Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Book Review : The Fault in Our Stars

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"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel had 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."

I had noticed this book popping up on my Instagram feed often, and felt really intrigued by it. The cover reminded me of Wonder, a recent read and a very lovely book. 
Anyway, I read a little about the book, completely forgot what it was all about, and went out to buy it anyway...

First of all, it's an extremely sad book. For me personally, I think it was a little harder due to the fact I have lost my mum with cancer, which is the main subject of the book. 

Narrated by sixteen year old Hazel suffering with thyroid cancer, she is forced to attend a Support Group by her concerned parents. In the first chapter, she meets Augustus Waters, also attending the Support Group, although he says he's there because of his friend Isaac. Augustus lost his leg to osteosarcoma. 
Hazel and Augustus show interest in each other, and as the story goes on, we get to see how their relationship starts to blossom. 

Hazel states that her favourite book is 'An Imperial Affliction' written by Peter van Houten. Augustus goes on to read the book.
After sending van Houten many fan letters with no replies, Augustus then manages to get in touch with his assistant. His 'wish' is spent on Hazel as they both manage to go to Amsterdam together in order for her to meet van Houten (and because her 'wish' was spent on visiting Disney Land at the age of 13) 
By this point in the book, deeper secrets are revealed, and this is the part where the tears start to run down your face....!

It's an extremely beautiful book with a very tragic ending. Once I finished the book, I couldn't stop thinking about it. 
It made me think about my mum a lot, and how she seemed so courageous to have gone through so much. No one deserves such pain and suffering. I remember her different treatments, how they affected her, but no matter what, she still had a smile on her face. She once burst into tears on the sofa, as if she'd had an argument with my dad (although I had never seen them argue) until he rushed to comfort her. At the time, I was young and naive, but maybe she knew she'd be leaving us. Either way, that awful realisation must be unbearable. 
The book made me think how cruel life can be, and how your loved ones can be taken away from you at any moment. Since it's happened to my family, I think the book made me cry a lot harder! 

Anyway, it's a very good book and I highly recommend it. I really enjoyed it, and as I mentioned, I can't stop thinking about it. It's something that'll truly stay with you for a very long time....
Although, it's probably best not to read it in public.....! 


Sunday, 22 September 2013

The florist and the cake maker

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As a child, there were several things I wanted to be when I grew up. Appearing in the varied list was a florist or a baker.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be photographing beautiful Autumn inspired cakes by Jane Rose Cakes at the Lili Wen florist shop in Llanfairpwll. Here are just some of the photographs I took!

Helen, the owner at Lili Wen also creates very beautiful floral arrangements, and her little shop is absolutely stunning. If you're in the Anglesey area, I suggest you pop in.

That's all from me for today. I can't believe it's been an entire month without blogging.
I'm off to do a bit of shopping this morning before a possible afternoon of baking and knitting!
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend


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