Stardust Book Club | May Selection

Something else I've fallen off the wagon of, if you've been here for awhile, is the #stardustbookclub. This is where I pick a book I'm going to read each month and invite you to join me! At the end of the month I'll post my thoughts on the book, and I encourage you to use the hashtag #stardustbookclub if you're taking part. :)

For May, I've decided to read something completely different from what I've been having to read for school this year. I'm going to read The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kuhn. It's about an assassin who has been sent (undercover as an intern) to assassinate a partner at a prestigious law firm. I'm super excited!!

I hope you read along with me, and we can delve into The Intern's Handbook together. (Remember to use the hashtag #stardustbookclub!)

Stardust Book Club | Gone Girl Discussion

What did y'all think of Gone Girl?!

It's a week after when I said I'd post this discussion (#oops) but I'm still getting back into that blogging groove after my hiatus last month. So! Without further ado! My thoughts on last month's Stardust Book Club pick.

I saw the movie version of Gone Girl over winter break, and fell in love:

I was so taken with Amy, especially being an English Literature major at my college, and loved the idea of exploring a psychopathic woman. Of course, my enchantment with the movie made me itch to read the book that preceded it, which is how it ended up as my first fiction pick for the Stardust Book Club.

I absolutely loved the book (which is a surprise to who?). It gets so much deeper into the Nick and Amy story, and you get a more complete look into their psyches, into how their relationship has developed into the catalyst that causes Amy to fake her own murder. The chapters in the book alternate between Amy's perspective and Nick's perspective, which makes it incredibly tension-filled because you get to experience two different accounts of the same events. I loved how Gillian Flynn brings you totally into the world of Nick and Amy, and how you can sympathize with both characters. I also have to say that I liked the ending of the book more than the ending of the movie. The book's ending felt more satisfying to me as a reader, where the movie's ending left me feeling like it was a bit unresolved and rushed. 

Did you read Gone Girl last month? What'd you think? Be sure to let me know on Twitter (@sunshynedarling) with the hashtag #stardustbookclub!

P.S. -- Want to get a start on this month's pick? Here's what I'm reading!

Stardust Book Club | March Selection

I hope you've had a wonderful month, darling heart! I can't believe that it's already MARCH!! My first post that will break my blogging sabbatical is the March pick for the #stardustbookclub -- a nonfiction book! I'm going to be reading Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen (c/o Blogging for Books) and am inviting you to read along with me. 

I first got really interested in Russian culture when I read Deathless a couple years ago. The rich tapestry of culture, of superstition, and of tradition truly captured my curiosity. My next sort-of brush with Russian culture was with The Avengers and Captain America: the Winter Soldier. With Natasha being Russian born and raised, and Bucky being used by the Russians, it called on that curiosity that had been slowly forming since I encountered Deathless

I'm incredibly excited to delve into this book, and I do hope that you join me! 

P.S. -- The discussion for last month's pick (Gone Girl) will happen early next week, so keep your eyes out for that!

Stardust Book Club | February Selection

For this month's #stardustbookclub selection, I've picked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

I wanted to pick a fiction book this month, and I FINALLY saw the movie version (which was AH-MAZING) over winter break, and wanted to read the original story. I'm so, so excited to delve into the world of Nick and Amy again! Be sure to use the #stardustbookclub hashtag when you post on any social media. :)

Don't forget that the Twitter chat for January's selection will be happening on Friday, February 6! The time will be announced SOON on Twitter so be sure you're following to make sure you know when we'll be discussing The Desire Map (aff.)!