Weekly Book Reviews

This past week I finished reading my 100th book of 2019!

Life has been increasingly busy lately, and reading has been my favorite way to practice self care and have down time.  Without further ado, here are the books that have helped me recharge this past week:

Dear John

Dear John: Book Review

John is a past rebel who decided to enlist in the army and turn his life around. His lives his life going through the motions until he meets Savannah. Savannah is a kind and lively girl who John quickly falls head over heels for.

After their whirlwind romance, John is devastated when he must return to the army to finish his tour of duty. He longs for the day when he will be home with Savannah and they can start their life together… that is until he receives his “Dear John” letter. In this heartbreaking letter, John finds out that Savannah has fallen in love with another man. Years after receiving this letter, John finally comes face to face with Savannah again.

This is my 5th Nicholas Sparks book, and unfortunately it is probably my least favorite so far. It started off well enough, but for some reason I didn’t find myself feeling as close to the characters as I was hoping. As it went on, I was continually disappointed in the direction the book was going. It wasn’t just that the ending isn’t filled with butterflies and rainbows, I can handle a less than perfect ending, but the events leading up to the end were really disappointing to me. I haven’t seen the movie, so I don’t know how true it is to the book.

If you’ve seen the movie, do you think it is worth watching?

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada: Book Review

Time to enter the world of Miranda Priestly!

I watched this movie when it came out 13 years ago, and the book did not disappoint. Miranda is just as insufferable as your remember. In fact, I think she might be even worse in the book. I found myself being anxious on behalf of the main character, because THAT JOB WAS CRAZY.

There were a few differences from the book and movie, and I thought the book added some cool layers that you didn’t get from the movie. If you love to hate Miranda Priestly, this one is worth a read.

Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian: Book Review

I loved this one even more than I remembered.

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with Narnia. My cats are even named Lucy and Edmund! This is the last book where the whole gang is together again in Narnia, and what an adventure it is. It brings back the magic of Narnia, and introduces us to lively new characters.

I love that even though these are “children’s books”, the entire novel is riddled with deep and thought provoking parallels. Every time I read it, I find more and more wisdom from C.S. Lewis.

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way

It's Not Supposed To Be This Way: Book Review

I had seen this book shared by many of my Christian friends, and I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about.

I quickly realized that this book was written by the author of Uninvited.  If you read my previous review, you know that I didn’t enjoy it all that much. It felt a little surfacy and I didn’t understand why it was so loved.

This book is drastically different than her first book, and she embraces vulnerability head on.  Lysa bares her soul in It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way and gives us a look into her current life after Uninvited. Just when her career was taking off and she was releasing her book, she was hit with the news that her husband had been having an affair. Not only that, shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She grappled with the irony that she had just released a book about overcoming rejection as she faced a blow she never saw coming. My heart broke for her and this book felt like sitting down with a friend and processing every hurt and wound.

We have all felt that devastating moment when our worst case scenario becomes a reality. With broken hearts we whisper, “It’s not supposed to be this way.” I highly suggest reading this raw and powerful book that is against all odds packed with hope for the future.

Safe Haven 

Safe Haven Book Review

This reread was just as enjoyable as I remember. Safe Haven has been my favorite of Nicholas Sparks books and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

While there is certainly some corny romance, I love that this book is equal parts thrilling. He does a great job of building suspense and keeping you on the edge of your seat. If you are looking to try out one of his books for the first time, I think this is the best place to start.

Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking Book Review

Another shameless reread!

Carrie Fisher has fully captured my heart with her sense of humor. Wishful Drinking offers up hilarious stories that only a child growing up in Hollywood could have. I loved her mother Debbie Reynolds as a kid (Hello Halloweentown!), so I love learning more about this quirky family.

I appreciate how open Carrie was about her battle with mental illness and addiction, and she holds a special place in my heart. I will probably reread her books every year when I need a god laugh.

  1. Congrats on reading your 100th book. These are all nice book reviews. I’m only familiar with “The Devil Wears Prada”. Not the book but the movie. Can never forget it. As for the others, would love to check them out.

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