Good Reads : Gone Girl


As a child, my father read chapter after chapter of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boy mysteries. He’d stay up late after I begged him for one more page, ignoring the fact he had to rise before sunrise for work the next morning. Later, in high school, I breezed through John Grisham novels, leaving them on my dad’s bed for him to read when he had the chance. We had a penchant for suspense.

A couple weeks ago, I picked up Gone Girl and I reverted back to my Nancy Drew book days…ahem, daze. I’d find myself reading into the wee hours of the morning because I needed to know what was going to happen. The bags under my eyes? Worth it for such a nail-biting read.

I’m always giddy when I make my way through great books, so here’s a few of my Good Reads lately…

Gone Girl by Jillian Flynn. I’d seen a lot of buzz about this book, but it wasn’t until a friend insisted I pick it up that I did. The dark story centers around solving the mystery of Amy’s disappearance. Unsure if she was kidnapped or murdered, Amy’s sudden disappearance leaves her husband as the prime suspect. There was so many twists and turns I didn’t know what to expect next…it was one of those books I couldn’t put down. To be honest, I found myself asking a ton of questions about relationships, marriage, and husband/wife misconceptions…it was kinda creepy, but that’s part of its appeal. 4/5

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. This read was a by-product of late night shopping on…oh, yes, I also buy those little do-dads at the cash register because impulse shopping is my jam. I enjoyed this light and funny read, but I don’t think it’s a book a recommend because it felt like I was reading a stranger’s diary with a look back at her I Love Lucy-esque life. You know, the plot, the dilemma (oh no, I almost burned down the house when I baked cookies!), and the husband-shaking-his-head resolution. Cute, but not really my thing. 3/5

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. All I could think when I read this book was, this was mandatory reading in high school?! I shifted english classes when I was a freshman, so I somehow missed this book requirement, but seeing how the movie adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing in December, I thought it’d be good to brush up on my literary/cinema love. And, whoa. Infidelity, deceit, and drama…if it wasn’t so well written, I’d be offended 😉 It’s hailed as a great American novel and if I had 1/1000th of Fitzgerald’s ability to write, I’d die happy. 4/5

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. Remember when I said I like short stories? Well, this book ranks on up with Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies (an awesome read), and a lovely follow up Diaz’s The Incredible Life of Oscar Wao (which won a Pulitzer). I’m a huge fan of Diaz’s poetic writing and his ability to access a rawness that leaves a reader numb. This was another book I stayed up late reading and it delivered in a way Diaz only can. 4/5

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Dede Edwards

    October 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Gone Girl was crazy! I couldn’t put it down.

  2. Jennifer

    October 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I felt the same way about Lets Pretend This Never Happened. I felt like it was circular storytelling of the same hijinx, different scenario.

  3. Jaimie Krause

    October 30th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I read Gone Girl last month and I couldn’t put it down! I’ll have to check out the other books, too. Thanks for the recommendations!

  4. Jaimie Krause

    October 30th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I read Gone Girl last month and couldn’t put it down! I’ll have to check out the other books, too. Thanks for the recommendations!

  5. Alison Foster

    October 30th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    If you loved Gone Girl you should read Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson 🙂

  6. Sarah

    October 30th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I just finished Dark Places by Jillian Flynn–it was twisty and turn-y too! Gone Girl is next for me. 🙂

  7. Travis Allison

    October 30th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I just downloaded it from I’m so excited to start it (probably next week, depending on how many times Maverick needs to be walked).

    Do you listen to audiobooks, too?

  8. Natalie

    October 30th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I loved Gone Girl too. But I haven’t had the chance to pick up "This is How You Lose Her" – must do that soon as The Incredible Life of Oscar Wao and Interpreter of Maladies are BOTH on my top 50 list! Thanks for the recommendations!

  9. Tori

    October 30th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I’m half way through Gone Girl and it is getting crazy!!!

  10. Whitney Lane Arnett

    October 30th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I’ve been putting of the great gatsby too. I think it’s time i sat down with it though and we became friends

  11. Tanja

    October 30th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I think that Jennifer Lawson’s book leaves a bigger impression when you know more about her before you start reading it. I truly enjoyed it, but I’ve been following her blog for a long time and found more layers in it. I totally agree that the book is a bit odd without a previous idea of who she is. 🙂

  12. MArissa

    October 30th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    How did you escape having to read The Great Gatsby, in high school? I can’t remember if Gervitzman or another English teacher required it.

  13. Sydni Jackson

    October 31st, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Yes! I re-read the Great Gatsby this summer. Whenever I read books I "read" in high school I feel like I’m reading them for the first time. I can’t wait for the movie!! I picked up some of Fitz’s short stories after I finished the Great Gatz and they were pretty good too.

  14. Alexis

    October 31st, 2012 at 3:36 am

    J*, how do you have time to READ AND PHOTOGRAPH all these beautiful weddings? Very admirable! I love reading too!

  15. Becca

    October 31st, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I agree with what a couple previous people said. Jenny Lawson’s book is like a string of the best inside jokes ever. I can see how someone who didn’t know who she was or what she’s like on her blog and numerous other writings would find the book strange, to say the least. Regardless, I’m glad you picked it up. Anything to support the Traveling Red Dress.

  16. LEOLAK

    October 31st, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Love your Good Reads posts! I must pick up this Gone Girl ASAP!!! Thanks

  17. Ciiku

    October 31st, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I agree with the post about following Jenny’s blog to better enjoy her book

  18. Eileen

    October 31st, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Have you read "Tell the Wolves I’m Home" by Carol Rifka Brunt? Awesome book. I will have to check out Gone Girl

  19. Aimee

    October 31st, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I wasn’t a huge fan of Interpreter of Maladies, but I really enjoyed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I’m going to have to read This is How You Lose Her now. Thank for the rankings, too! Have you thought about using little icons or pics? Like camera lenses or Polos. C’mon, that’s be cute!

  20. Amanda Colgan

    November 2nd, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks ALOT!!!!! Ive been up for 2 days reading Gone Girl…. I guess my weddings will have to wait!

  21. Luiza Hajdu

    November 10th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Thanks for sharing I will get right now the Gone Girl.
    After 50 Shades of Grey, I found myself without options and lost track of good books.