Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 22

Day 22: A book that makes you cry

1472878I have never cried like I cried reading Firefly Lane (ironic that I used this as the book that makes me happy too…). This is definitely one of my favorite books, and introduced me to Kristin Hannah who is now one of my favorite authors.

I read this a few years ago and cried then, but when my best friend’s mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and I (mistakenly) decided to read it again, I cried harder than ever before. The last parts of the book hit so close to home it was almost unbearable, it was like the future playing out before me in written form.

I will continue to read it again and again because I love it so very, very much but it will forever remind me of those months and how life can take turns for the worst. It shows that you can get through anything if you have your best friend beside you.



6400090Big shocker: it’s a Nicholas Sparks book! But seriously though, the Last Song had me bawling like a baby. Ronnie’s parents get a divorce and she’s forced to stay in North Carolina (what?! A Nicholas Sparks books set in one of the Carolinas?) with her dad for the summer. She finds love, learns to love her dad, etc. The ending is incredibly emotional and depressing, hence the tears.

I was apprehensive to read this book at first, primarily because Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana would be playing Ronnie in the movie. Once you get the casting in your head, you picture the characters as those people. I quickly forgot that, and devoured the book in a weekend. I’m not usually a crier with books, but I definitely had tears trailing down my face with this one.



Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 20

Day Twenty: Favorite romance book

18233789So, I’m not a huge romance fan. I can probably count on one hand how many I’ve read in my entire life, actually. But! That doesn’t mean that every once in awhile I don’t get sucked in.

The Note by Teresa Mummert did just that, drew me in like a black hole. I wasn’t even really looking for it, I just scrolled through my nook library and chose it by random, and I’m so glad I did!

It’s about a woman named Jenn who is ready to give up on life and throw away her dreams, when a chance run in with a soldier home on leave changes everything. It’s all about how every single thing that happens in life, happens for a reason.

I love this book, it was exactly what I needed when I read it and I will definitely be reading it again.


7812659I absolutely love Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. In fact, I should have used it as my favorite book-turned-movie. After all, I did lop off eight inches of hair immediately after watching it. That is beside the point.

The book follows the typical Nicholas Sparks formula—back east, one is rich/advantaged, the other is poor/disadvantaged, someone’s significant other has died, etc.

It’s about Katie, who escapes an abusive marriage by running away to a little North Carolina town. She changes her appearance, gets her own place, finds her own way, and meets Alex, a widowed store owner. According to Goodreads, she learns that “love is the only true safe haven”.