Sunday, January 31, 2010

Books, Books and more books....

Part of my News Year Resolution was to read more. This month I was able to read two Nicholas Sparks books and one by Richard Matheson. I have to be honest, this is the first time I have ever read a Nicholas Sparks book and I have to say I'm not sure if I am a fan. Has anyone else read his books? I would really like to hear your take on his books. I found them to be quite honestly depressing. Are they all like this or did I just happen to read the two most depressing books? Honestly I am not a romance book kind of girl, but I will admit that one of my all time favorite love stories is "The Time Travelers Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger as well as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen so I am not completely against love stories.
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children.
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever.
The Box by Richard Matheson
What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000...but someone you didn’t know died? Would you still push the button? How many times?"Button, Button", which inspired a memorable Twilight Zone episode, is just one of a dozen unforgettable tales in this new collection by Richard Matheson, the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come. This volume contains a series of stories that were adapted for television, as well as a new introduction by Matheson himself.

When I picked these books I was looking for something I would normally never pick to read and let me tell you I got it. If anyone has read any of these books I would love to hear your take on them.


  1. I haven't read any of them so I'm no help! I haven't had the opportunity to read a book for so long. I just pulled out East of Eden and am hoping to start rereading it soon :)

  2. The only Nicholas Sparks book I have ever read was The Notebook. I heard the book was good and wanted to read it before I saw the movie to see how they were able to translate it to the big screen. I liked the book, but yes, a little depressing at the end. Not at all the same ending in the movie which is all warm and happy (kind of). But I guess, I didn't mind his sadder take on the story line at the end. It made it more real.

    Too bad you didn't enjoy them. That's the only one I've read so I can't really compare them. The last book I read was required for class...nothing to enjoy there.

  3. i haven't read them and i probably won't read the nicholas sparks books. the Richard Matheson book sounds a lot better.
    when do you find the time for work?? wink, wink

  4. I haven't read any of them either. I have never read Nicolas Sparks, but the whole time I was watching the notebook, I was thinking "this would be a good book"! Are you on goodreads? I hardly update, but I do get ideas of what to read from my friends on there.