October Book Club

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Last week was a tough one for me.  Getting the news that after all my effort my A1C was 7.0 not Below-Seven was tough.  7 is still an amazing number but it didn’t reflect how hard I had been trying or what I was expecting.  I was in shock at my result.  The rest of my day was not good.  I was so upset and depressed that I couldn’t really do much but overanalyze my numbers.  Eventually, I stopped analyzing and moved onto diabetes burnout.  My husband took me out to dinner that night and I ended up ordering chicken fried rice and a chocolate brownie for dessert, way too many carbs for me to count, let alone bolus for.  My blood sugar ended up climbing all the way up to 362!  I can’t remember the last time I was above 300 so seeing a 362 was not fun.  Thursday continued onto be a bad diabetes burnout day, I was down.  I didn’t run on Wednesday or Thursday or even over the weekend like I was supposed to for my half marathon training.  I baked pumpkin chocolate chip bread and consumed a lot of it.  Today, I’m doing much better.  My blood sugars seem back to where they were before last Wednesday’s setback.

However, I’m still not quite ready to give diabetes too much thought right now.  So I figured it’s a good time to reflect back on the books I’ve been reading recently.  Since my last book blog post, I’ve read quite a bit:

  • War Brides by Helen Bryant
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
  • Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby by Cheryl Alkon
  • A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
  • Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
  • True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
  • At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks

I have read so many Nicholas Sparks books recently that War Brides seems like ages ago. It was a very good book and I’m sad that I missed the book club where my neighbors discussed it.  It tells the story of four different women during World War 2 and was overall a great read.  I would recommend it to others.  After I read War Brides, I read another WWII era book called Code Name Verity.  It’s hard to discuss this book without giving too much away but it was also a very good read.  It’s funny because the book is classified as Children’s Fiction but I thought it was a very adult book.  It was told from a woman’s point of view, but as I was reading it I was thinking that my husband would enjoy it because it dealt a lot with pilots and planes, something my husband loves.  I will say though that at first it was hard for me to get into the book, but once I got through the first third of the book, it was hard to put down.

The only other non-Sparks book I read over the last few months, was a diabetes book, Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-existing Diabetes.  I really enjoyed this book.  I have read some other diabetes and pregnancy related blogs and it seems like the authors have met with their doctors and have gotten a lot of great advice.  My endocrinologist hasn’t given me one single tip about how to approach pregnancy with diabetes so I enjoyed reading this book to see what to expect before and during a pregnancy.  I even took this book to my last endocrinologist appointment because I was going to ask my doctor specific questions that I had from the book, but the news of my higher A1C derailed me from following through with my questions.  I recommend this book to any Type 1 diabetic who is looking to get pregnant (or already is!).  I actually found this book because of the Diabetes Online Community so another point added to the list of why the DOC is so great.  I feel like if I didn’t have the DOC, I would be approaching pregnancy completely clueless, especially since my endocrinologist hasn’t told me a single thing about what to expect (maybe because she thinks I’m not ready, but as I told her in my last appointment, I have already gotten off my pill and while we aren’t “trying” yet, it could happen).

The majority of my past few months have been reading Nicholas Sparks’ books.  As I mentioned in my last book post, my plan was/is to read the books then watch the movies and while I have already seen all of the movies, I hadn’t read the books before. I stated the collection reading his first book, The Notebook.  This one was a hard and easy one to read.  Hard because I have seen the movie so many times that it was hard for the book to be better than the movie.  Easy because I have seen the movie so many times that I could basically speed read through this book.  The book was pretty similar to the movie but I think since I love the movie so much I would have to give the advantage to the movie.

Next, I read Message in a Bottle and the book was about 1,000 times better than the movie.  The book did a great job of character development and relationship building that the movie totally bypassed. I wouldn’t recommend watching the movie at all, it did such a poor job of comparing to the book. A Walk to Remember is another movie that I have seen a lot and love.  Despite knowing most of the movie by heart, I actually preferred the book to the movie.  Like Message in a Bottle, I think the book did more to explain the relationships among the characters and as a result, jerked at the heart strings more.  The final book turned into a movie was Nights in Rodanthe.  I probably sound like a broken record but Nicholas Sparks does create so much depth with his characters that the movies can’t quite touch on.  I enjoyed the book a lot more than the movie.

The other books of his that I read but weren’t turned into movies were pretty good.  The Guardian was more of a suspense, thriller romance than a light hearted romance but that’s what made me enjoy it more.  It was different than most of his other books but was a very interesting read that I found hard to put down.  The Rescue was a sweet story but I found it to drag a little too long.  I enjoyed a Bend in the Road a lot, despite it being a little predictable.  The Wedding was slightly a continuation to the Notebook and while I think the story could have been told a little quicker, was a really sweet and enjoyable read.  By the time I got to True Believer, I had already read so many of his books, that I didn’t enjoy this book or At First Sight nearly as much as his other ones.  I didn’t really care of the first story and At First Sight was a continuation from True Believer so I found I was more skimming the book towards the end.  Overall though, he writes well and the stories are easy and interesting to read and he definitely knows how to pull on those heart strings.

My plan for the new few months is to finish reading the Nicholas Sparks collection (I have 6 more to go).  My neighborhood book club has also started back up so I will read the books assigned for that, which first up is House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout.  Also, I read the Sookie Stackhouse series a while ago and since I finished the series, the author has published three more books so I will finish reading those.


8 thoughts on “October Book Club

  1. I never thought to read Nicholas Sparks books assuming they were trite because of the movies. I’ll definitely give them a try. I always love when I have a new author to read. Thx-

    • The books are WAY better than the movies and most of them I would recommend but a few I’d pass on-like True Believer/At First Sight. I liked the Wedding a lot and surprisingly Message in a Bottle which was 1,000 times better than the movie.

  2. You are doing soooooo good! I know how disappointing it is when that number just isn’t *quite* there. I just know my next checkup is going to be horrible. I’ve had so many days of unexplainable highs – drives me nutty that I can’t “fix” it, no matter what I do.
    I just got through reading a book for our Book Club by a North Carolina author, set in NC – The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain. It was a good, easy read, and even though I had a hard time “believing” some of the things that happened in the book, it’s fiction, so there 🙂 I haven’t read any of her other books, but they all look to have similar themes about women, friendships, secrets, people having babies, babies getting stolen, etc. OK, now that I think about it, maybe you *shouldn’t* read them if you are looking to get pregnant!!

    • Thanks for the recommendation! I’m always looking for books to suggest to my book club because the books I read in my “free time” are a different type of book than what my book club reads, like I’m planning to finish the Sookie Stackhouse collection in November-don’t think my neighborhood book club would want to read that haha.

      If you like the author, maybe I’ll look into her other books as well that might not be so pregnancy related.:-P Thanks!

    • Have you read all of them? I still have a few more to go. I wish True Blood followed the books a little bit more. I love Sookie and Eric’s relationship in the books!

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