Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Lucky One

So here I am again! These past few days have been crazy! Flights canceled, due to snow, planning for Christmas, cookie decorating, and of course finding the time to read :). 

So I was originally reading Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Trader, but to be honest I got bored.  I was only reading it because I wanted to compare it to the movie; well, I just couldn't take it anymore! I mean, don't get me wrong, the story is great! But the overall style of writing by CS Lewis for me gets a little boring, because it is in that old style English. Not quite Shakespeare, but not at all modern...lets just say...in between.

Anyway...I finally put down Narnia and picked up a book that I have wanted to read for a while.  The Lucky One  by Nicholas Sparks.  It took me a little over a week to read, but only because I had to find the time to read; otherwise I probabl wouldn't have been able to put it down! It was so good! Another GREAT Sparks novel!
The novel is about a man named Logan, who spent five years in Iraq, with the Marines.  While there, he finds this picture of this woman, near their camp site; which only says "Keep Safe! E.".  After a couple of weeks of no one claiming the picture, he decides to keep it, after his friend tells him there is a reason why he found the picture, and not someone else.  The picture turns out to give him some unexplainable luck. 
After his time is up in Iraq, his friend, persuades him to find this women.  Following some clues seen in the picture he is able to find a possible place where this woman may be at.  He goes there, with his German Shepherd, and finds her.
The whole novel is a beautiful growing journey of him discovering himself, and the woman in the photo.
I enjoyed every minute of it, and I definitely recommend all of you to read it!

Well, I better get going, have a lot of preparing to do for the holidays!
I hope you all enjoy your Holidays!
The Romance Bookie :) 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Jemima J.

I read this great book a couple of years ago, and I loved it so much.  It was called Jemima J. and it is by Jane Green.  The book was so memorable, that I still recommend it to my friends everytime one of them asks me for a great read. 

The novel is about a woman named Jemima, who lives in England and is overweight, and always being pushed around by the roommates and even her friends.  She finally gets tired of it, especially after one of her friends, a really cute guy, who she also happens to be in love with, moves away to do a different job; so she decides to change. Along the way she starts a relationship over the internet with a hot guy from California, pretending to be a skinny hot girl.  And she ends up visiting him in California.  Her extraordinary change along the way is what really made the story interesting to me. There is a great twist at the end, which you should definitely find out about! So if you have some time, during the holidays pick up this great romance book!

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Caution: This book contain a little bit of Physical Intimacy.

More later! Thank you!
The Romance Bookie

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Very First Entry!!!


Hello, I'm the Romance Bookie.  This is my first entry, so I thought I would start with a few great authors if you are looking for nice read over the Holidays.  Of course they are all romance books :). 

My top five Romance Authors:
1. Meg Cabot
2. Nicholas Sparks
3. Simone Elkeles
4. Nora Roberts
5. Sarah Dessen


Meg Cabot: She is probably my all time favorite author, just because everytime she releases a new book, they always have the comedy, suspense, and of course romance.  I love reading her blog on her website (megcabot.com) because she writes them just like her books. 
A few of my favorites by her are: The Heather Wells Series (which are three novels, the first being: Size 12 is Not Fat, the second: Size 14 is Not Fat Either, and the third: Big Boned).  This three novels are really good.  They are a mystery series, for the young adult genre.  They have romance, and a really great story in each one.


Nicholas Sparks: Of course Nicholas Sparks is the ROMANCE author.  Every book I have read by him is just a great new romance, with not always the happy ending that the reader may hope for.  His age group of readers can be any woman over the age of about 17; of course if a man wants to read his novels, they are also welcome to :). 
My top picks for him are: The Guardian, True Believer, At First Sight (this is the sequel to True Believer), and The Last Song
The Last Song was made into a movie last year, staring Miley Cyrus.  Adam Shankman (who I believe made the movie) did a good job with sticking to the story of the book.  The only complaint I had was that Miley didn't have the purple hair strand, which is the main character, Ronnie's, signature to her character.  (I don't think a fake hairstrand could have cost tha much either, I mean seriously, how much do they cost at stores like Claires?? Like $5??!!! Maybe???!!!)  
Like every book, that has been made into a movie, I definitely will always recommend reading the book before seeing the movie!




Simone Elkeles: Simone Elkeles is a young adult writer.  She is the author of this really great series.  The first book in the series is called, Perfect Chemistry.  I enjoyed reading this book sooo much! Think of it as a modern day West Side Story  .  You will definitely enjoy this book if you love West Side Story!!!







Nora Roberts: Nora Roberts, as many women know, has been around for quite some time.  She has written probably a hundred novels.  She has some really good reads out there.  My favorite series by her is The Bride Quartet.  There are four novels in the series: Vision in White, Bed of Roses, Savior the Moment, and Happy Ever After.  I haven't read the last one in the series, Happy Ever After, I am hoping to get it for Christmas :), but the other three were sooo great.  The series is about four best friends who run and own a Bridal business.  They organize and plan the entire wedding. Each of the novels is about one of the girls.  Vision in White is the story of the Photographer, Mac.  Bed of Roses is about the Florist, Emma.  Savior the Moment is about the cake maker, Laurel, and the last one, I believe, is about Parker, the person who of runs the whole show.  It's a really cute, lovey dovey series :), one of my favorites.  There is some mature encounters in each of the books, so if you don't like that then I wouldn't recommend them to you, but if you don't mind, and you love romance novels, then these are some books for you! :)













Sarah Dessen: Sarah Dessen is an amazing writer for the young adult age group.  She isn't however, the kind of writer that always has a fun and romantic story.  Her stories always have a serious part to them, and thats what I think is kind of refreshing sometimes, when I have read one to many lovey dovey novels for a while.  Her stories are always so great! My absolute favorite by her is: Along for the Ride.  It is her most recent release.  Her books each have a great story, and you may even find one that you can relate to somehow, or you know someone that who can.