Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Night Circus

I never got around to reading last month's book for book club so I never posted what the book was going to be for this month. The book for August was...

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

I was really excited to read this book. I've heard nothing but good things about this book and the concept sounded intriguing. It seemed like the type of book that I could really get into.

I was a little surprised that I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed reading it. The circus itself was captivating, it was truly a magical place and I really liked that aspect of the story. I also thought the characters were fascinating and I liked reading about them. 

But for me, the story was a little too slow moving. It just seemed to take a long time for anything to happen and it took me longer then normal to get through the book. Also the book is not necessarily written in chronological order so at times I had a hard time figuring out if the events were happen before or after what happened in the previous chapters. I'm sure that was part of the added mystery of the story, but honestly it confused me a little. Not something I usually have a hard time with.

So my final thoughts are that this was a good book. I liked reading it. I liked the magical atmosphere of the Circus. It just wasn't my favorite.

Next month we are reading...

The Only Alien on the Planet
By Kristen D. Randle

I Loved this book the last time I read it, so I'm excited to read it again and share it with my friends!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four
By Pittacus Lore

I have been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the movie, back in 2011. I just kept forgetting to request it from the Library. I finally remembered last week and was excited to bring it home to read.

I wish I could say that I loved the book but I didn't. I also didn't hate the book but I'm not sure if it is worth reading the rest of the series. It has such an interesting concept but it just moved a little too slow for me. It felt like nothing much happened for the majority of the novel. I even got bored with the big fight with the other Aliens, which was the big climax of the story. Honestly it was a bit hard to keep track of what was going on.

There are things I liked about the story. I thought the background story of why he was on earth to be interesting and I liked reading more about his time on Lorien. I liked his pet beagle (no surprise there, being the animal lover that I am). I just knew there was something special about him even if Four was clueless.

It has been too long since I saw the movie so I can't really make any comparisons. Maybe i enjoyed the movie a little more? Because I'm sure the story moved a little faster on film.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gone Girl

Gone Girl 
by Gillian Flynn

This is yet another book being turned into a movie soon. I decided to give it a try to see why so many people are talking about this book. This novel is about a women who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband becomes the prime suspect.

I have been reading so many young adult novels recently, it was nice to read something written for adults. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book. There was more language then I like (mostly the F-word, which was a pretty consistent part of the dialogue through out the book) and plenty of references about sex. Why do adult novels always feel like they have to include these things?

That being said I ended up really getting into the story. It took a little while for the story to completed grab my attention, but once it did I couldn't put this book down. There is a twist right in the middle of the story, which makes you completely rethink how you view the different characters, and I was completely hook at that point. I just had to find out how the story turned out.

I also found the way she wrote about their relationship to be fascinating. It was interesting to read from both their perspectives the ups and then the downs of their marriage. It reminded me that problems almost always go both ways and that two people can see the same situation in a completely different light.

So, I really enjoyed reading this book, until I got to the end.  I was disappointed with the way the story ended. It was not how I imagined it's conclusion. To be honest, I thought it was a bit depressing. It didn't ruin the book for me but I still wish it could have ended slightly differently. I heard that for the movie she changed the ending. I am interested in seeing what direction she went for the movie. Maybe I will like the new ending better.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Giver - Trailer 2 - The Weinstein Company

I was excited when I heard that this book was being made into a movie. It wasn't that long ago that we read this for our book club.

After watching the trailer, I am unsure what to think. It looks like they have changed the story a lot to make it into the movie. I usually don't mind minor changes, especially if it helps the movie flow better. These don't seem like minor changes to me. Of course it is just a preview, so maybe it will make more sense when I see the movie.

What do you think? Does it look like they changed the story too much or does the preview make you excited to see the movie?

Friday, August 1, 2014

If I Stay - Official Trailer 2 [HD]

I haven't been able to finish any books recently. I started one, only to realize that it was actually book 4, not book 3 like I thought. I had no idea that the author had already written 4 books, so I didn't even think to check. Now I know what happens at the end of book 3, oh well...

There are a bunch of movies made from books coming out this year so I thought I would post some of the ones I am most looking forward to watching.

Today's feature is If I Stay. I read this book a couple years ago and thought it was a very touching story. You can read my thoughts on the book Here.

One thing I know for sure about this movie, is that it is going to make me cry...

Here is the trailer: