Book Review: The Great Gatsby

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Everyone knows of The Great Gatsby. Most of us were forced to read it in high school… although I never did. I’ve never been one for forced reading. Ten years later & I’ve finally read one of the best books ever written. How did everyone let me miss out on such a phenomenal book for this long?

Gatsby is the most intriguing characters that I have read. He is charming, smooth & in my head looks just like Leonardo Dicaprio… who can complain about that? I’ve always been one for secretive men (I married one) which made me quickly hooked on Gatsby. As you get to know his character you learn that his charm is far more brilliant than you thought. His charisma seems to be toxic. I wish I could live a life with Gatsby in it.

I use the word magical for books often… because I always feel that books take you to another world. That they bring out some sort of magic in you from a time or place you haven’t yet/won’t experience. The Great Gatsby is just that. A magical tale full of love, carisma & tragedy. Set in the 1920’s you can truly feel the beauty from the era. The drinks flowing, dancing until dusk & fur coats. All of it incorporated in this book. You’re taken on a ride through an era all of us wish we could have lived through… & you get to live it with Gatsby.

If you’re like me & have yet to pick up this book & give it a chance I suggest you do. You’ll be taken on one incredible journey.

Now, here are some questions for you & your book club or if you’ve read the book drop a comment below & let’s chat!

Warning: These book club questions are spoilers. Don’t read ahead of you haven’t read the book! 

1. Gatsby seems to hold a magical spell over everyone because of his secretive persona. Do you think he has something to hide?

2. Nick finally has one on one time with Gatsby. Is Gatsby what you imagined?

3. Gatsby finally gets the moment he’s been waiting for… to see Daisy. I could hardly handle the experiment I felt when it was happening. Gatsby the always cool, calm & colletive man looses his cool before seeing Daisy. Is this a sign of true love?

4. The book spirals out of control… I can hardly keep up with the magical craziness that happens. All I wanted was for Gatsby & Daisy to run off into the sunset together. But suddenly tragedy hits. How do you feel about Daisy killing her husband’s mistress?

5. I couldn’t imagine a world without Gatsby in it. If he wasn’t to die I don’t think the book could have ended. I could have read on & on. Therefor, it was the only way to put an end to the story. Do you agree with me? What would have been your perfect ending?

I hope every person in the world reads this. It is truly an incredible book & will forever be a classic masterpiece. Head over to Amazon & buy your own copy!

xoxo//a

Book Review: Million Dollar Road

I am a huge fan of light summer reads. I love books that are basically a Lifetime Movie in words. Yes, I am so that girl. I thought this book would be like that & I was surprised that it wasn’t. The book is real, so real. It dives so deep into how hard life can be. You can feel the pain of each character when they hurt & share their joy when life is looking up.The book follows four different characters & all of them you have a love/hate relationship with. Sometimes they drive you crazy & sometimes you can truly feel for them. But even when they are driving you crazy you found yourself wanting to know what would happen to them next. I can promise you this though… Bud is the best character.

The setting of the book has the perfect summer feel. It starts in the dead of summer in a small town in Louisiana. There is a beautiful young girl, a broken older lady, a strong & stunning married woman & a man who is in love with all three of them. You follow their tangled story of love, heartache & brokenness. There is a white alligator named Snowball & an adorable little white fluffy puppy. If all of that doesn’t make you want to read the book I don’t know what will.

Now! Here are a few questions for you that have read the book or for your book club:

1. All the characters in this book are so different from one another. I seemed to like Emma the best in the begging of the book… Probably because of her love for NPR, gardening & the beautiful description of her claw foot tub. Who is your favorite character & why?

2. Lizzie seems far too strong to be with a man like Con. Do you think she’ll let him continue to treat her the way he has or will she put her foot down & leave?

3. Bud & Emma’s connection made my heart sore. My two favorite two characters having a little connection. Where do you think their connection will lead?

4. Con is the worst. I sure hope I’m not the only one that feels this way. He’s slimy, self infatuated & creepy. His obsession with Lireinne has grossed me out from the beginning. How do you think Lireinne will make him understand his infatuation with her is one sided?

5. The book ended better than I ever expected it to. All of the characters had the perfect endings & I was so glad that Emma & Lireinne made up. How did you feel about the ending? Do you wish things went differently?

If I did enough convincing to read the book jump over to Amazon & buy it or drop a comment below if you’ve read the book, let’s chat!

xoxo//a

Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

“One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.”
-Mindy Kailing

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Mindy Kaling is hilarious & I seriously wish I could recruit her as one of my best friends. When I first started watching The Office her character drove me crazy. Once I found out she was one of the writers of the show I instantly fell in love with her & couldn’t wait to get my hands on her book. After reading it I’ve decided she is similar to her character on The Office… just much less annoying but still obsessed with love & fashion. She really just seems like another awesome girl that stands for what she believes in & worked hard to be where she is. Plus, she’s hilarious… I am a sucker for hilarious girls.

I’d have to say the end of the book is my favorite part. All of it. The last 100 pages I couldn’t stop laughing. Like eyes watering. Dying. Laughing. Her description of men & how long it takes them to tie their shoes. You just have to read it. If you don’t want to read the whole book just read that chapter “Why Do Men Put on Their Shoes So Slowly?”. Prepare to laugh your ass off & after that I’m sure you’ll be convinced that you want to read the whole book.

Her look on love warms my heart. I’ve found love like she describes & I love that she believes so strongly in the love I have. In the book she says “I want to hear that you guys watch every episode of The Bachelorette together in secret shame, or that one got the other hooked on Breaking Bad and if either watches it without the other, they’re dead meat.” That my friends. Is literally the exact description of my husband & I. So Mindy, I invite you to be my best friend & I can show you that this love… It still exists & I can claim you as my bestie. So we will both win here.

Alright readers… Here are a few questions about the book that I have for you or for you to use in your book club!

1. Her description of her childhood is wonderful in so many ways. What was your favorite part of her childhood?

2. Her best friends remind me so much of my own. Maybe her & I are a lot a like… Once you’re our friend we cling on & expect certain things out of you. Do you have best friends like hers? What part of her descriptions of friendship do you agree with or disagree with?

3. She becomes a nanny for a rich family in NYC & all I could imagine is Kelly Kapoor watching these kids… Which kind of frightened me. But really, I’d be thrilled if Mindy Kaling nannied my kids & taught them how to be hilarious. Would you let her (Mindy Kaling not Kelly Kapoor) nanny your kids?

4. As I mentioned above I adore her look on relationships & love. Do you agree with where she stands on love & romance?

5. There are too many parts that made me laugh until my eyes were watering & I don’t want to give too much of the book away but I gotta know… What part of the book made you roll on the floor laughing?

That’s all for now my friends!

xoxo//a

Goldfinch Review

Goldfinch.Review

“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand:
we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people.
We don’t get to choose the people we are.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

This book tugs at every emotion possible. You fall in love with each character & feel for all of the struggles they face. The character development is rich & powerful. Donna Tartt really makes you understand each character & their importance in the story. After reading the book I have a hard time believing the character don’t really exist.

Throughout the book I felt a sense of magic. The pages were full of beautiful descriptions of New York City to Amsterdam & places in between. Donna Tartt’s ability to connect & describe every location in such great detail was captivating. Her writing paints a perfect picture.

You’ll find yourself falling in love with every word Donna Tartt writes & never expecting what will come next. I constantly thought I had Theo (main character) figured out, that I knew what would happen next in his life & suddenly something drastic would happen to change the course of his life. His love life & his relationships with people are touching & compelling. His look on life is beautiful & somewhat true.

Not only is this book engrossing but it makes you think. It makes you think about life, tragedy, negative & positive relationships. Pick this book up & I promise you won’t put it down. Let Donna Tartt take you away for one amazing adventure.

 

Here are a few questions I have for my readers or for you to use in book club!

1. Obviously, Theo & Welty have a very strong connection after the bombing. How did that make you feel? What were your thoughts on such a young boy in a tragic situation being there fully for an older man?

2. As an adult & someone with kids I think of what I would do in the Barbour’s situation. How did you feel about Mrs. Barbour’s lack of emotion toward Theo? What did you think of Mr. Barbour?

3. The ring Welty gave Theo entranced me. I couldn’t wait to see where it would lead Theo. Did you feel like there was a little magic in that part of the book? What were your first thoughts on Hobbie & the shop?

4. I knew at some point Theo’s dad would come back. What were your first thoughts on his girl friend? Were you nervous for Theo to go back to Las Vegas with them?

5. Boris obviously plays a major roll in the novel. Do you think you could be friends with him? Did you love him or hate him?

6. After Theo heads back to New York Hobbie takes him in. He really cares for Theo. What are your thoughts on the lies Theo had hidden from Hobbie? Do you understand where Theo is coming from?

7. Theo is constantly losing people close to him. Where there any characters you thought he’d lose but didn’t?

8. Pippa plays a major roll in Theo’s love life throughout the book. Were you happy with where their relationship was at the end of the book?

9. We never find out if Theo went through with his marriage to Kitsey. If you were to guess what do you think he did? Marry her or not?

10. The Goldfinch painting allured many people. Why do you think that is? Possibly what Theo said is true… “Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”