Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Just a little Nicholas Sparks love...

Earlier this year I promised to write a review of every book I read in 2010 and I'm holding myself accountable for that promise! Since The Da Vinci Code I have only read two books. Can you believe it? I think I'm still trying to find my comfort zone being in this relationship and combining new habits with old ones. ;)

I read Dear, John and The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I used to read his books almost as soon as they came out, but a few years ago I think I got bored with them but after reading these two I think I'm back on the Nicholas Sparks bandwagon! So without further ado, here goes!

I bought Dear, John at that really cute bookstore in Cy's hometown so it will always remind me of that day!

This book, like all of Nicholas Sparks' books was a fast and easy read. It was definitely a tear jerker and made me really think about the different kinds of love we have for people. It also made me think about a comment that Amber wrote recently about fate and soul mates. I do believe there is one person that is made for you. Your true complement that God has planned for you, that person that immediately feels like family. But, I also believe that there are several people that you could spend the rest of your life with that, although are not your soul mate, you could live your life happy with.

On Friday I saw the movie, and I have to say I was very unhappy. If I hadn't read the book I probably would have liked the movie but some of the changes made were unnecessary and made the entire story awkward.

Have you read Dear, John or seen the movie? What did you think?

Right after I finished Dear, John I picked up The Last Song.
At first I was a little resistant of this one because I knew the role of Ronnie was practically written for Miley Cyrus. Not that I don't like Miley Cyrus, I'm just a little Miley'd out from the past few years.
This book was predictable Nicholas Sparks, but was still a page turner for me. I don't even know what to write without giving away the entire book, so I don't think I am going to write much. I'm really, really looking forward to this movie now and can't wait to go see it. I get the feeling (and really hope) that this one is going to be a hit like The Notebook and A Walk To Remember.
There are several more Nicholas Sparks books that I haven't read yet like The Choice and The Lucky One and I'm really looking forward to picking them up! His books always leave me feeling inspired and I love it!

Are you a fan of Nicholas Sparks?


Kara said...

I've never read any of his books but I really want to read Dear John. I loved (the movie) The Notebook but never read the book.

I find that the movies are never as good as the books and I'm not a huge fan of the actors in Dear John. We'll see!

littledaisymay said...

I've always liked his books...even though I seem to always cry! I have read The Last Song but not Dear John. I saw Dear John on Saturday and can't wait to see The Last Song! Like you said, I heard the book Dear John was different than the movie...now I'm not sure I want to read the book!

Suz said...

I just finished Dear John last night. I loved it up until the ending, but I can still appreciate the ending. It was just different. And man, it showed that love isn't always easy. I want to see the movie, but I am nervous at what kind of changes they made.

I listened to The Last Song on my way to the beach last summer and liked it. Can't wait to see that movie too.

The Notebook (movie and book) is still my favorite!

Emma said...

I've heard that people who read the book first, hated the movie- so I think..I'm not going to read it! Thanks for the recap! xxe

Lesli said...

I have only read the Notebook and I bawled my eyes out. But the surprising thing about that is I have never even seen the movie and I LOVE Rachel McAdams.

I did see A Walk to Remember because I love Mandy Moore--but in that case, I did not read the book.

Does that all make sense?

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

To be honest, I'm NOT a fan of him. I've tried to read one or two of his books and gotten bored and I HATED the Notebook.

I do think that Dear John looks really good but I've heard bad reviews about the movie! Maybe I should try reading the book!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I used to read his books as soon as they came out as well, but then kind of stopped doing that. I did read Dear John but the details are vague in my memory & I don't remember loving it? I think the ending disappointed me but I can't actually remember what happened!

Sam said...

I need to start reading Nicholas Sparks books. I'll probably skip reading Dear John and just see the movie since I really want to see it.

Anonymous said...

I read Dear John and I really liked it's unconvential love story. I just saw the movie tonight and I really didn't care for the ending

marisol said...

I just purchased the Last Song for my Kindle. Looking forward to reading it.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I read Dear John and you know how I thought about it. I saw the movie and hated it! I thought it was just so weird that about Tim. He was creepy!

I loved his book Sam's Letters to Jennifer. You should check it out!

Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

I think I have read all of his books except Dear John. I am hoping to see the movie this weekend!

Shoshanah said...

I read a few Nicholas Sparks books (The Notebook and A Walk to Remember), but only after I had fallen in love with the movies. I think its hard to love a book before you see the movie, because in general the book is always better. I think the safer (but not always easier) way to do it is to see the movie and then read the book. But it just requires a little more patience.

Nishant said...

the books and I'm not a huge fan of the actors in Dear John. We'll see!
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