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So Predictable Mr. Sparks

Hello Dear Followers,

I’ve finished “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks late last night.  I have a few thoughts to share about the book.

I thought the book was good, true Nicholas Sparks fashion, nothing extraordinary, but always good. It was the first time however, that the book didn’t leave a craving for more.  I am not sure why that was, but it just didn’t.

I thought in the beginning the love story between the two main characters was a bit rushed which didn’t allow for a true connection for me. I felt their love but I didn’t feel their love. I wanted their circumstance to end differently than it did. However, I can see why it ended the way it did for the character of Dawson.

Since I didn’t feel a true connection between Dawson and Amanda, I found myself angry at Dawson’s decision to not live his life during the years Amanda wasn’t there. I felt like what a waste, but at the same time I understood why he chose the path he did in life.

Overall, I thought the book was good and I do recommend it to those who have never experience Mr. Sparks and all his greatness. Let me know what you think!

Until next time..

Not a Fan of the name Dawson

Hello Dear Followers,

I am a little over 60 pages into “The Best of Me” and already I have been given the entire first part of the love story between Dawson (this name reminds me so much of Dawson Leery, played by James Van Der Beek from Dawson’s Creek) and Amanda. I felt Mr. Sparks as wonderful as he is, rushed the beginning a bit in the race to get to present day Dawson and Amanda.

Not a fan of the name Dawson, maybe that’s why I always loved Pacey Witter (Dawson’s Creek again), (totally trailing off topic here).

I wanted more of their past love story with an ease into their current love story. I don’t feel like that happened. I feel like if this is rushed, how quick would the movie go? Should a movie ever be made.

I felt their love and then I didn’t. I didn’t feel the usual connection I feel with Mr. Sparks’ novels. Oh my God! Could I be moving on to bigger and better reads? I am not entirely sure about that yet, everyone needs a little Nicholas Sparks in their life.

The language so far is typical, its stuff that dreams are made out of even, I don’t believe any two people’s love story is that romantic.  I may be prejudging the book too soon and I’m surprised because usually a standing ovation would have come already from me.

Oh well we’ll see.

Until next time…

The Best of Me

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My next book will be “The Best of Me” by the fabulous Nicholas Sparks.  It’s a love story, of course.  It tells the story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks (they are always on the opposite sides of the tracks) Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lives the live they have imagined and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world.

When they are both called back to their hometown for a funeral of the mentor who gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

I will be reading this book until July 15 and then I will start my next book since I am so far behind. So I hope you will join me in reading “The Best of Me” by Mr. Sparks and enjoy!

Until next time..

What I’m Reading This Summer

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I usually don’t announce books in advance like this and I am not done with “The Help” just yet, but I have to admit seeing the constant mention of “summer reading lists” in bookstores and on various social media sites, made me nostalgic for the days before Borders and Barnes & Noble were my escapes, when I’d be one of the first kids signing up at the library for the summer reading program.  I couldn’t wait!

So here are three books I will be reading this summer –

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1. “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them.  And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want to as our legacy. Mr. Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it was his last, since he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Why I picked this:  Because it has been my experience that books like these, however  as short as they are (this one is 206 pages), they are filled with excellent advice about life and this reminds me of my favorite book “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” by Mitch Albom. Mr. Albom’s book left such a deep impact on my life, it saved me from myself during some of the darkest moments of my life.  I imagine this book will do the same.

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2. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  It is January 1946, London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject.  Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’d never met, a native of Guernsey, the British Island once occupied by the Nazis. He’d come across her name on the flyleaf of a secondhand volume by Charles Lamb.  Perhaps she could tell him where he might more books by this author. As Juliet and her new coorespondent exchange letters, she is drawn into the world of this man and his friends, all members of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a unique book club formed in a unique, spur-of-the-moment way: as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans.

Why I picked this:  Letters, books and history. All of which I just love. I feel the art of letter writing is lost in the maze of social media and e-mail. There isn’t romance in correspondence anymore, letter writing was personal, romantic, and passionate.  I love books, if I could spend my time in a cafe  drinking fabulous coffee and reading all day escaping the world around me, I’d be happy.  History especially the time in which this book takes place has always fascinated me, I love learning about World War II and shortly after the war.

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3. “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks.  In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for each other seems to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. A loner from a violent and infamous local family, Dawson believed his love for Amanda promised an escape from the darker destiny laid out for him. A golden girl from a well-to-do family with plans to attend Duke University, Amanda saw something in Dawson that spoke to her own rebellious and passionate heart. But as summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Why I picked this –  I just love Nicholas Sparks, he is a wonderful writer. He grabs you from the first page and never lets you go and when it is over.  Then you are left craving more. That is a good writer.

(Since I fell behind with “The Help” I will be making up my June book with one of these three books and “The Help” will be considered my May book.  )

Make sure you share with me what you are reading this summer on here or on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Okay! Until next time… Happy Summer Reading!

In True Nicholas Sparks Fashion

Nicholas Sparks

Hello Dear Followers,

Well, what can I say about completing a Nicholas Sparks book? He is wonderful. Mr. Sparks stayed true as always to his love story formula. He leaves you craving more, he leaves you thinking and his reads are always quick because he envelopes you into his stories.

This book had a valuable lesson through most of it. It showed that you can’t allow your past dictate who you become in life and what you allow to enter into your life. You can’t let the bad experiences in life define who you become in life.

So many of us have done that, I know I have. For as long as I can remember I have always allowed the bad to dictate my direction in life and it has dictated who I have allowed in my life and who I have not. The title of this book, “The Rescue” is true to form, it spoke to the rescue of the main character, a rescue from his past and a rescue from himself.

I would highly recommend this book, I thought like many of Mr. Sparks’ books that it was wonderful.  I hope you enjoyed reading this book along with me, if not, I highly suggest you pick this one up or any of his books up, they are really worth a try. I promise! 🙂 Until later!

“The Rescue” by Nicholas Sparks

"The Rescue" by Nicholas Sparks

Hello Dear Followers,

For my August book selection, I will be reading “The Rescue” by Nicholas Sparks.  Mr. Sparks  is by far my absolute favorite author of all time. There are no words to describe him as a writer. I think he is an excellent author and when you’re finished reading one of his books, you are always  left craving more.

“The Rescue” is the story about a volunteer fireman Taylor McAden who is driven to take terrifying, heroic risks to save lives. But there is one leap into the unknown he can’t bring himself to make; he can’t fall in love. A man who likes to rescue troubled women, he inevitably leaves them as soon as they want more from him.  Then one day, a record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town, and Taylor comes across a young single mother named Denise Holton in a crashed car. When she revives, Taylor finds himself looking for her missing son – and involved in a rescue different from all the others.

This one will require him to open doors to his past slammed shut by pain.  And, with Denise’s help, dare him to make the greatest commitment of all: Love someone forever.

This book I know will be a fast read, I can already tell. Until next time!

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