Thursday, December 26, 2013

December Reads

 I hope that you have all had a great Christmas! If you received any gift cards and are looking for a good book, here are my recommendations:

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
If you like suspense, mysteries, and thrillers this is the book for you. I've heard good things about this book for awhile, but I wanted to be at a point where I could read the book quickly (aka my month long winter break). I love a good mystery, but tend to have bad dreams so I like a conclusion to whatever the story holds.
The book reads as a dichotomy between husband and wife. When the wife goes missing, you go back in time with her diary. As her husband becomes more suspicious in the public eye, you start to wonder whose side of the story you can trust. It has great twists and turns and fantastic character development. As twisted as some of the characters became, it was hard not to sympathize with them, which was much scarier than the story itself. Flynn is a great writer and I'm planning on looking into more of her books.

2. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
I may be a little late to the game with this one. I feel like a lot of people read this a few years ago, but I recently saw the movie trailer and decided to read it. It's a very short, told through the experience of a father. His son Colton survived a near death experience and months later started talking about Heaven. He describes meeting past family members, seeing God and talking with Jesus. The story is surprising and inspiring. Do I believe it? I don't know, but it gave me the chills. And hope for a much better place after the life we live on earth.

3. The Divergent Series by Vernoica Roth
I mentioned Divergent in my last post and have since read the other two in the series. Both books pack a ton of action and adventure. I was very surprised by the ending of the last book, but I still fell in love with the characters and storyline enough to recommend the other two.

Have any recommendations for me? Leave them in the comments.

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