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Sonic
June 5th, 2015, 12:45 AM
It doesn't matter if I tell myself I'm not going to because I always do! No matter what.
He gets me every single time. :icon_sniff:

Read the book first...bawl.
Watch the movie, know what's coming...bawl anyway.

Watch the movie first.... bawl
Read the book, know what's coming...bawl anyway.

Read the book for the second or third time...bawl as hard as I did the first time.
Watch the movie for the third, fourth, or whatever time...bawl like a baby.

Darn you Nicholas Sparks!!
I'm going to take my snotty red faced self to bed new. "The Best of Me" most certainly got the best of me.

sewlucky
June 5th, 2015, 12:47 AM
i love Nicholas Sparks!

bubba
June 5th, 2015, 01:10 AM
And here I thought you were reading 50 Shades of Gray!! :icon_rofl:

Sonic
June 5th, 2015, 01:14 AM
And here I thought you were reading 50 Shades of Gray!! :icon_rofl:
Oh my...... <blush>

Jean Sewing Machine
June 5th, 2015, 01:16 AM
Nicholas Sparks? I cried at the end of the Longest Ride and others. I think as a young man, he has an unbelievable insight into what it's like to be old!

I asked my daughter if she read any of his books, she said, " oh you mean those sappy books where you cry at the end of every one?" Guess she's not really a fan.

bubba
June 5th, 2015, 01:26 AM
Truthfully, I have never read any of the 50 Shades books. I have lots of friends who did and all the younger gals I used to work with read them.....at work!!! They tried to talk me into reading them, but I never did. One night they decided it would be fun to embarrass Pat, so they picked an especially juicy couple pages and had me read them, and I did. They were waiting and waiting for me to turn 50 Shades of Red, but it didn't happen. Guess they thought old women know nothing......

Sonic
June 5th, 2015, 09:25 AM
I tried to read one because I was curious about what all the fuss was for. It was not my cup of tea.
While I was aware of the general subject before I started (because I don't live in a cave) the poor story line and weak character development annoyed me to no end. Returned it only partial read, which is something I rarely do.
Once I invest my time in a book, I almost always finish it unless it's just that bad.

Sparks is more of my speed and I agree, his insight about many things is why I think his books appeal to so many people.

WendyI
June 5th, 2015, 10:06 AM
I'm with you Sonic...I have the same issue with books...normally MUST finish them and sadly I read all four of those TERRIBLE Grey books...LOL! AND watched the movie which was even WORSE and SOOOO badly cast! So...as terrible as they are, they still made money off of me. I just needed to read them to try and find SOME reason why they were so popular...sadly I still remain confused!

I don't like books that make me cry unless there is a really awesome happy ending.

Sonic
June 5th, 2015, 10:43 AM
LOL...I don't often buy fiction since I am a library lover, but I do own quite a few of Spark's.
Kiddo is out of school now and we are actually headed to the library today because they are having their semi-annual book sale. I can get a whole bag stuffed full of books, whatever I want, for only a few dollars. That's when I usually stock up on fiction paperback winter reading because they are only like 20 cents, and when I'm done I can re-donate them to be sold again.

Some times they have some really good deals and last year I got kiddo an Oxford World Atlas ('11) for only 25 cents. Talk about a deal..it was a $79 book in '11!! They don't have much overall that's newer beyond fiction, but some of the cook books are terrific and I can stock up on older quilting magazines. Which are of course "new" to me.

I will say checking out the 50 Shades from the library was a little uncomfortable because it's a very small town library where everyone knows everyone.... and their reading habits! LOL.
But I had no problem checking out the Magic Mike bluray!!! (twice)

Andrea F
June 5th, 2015, 11:00 AM
I read them all kinda by accident several years ago. I saw the title on the US beseller lists back then and got them as ebooks for the beach vacation we were going to. I was surprised when I started the first book because I wasn't aware of the content beforehand. They were okay and I read them all three, nothing to get excited over in my opinion. A while after that I went to a bookstore and saw a table full of books on the same topic, didn't read any of those. I won't go to the movies to see the film either. DS#2 was and didn't like it. He also got the according board game for christmas from a friend and was less than pleased. He loves board games but this one didn't hit his fancy.

I'm more of the fantasy reading girl, I like witches and vampires and werewolves. Did anybody read the Rachel Morgan/Hollows series by Kim Harrison? I really like those. And everything Marion Zimmer-Bradley wrote. Love her books. I did read some Nicholas Sparks books when I was a lot younger and if I remember correctly, I liked them.

bubba
June 5th, 2015, 01:10 PM
Nicholas Sparks is an excellent writer. I also enjoyed reading the entire series of Jan Karon books.

alliek
June 5th, 2015, 01:39 PM
I LOVE Books, seriously I like old books, new books, etc. I love to read which interferes with my quilting. I want to sew, I want to read, hmmmm. I did not read "shades of Grey", and I do like Nicholas Sparks. He is a "relaxing" read in some ways. I never mind reading and watching the movie or vice-versa. The book is always better. I have to stay off of the Amazon site because I will go broke and we will be living in a house built of books on some street corner. (Then there is the fabric thing!!!!) I think I need some counseling.:icon_slap:

Sonic
June 5th, 2015, 01:54 PM
You and me both....
I already need more book shelves...for books, not fabric!
Book stores and libraries are two of my favorite places and once I found out I could get many of the books that interest me used off amazon and other used book places...yowzer! Then I found Ollies. It's a store that has a little bit of everything that are closeouts from other stores. $1 and $2 books are my weakness, like good sale priced fabrics, and Ollies has LOTS of them.

And I try very hard to find to be patient for library items and was tickled pink when my little library signed up for free online library services, which gives me a much larger variety of the books I like..quilting, DIY, gardening, etc.
The kind of books that are normally expensive to buy.

bubba
June 5th, 2015, 01:58 PM
I don't know the last time I bought a physical book......I read mostly on my Kindle now, unless it's in the bathtub!

Claire Hallman
June 5th, 2015, 02:01 PM
I was surprised with the difference in the book and the movie of The Best of Me. I liked them both but the movie took a lot of license with the story. I agree that reading takes away from the sewing time, so hard to decide which to do. When I get started on a book the sewing goes out the window and vice versa.:icon_heh:

Granny Fran
June 5th, 2015, 02:11 PM
Like many of you, I love to read. Found several years ago that I could check out books on tape (cd's now) and they are a wonderful way to pass the time on a long road trip. However, they are a great way to "read" while you sew !!!! Best of both worlds. Give it a try.

jjkaiser
June 5th, 2015, 02:21 PM
I am not a 50 Shades fan, but Elizabeth Berg, now that's an excellent writer. Check her books out they are wonderful. What I call slice of life stories. I have read them all some several times.

Sonic
June 5th, 2015, 02:22 PM
Found several years ago that I could check out books on tape (cd's now) and they are a wonderful way to pass the time on a long road trip. However, they are a great way to "read" while you sew !!!!

I do that too! When I'm painting (walls) crocheting, or otherwise doing things that don't take all my concentration I listen to audio library books.
Not sure I could listen to audio books while sewing just yet though...maybe in another 6 months when I don't have to think so hard!

Kindle..I can handle reading some things on kindle, and have lot of free ebooks. But I find it limiting in terms of reference, DIY, and how to books. I'll use my computer snippet tool to grab charts or patterns from online library books that I want to refer back to, but there's just something about a having a good how to reference in my hands that allows me to turn easily right where I need to go. Probably why I still like to browse catalogs and such sometimes instead of always doing online searches for stuff.

bubba
June 5th, 2015, 02:36 PM
One thing I really like about reading on my Kindle is when I don't know a word, I can just touch it and get the definition. Then there I sit in the bathtub w/my paperback....hmmmmmm, doesn't work!

toggpine
June 5th, 2015, 02:43 PM
I'm a huge fan of audiobooks! I don't feel so guilty if I can read and do something else at the same time!

Our new GPS has a feature where I can download a book and it will play while I drive! Sweet! I still use the CD player in the car though, as I haven't sat down to work out how to do the techie stuff to actually make that feature function.
I'd love to get an iWhatever to do the same thing while I'm out mucking the barn, pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, etc. More reading time!

Did NOT get on the 50 Shades bandwagon. A book had better have a good story to back up the "sizzle" or it's not worth the read. There have only been a few books that I didn't finish. They have to be pretty bad for that to happen.

I just read The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson. I liked her other books, & this one was OK up to the last chapter. Then it was like she just swept everything up into a dust pan and dumped it. It seemed like the end of the series and she was only given X number of pages to wrap it up. Odd.
I too like to bargain hunt for books and make excellent use of our county library system!

sewelegant
June 5th, 2015, 03:13 PM
Never read 50 Shades of Grey. Nor did I see the movie. Is it anywhere as bad as Game of Thrones? Haven't read those book either, but the TV series, oh my! I've only seen a few episodes, and I liked the story line. But the porn could go. At least about 90% of it. Nothing at all to the imagination! Not my cup of tea.

But I do love Nicholas Sparks. I just wish his books were 3 X the # of pages!

snippet
June 6th, 2015, 05:01 AM
I love Nicholas Sparks and his books. I haven't read them all because I get to crying like a baby when I do. I did the same thing with Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood.

I read the 50 Shades of Grey just to see what the fuss was about. It was more fuss than anything to me. I really didn't like the writing, but it was okay.

I used to be a big reader but with my depression I couldn't concentrate enough to read a paragraph much less a book. Now that I'm doing better, I've been reading more when I can. I even joined a book club! I don't buy books though, because I usually don't read a book twice. So I am a big library user. I can even check out Kindle books from my library, so I don't have to go to the library to get the book.

I do like the Kindle books. I too like that I can tap on a word to get the dictionary. Searching is easy too. It's awesome to pull up a specific paragraph that we are discussing in book club.

SallyO'Sews
June 6th, 2015, 10:06 PM
Sonic, you are stinkin' adorable. You should read "The Fault in Our Stars."

lovemyavy
June 6th, 2015, 10:17 PM
Oh, SallyO'Sews, that is an excellent book.

Sonic
June 7th, 2015, 12:02 AM
Usually a book is better than the movie..is that true with The Fault in our Stars? If so I'll read the book first.

CarolynK
June 7th, 2015, 10:58 AM
Oh, I love to read also and love Nicholas Sparks! Another of my favorites is the "Irene" series by Jan Burke - she is also my hubs cousin and I just love her writing. She does a lot of prep for her books so that she can relay that in the book. Like going up in a helicopter to relay the scene and feeling. It works.

I also didn't get on the 50 Shades bandwagon. Just didn't think that was something I needed to read.

sassygranny
June 7th, 2015, 11:41 AM
I always figured this genre of book was not my cup of tea, but based on the positive comments here, I dug into my first Nicholas Sparks book last night. I think I'm gonna like his work! Gee, thanks, girls. He has LOTS of books out there. ;)

bscuzz
June 7th, 2015, 11:53 PM
Like many of you, I love to read. Found several years ago that I could check out books on tape (cd's now) and they are a wonderful way to pass the time on a long road trip. However, they are a great way to "read" while you sew !!!! Best of both worlds. Give it a try.

Last winter while I was crocheting my Vintage Pineapple Tablecloth, I discovered and got hooked on 'Audible Books' - so I understand completely, "the best of both worlds", read/listen while you do another favorite pastime!

Sonic
June 8th, 2015, 12:22 AM
I always figured this genre of book was not my cup of tea, but based on the positive comments here, I dug into my first Nicholas Sparks book last night. I think I'm gonna like his work! Gee, thanks, girls. He has LOTS of books out there. ;)
Yay!!
Which one are you reading??
(I promise not so say anything or spoil it :D )

amartin24
June 8th, 2015, 10:07 AM
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SallyO'Sews
June 9th, 2015, 12:12 PM
Usually a book is better than the movie..is that true with The Fault in our Stars? If so I'll read the book first.

I haven't seen the movie, so I don't really know. My DD age 18 read the book and then saw the movie; she bawled her eyes out over both. So the movie's probably not bad.

If I've already read the book, I'm kind of wanting the movie not to stray very far from the original plot-line, because if I liked the book well enough to pay to see the movie, I want to like it for the same reasons. I also want the casting to be exactly as it was in my head; alas, the movie producers don't always call or email me for suggestions. :icon_slap: :lol:

Have you read the Book Thief? I have not seen the movie, but the book is very good. One of those that leaves you wishing you knew more of what happens after the story is over.