Nicholas Sparks Read-A-Thon #1: The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Can I just say that this is my third book by Nicholas Sparks? I know, I know, I am sorry I am missing a lot. I've read Safe Haven and The Lucky One and I really don't remember a lot from my experience mostly because I was way younger when I read it and I don't think my level of maturity allowed me to really appreciate it so I haven't really retained a lot. Let us just say that I am starting blank, okay? Erase Safe Haven and The Lucky One...


Oh my gosh guyss.. This is my very first Nicholas Sparks novel and I enjoyed The Choiceso much that I am planning to read all of his books before school starts this August. Anyone wants to join me for A Nicholas Sparks Read-A-Thon? It's okay to read anything in between because I do that to somehow get past my book hang over and you guys can join me anytime you like.

Join me in my Nicholas Sparks Read-A-Thon by using the hashtag NSReadAThon and linking your The Choice Book Review down below and if you have reviewed this before, feel free to link it too. Everyone is welcome to join anytime and you can read any books in between as long as we reach our goal to read all of Nicholas Sparks' novels before the year ends (My initial plan was before my school starts, but they're just too many). Please message/comment me if you are joining. :)


I just want to take this off my chest right now because TRAVIS PARKER and I just got married!!! Yep, you heard that right, I just wed my very first book hubbie ever! I used to have a lot of book boyfies before and it's my first time to have a book hubbie and his name is Travis from The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. *wink wink*

First off, now that I have told you the big news about my new husband, I'll go on and tell you my thoughts about my latest read. ;)

Oh, and by the way, they're turning this into a movie this 2016!! I'm so excited!!


Title: The Choice
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Published by: Grand Central Publishing on 19th of August 2008
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction
Setting: North Carolina
Format: Mass Market Papperback
My Copy Source: Borrowed from Daniela
Purchase: Fully Booked [PH] | B & N | Amazon
Rating: 4 Roses

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

One of my bookish friends, Daniela, recommended this book to me right after she finished it. It's been so long since I last read a novel from Nicholas Sparks and besides, I just finished reading Sundays at Tiffany's that time so why not, right?

Even from the start, I was already curious. The prologue didn't gave much away and that was the thing that made me more curious. The thing I love about this book is, it's a weekend walk through their story and you won't ever feel that the story is in a hurry to end. It's a lie-down-on-a-recliner-overlooking-a-lake-with-the-sun's-rays-hitting-every-inch-of-your-skin type of story. It's laid back but it is very entertaining, what with every conversation filled with humorous dialogues.

I love Travis, Gabbie and Travis' sister, Stephanie!

Travis is the person that I would want to invite to have lunch and dinner with me, hell I would invite him to talk to me forever! This person is definitely one that I would want to converse with every minute, he has an amazing personality and the sense of humor is just, ugh, he actually caught my heart with his sense of humor. Not only that, he is a very good husband! He's so sweet and he just knows what a woman wants and he's just  *swooooons*. I cannot tell you how much I love him, though.

Gabbie and Stephanie are just the girlfriends that you want in your life and I enjoyed their company in this book so much.



I enjoyed every bit of their moments here in the first part. There is never a dull moment with Travis and Gabbie, even though it's a bit strange because while I am seriously getting tired of all the YA novels that starts with boy meets girl then eyes will sparkle and there are hearts all over, I enjoyed the book despite of that. (Seriously guys, I'm getting tired of those stories that has the girl and boy met for a fraction of a second, and then they're suddenly in love. UGH Come on, give it a depth! Get to know each other before you draw hearts all over your eyes. It's okay to drool though. *wink*)

Okay, okay, despite this new idea of being tiresome to some novel's insta-love "cliche-ness", I found myself defending this book. Yes, I hated that they fell in love in a course of 48 hours and it sucks you know? Strong attraction, yes, that is understandable, but to be in love with him, and broke it off with your current boyfriend just seems harsh. I guess she could have call it off with Kevin (the current boyfriend at that time) and then dated Travis for a certain amount of time before heading off to a freaking wedding! Anyway, the book didn't elaborate much about the Kevin matter so I really assumed that that is what happened.

Oops, I did not defended it at all. So the thing is, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the weekend they had. It's not at all lovey-dovey that's why Travis and Gabbie was able to scratch the surface of each other. It doesn't seem rush, it just seems like a pretty normal but long 48 hours for them. I didn't want the idea of insta-love, but in this book, all you can do is just go with it because it's not like they made it a point to paint it across their faces that they were in love that's why even though it's too fast, all you can just do is enjoy Travis' company. *squeeeals*

In conclusion, I hate the ending of the part one, but I enjoyed everything from the start and in between.


This will be short because I was bored to death in the second part. I didn't like anything at all about it and I just  flew my way through it just to finish it because I know that in the end, Gabbie will wake up when all hope seems lost. It was great that Travis didn't give up on her and it was lovely to see Travis be the husband material that every girl hopes for even though he only exists in the fictional world.


Oh my gosh, I encountered it again! How when we stare at the stars, we're staring backwards in time. I first encountered it from Lifespan of Starlight and here it is again. I loved that I knew all about it right now because to look at the stars that way just seems lovely.

See below for the pictures of the two books from my bookstagram.

*The Choice Book Review*


A Escolha - Nicholas Sparks #leituraatual "Travis Parker possui tudo o que um homem poderia ter: a profissão que desejava, amigos leais, e uma linda casa beira-mar na pequena cidade de Beaufort, Carolina do Norte. Com uma vida boa, seus relacionamentos amorosos são apenas passageiros e para ele, isso é o suficiente. Até o dia em que sua nova vizinha, Gabby, aparece na porta. Apesar de suas tentativas de ser gentil, a ruiva atraente parece ter raiva dele. Ainda sim, Travis não consegue evitar se engraçar com Gabby e seus esforços persistentes o levam a uma jornada que ninguém poderia prever. Abrangendo os anos agitados do primeiro amor, casamento e família, A Escolha nos faz confrontar a questão mais cruel de todas: Até onde você iria manter o amor de sua vida?" #AEscolha #nicholassparks #Thechoice #instabook #instalivros #instaleitores #books #booklover #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookstagram #libro #minhabiblioteca #minhaestante #livro #leitura #skoob #bookporn #lendo #goodreads #currentlyreading #leitora
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  2. I may join you in the read-a-thone. I have read two Nicholas Sparks books and I really enjoyed them, I really want to read another of his books. Also, I have owned The Choice for a while and I haven't read it yet, I think that will be reading it soon . Great review! I love the instagram pictures!

    1. I'm looking forward to your reviews! I will be using #NSreadathon and you may use it too. I'll check for your reviews and put the link on my review. Happy Nicholas Sparks reading!