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Fault in our Stars--Coveri am an avid reader, and have been since i was a little girl. i believe there’s no better escape (even with the advent of the internet, and streaming television, and twitter, and instagram, and facebook, and silly ridiculous things like snapchat) than a really good book. words have the power to transport you places, to take you out of your everyday and plop you down somewhere else. i might bitch and moan about my commute when it’s slushy and disgusting outside, but i actually highly value the hour or so of accumulated reading time i get each day. if you see me on the subway, chances are, i’ve got my nose buried in a book (and by book, i mean kindle). don’t hate me, i love a real book just as much as the next girl, but hardcovers are heavy and paperbacks take up space. kindle is little, and when you schlep the entire kitchen sink and then some around with you every day, you need every inch of bag space you can get.

but i digress. we were talking about how books can transport you into other places. they can also transport you into other lives. which is what happened to me when i read john green’s amazing novel, the fault in our stars, last summer. i was instantly, and i mean, from the first few pages instantly, intertwined with hazel and gus. every time i turned the page, i took another step into their world. because the book is incredible, i won’t spoil it for you (i’ll let the trailer below do that) – but know that this is a full-on immersive read that you’ll plow through in a single day. i loved this book. as soon as i was done, i was talking about it to literally anyone who would listen.

so you can imagine i was positively thrilled when i heard they were making TFIOS into a movie, and that they’d cast shailene woodley as hazel (she will be the PERFECT hazel). i follow john green on twitter, and he’s been releasing sneak peeks over the past few months, which should have prepared me for this amazing trailer. it didn’t, because there’s really nothing like seeing words come to life with music behind them.

ps: i warn you. you will need ALL OF THE TISSUES to get through this. 

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okay, first things first: how freaking adorable is this cat? i mean, hi, please cuddle with me ALL DAY EVERY DAY. there are two persian kittens currently looking for a home at kitty kind, where i volunteer (union square petco, nyc folks!), and while they’re as cute as it gets, i think this cat might win in a “take me home” contest.

anywho, the weekend. we did it, folks. we (or at least i) are officially on christmas vacation! i am thrilled to be away from new york (even though i just had a vacation), and even more thrilled to be home in massachusetts for almost a week (!). while my apartment here in NYC feels like home, there’s no home like my parent’s house. in fact, i’m not sure there ever will be. maybe when i have kids myself.

speaking of having kids, one of my favorite things this week was emily henderson’s birth story and accompanying photos (not gross ones, i promise). i’m a huge fan of emily’s blog, and have been following her baby stories over the past year. this was by far my favorite post, and made me really, really excited to pop out some babies like it ain’t no thang! just kidding – emily was honest about how insanely PAINFUL birth is. but she also talked about how beautiful it is, how the happiness is so great that it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt, and boy, do i want that feeling. helloooo, biological clock. tick tick tick tick tick…

other things that struck my fancy this week:

this DIY on spray-painting gold hardware. perfect for ikea hackers everywhere.

this NYTimes piece on dasani, a homeless child in new york. it’s at once frightening, incredibly moving, and heartbreaking. an absolute must read.

this article on how 2013 was a great year for women on the small screen. i couldn’t agree more. i loved OITNB, and am a scandal addict. notably, however, the piece missed a few of my favorite women-fronted shows: nashville, and my beloved pretty little liars.

this movie poster, for the fault in our stars, one of my favorite books of the past year (john green, you rock!). i’m not 100% sold on the tagline they chose, but i still can’t wait to see the film. shailene woodley is going to kill it as hazel.