Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Book Club: December

Happy book club day! We chose Nicholas Sparks' new novel See Me as November's pick, and both couldn't wait to read it. He is one of our favorites, and you always know you are going a novel that is going to suck you in (and maybe cry a tear or two). See our thoughts on See Me below, share yours with us, and then we are changing it up a bit for December. 

Carrie Beth's Review: 
I just love Nicholas Sparks and there is not a book of his I have read that I have not enjoyed.  Something about the way he writes just sucks me in to the story.  He is so good about painting a picture for the readers and that was certainly the case in this book.

I think one thing I really love most about this book was the setting.  The story takes place in Wilmington, North Carolina and that just happens to be where my parents live and where all of my extended family is.  It is a place that is near and dear to my heart. I grew up going there in the summers for vacation and for every holiday so reading about places that I knew about made this story so much more fun.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read!  I loved it!

Jen's Review: 
Nicholas Sparks is definitely one of my favorite writers. I always look forward to reading his novels, and think it is fun that they are set usually in the south and coastal cities. This book was so different from his previous novels. I was sucked in from the beginning, but the "thriller" aspect was an unexpected twist. I definitely haven't been able to put See Me down.

You've always gotta love when the bad boy turns good, and I found myself constantly cheering on Colin and his ability to over come his past. I like that he and Maria gravitated towards each other even though they are seemingly opposites. I was constantly nervous for him though - I didn't want him to get in any more trouble, and trying to protect Maria made that tough (trying not to give any spoilers away).

Even though this story wasn't as "romantic" as some of his previous novels, I still loved it and love that Sparks' has the ability to do something new so that I am reading something new instead of predictable each time. I will be interested to see if this story becomes a movie as well! I would recommend reading See Me - it was an easy and quick novel to read.

Now To Discuss: How did you feel about the book and it's characters? What did you think of the relationship between Colin and Maria? Were you nervous with how their pasts were catching up with them? How did you feel about the end?

This month we are going to change it up a bit and do a holiday free read. We figure with some many great holiday books out everyone can read a little something to get them in the spirit and then come back to share in January. Here are just a few of our favorite holiday reads to snuggle up with this season:

1: Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews
2: The Gift by Cecilia Ahern
3: Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
4: The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
5: The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith
6: The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
7: The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans
8: Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

Which holiday read will you be cozying up to this month? 

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Happy Reading!

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