The Day I Met John Green

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This is the back of my friend’s head, not mine. I was photographer of the night.

So, when I was in high school, John Green came to do a talk in Pittsburgh. My friend was a huge John Green fan, so she wanted me to come. The tickets were cheap, so I figured why not? I liked him on YouTube. It sounded fun enough.

Now, for a little background information, I’ve never read one of John Green’s books all the way through. I don’t think he’s a very good writer. Not bad, but not that good. His characters are pretentious and he thinks that makes them “smart” and his books seem to have the same plot. (I know he writes book for “smart” readers, but I’m an intelligent person. I never spoke like his stuffy characters in high school, and I probably never will unless I become a tenured professor.) We all know he’s only a super popular author because of his fanatical following from YouTube, but I digress.

After the actual talk that I remember little about, my friend and I went to the place where we could stand in line and get a book signed. Keep in mind the previous paragraph; I’ve never read any of his books. I don’t own any, and I know only the bare minimum plot of each one. So my friend hands me one of her books to get signed as her and her other friend’s “spy” names (I don’t know why) and I hold onto that as we wait in line.

Finally, it’s my turn to have “my” book signed.

John Green: “Who should I make this out to?”

Me: “Anna and Jane.”

John: “Are you Anna or Jane?”

Me: “Uh… neither. This isn’t my book, and Anna and Jane aren’t real people.”

John: *Stares* “Alright…” *Signs the book*

And that is John Green’s first and only impression of me. If you’re reading this, John, and you remember this, I want to clear my name and say that I’m not the crazy one, my friend Mary is. Also, I like Hank better (no offense).

 

true datLmfao, I found this at the end of the album of John Green adventure pictures while looking for the one of my friend and John. I guess some things don’t change :p

Kiss of The Fey is now FREE on Amazon!

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It’s free until Sunday, so get it quick! If any of you would like to reblog this or help spread the word to help me out, I would be very grateful.

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My Bookshelf: In Her Shoes

In-her-ShoesTitle: In Her Shoes

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Genre: Literary Fiction

Amazon summary:
“Meet Rose Feller, a thirty-year-old high-powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She has an exercise regime she’s going to start next week, and she dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her she’s beautiful. She also dreams of getting her fantastically screwed-up, semi-employed little sister to straighten up and fly right.

Meet Rose’s sister, Maggie. Twenty-eight years old and drop-dead gorgeous. Although her big-screen stardom hasn’t progressed past her left hip’s appearance in a Will Smith video, Maggie dreams of fame and fortune — and of getting her big sister on a skin-care regimen.

These two women, who claim to have nothing in common but a childhood tragedy, DNA, and the same size feet, are about to learn that they’re more alike than they’d ever imagined. Along the way, they’ll encounter a diverse cast of characters — from a stepmother who’s into recreational Botox to a disdainful pug with no name. They’ll borrow shoes and clothes and boyfriends, and eventually make peace with their most intimate enemies — each other.”

My summary:
You know that roommate you never want to deal again? The one you were paired with freshman year who snooped through your stuff and puked on your bed? That’s Maggie. You know the girl who studied so hard in middle school that everyone knew she was going to an Ivy League college? That’s Rose. When Maggie gets kicked out and has to crash at Rose’s place, along with a slightly stolen pug and an impressive shoe collection, they’re both reminded of how much they truly loathe each other, and learn to get over it. Sorta. Eventually.

Cheers:

  • I enjoyed reading about a character with a learning disability. It was a good portrayal, I think.
  • I really enjoyed the romance aspect of it.
  • Overall, I enjoyed the book. There was an interesting plot, I enjoyed how the characters were portrayed, and I felt like everything was wrapped up well at the end.
  • I enjoyed their grandmother too.

Jeers (possible spoilers):

  • The book moved a little slow. I guess that’s just part of the genre, but still.
  • Rose seemed a little shallow. There is more to a person than a history of being bullied and liking to read.
  • Not enough pug.
  • There was one POV of Jim that we didn’t need. At all. I didn’t want to know that he was fat and bullied and a bumbling virgin before he got attractive, that didn’t make me like him more, it made me like him less. Tons of people are bullied and they don’t turn out to be dickwads.

Would I recommend it?:
I bought it at Goodwill because it had a pug on the back, and I’d recommend you do the same. It’s on Amazon for $0.01, so you shouldn’t have trouble getting it cheap. It’s not the sort of book I’ve give raving reviews about, jumping in my seat to recommend it, but it was enjoyable and it kept me interested.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/In-Her-Shoes-A-Novel/dp/0743418204

 

My Bookshelf: I’ve Got Your Number

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Alright, this is not going to be done in my typical book review format. I got this book at Goodwill for maybe $0.50 or so while thrift shopping with my friend. The checkout girl saw it and was like, “Oh, if you read it and ever come back in here tell me if it was any good or not.”

I was like, “Sorry, I’m not from around here. I live in the woods. I have no idea where the fuck I am.”

She just laughed and thought I was like joking or dissing thrift shopping and was like, “Well if you ever do come back, be sure to tell me.”

So I got home and no one was home but my brother was planning to have friends over so I went to my room. I was bored and decided to start reading it because the blurb sounded interesting. And I finished it. Like without stopping for a pee break.

It was amazing. I’m not talking a literary revelation, but I absolutely love it and will be checking out the rest of this author’s work. It was funny and fun to read and romantic and suspenseful. I loved the characters and I just loved everything about it, really. I would recommend it to anyone.

Title: I’ve Got Your Number

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Amazon Summary:

“Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill, but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.”

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Ive-Got-Your-Number-Novel/dp/0385342071

 

My Bookshelf: Torrent

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Title: Torrent

Series: Rust & Relics #1

Author: Lindsay Buroker

Genre: Urban fantasy, New adult

Amazon Summary:

“When Delia chose to major in archaeology, she imagined herself as the female Indiana Jones of the Southwest. She didn’t imagine herself crawling through abandoned mine shafts, scrounging for rusty pickaxes and gold pans to sell on auction sites, but Indiana Jones didn’t have to make student loan payments.

Scouring the mountains of Arizona with Simon, her best friend and computer geek extraordinaire, Delia dreams of turning their scavenging enterprise into a legitimate business. More, she longs to earn the respect of peers who shun her for turning into a treasure hunter. What she doesn’t dream of is stumbling across a decapitated body in an old mine near Prescott.

Something dangerous has come to the mountains, and two Harley-riding strangers are the only ones who seem to have a clue. They speak a language Delia has never heard and carry mysterious artifacts she’s never seen. Investigating these strangers might lead her to discoveries that change the face of archaeology forever… or it might lead her and her best friend into a deadly monster’s lair.”

My Summary:
Delia and Simon are just searching for artifacts to sell American Pickers-style when they hear a scream and find a dead body, which sets off a chain of events that throws them into alien (or elf) invested waters, running from a web-footed monster that tears off people’s heads, and finding dead Romans in underground lairs.

Cheers:

  • I seriously loved Simon. Like, I will happily read a book with just him looking through old warehouses looking for antiques.
  • It kept you guessing. I had no idea what was going on, and I still don’t. But in a good way? Like I understood the plot, but there’s a lot of mystery behind the motorcycle guys.
  • I enjoyed Delia’s sarcasm.
  • The story was just an enjoyable read. Everything was unique, from their jobs (like I said, American Pickers-type stuff) to the back story (raised in some Greek hippie commune) to the cave-y bit at the end (don’t want to spoil anything, but yeah, it was pretty surprising).

Jeers:

  • This is only book one, so I don’t know how well I can evaluate it, but the plot may have gotten a little out of control. Like the author may have made everything TOO unique and TOO random so that she won’t be able to explain it all in the end, but we’ll have to see.
  • I don’t really like Temi. She was just meh in my eyes, so I’m not sure how a second book about her and her warrior skills will work out.
  • The whip was a little much. Like, way too much. But I’ll let it slide.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes. It was fun and I enjoyed reading it. Seriously, Simon is great. Give it a try. (It’s only $0.99, so there’s not much to lose).

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Torrent-Rust-Relics-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00FCCGS84/ref=asap_B004FSRHUE_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416088585&sr=1-4