While we were in DC we spent quite a bit of time in Barnes & Nobles. Roy and I both love books, and a book store that big was like heaven for us. I only ended up getting three books, but I also took note of a lot of other ones that I want to read in the future. I'll do a blogpost about those later. The three I picked up were If I Stay by Gayle Forman, We'll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn and The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman.
I have already finished The Life List, so I'll do a review of that soon! I had actually not heard of either of these books before I got them, but the title and the description of each of them really got my interest.
If I Stay
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.
The Life List
Brett Bohlinger seems to have it all: a plum job, a spacious loft, an irresistibly handsome boyfriend. All in all, a charmed life. That is, until her beloved mother passes away, leaving behind a will with one big stipulation: In order to receive her inheritance, Brett must first complete the life list of goals she’d written when she was a naïve girl of fourteen. Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision—her childhood dreams don’t resemble her ambitions at age thirty-four in the slightest. Some seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other goals (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. As Brett reluctantly embarks on a perplexing journey in search of her adolescent dreams, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.
We'll Always Have Paris
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it's too late. Even though her husband can't join them, even though she's nervous about the journey, and even though she's perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter's mental photo album with memories—just in case.
From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying...for the sake of living.
I'm really excited to get started on the other two! I think I might read If I Stay first, just because I really want to see the movie, but I always like to have read the book first. And then I'll move on to We'll Always Have Paris after that.
Have you read any of these book? What did you think of them? And did you see the movie version of If I Stay yet?