Missing you already Ned Vizzini 😦
“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.” – John Steinbeck
I’ve been sick for the past five days and sitting in my bed, cruising on the internet, sleeping and reading has become quite routine.
Yesterday I decided to pick up The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (I know, I should have done so earlier). It had been sitting on my bookshelf since the beginning of summer but with all the Conrad and Shakespeare reading for my English and Advanced English courses, I just never got around to it.
I wish I could rewind to yesterday, pick up the book for the first time, and read it (again) for the first time. I don’t know what kind of magic Green used on this book but it really worked. I am honestly quite speechless. I read it non-stop, without putting it down a single time (okay, there was the odd bathroom break, but still).
As soon as I read the first page, I knew that I would be shedding tears over this book, yet it surprised me. Yes, Green did have me tearing up more than once but he also had me smiling, laughing and giving me that warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart. As Markus Zusak quite rightly said, “You laugh, you cry and then you come back for more”. Reading the last page, I almost did not want to leave the life of Hazel Grace, but every story has an ending and, I quote Hazel Grace here, “Forever is an incorrect concept.” Yet, Green still did manage to show me that some infinities are greater than others… and I certainly am grateful for the brief little infinity of The Fault In Our Stars.
I was in London for the past 2 days, and here’s a snapshot from Oxford Street.
In all honesty, everything was perfect. The weather was soft, sunny and wintery all the same… the streets were decorated with bright lights and Christmas trees. It was easy to hear echoes of people saying “happy Christmas!” everywhere. It just gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling – of course it helped to be seeing my sister and catching up with her over numerous cups of coffee and tea.
Admittedly I felt physically dead after a long day of shopping and a nice stroll in the park… but it was worth it all 🙂
Consider this my Christmas wish to you all – hope you all have a wonderful holiday with those you love!
Time to switch to listening to my Christmas playlist consisting solely of Mariah Carey