Reading Gone Girl

 

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I have a confession….I love mysteries. It is a major thrill for me to guess whodunit along with the protagonist of the story. I had seen various advertisments about Gone Girl. Since I had never read Gillian Flynn’s work before  I decided to try this book. I am glad that I did.

Gone Girl is about a Nick and Amy Dunne who are about to celebrate their 5 year wedding anniversary. Until Amy disappears. Immediately Nick Dunne becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.  This story has a lot of similarities to the real life high profilec murder cases of  Scott Peterson and Drew Peterson who ultimately were convicted  of murdering their wives.

Nick steadfastly proclaims his innocence even though the evidence continues to pile up against him.  The story takes quite a few twists and turns which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read the book yet.  You may find yourself rooting for an unlikely character after certainly details are revealed.  Gone Girl is not a straight forward mystery where everything is as it seems. It is more like  the story of the highs and lows of this Nick and Amy Dunne’s marriage from when they first met until their fifth year wedding anniversary.  One of the major takeaways from Gone Girl is …do you really know the person you are married to/in a relationship? Or do you know a version of themselves they want you to see?

Next week the film version of Gone Girl is going to be released in theaters. I am definitely to going to see it. It will be interesting to see how the film compares with the book. Either way I will be posting my thoughts  on film vs book.  Until then feel free to leave comments on this post.

The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney My Summer Review

Summer time is one of my favorite times to read chic lit books. Since the temperatures soared into 100’s, I thought it was the perfect time to read The Star Attraction which I found out about through some of my twitter followers. This book was written by Alison Sweeney who hosts the reality show The Biggest Loser and stars on NBC hit daytime dram Days of Our Lives. This marks Alison Sweeney’s first time writing a fictional novel after her previous two nonfiction books. Kudos to her for a job well done.

The synopsis from the book jacket is as follows:

Sophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She evens scores her PR firm’s most important actor client and every woman’s dream- Billy Fox. But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with her big name client cost Sophie her job? And does she really want an escape from her and her loving, if imperfect, relationship with her investmment banker boyfriend? The Star Attraction takes us on a wild ride through one woman’s daytime soap come to life.

At first I was a bit skeptical to read this book. The synopsis sounded like the typical summer beach read. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how funny and entertaining the Star Attraction turned out to be. I actually found myself rooting for the book’s spunky heroine Sophie Atwater to succeed in her quest to find love and happiness. I am recommending The Star Attraction to anyone who is looking a fun, quirky read that will make you laugh out loud. Have you read the Star Attraction? If so let us know what you think. If not what are you waiting for? Until next time…stay cool and keep reading.

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An Interview with the MVBClub’s Susan K.

Recently I interviewed the MVBClub’s Susan K. It proved to be an entertaining as well as informative experience.

1. What are your favorite genres of books to read?

I absolutely love the 17/18th century English genre of books. Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters are by far my favorites. These young ladies were talented beyond their years and wrote only about a world they knew. Because of their literary works, I wanted to be a writer too and became an avid reader.

2. What do you enjoy most about reading books, plays etc?

I enjoy the mental escape of books, literature and theatre. They teach me to use my imagination, to increase my vocabulary and help me to look at the world and its people with an open mind.

3. Do you have a favorite author or authors? If so who are they?

My favorite authors female: Jane Austen, Bronte Sisters. Male: Shakespeare, CS Lewis, F.S Fitzgerald and the poetry of Maya Angelou

4. How has your favorite author or authors influenced your everyday life?

They have taught me propriety, social grace and even the proper interactions between the sexes. The relationships that we have between men and women have never changed. We all long for love and a balanced life.

5. Since you are an avid reader which do you prefer: paper books or ebooks?

I have a hard time reading books online or via ebooks. I find I cant get the feel of the book. I love the touch of paper and oh my do I eat my books. Don’t worry not literally but I always make notes, underlined, fold, flip and spill something on them. It’s why I buy all my books. I never borrow. They will never return the way they were originally given..haha

6. How did you become involved with the MVBCLUB?

I was invited by good friends that I met on Twitter. There was a guy that loved books but found that other men didn’t share his joy. So together, us girls and two men have come together to write and be apart of the club.

7. What is your favorite aspect of belonging to the MVBCLUB?

I love reading, so I enjoy reading the different aspects and views of each of the members. But I love the most, our friendship. We work well together and love how even though we live in different countries, we are the closest of friends.

8. What type of stories do you like to write?

I like young adult stories. I like to write stories where they use their imagination yet still learn valuable lessons and principles. I am not into stories that use profanity, sex or things that will frighten the youth. They have the news for that. I like to write stories that will give them a world that is always safe

9. Can you tell us more about your burgeoning writing career?

I have written a 10 part series of young adult short stories. They are like fables where lessons are learned and there is always a moral to the story. The book series are with editors and are being put together as we speak. I took some time off due some family circumstances. We hope to have the first series published by Winter 2014. I am so excited!

10. Lastly are there any book recommendations and/or writing tips you could offer to our readers?

1. Write what you know and love.

2. Carry a writing pad with you at all times.

3. Edit, edit, edit

The MVBClub would like to thank Susan for taking the time out of her busy schedule for our interview. As always it was a great time.

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Rebecca A Review by Traveling T

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier had been recommended to me before by MVB Club. I kept telling myself to read the book, but until it was chosen for my book
club- I had not found time to read it. I began looking for a copy- and managed to find one at my library (the copy wa so old, the pages so yellowed- this book had been passed around!) But, I took the book home and began to read it. The first line:” Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” That line had me anticipating something, something
that would grip me and make me stay interested.

Unfortunately, that line was just a tease. As I read, I began to feel this tiresome feeling of the main character- the character that we never learn a name of. The character was so naive, so insecure, how the constant thoughts of how poor and pitiful she is compared to Rebecca- it was just too much for me. However, I kept going because it was recommended to me and I wanted to see what would happen. Then, about half-way though the book gripped me, made me give it all my attention. When the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, began revealing things about Rebecca. When the true nature of Rebecca’s marriage to Maxim was revealed. And especially, when a twist came about what had really happened to Rebecca- I couldn’t put it down. I HAD to know what would happen next.

Then the ending. An ending that fit so perfectly in the overall picture of Rebecca.

Many people rave about this book- give it 5 stars. I would not; but that is simply because the book did not capture my attention to almost halfway through. I am glad I read it, though, and I do recommend others reading. My book club discussed it the other week, and an interesting comment was made. Most of the ladies in the club had read the book in their late teens to early 20’s. And all commented on how they thought the relationship between Maxim and his 2nd wife was so romantic; but stated that in this re-read of Rebecca- they did not find the relationship as romantic as they once thought.

We like to thank our good friend Tamara for sharing her review for Rebecca with us. Please make sure to visit Tamara’s wonderful blog at travelingwitht.wordpress.com

Do You Know What Today Is?

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When Deidre asked if I would like to write something for the first anniversary of the MVBClub blog, I admit I was a bit stunned. I thought the honour would go to someone else, someone much more worthy. Nevertheless, I said yes, right away. Not having a clue what I would write.

On top of my head, an anniversary, let alone a first anniversary, should be celebrated by telling others how one loves and appreciates the other. So, here it goes…

A year ago, Man VS Books Club was established. We weren’t made of big things, but of one simple thing – the love of the written word. We also have the heart to encourage men to read and write more and to spread out that “reading is sexy” – because men who read are–indeed–attractive! Well, personally, I think nerdy/geeky guys have always been attractive and interesting…in their own, unique ways.

As we carry on, our friendship grows each and every day. I have to say, I felt comfortable with all of them right away, since the very first time we chat, which is so rare of me. Each has their own “magic”; each never failed to put a smile on my face even when I didn’t feel like it. There are two things that can’t make me smile though…our distances and different time zones. But those things never keep us from being close to one another, thanks to the internet.

The ladies – Deidre, Susan, Annie, Antonia and Jane – are amazing. Seeing them online automatically makes me happy; it’s like seeing pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. They are so caring and supportive, beautiful on the inside as well as outside. I like to think of them as sunshines – just think how bright your day is with all of them in your life!

The men – Rob and Brad – are, well, gentlemen. Once you are close to them, you will definitely know that chivalry is not dead. They’re handsome as well as kind-hearted. But—there is a “but”—on the other hand, they can be really mischievous like little boys and make you laugh so loud, people will stare at you! (–> based on personal experiences)

It is quite rare to meet someone, let alone some people, who have the exact same interest as you do. I’ve never been a believer of coincidence, which is why I am positive God made ways so our paths would cross each other. Though we come from different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs, yet “BLESSED” is the first thing that comes to mind each time I think of having them in my life.

So, cheers to MVBClub and its crew! May our friendship and our love of books never cease! And, of course, three cheers to all the lovely folks who have been with us from day one – your support is priceless, it strengthen us more. In short: it makes us so happy! On behalf of the MVBClub, I’d like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH from the bottom of our hearts.

~DS of MVBClub

First Year Anniversary

It’s almost hard to believe that a year has past since the Man Vs Books Club went live in 2012.  It has been a fun, scary adventure blogging.  I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team.  They are ones that made this blog the cool experience that it is. Each one has contributed to it in their own special ways.   The  Man Vs Books Club is a true reflection of our teamwork.

A special thanks to everyone that has guest blogged for us. We sincerely appreciate it.  We can wait for more future collaborations.

Lastly now that 2013 is here, we  are going to post  more great book reviews, interviews, and giveaways.  Hope that you will continue to support us.

Remember Reading is  Sexy

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Halloween Reading

Happy October everyone. Halloween is rapidly approaching.  I usually like to read something that is scary or suspenseful.  One of my favorite books is The Dark Half by Stephen King. It has a great combination of suspense, spookiness, and a touch of humor to keep you reading to the last page.  We would like to know what is your favorite scary book? Which author makes you want to hide under your bed covers?

Remember Reading is Sexy and Spooky Good

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