Should I Stay or Should I Go? 30th March 2019 #Goodreadsclearout

Posted March 30, 2019 by Zoé in Blog, Reviews and Stuff, Should I Stay or Should I Go / 10 Comments

So results are in from last week, what am I keeping and what has been kicked so far from the curb there is no coming back!?

There were 2 clear clear winners last week, and then a tough call between a few others! So I chose to keep Laurell K. Hamilton because I did love her other series so much!

So only 5 were removed last week! This week is a week of “true stories” and autobiographies so might not be so easy to choose from!!

The Life of Lee by Lee Evans


Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. ‘The Life of Lee’ is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography charting his ups and downs on the way to the top.

So I am overulling this one, but will still like to hear what you think. However, this book is staying this man in my eyes is a legend, he is my favourite comedian and I am so lucky to have seen him live in stand up. I have watched everything he is in and I have all the DVDs of his shows, plus the audio version of his show and I can picture the show clearly in my mind from watching them too much..ok will stop gushing now!

So over to you…what is your verdict? (Although it’s a keep :))

My Week with Marilyn by Colin Clark


In 1956, fresh from Oxford, the 23-year-old Colin Clark (brother of maverick Tory MP and diarist Alan) worked as a humble ‘gofer’ on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that disastrously united Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe.

This is the story of when Clark escorted a Monroe desperate to escape from the pressures of stardom. How he ended up sharing her bed is a tale too rich to summarise!

A bit naughty over here (and I will be saying this a lot in this post!) but I watched the film before reading this book. I found the film interesting and I thought Michelle Williams was amazing as Marilyn but is it worth reading it?

So over to you…what is your verdict?

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell


In June 2005 four US Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al-Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less than twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs was alive.

This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing. Blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing, Luttrell endured four desperate days fighting the al-Qaeda assassins sent to kill him, before finding unlikely sanctuary with a Pashtun tribe who risked everything to protect him from the circling Taliban killers.

Ok I know, this is another one where I watched the film first! However this film was mesmerising and totally shocking too, it has made me want to see how much was true.

So over to you…what is your verdict?

American Sniper by Chris Kyle


From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

This film nearly destroyed me at the end, I found this so hard to watch at times because when the boy signed up in the army he had wanted to be a sniper so watching this put me on edge. I am aware of the differences in the film to the book but what Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood did with this book from what I can gather is a masterpiece and I think this most definitely deserves to stay…

So over to you…what is your verdict?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed


A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. 

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her

So I haven’t watched the film for this one but I know that the gorgeous Reece Witherspoon is in it so I do want to watch it. I think it sounds quite interesting and would be keen to find out how she survived all of this!

So over to you…what is your verdict?

Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz


The riveting true story of Olympic wrestling gold medal-winning brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their fatal relationship with the eccentric John du Pont, heir to the du Pont dynasty 

On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling golden boy, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. Following the murder there was a tense standoff when du Pont barricaded himself in his home for two days before he was finally captured.

Foxcatcher is gold medal winner Mark Schultz’s memoir, revealing what made him and his brother champion and what brought them to Foxcatcher Farms. It’s a vivid portrait of the complex relationship he and his brother had with du Pont, a man whose catastrophic break from reality led to tragedy. No one knows the inside story of what went on behind the scenes at Foxcatcher Farms—and inside John du Pont’s head—better than Mark Schultz.

The incredible true story of these championship-winning brothers and the wealthiest convicted murderer of all time will be making headlines this fall, and Mark’s memoir will reveal the true inside story.

So another one where I have not watched the film first, the OH has and he said the film was good. But for a change I have the reverse I hear that the book is just not that good and looking at the ratings of 2.86 on Goodreads it is making me think is it worth it or should I just watch the film?

So over to you…what is your verdict?

So a different look this week with the genre of books, but I am excited like normal, to hear what you might choose! Results will be shown next time! If only I knew how to do a poll on wordpress!!

Until next time xxx

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10 responses to “Should I Stay or Should I Go? 30th March 2019 #Goodreadsclearout

  1. So happy you kept my faves last week ? I don’t read biographies so I don’t have an opinion to force on you this week, never thought I’d see the day ?

  2. Chris

    I couldn’t finish wild, didn’t enjoy it though the film is very good. American sniper book is a good read!