Nicholas Sparks: Two by Two

I wrote an entire author spotlight on Nicholas Sparks so it should
be no surprise that I'm still a sappy girl who loves his fiction. He writes a new book every year in time for Christmas and this was on my wish list. I read it in Florida over the course of one day on the beach because it was so good. While I read everything he writes, I don't love all of it. Some of it is super cheesy and dramatic, but this is now my second favourite book of his next to The Wedding, because it's about simple, everyday struggles. 


Dave Eggers: The Circle

In an attempt to have a more timely quality to our blog, Meg and I thought it would make sense for me to review Dave Eggers’ The Circle (2013) since the film adaptation is currently playing in theatres. As of writing this I have not seen the movie yet… it honestly looks horrendous. Meg laughed at me because we are working on a list of worst book-to-movie-adaptations and I already have it written down as one of my choices. The trailer alone makes me cringe, I don’t think I even finished watching.

The book doesn’t evoke the same gag reflex.


Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

I had no intentions of blogging about this book because I read it
soooo long ago and I'm not nearly smart enough to be talking about it. However, Meghan suggested I write about it because of how relevant it's been in the media lately and after she said it it seemed like I was hearing Handmaid's Tale references everywhere. There's a new miniseries with Elizabeth Moss out based on the book that looks soooo good, and Emma Watson just announced this book to be the next for her book club, Our Shared Shelf... so here we are. It's a great piece of fiction, don't get me wrong, but I didn't want to beat a dead horse. Hopefully I'll have a fresh perspective on the book for you but likely not.


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We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 9


Adam Shoalts: Alone Against the North

Apparently my favourite type of non-fiction is when the narrator
journeys alone into the unknown... It doesn't make much sense because Meg and I always describe ourselves as "indoor girls," and yet I find myself always buying any book about someone venturing into the wilderness. I suppose it could be because I've always loved Robyn Davidson (who crossed the Australian desert alone in 1977) saying, "I'd like to believe an ordinary person is capable of anything," and I like to read the proof of that as often as possible. Also, Meg and I are partaking in a 4-day hike in June and are already planning the pitch for our book deal, so reading Alone Against the North: An Expedition Into the Unknown by Adam Shoalts was a matter of research.


We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 8


Elizabeth Gilbert: Committed

This is hands down the most interesting book I've ever read in my
life. I've read it twice through fully now and I go back to specific parts quite frequently. I can see myself reading it ~100 more times. Everybody who has been in a relationship, wants to be in a relationship, is married, divorced, single, thinking about a breakup, engaged, etc. NEEDS to read this. I feel like it should be part of a sociology curriculum to be honest. I found this book by fluke in a used book store, without even knowing about its existence, and it's completely changed how I view my own relationships and other peoples' as well. Settle in this is going to be long as hell.


We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 7


Joan Didion: South and West

Man, I never thought I would be getting to skim through a new Joan Didion book. While getting anything new from her is like the best gift I could ever receive, I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I found out it was just a 160-paged publication of her old notes from the 70’s. I still hold out hope that we will get SOMETHING new from Didion before she dies, but I’ll take literally whatever I can get from her.


We Are Not Ourselves Book Club: Week 6