Three Good Reads

I hope everyone is having a nice Labor Day weekend! August has flown by and I just realized that I never posted my book review for Peanut Butter Fingers August Book Club. I finished the book on my road trip from New Hampshire to Texas, and I’ve read two other good books since!

Gone Girl

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was the pick for August book club. Below is the Amazon.com book description:

“Marriage can be a real killer. 
   One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. 
   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. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 
   As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
   With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.”

I really enjoyed the book. The element of suspense kept me wanting to read more and more. There are so many twists in the book that it’s hard to talk about the plot too much. My feelings about the characters, especially Amy, changed dramatically from the beginning of the book to the end. If I try to explain why, I’ll just end up spoiling the book!

I suppose the only thing I didn’t really like about the book was that I can’t imagine what happens in the book happening in real life.  Though the characters seemed real and somewhat relatable (at least at the beginning), I don’t think too many people can relate to what actually happens! The plot is just too twisted and insane!

Again, I feel like I have to keep mum on this book review. I think most people would enjoy this book, even if you aren’t usually into crime novels and thrillers. It’s well written, suspenseful, and will leave you wondering what happens next!

Where We Belong

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I should probably begin by saying that I have never read a novel by Emily Giffin that I didn’t like. She is definitely one of my favorite authors, especially for light hearted beach reads. My favorite books of hers were the first two, Something Borrowed and Something Blue, but they are all good!

Her latest book, Where We Belong, was just released this summer and I knew I wanted to read it ASAP. Below is the Amazon.com book description:

“The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.”

As usual, I loved the book. My only big complaint is that it ends making you wonder what happens next. Ironically, the book doesn’t have too much of a plot, yet I found it to be a page turner. It mostly tells the story of the relationship between Marian and Kirby in the beginning.

I really liked both characters, though I felt I could relate much more to Marian. I loved that Kirby’s name was Kirby because you don’t hear the name often and it happens to be the name of one of my good friends! I had to tell her there was a book with her name as the main character, but of course, she already had the book on her night table waiting to be read :) .

Overall, the book was funny, honest and engaging and kept me interested from page one. I’m hoping there will be a sequel because it really just kind of ends without ending!

Sarah’s Key

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The latest book I read was Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. I know, I’m really late hopping onto this bandwagon! I’m sure most people have read this bestseller by now, but if you haven’t, you should! Here is the Amazon.com description:

“A young girl.

A fateful key.

A woman searching for the truth…

Experience the novel that has touched millions.

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard—their secret hiding place—and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. 

Sixty Years Later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own future.                                                                                                       

With more than five million copies in print and over two years on the New York Times bestseller list, Sarah’s Key has made its way into the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. Now, with this beautiful new hardcover edition, the gift of powerful storytelling can be shared with the ones you love.”  

This was a much more emotional read than the other books. I knew what it was about going into the book, but the book actually surprised me and wasn’t quite what I expected. I thought the book would be mostly about the little girl’s experience and the tragedies she went through. While that was the main idea behind the book, the author weaves in the personal journey that the journalist goes through. I really liked that aspect of the book. It made it more interesting and relatable to see Sarah’s story through Julia’s eyes.

I’m really glad I finally read this book and would highly recommend it. I think you will enjoy it even if you aren’t into historical fiction. It’s an emotional page turner with a moving story, great writing, and great characters.

And that’s my book update! I just downloaded The Last Letter from Your Lover and I’m looking forward to finding out the next book for Julie’s September book club! Enjoy your day off tomorrow!

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11 Responses to Three Good Reads

  1. Kirby Miller says:

    I’m reading the Emily Giffin book now! Thanks for telling me to read it : )

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  3. I just loved Sarah’s Key. I enjoyed Gone Girl as well but the ending was not my favorite.
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  4. I loved all these books as well! Heart of the Matter is probably my favorite Emily Giffin book that I’ve read. I was surprised to love it so much! I thought she captured different perspectives really well. It was a great summer read! And Gone Girl is my current favorite book of the year so far. So unique, and twisted up with all kinds of crazy!
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    • Caroline says:

      I loved Heart of the Matter too – I didn’t think I would like it that much when I read the plot but I gave it a shot because it was Emily Giffin.

  5. I’ve heard such great things about Gone Girl! It’s on my list of “must-reads,” but I have a feeling I won’t get to it until I’m finished with school. If only text books were novels! Imagine how much good reading we could do. ;)

    Thinking of you! Hope school is going well!
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  6. Love Sarah’s Key! I want to read Gone Girl (crazy wait at the library), but I’m kind of over insane plot twists (Still Missing still annoys me).
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