A Warm, Furry Welcome

It’s often said that dogs are a man’s best friend, but that’s a serious over-generalization. While cats are generally associated with women (such as “crazy cat ladies”), why can’t men also have a special bond with felines? The cat in this video isn’t putting up with such limiting stereotypes. Because the soldier about to walk through the door is clearly his best friend, and I’m pretty sure the feeling is mutual. Here’s your fluffy, feel-good video of the week:


A Story Inked on Skin

Over the winter I posted about Shelley Jackson’s project called Snow, in which she wrote words in the snow and photographed them one by one to create an ongoing story. But that isn’t the first time she’s explored new ways of storytelling.

Skin is a project that Jackson launched in 2003. She wrote a 2,095-word story, and then put out a call in Cabinet Magazine for people to tattoo one word of the story on themselves. She screened the people who responded, and gave those she approved a word, a contract to sign, and strict guidelines (you may not trade your assigned word for another, the word must be tattooed in black with no embellishments, etc.). There are now over 2,000 volunteers with one of Shelley Jackson’s words tattooed on their bodies, collectively creating a narrative.

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Book vs. Movie: The Fault in Our Stars

Before The Fault in Our Stars was released in theaters this past weekend, there were millions of readers worrying whether the book was adapted with as much care and heart as it deserved. The book, written by John Green, means a great deal to many people, and it’s always scary when something so close to you is taken and made big for the whole world to see.

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Top Ten Books in My Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list prompt that bloggers anywhere can answer!

I’m going to Greece for two weeks in just over a month, so I need to start thinking about what I’m going to read while chilling by the Aegean sea. Luckily, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is beach reads. Here are the books I have come up with so far. They aren’t necessarily lighthearted beach reads, but ones that have been on my to-read list for awhile. Let me know if you have any suggestions to fill my bag!

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Re-Read & Review: The Fault in Our Stars

In case you’ve been living on the moon for the past two years, The Fault in Our Stars is a wildly popular YA novel by John Green about two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who are living with cancer and falling for each other. It explores the awkwardness of young love, the “side effects” of dying, and the meaning (if there is any) of life. I first read TFiOS when it was published over two years ago, but I never wrote a review on it. With the movie adaptation coming out in less than a week, I decided to re-read the book and write down my thoughts on it.

I recently read Esther Earl’s posthumous book, This Star Won’t Go Out, and it definitely affected my re-read of TFiOS. TFiOS is dedicated to Esther, who died of cancer as a teenager and was friends with John Green. Her book is a compilation of letters and journal entries, which chronicle many of the same fears that Hazel and Gus struggle with in TFiOS. Esther was afraid of dying without having made a difference in the world, and Gus, similarly, is afraid of oblivion. Hazel worries what will happen to her parents after she dies, and much of Esther’s writing is concerned with how her illness affects her family. Hazel is clearly not Esther, as John Green has continually said, but the book is definitely inspired by her spirit and a tribute to her life.

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