While I don’t normally review books that I’ve read, I think these novels deserve special attention!
The first one is called “The Choice” by Nicholas Sparks. It was an intriguing novel and only took me two nights to read. It typically takes me days if not a week to read because I generally do so at night, just before I go to bed. I couldn’t put this book DOWN. It was about the town of Beaufort, SC (the city in which my sister-in-law and brother currently reside). Not one mention of the fairly large military community that exists there! That was surprising, to say the least! Now, don’t misread me when I say that there’s a lot more to small southern towns than their military population, but considering that the town is FILLED with Marine and Navy retirees and not ONE mention of it is a shocker. True to his genre, Sparks wrote a love story. I think the reason that he’s so popular is because he is a male writing about romance.
The last book he wrote, “Dear John” was about a Soldier. I couldn’t finish it–and I’ve read EVERYTHING by this man. His novel was trite, at best, about the life of a Soldier. I couldn’t get past the fact that he was writing this from the perspective of a Soldier, which I thought would be good, but yet, he SUCKED at it! No Soldier would EVER talk the way the main character John Tyree would. NEVER EVER! Even if they were writing. Having been a Soldier myself, I know that for a fact. Even the most well behaved Soldier doesn’t talk the way Sparks wrote this character. I just couldn’t get past it and subsequently, I never got passed the 4th or 5th chapter. It was disappointing to read, at best. Perhaps someone who has never been associated with the military would enjoy it, but not I.
Next novel I would like to talk about is Playing For Pizza. While I have only been reading it for one night, I am confident that I will finish the book this evening. It starts off with a Super Bowl player from the Cleveland Browns and they were playing against the Denver Broncos. I didn’t know that when I picked up the novel and I was excited to read it! Eventually, the novel moves into Italy and that was fascinating for me. So far, I’ve enjoyed reading this book and HIGHLY recommend this novel for John Grisham fans. The book is well written and edited. I can’t wait to finish the book and at this juncture, I highly recommend picking up the book. If $16 is too much, I’m sure that a copy can be found at your local library!
Well, that’s all for now. If I get a good response on this post, I might continue to do book reviews. We’ll see how this goes over. Thanks for reading!