Dark Places

This is the second work I’ve read by Gillian Flynn, and I found this one a disappointment compared to “Gone Girl”. “Dark Places” was a mystery and thriller like “Gone Girl”, except the characters and plot were much different.

Honestly, I didn’t think I would finish the book. There were a few good things about it, but in my eyes the bad outweighed the good.

One of the biggest drawbacks for me were the characters. I found most of them rather annoying. At the same time, the style of characters Gillian Flynn had in this book may have been part of the point. If that’s the case, it tells me I just don’t care for that style of character.

I’ve seen people really enjoy Dark Places and other works by Gillian Flynn, but this book is starting to make me wonder if her writing just isn’t meant for me. After finishing the books I have read of hers, they haven’t left me feeling the best, so I don’t think I will continue to read her works.

This is Where I Leave You

I picked up this bookWGLU2014 as part of my book to movie challenge. One day I was searching through my TBR list, reading the synopsis on books to decide on what to read next. I landed on this book for a couple reasons. The first, is that it will help in my book to movie challenge this year. The second, is that I was hoping for some laughs after reading the synopsis.

“This is Where I Leave You” is an odd duck of a book. The story line followed the members of the Foxmans, particularly Judd, the narrator of the story. At the time that it takes place the family is grieving over the loss of their husband and father. During the grieving process we are shown what makes this family so dysfunctional.

What makes this such an odd duck of a book for me would be the combination of the weird storyline and the author’s writing style. As I was reading, in some ways it played in my head sort of like a movie would, minus the buttery popcorn to snack on. This was in part because most everything was associated with the time it took place, which would be listed at the beginning like a header. The drawback for this was that there were a few spots I was left confused. I would finish a page on my Kindle, expecting there to be more, and when I turned the page the time changed. I actually went back to make sure I wasn’t missing something, because I was confused. It seemed like there would have been more writing on what was happening rather than a time jump to the next thing.

I did get some entertainment from this book, but it was hard to get much from it. Sure, aspects of the story may have been entertaining, or just messed up, so I had to keep reading to find out what would happen, but that was about all it had. I honestly feel like the plot for the most part was missing from this book. It was fairly easy to figure out where the story line would end, but I was curious about what the characters would be like compared to the beginning of the story, which wasn’t much of a difference.

“This is Where I Leave You” is a book I would recommend for somebody looking for entertainment involving grief and a dysfunctional family being forced to be together for the first time in years. If the reader doesn’t need much for a plot it’s even better. Honestly, the plot did feel empty to me. I would classify this as a mediocre tale, that would probably make a better movie.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

LKOS0654I saw the trailer for the movie and was intrigued, so naturally I had to read the book. I was drawn in by the wonder and mystery of the lives the children lead, and what Jacob was meant to protect them from. After finishing the first book I look forward to seeing the adventure that awaits me in the rest of the series.

When I opened the book to discover there were pictures, I thought it was rather odd. I couldn’t understand why a fiction book would have pictures scattered throughout. As I read the book the pictures made more sense, and I felt they added to the story and helped me picture all the characters.

The book started off with Jacob listening to his grandpa tell stories about life on a mysterious island. Meanwhile, his dad tells him not to believe the stories. The whole family thinks the man is crazy. Jump to Jacob finding his grandpa hanging on to the last little bits of his life, giving Jacob a message with his last breaths. Then, Jacob looks up to see a creature that can only come from a nightmare. From this point Jacob’s life will never be the same, and the adventure is just beginning.

The writing in the book brought my imagination to life with the descriptions of the children, and what makes them so peculiar. As I read the book I wondered what their life is like when they first discover their abilities, and how many more there are out there in the world of this book. Not only that, but how they manage to trick time so to speak is incredible.

This book has a good mix of peculiar and adventure. What one boy thinks normal life is, still has bits of peculiar leading him to some difficult decisions. There is also a good mix of people who have no clue what is really happening as with any book involving fantasy.

Eat Pray Love

img_20170213_093729_647If you’re looking for a book to read about somebody going on a sort of soul searching, discover yourself journey this would be a good choice for you. I found this book to be a rather heart warming read and an inspiration for if I ever decide to do a similar journey for myself.
As I was reading Eat Pray Love I found myself wishing I had a highlighter in hand for a few sentences. This is very unlike me to want to mark up a book, but this one had some passages I wanted to take with me. Next time I read this book I will have a highlighter at the ready.

When the story started out in Italy Elizabeth Gilbert had me confused with the time jumps. I honestly sat there wondering if the story of how she came to the journey may have been better off is a prologue rather than mixed in where it was. Then again, maybe this reflected more of her story where she placed it. After that the story line was easy to follow. It was a lot of fun to read about all the pleasure that she found while staying there.

Next stop on her journey was India. This section had me in awe and wonder at the power behind her meditation and yoga practice. The power behind the mind can leave me speechless and that is how I felt when reading about all the various experiences she had throughout her meditation practice and while performing jobs at the Ashram. I also loved how real and open she was with her feelings and desire to go back to previous relationships with men.

When she arrives at Indonesia this part of the journey seemed like an afterthought from the way she wrote about it.There was a lot of happiness, caring and love in this part of the journey that brought it together in a full circle sort of manor. Each place provided her with something different, and by the time she reached the end she seemed like an improved version of herself.

Gone Girl

img_20170121_182806_390Gone Girl was a thriller of a book, and I was hooked with curiosity early on. The twists and turns that Gillian Flynn included were just what I was in the mood for, and there were multiple times I went “huh” or “what?!?” while I was reading the book.

I’m so glad I finally decided to read this book. In all honesty, as sad as it may be to admit, I only knew about this book from the movie. A few years ago when the movie came out I was making a care package for a friend and thought the trailer looked good so I included the book without reading it first. I know, it wasn’t my greatest book gifting moment. Any who…this book lived up to its reputation in my mind of being gripping like the trailer for the movie.

The thing that I enjoyed most about this book was how captivated I was by the story. Gillian Flynn did an excellent job of leaving out just the right amount of details, and then revealing them later on in the story. As I was reading I would sit there and wonder what was I not being told about the characters lives.

Spoiler alert! One of my other favorite aspects was the plot twists that made the story what it was. Gillian Flynn did a most excellent job with this. Right when I thought Nick was going to get busted for what he did to his wife Amy, we find out she is alive and actually framed him because he’s not the greatest husband there ever was.

Another spoiler alert! I was disappointed by Nick’s character at the end of the story. I was hoping he would get his wife for what she did to Desi, that with some secret plotting behind her back justice would finally be had. Instead he became the man who doesn’t have a pair balls and stays with his psychotic wife.