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Book of the Week: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Grace Earl

BookOfTheWeek

Book of the Week

Every Saturday I will talk about my favorite book that I read during the week, whether it be a review or a spotlight, or maybe having the author over to talk about it. Who doesn’t want more happy bookish goodness? ^.^

This week I’m gushing about: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Grace Earl

Released On: January 28th, 2014

Summary From Goodreads

A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

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When I started this feature I said that it wouldn’t always be reviews. Sometimes I might go gif-crazy and have a bunch of feels, others might be bringing the author on to talk about the book, and there would likely be ideas I hadn’t and still haven’t even thought up yet. In this case I’m just going to talk to you and hope you care to listen.

This Star Won’t Go Out is a book I could never hope to do justice. It’s a story about Esther. It’s a book about love and the willingness to give it away freely no matter what the circumstances. TSWGO is a cause, one that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to give to other families that are going through rough times as well as to causes that Esther would have wanted to support.

The book is a collection of stories from Esther herself, her friends, family, acquaintances, doctors, and others, but really it is Esther’s story and how she was able to speak through all of these people because of the impact that she had on each and every one of them. Esther was a nerdfighter, many of you know what this means (for those who don’t know click here for the vlogbrother’s video on it), something I also claim to be, but I never knew her, becoming one after her passing.

I would like to say so many things, how touching this story is, how amazing a person she must have been, what wonders she still would be sharing with the world if she were alive. I would love to say I have a connection with her, that I understand her, and that this book reaches me at a level I didn’t think possible. I want to say all these things, but in reality I never knew her, and while this book is beautiful, I couldn’t review it honestly, knowing that her life is something to be celebrated, but by those who knew her, not myself.

The book is a long one, filled with amazing stories, tender moments, and beautiful pictures (drawn and photographed), and something I highly recommend you read for yourself. I can’t do this story justice, only Esther can, and if you let her I know she won’t let you down. I never knew her, but I’m still inspired by the messages that she left behind, the things she stood for, and the life she lived. Thank you as always for reading, DFTBA, and remember TSWGO.

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #42/365; New Author Challenge #18/50

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Sunday Post #17

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I bought a bunch of books, ones from Book Outlet, a few from Target, and some via NetGalley! Here we go!

Books From Book Outlet

 Partials by Dan Wells

 Easy by Tammara Webber

 If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

 Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Books From Target

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Books From NetGalley

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Pre-Order

Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Last Week on the Blog

Monday – Mini Review Monday: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Give You All the Feels

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: Gilded by Christina L. Farley

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Wicked Dragon by Kelly Apple

Saturday – Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2: Update/Goal Post

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Books Read Last Week

 Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons – 4/5 (Review above)

 This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – 3/5 (Review to come)

 Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn – 4/5 (Pretty good, review near release)

 Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 (Review above)

 Taken By the Fairies by Celestia Dew – 4/5 – (Review to come)

 This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl – 5/5 – (Review next week)

 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – 2/5 – (Not for me)

 Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor – 3/5 – (Wanted to stab MC, but great writing)

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This Week on the Blog

Monday – Cover Reveal!

Tuesday: Blog Tour Post for Three by Kristen Simmons!

Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday #19

Thursday: Killing my Kindle

Friday: Frodo’s Frisky Friday

Saturday: Book of the Week

Sunday: Sunday Post #18

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This was another decent reading week, with 8 books in total. Ideally I will be stepping that up this coming week with it being the WWReadathon and all, but I can’t make any promises with school/work in mind. As for all the books…well I binged a little. I had a 25$ GC for Target I hadn’t used since Christmas so that’s why I bought those this week. Book Outlet ones were books I had considered buying multiple times in the past, but they were at good enough bargains to “justify” me giving them a try now. The NG books well… that’s just me wanting to read ALL THE BOOKS. o_o

I have a pretty big post coming up on Tuesday where I’ll be on the blog tour for Three by Kristen Simmons, so I hope you stop by for that if nothing else this coming week! Hopefully I can do the book justice. ^.^ Book of the Week WILL be returning this coming Saturday, so if you are enjoying that feature fear not! Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday and the Olympics if you are watching them!