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.

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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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To Read or Not To Read…World War Z by Max Brooks

Happy Summer Everyone. I know I am a little bit behind on the current releases. However I have been meaning to see World War Z in the movie theater. However after learning it is based (in part) on the book by the same name. I am wondering if I should read the book first? Or see the film first? I am already aware that changes were made to fit into 2 hour plus film. So I am wondering is it worth to read the World War Z book? Also, I would love to read your reviews so feel free to leave comments to this post. Thanks.

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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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The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

Looking for a great historical romance to read this spring? The American Heiress is the book for you. The story centers around Cora Cash- the richest girl in America. She has the charm, the beauty, and envy of her fellow socialites. All that is missing is the royal title. Cora’s mother is more than willing to ensure that Cora does get this title by any means necessary. Mrs Cash moves her daughter to England where through a series of unforeseen events Cora meets Ivo Maltravers the Duke of Wareham.

Quickly, Cora and Ivo marry. This is where the real story begins. Cora must learn the ways of English society as the new Duchess of Lulworth while trying to maintain her American identity. She encounters secrets from Ivo’s past regarding his family’s troubled history. Adding another wrinkle to the story is Cora’s ex boyfriend Teddy Van Der Leyden who has information that could forever change Cora’s new life in England.

The secondary story is about Cora’s personal maid Bertha as she transitions into servants’ hierarchy at Lulworth. Bertha finds romance with Jim the Duke of Wareham’s personal servant. They both have to keep their romance secret from everyone or risk losing their positions at Lulworth.

These are some of the intriguing details that made this book so much fun to read. I hope that you will read it. Please let us know what you think of it. All opinions are welcomed.

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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

Rebecca My Review

Over the Christmas Break in between Turkey and Family time I read Rebecca by Daphne Du Marnier. This was my first time reading anything from this author. My expectations were borderline. I can be a picky reader sometimes. However the synopsis on the back cover peaked my interest.

The story begins with the words “Last Night I Dreamt I Went To Manderley Again.” Spoken by the narrator/second wife of Maxim De Winter. Interesting tidbit Ms. Du Marnier never gave her a first name so she is only known as Mrs. De Winter through out the book. After a brief courtship Maxim marries the Mrs De Winter. Now the real mystery begins as Mrs De Winter learns more about her new husband and of the previous his relationship with his first wife Rebecca.

As Max and Mrs De Winter return to his estate Manderlay on the Cornish coast!, we meet the mysterious servant Mrs Danvers who is still fiercely loyal to Rebecca. Throughout the book Mrs. De Winter unravels the mystery that is Rebecca and continual hold that she possess over Maxim De Winter and Manderlay.

Daphne Du Marnier does a wonderful job of making you feel as though you are experiencing everything first hand. I am highly recommending this book for anyone who loves suspense stories with lots of plot twists and turns.

Remember Reading is Sexy!!!

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