First of all… I know I said I was “back” in MAY. I’m sorry I lied. Life got in the way and anxiety and procrastination got the best of me!!! I’M HUMAN. Moving on.
My best friend is a genius when it comes to book recommendations. I was over at her place for our weekly Bachelorette night (yes, we watch the Bachelorette… DON’T JUDGE) when we saw the trailer for Me Before You… I was JUSST about to suggest we see the movie together when my friend turned to me and said, “READ THE BOOK!! YOU’LL CRY!!”. That night, I reserved a copy at my local library.
Me Before You is about 26 year old Louisa Clark, who is lost when it comes to knowing who she is and what her purpose in life will be. Her family does not seem to sympathize with her free spirit, due to their financial struggles. She then takes a job as a caregiver for Will Traynor, a quadriplegic who lost his positive outlook on life since his accident. Louisa’s job? To brighten his spirits and attend to his needs. Little does she know, their relationship will mean so much more…
“Right. Are you listening to me?” I murmured a yes. “Then I’ll tell you something good,” he said, and then he waited as if he wanted to be sure he had my attention. “Some mistakes… just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let that night be the thing that defines you.”
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS:
Alright. I Loved it. The ending was a tad predictable, but I hadn’t read a good romance novel for quite some time, and this totally did it for me. My only qualm is that I was interrupted at one of the most pivotal moments in the book and I wasn’t able to fully experience my emotions.
If you’re looking for a well-written novel about love and living life to the fullest (and you haven’t seen the movie yet) then this is it. My advice to you is to make sure you will not be disturbed in order to have your private tear-ridden moments.
So it’s been a while since I’ve published a review, but life happens. I finally graduated college (#yayadulting), got engaged (#oohlala), and am now getting my career on track!
Some of you have continued to follow me on Goodreads, so you’ve been able to see my short reviews of the past few books I’ve read. I’ll continue to do so on there, and I’ll get back to blogging for you all here the moment I finish Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. And yes, I’ve been warned that there are to be many tears after reading this book….
Earlier this summer I was meandering through Barnes&Noble, which I do from time to time. I was getting tired of reading on my Kindle and wanted to get a genuine physical book in my hands. After looking through the stacks of books at the front of the store, The Dog Year by Ann Garvin caught my eye. The description hooked me immediately, with the topic of the book being about loss in the main character’s life. Because I was going through a rough time myself, it seemed like the perfect book. The main character, Dr. Lucy Peterman has recently lost her husband and child due to a freak car accident. Her story is about how she deals with her grief and the friends she makes along her journey or moving forward, one of them being a scruffy little dog.
“She shoved open her car door and moved to get out. Instead she dropped her head to the steering wheel. She tried to pull the tough-girl mask over her sorrow and get on with her life. Instead she cried like adults learn to cry; silently and alone.”
“ … The group is a wonderful mix of people – a microcosm, I believe, of what’s really out there. Listen, Lucy, you do my job for a while and here’s what you learn. No one is normal. Everybody struggles with something. Marital problems, depression, codependency, maybe a looming fascination with shoes or leather bags that keeps her working overtime shifts to pay off her debt. Whatever. Stop thinking everyone else has it together. It’s not true. Precious few people have life figured out. ‘Normal’ just isn’t normal anymore.”
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS:
I thought Ann Garvin did a wonderful job capturing what grief and denial feels like as an adult. But even though the story began with a depressing undertone, it ended with hope and growth. The relationships that the protagonist develops throughout the story are heartfelt and charming. I finished this book in about a week because the story moved along quickly, which was nice for the summer time. Definitely would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story.
A lovely story, and what makes it even better is that it also includes a cute little mutt that changes Dr. Lucy Peterman’s life.
One of my best friends recommended Invisible Monsters about a year ago and it’s been sitting in my Kindle library for quite some time. I finally got around to reading it a few weeks ago while on vacation so I’m relieved to finally say it’s another book checked off my GoodReads Reading Challenge!!! I’m also a HUGE fan of the film, Fight Club, so I was excited to read something else that Palahniuk produced. The story is about a super model who has suddenly become disfigured and must learn how to live life without the benefit of beauty on her side. But there’s oh so much more to the tale…
“No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention.
Well, get used to that feeling. That’s how your whole life will feel some day.
This is all practice.”
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS:
I have been extremely emotionally sensitive recently and this novel was a little too graphic for me at this time in my life. Palahniuk’s writing is very brash and shocking, and as much as I like shock factor in film and TV shows I don’t think I enjoy it in books. Palahniuk is a gifted writer and he creates colorful imagery that takes you away to a different reality. It just didn’t hit me the right way.
If you love Fight Club, and enjoy shock factor type books then Invisible Monsters will definitely do it for you.
Alright, so I watch HBO’s True Blood. Don’t judge. I’ve been hooked on the show since it began when I was in high school and my love for it has only grown from reading the Sookie Stackhouse Novels that inspired the TV series. Many people roll their eyes when True Blood is mentioned in conversation due to it being known for its graphic violence and sex scenes… and yes there is A LOT in the show…. ok, there’s a good amount in the books as well. But the plot is good I swear! The books follow the life of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and a plethora of comrades which include vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters… the list goes on.
“They found the corpse in the closet of Alcide’s apartment, and they hatched a plan to hide his remains.” Eric sounded like that had been kind of cute of us.
“My Sookie hid a corpse?”
“I don’t think you can be too sure about that possessive pronoun.”
“Where did you learn that term, Northman?”
“I took ‘English as a Second Language’ at a community college in the seventies.”
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS:
These books are one of my guilty pleasures. Yes, they can be scandalous but the characters are colorful and the mysteries keep you on edge. I actually appreciate the way the TV show has completely gone in a different direction than the books. It’s almost like more fan fict.ion for us True Blood watchers! Sookie is an incredibly strong woman in the books which I think is awesome. In the show she’s a tad unstable and whiny.
If you’re kind of a “sucker” for that vampire thing but HATE Twilight then these books should curb your appetite. (See what I did there?)