Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Books 1234

Since I was little I have always been a big reader. I always loved getting lost in the world of a book and would often fly through novels in a day if I liked it enough. While it's been harder to read as I've gotten older and my responsibilities have grown, with summer approaching I've been able to fit a few books into my schedule that I've absolutely loved. I decided to share a few of my recent favorites, in case anyone else wants some recommendations for great summer reads!

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - The movie adaptation for this one has been advertised all of the place recently, and while it looks great I cannot imagine it being anywhere near as incredible as the book. I know this is a YA book (which I unfortunately must admit now makes me older than their target market) but the writing, story and message are all so unbelievably beautiful that I would recommend this for any age, gender, whathaveyou. The story follows a 16-year-old cancer patient named Hazel who is forced to attend a cancer-support group where she meets Augustus, a 17-year-old amputee in cancer remission. This love story made me laugh and cry perhaps more than any other book I've ever read. There's no words for me to describe it other than to say it's truly beautiful.
2. Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane - I really don't have a favorite genre as far as books are concerned, so my tastes are all over the place. This one is a mystery thriller that completely sucked me in and took me along for a ride. There are so many twists, turns and shocks in this that I've actually recently reread it to see if there was anything I had missed. The basic summary involves two private detectives searching for a 4-year-old girl who has apparently been abducted from her home. The book was made into a movie directed by Ben Affleck, and while the film is pretty decent it doesn't hold a candle to the novel. It's a definite page-turner that's hard to put down.
3. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp - Yet another book that was made into a movie adaptation (though, really, are there any books now that haven't been?), this is actually another novel that's made for the YA audience that I feel has a great story for any age or generation. The main character is Sutter Keeley, a fun-loving, charming, alcoholic senior in high school who is not looking to grow up any time soon. He ends up meeting and dating a shy loner named Amy, which is where the story begins. I absolutely adore this book, and this is one where I'd actually recommend the movie just as much because it's a fantastic adaptation (the fact that I have a huge crush on Miles Teller doesn't hurt either). It's a quick read, but a really fun and moving one that you wish would just keep going.
4. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper - This has been my most recent read, after being recommended some Jonathan Tropper books by several different people. The book (which is currently being made into a movie with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Adam Driver - excellent, spot-on casting for their respective characters) is about the four Foxman children reuniting at their childhood home for a week of sitting Shiva after the death of their father. The book has the perfect mix of humor, drama and a great story which made it a fun read, and one that I'm pretty darn excited to see the movie adaptation of.

So anyone else out there have some recommendations for books I should be reading? Be sure to leave them in the comments below, I need some new books to add to my Kindle!


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