Overall: 3.25 (out of 5)
I read this book years after a friend recommended that I watch the movie. Before seeing the movie, I thought that I'd see what the book had to offer. The back cover reads,
As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules -- and teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.
I thought it was a pretty captivating synopsis, I love any type of futuristic story where life isn't as simple as it seems. But I will say that I had a difficult time really getting into this book and staying interested. It's not a nail-biting, suspenseful book my any means, it's simply a women recounting her school years with two of her best friends.
And once I finished it, I was just sad. I wanted more! But I think, that's what the author was going for; there are times in life when things just end and there's no changing it.
Despite the fact that the events in the book are completely fictional, I think the author did an amazing job of creating a reality that, in many ways, resembles our reality.
It's hard to really review the book without giving too much away. If you're looking for a simple book, to pick up and put down when you please, I think this one could be a good choice. And if you do read it, come back and let me know what you thought!
Have you read Never Let Me Go? What did you think?
Overall: 5 stars (out of 5)
Unlike the previous book nook posts, this book is a life-application book on living a life of discipleship with God. It was recommended to me by a friend and although I struggled through the first few chapters, by the end I was completely captivated!
The back cover reads:
In an age of thirty-second commercials, thirty-page abridgments and instant banking, it is not difficult to get a person interested in the Gospel. It is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest.
What I loved most about this book is that it wasn't some to-do list for the Christian. It's a simple observance of the joys and disappointments of God's people. The author talks about the good, bad and the ugly of being a follower of Christ. But in the end he reminds us of the great importance of lifting up our hands in worship.
I underlined so much of this book, but one of my favorite quotes says:
Blessing is at the end of the road. And that which is at the end of the road influences everything that takes place along the road. The end shapes the means. A joyful end requires a joyful means. Bless the Lord....All the moments of discipleship arrive at a place where joy is experienced. Every step of assent toward God develops the capacity to enjoy. Not only is there, increasingly, more to be enjoyed, there is steadily the acquired ability to enjoy it.
If you're wanting to pick up a faith-based book but aren't ready to delve into John Piper, this is a book I would recommend. In reality, I would recommend this book to anyone willing to listen!
Have any of you read it? What were your thoughts?
Overall: 5 stars (out of 5)
So I clearly have a thing for books that have be come movies/television shows. And I'm guessing that most people have seen the trailer for this before, just in case you haven't, here's a synopsis.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.
I started reading this book because so many of my co-workers were reading it! It's taken me a little longer to get through this one than I would have liked, but it's my no means because it's not boring!
I had a love hate relationship with this book! I was totally enthralled by it from the first page. But the more I read, the more frustrated I became with the lives these people were leading. And the amount of twists in this story had me on a constant emotional roller-coaster!
So why am I giving it a 5? I think the author did a wonderful job of telling the story of one couple's struggle to discover who they married. I think she perfectly captured their weaknesses, strengths and their complete dependence on each other. And boy did she have me sitting on the edge of my seat all the way until the last page.
This is one that'll stay on the shelf for a re-read one day.
Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think?
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