As a kid I actually had a difficult time reading, I didn’t like it very much but I loved the idea of having a room filled with books- crazy right? Now look at me, 20 years down the line and I am an absolute book addict!
I am so bad that I will buy books and keep them stacked up in my bedroom until I get time to read them. (I currently have 2 that eyes’ me out every night before I go to bed with a sign on them saying- “read me! ”
Reading is my little escape into a world that I can be totally absorbed in.
If I could I would read and write as a day job…
but I need to make money to feed my dogs and keep up with my online shopping addiction of books and clothes so..
ya know, a girl has got to work..
So for today’s post I thought I would share some great reads with you that I have read in the past months. I think ill make an official segment of book reviews for all my fellow books worms.
The Pact- Jodi Picoult
Probably one of my favorite authors of all time- I absolutely love Jodi Picoult’s books. Her books are so captivating that I either land up laughing out loud or crying hysterically, at the same time trying not to put “snot” on my perfectly pretty books- true story. So, here is what the story is about…
For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty– they’ve grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other’s lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. They’ve been soul mates since they were born.
So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father’s cabinet– a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described.
I was captivated. She chooses good topics, and her writing really pulls you in. At the time, reading her can feel intellectually stimulating as her books raise interesting psychological questions.Throughout the whole book, I was thinking about what rating to give it, because there were parts that blew my mind and others that were just very slow, yet significant for the storyline. I even caught myself thinking: “Ha, she forgot to mention that” but then it happens on the last page. 😉 The ending was really unexpected for me. Well, not the actual revelation, but how it turned out in the end. Jodi Picoult never ceases to amaze me. Wow.
Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
Quite simply, this is one of the best novels I have read.. It’s a thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and layered with brilliantly written characters; it’s the kind of book that’s nearly impossible to put down. The surprises and twists keep the reader guessing up until the final page, and my first thought upon finishing the novel was that I wanted to read it a second time although the ending for me had me thinking but I need more! The Arthur stayed true to the character which in the end made it so brilliant!
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. 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?
This book made me love/hate Gillian Flynn novels.. Love- because her stories are so twisted and mysterious and keeps you captivated.. Hate- Because she leaves you guessing.. If you haven’t read it as yet, it is a definate must! You wont be disappointed!
The Book of Joy- Dalai Lama XIV, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
I had purchased this book when I was going through a difficult time personally. I was really down and needed a major pick me up.. This book was my saving grace (along with my Dr visits to my GP who helped me tremendously with his wisdom and his loving understanding) .. It helped me get through a rather difficult time and it really does hold a special place in my heart..
The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.
From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now that they are both in their eighties, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and humor how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of life
A read that will inspire and enrich your life in so many ways. At the end of the book, your outlook on life and how you live will be very different in a powerful and positive way. I am not a practicing Buddhist, but I found great comfort and inspiration in this book. There are several helpful meditation practices included at the end which Is my favourite part about the book! I would highly recommend The Book of Joy to anyone seeking more happiness and peace in a troubled world. A quote that stood out for me..
“People would like to be able to take a pill that makes their fear and anxiety go away and makes them immediately feel peaceful. This is impossible. One must develop the mind over time and cultivate mental immunity. Often people ask me for the quickest and best solution to a problem. Again, this is impossible. You can have quickest or you can have best solution, but not both. The best solution to our suffering is mental immunity, but it takes time to develop.” — Dalai Lama
Would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations! I’m always on the hunt for a new book to add to my stack!