Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Gone Girl {and cheating on books}

I had a few friends (and the NY Times) tell me the book Gone Girl 
by Gillian Flynn would suck me in by the first chapter, so I bumped it up to the top of my To Read list. In fact, there was so much urgency to read it, this book apologist downloaded* it to her iPad.

And, as predicted, once I started reading Gone Girl, I was a goner: I just couldn't stop. I finished it in one work day! I mean, I was that a--hole that stood in the deli line at lunch, nose in e-book.  It's CRAZY good {pun intended for those of you who know how it ends}. 

At first this story about Amy, a wife gone missing, seems a little too ripped from the headlines (think Scott Peterson) but then there are twists. Readers will hand their loyalty back and forth to Nick, the suspect husband, as the truth about what happened to Amy is revealed. If you like to watch Dateline mysteries...this book is for you! Reese Witherspoon's production company has already bought the movie rights to Gone Girl, and Reese is set to play the wife. So if you read it, you can picture her as Amy.  Humor me this - how fantastic would it be if Reese would cast Ryan Phillippe as Nick? Um, yes. That's who you should picture as the husband when you read it!

Like Nick, in weak moments I have been guilty of indescretions. If the Book Police set me down for questioning I'd have to confess that Gone Girl is not the only book I've read electronically lately. I also read Heartburn by Nora Ephron. 

The library request for all Nora Ephron books have doubled since she died (due in part, I'm sure because of come-lately fangirls like me!) because I couldn't get a single title without a wait. And, I didn't want to wait to read Heartburn (which is very fun and quirky and set partly in Washington) so I bought the iBook and read it while traveling. And it was so easy and light and perfect for when dining solo at an airport restaurant because I could have fork in one hand and easily turn the "page" with the other. Then I instantly wanted Gone Girl so I did it again, another download. I read everywhere I could that day, hands-free: stopped in traffic, sauteing veggies on the stove while cooking dinner, and into the night by the light of just the screen. I could just hear the books on the table beside me saying, How dare you bring that iPad into our bed?!  I have been two-timing on real books. 

It's true what they say about cheating, though. It just gets easier every time you do it. Next up...the new Emily Giffin


Emily said...

Okay, so like you I was super anti-electronic books...but I'm currently borrowing my cousin's Kindle to get through the 50 shades trilogy, and I love it. I'm also so excited about this recommendation--it sounds amazing...especially with the Cruel Intentions-esq reunion for me to picture while reading. oxo

Shannon said...

Hi, I'm Shannon, and I cheat on books sometimes, too. It's been 2 days since my last purchase. I'm trying to quit.

I'm not going to lie - I'll probably cheat again when I buy Gone Girl tonite. Nothing like a little peer pressure and a good book review to get the adrenaline going! (Does that make me nerdy?)

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

I'm going to read this book then. I bet I would love it.


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