Book Club: Paper Towns Review

Back in June, I mentioned that I was going to start my own personal book club that would involve me, myself and I. Fortunately, I’ve managed to knock one book off my list. Yay for me.

After crying through The Fault In Our Stars (and the movie as well), I decided that it would be necessary to read some of John Green’s other novels. I quickly jumped into Paper Towns.

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Paper Towns took me only a few days to finish while on vacation last month. I really enjoyed the book and John Green’s writing style. Yes, John Green’s novels may be a wee bit on the darker side at times, but I thoroughly appreciate someone taking a risk and going in that direction. If you’ve read some of his books then you’ll most likely understand where I am coming from.

Let’s get to my review of Paper Towns*Spoiler Alert*

The book is about Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman, two high school teens that grow up together in the same neighborhood, but are just neighbors.  Quentin secretly envy’s Margo’s adventurous side and yearns to become more than just a neighborhood friend. Everything changes one night when Margo shows up at Quentin’s window luring him to join her on a late night joy ride.  This joyride soon turns into an all-night prank on a number of individuals who Quentin thought were her friends.

The following day, Margo suddenly disappears only leaving clues for Quentin to find and decipher. Quentin soon brings his friends into the situation to help him find out where Margo went. After a few weeks of scaverging to find clues, Quentin finds a clue that is bigger than ever. He remembers Margo mentioning the term “paper towns” and discovers that there is a town in New York that she references as being called “paper towns.” He locates the general location of this so called town and gathers his friends on a long road trip. Oh, did I mention that this road trip begins on the evening of their high school graduation? Yes, it happens. Everyone piles into Quentin’s van and they drive hundreds of miles to find Margo.

After driving all night, the vans full of teenagers locate Margo. Unfortunately, Margo’s expression to them finding her isn’t what they thought it would be. Margo was in shock and confused why they would even come. Margo’s old best friend who joined in on the road trip was mad about Margo’s expression and couldn’t believe she would do this. After time, Quentin and Margo talk and he finds out that Margo hated their home state and was going to leave after graduation anyway. Quentin begins to understand that they are going in different directions and will never be together. They kiss and part ways.

Overall, I would give the book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately, I felt that the book dragged on longer than it should. At times, I wanted to skip a few chapters just to see what happened. Personally, I need to be sucked into a book to truly “love” it.

Since finishing Paper Towns, I’ve started reading another novel by John Green called Looking For Alaska.

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Stay tuned for another review soon!

Have you read any of John Green’s novels?

If so, do you like his style?

What genre do you like?

Are you apart of any book clubs?

Have a great Thursday!

XO, Tara

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My Summer Book Club

Good morning!

Does anyone else agree that this week will never end? Yesterday was a very long day. Ugh!

After reading The Fault In Our Stars  over the weekend, I decided that I need to get back into reading. I forgot how easy it was to get through a book so quickly while doing cardio. Time just flies on by.

It made me remember how much I was reading a few months ago. Fortunately I got caught up in watching TV shows on Netflix. However, I’ll admit that I was having a hard time finding a book or author that would suck me in. Luckily,  The Fault In Our Stars caught my attention real quick and reminded me how much I love to read.

That being said, I decided to put together my own book club. I’ll be the only one in the club. HA!

I’ve come up (with the help of others, you know who you are) a list of books that I am interested in reading.

Tara’s Summer Book Club

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I’ll admit, I’ve started the book, but haven’t finished. However, it is a hardback which is harder to hold while working out. I will finish it though, don’t worry about that! 😀

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Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman

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What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

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Paper Towns by John Green

I’m pretty confident that I’ll finish all four of these books in a month or so; however, I don’t want to overwhelm myself.

Reading should be enjoyable and I love to get lost in books.

Do you love to read?

What are you currently reading?

Any recommendations to my list?

Have a great Thursday.

XO, Tara

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The Chobani Challenge Rap-up for October!

Poop. Sadly, I didn’t achieve my goal for October and read two books. Fortunately, I did achieve 50% of my goal by reading one book! 🙂 At least I did that. Hello, I am trying to juggle two jobs, a social life and stay mentally sane. Lol.

I managed to finally finish The Job Offer by Eleanor Webb.

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Spoiler alert. If you are planning on reading this book, then come back later once you’ve finished and let me know what you think.

The novel begins by introducing us to one of the main characters; Dr. Anne Conner. Anne returns home to Seattle, where she will be having an interview at Stanford Enterprises. After arriving in Seattle and going through the first round of interviews; Anne decides to spend some time in Orcas Islands with her family. Anne soon finds out that old friends of the family; Lily and her brother Ben (an old crush) would be in town for Lily’s wedding.  Would this old crush become something more? We’ll soon find out.

During Anne’s stay at the resort; Ben and she decide to spend a more time together. The passion and chemistry between them becomes unbearable. Both Ben and Anne understand that this must be a vacation romance, because she lives in Boston and he lives in Seattle. However, they do fall madly in love with each other.

Ironically, we come to find out that Ben Carlson is actually Ben Stanford, the CEO of Stanford Enterprises. Anne has no ides that she is sleeping with the CEO of the company whom she was interviewing with. Throughout the week of wedding madness, Anne is offered the position at Stanford Enterprises and starts making arrangements to move back home to Seattle. She keeps this news a secret from Ben, because she doesn’t want to take the spotlight away from his sister Lily’s wedding.  Unfortunately, the news breaks and Ben’s reaction isn’t what Anne expected. Ben reaction is reasonable yet not fair to Anne. He believes that she used him to get the job, when she had no idea that he worked for the company. Ben’s reaction causes Anne to leave OrcasIsland and try to determine her next move. Does she continue to work at Stanford Enterprises or go back to Boston for good?

Anne decides to stay at Stanford Enterprises. However, it wasn’t easy seeing Ben from time to time let alone work for his company. Also, she finds out that she is pregnant with Ben’s baby. Ultimately, Anne decides to put in her two weeks and pack up and move back to Boston. Ben hears word of this and desperately tries to find Anne before she leaves. They end up reconciling and Ben asks her to marry him.

There had to be a happy ending right?!

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Overall, it was an easy read that was quite predictable. However, aren’t most romance novels like this?

What’s your favorite genre?

What was the last book you read?

XO, Tara

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One Word Wednesday 5/29/2013

Thursday already? What the heck! I am not complaining, because that means that tomorrow is Friday! Woot!

I just remember that I forgot about One Word Wednesday! Sorry about that….I felt that it was necessary to do yesterday’s post. I’ll make up for One Word Wednesday now.

My fellow blogger Lindsay at Lindsay’s List, hosts One Word Wednesday. The only rule of “One Word Wednesday” is that you must label your pictures with one word. Sounds fun right? Heck yes! Sometimes finding one word to describe a picture is hard; you are allowed to do the #hashtag style.

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Appreciative

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#TooManyNiceCars

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#ThisWeekend

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Nature

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Custom

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Swag

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#NotSureAboutIt

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Reading- Source

How was your Wednesday?

Read any good novels lately? Seen any movies? I loved Fast and Furious 6. I saw it on Memorial day!

I’ll be back later with some more fun stuff!

Some interesting reads:

http://greatist.com/fitness/walking-good-workout-running

http://greatist.com/health/sitting-problems-making-us-fat