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Books 23 & 24 - 2014

Book 23: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Seventh: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket – 256 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Dear Reader, You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children′s lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

I continue on my challenge to read this series. This one sees the children shipped off to a strange village to be raised by the entire village, which sounds strange and only gets stranger. As it turns out the village only wants the children to be their personal cleaners. They get taken in to live with one strange man who nonetheless tries to help them solve the riddle of V.F.D and where the children’s friends are, and avoid another run in with Count Olaf. These stories are fanciful but it’s quite amusing to see the things the Baudelaire children come up with in order to get out of trouble.

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

8315 / 15000 pages. 55% done!

Book 24: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 313 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
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.

I read this book because everyone is reading this book and because there was a movie coming out. I’m still to watch the movie, and whilst I wouldn’t say this book is the groundbreaking amazing masterpiece claim it is, I did still really enjoy it. Part of this was because of Green’s writing style and dialogue, which was both laugh out loud funny and reminded me more than any other writer of my own writing style. The story itself is an interesting one, mostly because you can see how it could be possible. Two teenagers in a terrible situation bond – because of their illness or because it really is love? It’s a fascinating question and one Green doesn’t choose to (or really has to) answer. In many respects, the plot meanders and the whole story with the writer sometimes feels like it was put in there to fill the story out. The fact that she goes to Amsterdam got me a little excited though, given I’m half Dutch and I’ve never read a story set in any way shape or form in the Netherlands before. I don’t know. I enjoyed it but at the same time, it didn’t blow me away. Nonetheless, I can see why it was so popular amongst the teen girl market.

24 / 50 books. 48% done!

8628 / 15000 pages. 58% done!

Currently reading:
-        The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss – 323 pages
-        Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton – 596 pages
-        Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics by Paul Street – 272 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – 290 pages
Tags: chicklit, drama, grief, in the media, kidlit, lemony snicket, love, romance, teen lit, young adult

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