Read in 2014: Three books + Ratings

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

― C.S. Lewis

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Synopsis

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.

Samenvatting van de Nederlandse vertaling (Een weeffout in onze sterren) op bol.com

Hazel werd drie jaar geleden opgegeven, maar een nieuw medicijn rekt haar leven voor nog onbekende tijd. Genoeg om een studie op te pakken en vooral niet als zieke behandeld te worden. Augustus, Gus, heeft kanker overleefd – ten koste van een been. Vanaf het moment dat Hazel en Gus elkaar ontmoeten, lijkt er geen ontsnappen aan de zinderende wederzijdse aantrekkingskracht. Maar Hazel wil niet iemands tijdbom zijn.

My favorite quotes

– “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

– “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

– “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

– “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

– “I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.

“Augustus,” I said.

“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

– “Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”

– “Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”

Mijn beoordeling/Rating

5c1

Watermelon by Marian Keyes

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Synopsis

Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine’s husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of “Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation”, begins to feel much better–so much better that when James tries to win his way back into her affections, he gets more than he bargained for.

Samenvatting van de Nederlandse vertaling (Watermeloen) op bol.com

Op de dag dat Claire een baby krijgt, laat haar man James haar in de steek. Met een pasgeboren dochter, een garderobe die minstens drie maten te klein is, en haar gevoel van eigenwaarde compleet aan gort, is er maar een plek waar Claire terechtkan, en dat is haar ouderlijk huis in Dublin. Getroost door haar eigenaardige familie houdt Claire na een paar weken op met huilen. Daarna gaat het beter. Zo veel beter dat wanneer James met de staart tussen de benen terug komt kruipen, hem een zeer onprettige verrassing te wachten staat.

My favorite quotes

– “Why can’t we love the right people? What is so wrong with us that we rush into situations to which we are manifestly unsuited, which will hurt us and others? Why are we given emotions which we cannot control and which move in exact contradiction to what we really want? We are walking conflicts, internal battles on legs.”

– “I couldn’t be with people and I didn’t want to be alone. Suddenly my perspective whooshed and I was far out in space, watching the world. I could see millions and millions of people, all slotted into their lives; then I could see me. I’d lost my place in the universe. It had closed up and there was nowhere for me to be. I was more lost than I had known it was possible for any human being to be.”

– “I had spent my whole life feeling homesick. The only difference between the two of us was that I didn’t know what or where home was.”

– “The feel of them (books) and the smell of them. A bookshop was like an Aladdin’s cave for me. Entire worlds and lives can be found just behind that glossy cover. All you had to do was look.”

Mijn beoordeling/Rating

4c (1)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Synopsis

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Samenvatting van de Nederlandse vertaling (de bijzondere kinderen van mevrouw Peregrine) op bol.com

Een mysterieus eiland. Een verlaten weeshuis. Een vreemde verzameling bizarre foto’s. Als kind had Jacob een speciale band met zijn grootvader, die hem bizarre verhalen vertelde over zijn jeugd en die een collectie vreemde foto’s van bijzondere kinderen bezat. Na het tragische verlies van zijn grootvader reist de zestienjarige Jacob naar een afgelegen eiland in Wales, waar hij de ruïnes ontdekt van een verlaten tehuis voor kinderen. Wanneer Jacob de verlaten kamers van het tehuis verkent, blijkt dat de kinderen van het tehuis meer dan alleen bijzonder waren. Misschien waren ze wel gevaarlijk. Misschien was er een goede reden om hen geïsoleerd op het eiland te laten wonen. En misschien zijn ze nog steeds in leven …

My favorite quotes

– “I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”

– “Sometimes it’s better not to look back.”

– “Sometimes you just need to go through a door.”

– “To have endured all the horrors he did, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that the honorable and brave and good person I knew him to be— *that* was magical.”

– “I’d been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.”

– “If I never went home, what exactly would I be missing? I pictured my cold cavernous house, my friendless town full of bad memories, the utterly unremarkable life that had been mapped out for me. It had never once occurred to me, I realized, to refuse it.”

Mijn beoordeling/Rating

4c (1)

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Liefs,

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