Book Review

While I’ve always been a reader, I tend to go through spurts with it. To be clear, I’ve never read highly intellectual books…I mostly enjoy non-fiction, primarily chick-lit novels, haha (the complete opposite of my husband- I’m sure he’s quite proud). Anyways, when I was really young, I was obsessed with the Berenstain Bears and collected their books…which I still have by the way 😉

Everyone in the world needs to read this book.

Fast-forward a few years to elementary school- I’d go absolute ape shit every time a new Goosebumps book came out. I kid you not, I had every single one of those them, which I unfortunately don’t have anymore. MOM???? I also loved these Full House books that were written from Stephanie’s point of view. Does anyone else remember those or was I the only weird kid that read them?

LOVED. Why in the Sam hell did you sell these, Mother?

I’m probably the worst dater ever…hopefully, I’ll never have to again- Tyler says I have no game, haha

During my middle school years, my grandma introduced me to Nicholas Sparks. Yes people, I have read every single one of his books, and I’m not ashamed at all. My grandma loved his novels and would buy the new releases the day they came out, finish it within a week, then give it to me to read. It kinda became our thing, so perhaps that’s why I’ve continued to purchase and read them years later. I must note that I’m a realist, and I know his stories are obnoxious and over-the-top, but I don’t care.

Our favorite book by Mr. Sparks

Over the past several months, more so after I graduated, I got back into reading. The following books are ones that I’ve read recently. Remember- this is merely MY opinion, so please don’t all butt hurt if you had a different view of it. Let me know if so!

1.      The One and Only by Emily Giffin- I’ve been a fan of Giffin’s well before she gained popularity and entered the Hollywood scene with “Something Borrowed” (hated the movie by the way- the book was WAY better). This was by far my least favorite book of hers. In fact, I’ll never read it again (anyone wanna buy it from me?). The main character, Shea, is too flipping obsessed with football, and the story line was just weird. I didn’t like any of the characters, and I kept picturing Red from That 70’s Show as the coach (I know the description is nothing like Red, but I couldn’t help it). I won’t give away anything, but I’d open a gigantic can of whoop ass if my friend tried pulling what Shea did…

Boo.

2.         Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- I know so many people have read and reviewed this book, and my opinion is probably very similar to those that did. I really enjoyed the book, and it was a quick read as I didn’t want to put it down (Tyler will attest to this). While it was a little odd at times, I was drawn to both characters. However, the ending was not what I was expected or wanted. Too much for me.

3.       The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- This book was highly recommended by friends and acquaintances, but it really just didn’t do it for me. I honestly thought the two main characters talked like they were 50 year old literature professors with PhD’s, but maybe I’m just not all that intellectual 😉 I felt compassion towards the main characters in the book and was moved by their situations and actions…but that was about it. I was actually so “eh” about this book that I’ve waited until it comes out on Redbox to view the film.

4.     What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty- While it took me a bit to get drawn it, I ended up wanting to know what was going to happen at the end. I feel as though it was a bit drawn out, but I give it a B. Try it if you want something new and are a bit bored- it is amusing!

 

So I’ll stop here for now. I’ve read a handful of others that I’ll touch base on soon.

 

Have you read any books lately? If so, any recommendations?

If you have read any of the titles above, do you agree or disagree?

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11 thoughts on “Book Review

  1. Oooh love this post- I’m always looking for new books to read 🙂 I haven’t read that emily giffin book but I’ve gotten a lot of her others- they’re usually pretty good so that’s a bummer that you didn’t like that one! And I felt that way about a lot of gillian flynn’s books- I was weirded out through many of them but couldn’t stop reading, ha!

  2. Confession–I absolutely loved the Berenstain Bears books–I’m so jealous that you still have them because I think I only have 1 or 2 of mine. And I definitely felt the same way about The Fault in Our Stars….I cried buckets obviously but I wasn’t in love with it. Love this post!!

  3. What a fun post. I laughed more than once! I loved “Goosebumps,” too. Did you ever read “Bunnicula” — another kinda scary one from the same era, about a vampire pet bunny! Dang! Scary!

  4. We have the same choice in novels I will have to read some of these thanks for the reviews. I also love emily giffin. I haven’t read that book yet, but now a bit skeptical. I didn’t like love the one your with by her. I’m currently reading baby proof by her!

      • Have you read something blue, and something borrowed by her? Those were good books! I also really enjoyed the following chick-lits:
        Cocktails for three by Madeleine Wickham.
        In Her Shoes – Jennifer Weiner
        Anything Jennifer Weiner is actually really good!
        Not sure if your into them but Chelsea Handler is hilarious in her books. I have read Are you there vodka it’s me. Made me actually LOL. And her other book called My horizontal life is good too.
        To a different kind of novel I read – Firefly Lane. It was actually pretty good. I was iffy at the beginning but then got into it. I’m part of a bookclub on Goodreads who mostly read chick-lit novels so I have read many.
        I will let you know how baby proof is. So far it’s pretty good. I’m only on the 6th chapter and SO much has happened so far!
        Let me know if try any of the above and if you liked them!

      • I’ve read all of Emily Giffin’s books! Something Borrowed and Something Blue were my favorites, but I didn’t like the movie. I read a few of Jennifer Weiner’s books, but will have to check the one you mentioned out. Have you read Jane Green or Liane Moriarty? They’re good, too!

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