Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl - Gillian FlynnGone Girl by Gillian Flynn (affiliate link) is the first crime thriller I've ever read and I am very pleased to say I was not disappointed! I'm a little late to the party with this one since it is already come and gone in the cinema. But, It's not a movie I have seen so I was lucky enough to have the whole book as a complete surprise.

And a surprise it was! You cant guess what Flynn's next move is going to be. Every new piece of information throws the plot on it's head. She writes so convincingly, every detail has been so excruciatingly thought out, it's an incredible journey. You can tell she's done her homework because in the acknowledgements she thanks the police for answering the 43000 emails she sent with questions!

My favourite thing about the book is the how well developed the characters are. It's a strange thing because the characters are filled with flaws but you still find yourself empathizing with them. You get frustrated for them when things go awry, when things start going bad. However I suppose this is what makes them human and therefore relatable!

The book is split into alternating chapters between Amy who has disappeared and Nick her husband. At the end of every chapter there is the perfect cliffhanger. A line or two that makes the eyes widen and you rush into the next chapter. But you begin the next chapter and it follows a different character so you get reinvested with them to end with another cliffhanger! You really get pulled all the way through the book.

I would recommend Gone Girl (affiliate link) to anyone looking for some excitement. A good fiction book to make you think. I'm putting the film on my to watch list as well!

 

Now for the next book I'm taking a bit of a change of pace and reading The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey (affiliate link). I've heard about this book but not in great detail. The title is enough to draw me in though! This book was first published in 1989 and after reading the intro I can tell it is written by a scholar. It is written in very formal language compared to other self help related books I've read so it should be good!

If you've read either of these books please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert Review

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Big Magic - Eilizabeth GilbertThis is a must read for everyone.

Big Magic is the perfect book for anyone struggling with their own creative outlet. It is even more prefect for anyone missing one from their lives altogether! This book tells of trusting in creativity and pursuing it for you. I've already talked about doing things for you so I was hooked. She tells of all the great pleasure that comes from a creative outlet regardless of your ability or whether or not you'll make a living from it. The simple joy of creating is all you need.

It is never to late to start doing more of what you love because it makes you happy. It may not gain you riches but if you love doing it, do it! You don't need others validation of what you're doing you should just pick up a pencil and draw or join a class and start dancing. Just do it! It will bring so much satisfaction into your life.

I got recommended this book by my wife after she devoured it in two days. I'll be honest and say my wife has recommended most of the books I've read. However, given she studied English she is my live in authority on all things books!

Similar to Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which was the last book club, Elizabeth Gilbert talks entirely from experience. I love this. Honesty is always the best policy in my books and I love reading it. Her honesty is best when she is talking about her writing on the bad days. She admits that living a creative life isn't easy, it takes a lot of hard work but that makes it even more rewarding.

Elizabeth Gilbert has great story telling ability in her writing. She recounts sever different stories of people she knows and has met over the years but the one that stood out for me the most was about a 90 year old woman. Elizabeth met her and got to ask what she had learned in her life that had the greatest effect on her. She replied that when she was 80 years old she started reading about ancient Mesopotamia and it really changed her life. It fascinated her so she devoured all information available on it. She travelled at great lengths to find out all she could. At 80 years old! And to boot she is now a leading expert in the field so people seek her out! I think that's just incredible.

I haven't read Eat Pray Love but it gets several mentions and it is definitely going on my to read list. If anyone has read Eat Pray Love please let me know how it is!

So please read Big Magic, it will teach you why you should pursue a creative outlet and why that is such a great thing to do.

The titles are affiliate links to Amazon UK and here is a link to the US Amazon if anyone needs it!

 

 

 

For the next book club I'm going to take a turn back to the world of fiction and read Gone Girl by Gillian Gone Girl - Gillian FlynnFlynn. Again I have not seen the movie which I always prefer when reading a new book. This isn't the normal thing I would read either, I don't know if I've ever read a thriller novel so I'm excited. And I would love for you to join me!

 

 

 

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Wild – Cheryl Strayed

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 Wild is one of the most exciting and humbling books I have ever read.Wild- Cheryl Strayed

Wild is an autobiographical book detailing the journey of Cheryl Strayed as she walks the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) covering more than 1000 miles along the west coast of America. She details with full honesty the many hardships she faced in her life, her mothers unfortunate passing, her journey in to the world of heroin and more. She faces the PCT as her act of redemption leaving her old life behind and starting a fresh somewhere new.

I really connected with Cheryl  as she details her journey as she spares no expense in giving you every thought and emotion she felt on her trip. Her fear as she crossed the paths of bears and rattle snakes, and the supreme joy of bumping into another soul along the trail.

Her style of writing is really friendly as well, you feel as if she's talking to you. Wild is also filled with fantastic quotes I just loved:

I'm a free spirit who never had the balls to be free.

Cheryl Strayed's attention to detail is another feature that really makes this book stand out for me. For instance, she recalls exactly what she did at the motel before setting off on the trail; A full list of what she packed into her rucksack, what the receptionist said to her and how she felt first trying to lift her bag which earns the nickname monster. She must have kept a very detailed journal with her on her travels and I love that.

Her complete honesty is captivating as she spares no detail of her life no matter how tragic things got. I cant help but feel for how difficult it must have been to retrospectively live through those parts of her life again and to write it all down to give to the public.

It is a highly inspiring book reading how Cheryl Strayed manages to keep going and pushing on through the Pacific Crest Trail despite her lack of experience and knowledge. It is one of those books that inspires you to do anything, go out and try. It made me want to explore my own backyard and hike up into the mountains of Scotland. I've been staring at them all my life but never have I taken the plunge and gone to explore the beauty that must be hidden within.

I implore you to read Wild by Cheryl Strayed It is inspiring, humbling and will call you to action to go out and do.

If you did read it let me know what you thought in the comments below! And as usual the links are affiliate links so if you do click them and buy anything I'll get a commission which would really help me out with site costs! Here's a UK affiliate link

THE NEXT INSTALMENT! Big Magic - Eilizabeth Gilbert

For the next section of the book club we are going to be reading BIG MAGIC by ELIZABETH GILBERTAgain here is a UK affiliate link

This is the author of eat pray love and it is a book about connecting with your creative side. My wife just finished reading it and told me about some of the advice she gives and it sounds fantastic! Really excited to get stuck into this one, especially as I have started this blog!

So I hope that you come and join me and let me know what you think!

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