Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Book binge LOVE! An Abundance of Katherines

Just want to send a little shoutout to everyone who voted that the next book I read in my year-end book binge was AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by the ever-so-awesome John Green.

It was one of those books that I'd owned for over a year but hadn't read. Heck, my mom had read my copy. One of my bridesmaids had read it. But for whatever reason, it kept getting bumped.... til you guys.

You have darn good taste.

Suffice to say that, as the only John Green novel I hadn't read, it didn't disappoint. Like many YA writers -- and especially contemporary YA writers -- I'm ridiculously in awe of John Green.

All of his novels are so funny, and the characters just jump off the page. I read them with a smile on my face -- though he's made me cry a couple times, but thankfully not in KATHERINES, which had the lightest tone of all his books. Anyway, they're wonderful.

So if any of you out there HAVEN'T picked up a John Green novel
--
Looking for Alaska
An Abundance of Katherines
Paper Towns
Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with the superb David Levithan)
--
do yourself a favor, and bump one (or all of them) to the top of your TBR.

Thank me later.

John Green fans: What's your favorite JG novel? I'm torn between Katherines and Alaska. And Paper Towns. And WGWG. Crap. It's like choosing your favorite child. I can't do this!

And end-of-year book binge recommenders: 2011 is over, but never fear! I'm completing my binge list, one book at a time. I'll keep you updated!

8 comments:

  1. Yay!

    I love everything JG writes, but this one is my favorite of his. It's just a little lighter, which makes it more fun...and you have to love Hassan!

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  2. Looking for Alaska is my favorite. It has made into my top five list of books that I'll reread no matter what. Honestly, I love everything he writes, his characterization and his voice is just fun to read!

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  3. I'm an awful fan. I read (and loved) every book of his (including the short stories... and his short story in Let It Snow was simply A-MA-ZING, let me tell you, and the other authors were not bad themselves, you should give the book a shot)... but I haven't read Looking for Alaska. Same as you, I've had it sitting on my shelves for a year :S

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  4. Jessica - I replied via email!

    Najela - I recently listened to ALASKA on audio, and it blew me away.

    Barnsdale - If you've read everything but one book, you're not an awful fan! hehe. But ALASKA is well worth the read, so pick it up already!

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  5. Hard to choose a favorite, because they're all so good. I guess I might have to go with Paper Towns, because it's just so original and creepy. It's kinda like a cross between Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines, I think. There's a road trip and a mysterious girl and a male protagonist that I just wanna hug. Love this author--So glad we made a good choice for you!

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  6. Cringing to admit this, but I haven't read ANY John Green yet. So I'm bumping up KATHERINES to near the top of my TBR list, thanks to you!

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  7. I listened to Katherines on audio...I didn't really care for it. I do love me some Will Grayson, Will Grayson though!

    Jen

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  8. Thanks for sharing your review. I haven't read any of John Green's books but it sounds like I should. I tend to read mostly fantasy and paranormal, but it's always good to broaden your horizons.

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