story where I felt emotional. 😉

4) Would I reread this book?

Yes. More so if I really enjoy the third book; then I may reread the trilogy as a whole at some point.

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

Yes.

 

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

Have you read this trilogy? Which is your favourite book in the series?

Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ August 2018

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~ Blog Posts Published ~

Christy Miller Collection Volume 3 by Robin Jones Gunn ~ August 6

Empires by Hillsong United ~ August 13

To Heal and Be Healed—How Far Does God’s Healing Extend? ~ August 31

 

~ Novel Progress ~

TBA non-fiction novel ~ 1,665 words written

 

~ Other Writing ~

To Heal and Be Healed—How Far Does God’s Healing Extend? ~ Article published on PURSUE which I shared on this blog (see blog posts published).

Diary Writing ~ 61 pages written

Song Writing ~ 1 song written

I finished copying out my old digital diaries into a journal.

 

~ Writing Goals for September ~

~ Begin planning NaNo novel

~ Write another song

 

Are you thinking about doing NaNoWriMo this year? What have you been writing lately?

5 Things I’m Excited About Lately

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I know I don’t usually share much about my personal life on this blog. In fact, unless I’m answering a question in a tag, I rarely share information about myself. And I’m not saying that I’m going to start telling you about every detail of my life, but I’m going to try a little something new today.

I think it’ll be fun to share some things that I’ve been excited about of late. You’ll get a little insight into my life at the moment, but at the same time it’s not going to be that personal.

 

1) Garden makeover

So, the garden has been a bit let go. Naturally, I have taken up the challenge and not only want to make it like new, but am taking before and after photos, just because I think it’ll be great fun!

2) New Mini Mouse PJ Pants

I got these recently. Enough said.

3) Clothes Shopping

When it comes to it, I probably won’t be excited about it, but at the moment I am in desperate need of new clothes. Having had a huge overhaul of my clothes recently, it turns out that about 70% of my wardrobe I’d grown out of years ago and I’d been holding onto because they’d been a gift, or there was some sentimental value attached to it. 😂

4) Zendaya as Ariel?

Rumour has it that Zendaya was offered the role of Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’. I don’t know if this is true, but I SO HOPE THIS HAPPENS!! 😍

5) Cleaning Wardrobe

Okay, I know not everyone would be excited about cleaning their wardrobe, but I always find it great fun if I have the time set aside to do it. I mainly enjoy it just for the finished product and seeing everything look organised even if it will just get messy again in a week. Plus, I always find a dozen or so pens, so that’s cool.

 

What are some things that you are excited about lately? Are you interested in seeing more of these kind of posts on this blog?