Archive for January, 2013

January 8, 2013

Book Review – Safe Haven

Last week I finished Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I needed a push out of my mountain climber rut, and this was it! Although, it’s not going to launch me into any new Sparks rut. One solid romance drama is enough for me for a while.

safe haven

Katie, a lost 20 something on the run finds a new home in Southport, NC. In starting over, she meets new friends, a mysterious neighbor, and a widower with 2 young children…who she quickly falls for.

Working through the process of trusting another person again, Katie soon finds that she will have to confront her violent past in order to move on, and we learn just how terrible her past truly was.

While I would recommend this book for a quick entertainment fix, I really didn’t find it riveting. Shocking, I know! I couldn’t really fall for Katie, or the love story between her and the widower. While both characters were very likeable…they just didn’t seem real to me. That said, the story fell out of true Sparks nature in that it ended happily…with no tragic death or sorrow. Thank goodness…remember A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, Dear John, or At First Sight?!

Bus crash, everybody dies. No thank you!

I’m certain I’ll still take time to watch the movie though…coming out soon! Hopefully I can scam find a friend bored enough to make the trek to the theater with me!

Happy Tuesday! What are you up to this week? We’ve officially de-Christmas’d our house, and it’s been above freezing the last 4 days! Woot! I’ve also started finding myself completing workouts in…the pool. Yes, I’m jumping back in to swimming after a 5 year break…and am really loving it! More on that later, but let’s just say I’m branching out in the world of fitness!

January 3, 2013

Book Review – Following Atticus

Good morning! Last week I finished, “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan. I chose the book as yet another in my growing line of mountain adventure memoirs/stories. The books falling under this genre in 2012 have included, “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer, “Into the Wild” also by Mr. Krakauer, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall,  and now “Following Atticus.”

Why mountain adventure? I have no idea. Maybe because people seem to be in such a raw state when they’re in nature for long periods of time: more honest, more themselves, more able to see the world for what it is rather than what commerce has made it. Maybe because the idea of going on a solo adventure is a bucket list item for me. Maybe because I like to read about people doing super crazy, wild things…from the safety of my warm house. I’m not totally sure though.

Regardless, I finished “Following Atticus” last week.


Cute pup, I think so!

“Following Atticus” was a quick, fun read about a man, his dog, and the relationship mountain climbing helped them develop. The book read like a series of journal entries about the events leading up to, and including, Tom and Atticus climbing (multiple times) the 48 4000+ foot mountain peaks in New Hampshire, the White Mountains.

I honestly can’t say much more about the book, but I would recommend it if you’re into dogs, which I am, and mountaineering, which I am…at least in theory. 

If you’re looking for a well-written piece that will stick with you for the long haul, and make you all but hike to REI to start buying all the gear you’ll need to start your backpacking adventures…I would pick one of the other books I listed. “Following Atticus”, while entertaining, didn’t leave me wishing the story wouldn’t end…which is my barometer for a really amazing book.

I think I’m off the mountain for a while, and moving on with some pretty random choices. I’ll let you know how that goes!

Do you ever get stuck in a rut with one specific genre of book, or maybe movies?

Happy Friday Eve!