Tuesday, September 12, 2017

what I read in august

the one good thing about time flying around here is the monthly book link up with steph and jana! ok so you may remember back in september of last year, I sent a copy of in a dark, dark wood to all the girls attending my bachelorette party in the mountains of highlands, north carolina. so you know I love a good themed book club.

in july, stephen took me to savannah for the first time and I discovered midnight in the garden of good and evil: a savannah story. you guys, I couldn't wait to get home to read the book. we toured the mercer house {which by the way, doesn't touch on the book at all} and that just spiked my interest in the book even more. so if you must know - yes, I toured the house, read the book, and watched the movie. my mom read the book ages ago so we had my parents over and set out our byrd's cookies from savannah to watch the movie... seriously nerdy and right up my alley.

midnight in the garden of good and evil: a savannah story by john berendt
shots rang out in savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of may 2, 1981. was it murder or self-defense? for nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. john berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. it is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in savannah; the aging and profane southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; and minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the old south with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. {amazon.com}

my take: A
do you ever finish a book and just smile to yourself? this book left me totally content, not wanting or wishing for anything more. I loved the ending. that being said, there is a ton of character development in the book, probably the first 70% of the book is dedicated to storytelling. the movie cuts to the chase of the trial much quicker. after reading and watching them both, I have to say I enjoyed the character development in the book. this book reads like a warm afternoon on a southern porch, with some spiked lemonade to keep you company. kevin spacey and john cusack star in the movie, which is fun - but I liked the book better.

have you ever taken a trip that was inspired by a book or vice versa, read a book that was inspired by a trip? how about reading a book then watching the movie? it always seems like the book is better and definitely was in the case.


  1. I'm glad to hear you really enjoyed this one! I'm obsessed with the Harry Potter series so I definitely did a lot of HP related things when I want to London.


  2. Love the idea of combing reading+traveling! I also like checking out the "local" sections of bookstores on vacations :) Might check this one out.

    1. I love this idea too! Especially if you read the book while you're still planning a trip, you can visit locations that are mentioned in the book.

  3. I read that book many many moons ago and absolutely loved it.

  4. i haven't read this one but i did watch the movie years ago before i knew it was a book. i used to be quite obsessed with john cusack lol. the book is almost better than the movie, that's for sure! i don't know about going places inspired by books, though on our trip to New Zealand we went to Hobbiton which I guess you could say was inspired by the books lol. We loved it!

  5. I am waiting for this one from the library and am pretty excited to read it!

  6. I've been meaning to read the book ever since I learned the movie (which I LOVE) is based on it.

  7. I have totally read books that make me smile at the very end. I don't usually re-read books (except during my Twilight phase) but maybe I should!

  8. I haven't ever heard of this but it sounds great!

  9. This book was everywhere when we went to Savannah, and I had totally forgotten I wanted to read it!

  10. ooh glad you liked it. We went to Savannah last summer and just loved it there. I haven't read the book yet though! Glad you know you loved it so much! XO - Alexandra

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  11. Savannah is such a beautiful city! I read this book in high school, when my family visited Savannah. I remember enjoying the book, maybe will read it again one day. Not sure if you noticed, but Jude Law is in the movie too :)