The Busy Giffs: Book Club

July 13, 2012

Book Club

Book #29
The Descendants

From Amazon:

Fortunes have changed for the King family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the state’s largest landowners. Matthew King’s daughters—Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict—are out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wife’s friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discovery that there’s one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanie’s lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations.

I enjoyed this book.
It was a quick read, but very raw. Almost as a stream of consciousness, it was refreshing to just read and feel like you were in his head.
Read it, you won't be sorry.
Oh ya, and you can picture Clooney as the main character because he actually is cast as the narrator for the movie role!

Book #30
The Best of Me

From Amazon:

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew -- about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear -- was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

Another Nicholas Sparks' book, right!?
I went from reading none to reading 3 in a month.
This one is my favorite so far. It has the boy and girl meet, fall in love, something bad happens and they end up together again like the other Sparks books do, but this one has a bit more and even though its predictable, I liked that it was different.
I wont give it away but if the Notebook isn't your bag, you will probably still enjoy this one.

Book #31
Jeneration X

From Amazon:

In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now the New York Times bestselling author gives herself—and her generation—a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age.

Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—and probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood.

If you don't already love and breathe Jennifer Lancaster, GO PICK UP BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK. Now. Seriously.
If I was to ever write a book, this is what they would be like.
Her combination of sarcasm and footnotes is hysterical and I've actually laughed out loud while reading parts of her memoirs.
And yes, they are memoirs, real true life hilarity.
Please go read them. Now. Please.

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  1. I Still need to finish The Best of Me!

  2. The Descendants sounds fantastic! I loved Bitter is the New Black, too. She's freaking hilarious in that one!

  3. I've loved all the Jen Lancaster books I've read and I just think that the title of her newest one is so clever.

  4. Hi! New follower here! Thanks for the book suggestions, I love to read :)


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