Three Weeks With My Brother

by Nicholas Sparks & Micah Sparks | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0446532444 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Watchcat of -- Not a city (geographical features, etc), New Jersey USA on 4/5/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by Watchcat from -- Not a city (geographical features, etc), New Jersey USA on Monday, April 05, 2004
From the Publisher
"In January 2003, Nicholas Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three week trip around the world. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at 37 and 38 respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world, the Sparks brothers band together to heal, to remember, and to learn to live life to the fullest."

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Journal Entry 2 by Watchcat at on Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Released on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at Mailed to a fellow Bookcrosser in n/a, n/a Controlled Releases.

Sent to MyPileOfBooks in Missouri

Journal Entry 3 by MyPileOfBooks on Friday, April 09, 2004
Just received in the mail! Will read and release soon!

Journal Entry 4 by MyPileOfBooks on Wednesday, April 14, 2004
All I can say is WOW! This was such a great book! I have loved all of Nicholas Sparks books and this really explained everything! Now I understand how he came to writing the books that he has written!

I'm sending this on to another BCer and hope she enjoys it as much as I did!

Journal Entry 5 by BigBird2002 from Mesa, Arizona USA on Wednesday, May 05, 2004
This book arrived in the mail today. I am so excited to have the chance to read it. Another Book Crosser, Lizabeth86, and I have shared a couple of books by this author. When she accepted this one (I beleive on Book Relay) she had it sent to me to read first. What a generous act! Thank you Lizabeth86.

Journal Entry 6 by BigBird2002 from Mesa, Arizona USA on Tuesday, May 25, 2004
I have to admit that I did not finish this book. I was not at all impressed with it, and I thought the writing style was boring. At the first part of the book I actually got angry with Nicholas Sparks. He certainly seemed to be justifying his trip quite a bit. If my husband had left me with 5 kids so that he could travel the world I would NOT have understood. To be honest Nicholas' idea to include his brother seemed to be a second thought to me, then seemed to become a convienient excuse. That's just my opionion, of course. I REALLY appreciate the opportunity to read this book, but I can now see why some people are put off my this author. I guess I will stick with his works of fiction!

This book will be on its way to Lizabeth86 on Saturday.

Journal Entry 7 by Lizabeth86 from Middletown, Connecticut USA on Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Received in the mail today and will go in my TBR pile.

Journal Entry 8 by Lizabeth86 from Middletown, Connecticut USA on Wednesday, January 12, 2005
This was a great book, but an emotional one; both good and bad. I cannot believe everything the Sparks brothers have endured. I loved and laughed hearing about their younger days as children being typically boys. I cried as tragedy seems to hit them again and again and again in such a short time.

I have loved many of Nicholas Sparks books but always had to have a box of kleenex nearby as there are always tears shed. Now I understand why his books always comes with tears.

An amazing book, an amazing family, an amazing life.

I am going to make this into a bookray. Those participants signed up so far are:
(List subject to change if more participants sign up.)

1. Beloved49 (NY)
2. Bestaunt (NC)
3. Teenage-faerie (TN)
4. Ariesgirl29 (TN)
5. yourotherleft(PA)
6. Rhythmbiscuit (CO)
7. Mamikaem (MO)
8. Ms-attitude-ca (Canada)-asked to be skipped
9. Sabeena29 (Canada)<-----currently with

Please contact next person in line for address and mail to them when you have finished the book. Let us also know what you thought about it.

Journal Entry 9 by Beloved49 from Lynbrook, New York USA on Tuesday, March 08, 2005
This is a Bookray I just received today 3/07/05. from fellow BC'er Lizabeth86. Will read as fast as I can.

Journal Entry 10 by Beloved49 from Lynbrook, New York USA on Friday, March 11, 2005
This is a Ray book. I have always liked Nicholas Sparks's books. They were always a wonderful read but this one was great. This book made both laugh and cry sometimes at the same times. It made me think of my family, of my parents, both gone so young and my sister and I.I remember the day we buried my Mom and my sister said, it's just you and me kid. This book filled me with memories and happieness. Death has a way clearifing everything and that's just what Mr. Sparks did. I will not forget it. It's own the way to Bestaunt in N.C. I know that she will love it. Thanks so much Lizabeth86 for allowing me to read this book.

Journal Entry 11 by Bestaunt from Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA on Friday, May 13, 2005
Ready to be sent on. A pretty good read.

Journal Entry 12 by teenage-faerie from Dandridge, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, June 21, 2005
will read asap! thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 13 by teenage-faerie from Dandridge, Tennessee USA on Wednesday, July 20, 2005
i regretfully admit that i havent had time to read this book and i dont see a break anytime soon! soooo...i'll go ahead and release this one.

Journal Entry 14 by ariesgirl29 on Thursday, July 28, 2005
I got this one in the mail today - yay! I do have to finish my Harry Potter book but then will read this one right after. It shouldn't be too long - can't wait to read!

Journal Entry 15 by ariesgirl29 on Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Have been reading here and there and just not getting into it. Got address from yourotherleft and am sending out tomorrow. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 16 by yourotherleft from Danville, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, September 26, 2005
This came in the mail today. I'll read it and pass it on as soon as I can. Thanks!

Journal Entry 17 by yourotherleft from Danville, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I finished this and mailed it on to Rhythmbiscuit today. Sorry for having it so long!

I thought the book was good but not great. I enjoyed Sparks' stories about his childhood. They reminded me of a lot of the stories that get told in my own family. I also enjoyed the narrative about the places the brothers visited mostly when it made fun of the guides and some of the weirder moments, which (again) reminded me of my own experiences. I think the brothers' closeness was really depicted, and I enjoyed that they had fun with their travels and that the less than ideal moments were included as well. They definitely seemed like they enjoyed each other and liked to have a good time together.

They did a nice job transitioning from the trip to talking about their lives and the paths they had taken. It was interesting to see how much of Nicholas Sparks' life is reflected in his books, which kind of makes me what to read more of his work.

One thing that might be true but annoyed me anyway was the way in which all the women in his life were made out to be well...perfect. I can understand why he might have wanted to show them as such, but it started to bug me after awhile. I'm pretty sure no one is quite as perfect as the women in his life, and if they are, lucky him!

This book is on the road again. Thanks for sharing Lizabeth86!

Journal Entry 18 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Wednesday, January 04, 2006
I received this book today. Thanks!

1/28/06: I enjoyed this book. I've only read a couple of Nicholas Sparks' works of fiction, Message in a Bottle and The Notebook. I bawled through both, and then I got fed up. I figured the author just manipulated his readers; everything tragic that could happen did, and it seemed formulaic. Now I understand that a lot of Sparks' life has been tragic. I can't say that I'll read more of this fiction, but at least I have more respect for him. To be honest, I enjoyed reading about the brothers' journey around the world and the places they experienced a lot more than I enjoyed learning about their past.

Journal Entry 19 by rhythmbiscuit at on Saturday, January 28, 2006

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I mailed this book today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 20 by Mamikaem from Maryland Heights, Missouri USA on Friday, February 10, 2006
Received this while I was out of the country. I have a few rings in front of it, but will get to it as soon as I can. Thanks so much!

UPDATE 03/03/06: Started this last night. I was falling asleep when the town of Tromso, Norway, got my attention! I have a dear friend who lives there! So of course I had to skip ahead and read about their stop in Tromso. How cool! :o) It looks like a good read that I should hopefully get through rather quickly (despite my current 60-hour work weeks!)

Ms-attitude-ca has asked to be skipped.

Journal Entry 21 by Mamikaem from Maryland Heights, Missouri USA on Wednesday, March 15, 2006
This has taken me awhile to finish since I'm working very long hours at work these days. I have to say that I'm much more sympathetic with Mr. Sparks when he writes his "mushy" novels after reading this! He really is just that kind of guy!

I like how he alternated between the trip and between the story of his life. I understand now why I didn't like The Wedding--he was rushed to write it. This memoir explained a lot to me. I'll read his novels with a different attitude now, feeling like I "know" him.

Ms-attitude-ca has asked to be skipped, so I'll be sending this onto Sabeena29 today. Thanks for the opportunity!

Mailed to Sabeena29 on 03/15/06.



Journal Entry 22 by sabeena29 from not specified, not specified not specified on Wednesday, March 22, 2006
received today-thanks Lizabeth86 for sharing and for everyone who helped it with its travels- looking forward to reading as soon as I finish up my current read- will journal again when I finish it.

Journal Entry 23 by sabeena29 from not specified, not specified not specified on Sunday, April 02, 2006
This book like much of Nicholas Spark's life is an emotional rollercoaster. It was easy to read and hard to put down at times. I like how he weaved the current events (the trip) in with all the events that led up to it (in his past). It also gives some insight into why he writes the types of books he does and how he was inspired to write them. As I am the last ray participant I am making it available on my shelf for the time being but plan to send out as a rabck soon - (waiting to hear from another bookcrosser to see if she's interested as I'm sending her another book by this author as soon as I read it).

4/11/06- sending to Pixette for her mum as a rabck- hope she enjoys it.

Journal Entry 24 by Pixette at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, June 19, 2010
My apologies for not journaling this earlier. I thought I had.

I did pass this to my mum. I'm hoping she enjoyed it - she did like Nocholas Sparks.

My mum passed away peacefully last year. My sister found this book amongst her effects and returned it to me.

I hope it will continue to bring joy to others.

Released 10 yrs ago (6/20/2010 UTC) at Lilliblack Cafe, Liverpool St in Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia

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Left on the bookshelf at the OBCZ

Journal Entry 26 by Flight at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, June 22, 2010
found at Lilliblack

Journal Entry 27 by Flight at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, July 08, 2010
Highly rated as an example of memoir writing (in which I am interested), poorly rated as a travel book, and reasonable overall. I think his novels are written as weepies (emotionally manipulative, yes, someone said that in one of the journal entries), and that style leaked over into this book.... It was very interesting to get insight into how he writes.

I read this book on the plane from Sydney to the USA, and it was just the right level for that kind of reading (and the book wasn't too big and heavy to hold).

With all the entries so far, I can't just wild release anywhere. Not sure where the book will go free.


Journal Entry 28 by Flight at Tamarack Lodge & Cabins in Coram, Montana USA on Thursday, July 15, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (7/15/2010 UTC) at Tamarack Lodge & Cabins in Coram, Montana USA

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To be released on the book-sharing shelves in the lodge's common rooms

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