I am starting a weekly post! I am sorry if I am copying anyone, but I don’t think I have seen this yet, and I thought it would be a fun way to showcase books, and let’s face it, books and wine go great together. One of my new favorite things is to curl up on the couch after a long day with a book and a nice glass of vino. So I have decided that each Thursday, I will recommend a book, it can be old or new. My original plan was to talk mostly about contemporary or romance books, because they go oh so well with wine. However, I don’t think I have read enough of those yet, so I will do whatever suits my fancy at the time.
The first Thirsty Thursday, however, is contemporary. It is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Also, if anyone is curious, tonight is a Cabernet Sauvignon night. 🙂
From Goodreads: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.
The reason I am starting with Looking for Alaska is because this is one of my all time favorite books. I think it is in the top 5, for sure. I have always thought my love for this book may have something to do with the time of my life I was in when I read it, because I have not talked to many people who love it as much as me. I was a college student, experiencing real life and real hardships while simultaneously trying to figure out adulthood and what I wanted to do with life. I read this book in less than a day and related so well to the story. I felt so connected to the writing and the characters.
I think this book gets overshadowed by other John Green books (cough cough The Fault in Our Stars). I’ll be honest, this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t enjoy any other John Green book nearly as much as Looking for Alaska. Like, not even close. Don’t get me wrong, I liked them all, but I just haven’t really connected with any more of them. I still, however, am looking forward to reading Turtles All the Way Down, which is another reason Looking for Alaska came to mind this week. Can’t wait to dive into that one. Maybe it will be a future Thirsty Thursday book?
I hope this is a fun little meme and I encourage you all to join in! Of course, you must be of a legal drinking age to participate. If you love books and wine and want to post about it, let me know so I can read what books (or wine) you recommend!