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Thursday Thoughts: Book Club Edition!

I feel like I’ve been inhaling books lately, not being able to get through them fast enough. Our current book club pick is This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper.
I just finished reading it and loved it. Funny, sad and incredibly thought provoking on the complicated relationships within families. It’s being made into a movie with Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, so it’s safe to say that I will definitely be seeing it in the theater. Those two are total gold in my book.

I also recently finished binge reading all three Gillian Flynn novels: Gone Girl: A Novel (our previous book club pick), Sharp Objects: A Novel, and Dark Places: A Novel. I couldn’t put any of them down, however Dark Places and Gone Girl were my favorite of the three. Incidentally, these two are also being made into movies.

And if you weren’t yet convinced of my criteria for choosing books to read based soley upon whether or not they were being made into movies, I’m currently reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I’ve been (as well as everyone else in the world) hearing about this book for months and months. Have you read it? So far, I’m into it, but I’m reserving judgement until it’s over.

I just got a new suggestion from my sister-in-law to check out the Unwind (Unwind Dystology) series by Neal Shusterman. It seems remotely Hunger Games-esque which both intrigues me and has me convinced that I’ll be constantly comparing the two, only to find this series falling short. I’m going to go into it with an open mind, though.

Because I love, love, love reading books based on recommendations from my friends, I am dying to hear what you’re reading at the moment. You know, in case this Unwind thing doesn’t pan out.

I promise I’m being optimistic about it.

Happy Thursday!

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5 Responses to “thursday thoughts”

  1. Caitlin @ teaspoon — June 19, 2014 @ 1:57 am (#)

    I loved Gone Girl-I just finished it in a few days as well. Can’t wait to see the movie! A good beach read is The Husband’s Secret and another good one that is similar to Gone Girl is called The Dinner. enjoy!

    • Emily — June 19, 2014 @ 9:21 pm (#)

      I just looked up The Dinner and am completely intrigued! I’ve never heard of The Husband’s Secret, but will be adding it to my summer list! What did you think of the casting of Ben Affleck for Nick in Gone Girl? I like him, but he’s not at ALL what I pictured for that character. I think it will be an interesting movie!! Thanks for the recommendations, Caitlin!

  2. Courtney @ Neighborfood — June 19, 2014 @ 12:08 pm (#)

    I just inhaled Gone Girl as well. I’m happy to hear some of her others are good as well. I’ll have to check those out. Interestingly enough I read Gone Girl and The Paris Wife back to back. I enjoyed both of them, but both gave highly depressing views of marriage. So I followed that one up with The Passion of Mary Margaret, which was something totally different and by a Christian author I really enjoy (aka: she’s not super cheesy or sappy). I loved The Fault in Our Stars (I read it on a plane and cried and didn’t even care). Now I’m leaving fiction for a bit to read Tales from a Blue Bike. Have you read The Language of Flowers or Where’d You Go Bernadette? I would recommend them both, ESPECIALLY The Language of Flowers. One of my favorites!

    • Emily — June 19, 2014 @ 9:20 pm (#)

      I’ve been wanting to check out the Paris Wife for a while, too! I’m putting it on my list. My sister-in-law recommended Where’d You Go Bernadette, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve never heard of The Language of Flowers, but now I want to check it out! Ahh! So many books!! Thanks so much for the recommendations, lady! Also, Dark Places is beyond disturbing, but I couldn’t put it down…

  3. mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — June 21, 2014 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    Hmm, I have yet to read any of these. Most of the time I get so caught up in academic reading that I forget that I like to do it for fun. I have read couple good autobiographies, “House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout and “Philomena” (based on a true store and also a movie). And you cannot go wrong with the Paris Wife or Z for Zelda. You have to read them both though so you get a look at all sides of the same scene.

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