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My New Favorite Book

I can't believe it has been almost a month since my last post! Sorry, life got crazy busy and blogging for my 4 followers was the first thing to go. After I found my new job I had to read two books before starting the job. The first book was assigned to me by my new boss. It's called "The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter," by Michael D. Watkins. It was a great book and I recommend it for anyone starting a new job or moving to a new position within the same company. But, that is not my new favorite book.

The second book I had to read was "The Count of Monte Cristo," by Alexandre Dumas. The unabridged version. One of the great classics! I started it clear back in August while on vacation. It has over a thousand pages! I think it's the biggest book I've ever read. My grandma gave it to me for my birthday this year. She always gives me books for birthdays and Christmas. And usually I don't read them. But I heard that this was actually a really good book. And it did NOT disappoint! It was amazing. I think it may be my favorite book now!

Whenever I told people that I was reading The Count of Monte Cristo they would always say, "I love that movie!" But, I watched the movie after I read the book and they aren't even remotely similar. It's a good movie, but it's so different from the book that I didn't even consider it the same storyline.

I'm hesitant to write too much about the book for fear of giving it away. But I will provide a link to a website that helped me get through the book. There are literally dozens of characters in this book that the reader has to keep track of. And a very detailed and complex plot. Occasionally, I would get a little confused or forget who a character was. Some characters are even referred to by several names. So I found these helpful websites for character and chapter summaries:

These two links will help you get through the book very easily. Just be aware that the character summaries do contain some spoilers. But, if I hadn't read those summaries there were parts that I wouldn't have understood in the book. Since it is translated from French I think it loses some of the detail in the English version.

Add this one to your list! You won't be disappointed. And happy reading!


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