“Big Little Lies” by Liana Moriarty

This book came up several months ago in a bookish newsletter (one of way too many that I get in my email inbox) and I immediately added it to my “to read” list.  Then it was added to our book club list so you know, two birds with one stone and all that.  We had our book club meeting last night to discuss this book and it was said that it was “a beach read with substance.” Perfectly said Rachel, perfectly said.  I thoroughly enjoyed this one and will most likely pick up more books by this author. From what I heard last night, this isn’t even her best one.

If you like a “suburbia, deep secrets, whodunit, who’s dead?” then this book is for you.  It has so many layers (yep, like an onion….thanks Shrek) and so many interesting characters who are actually believable.  I was destined to love this book.  Add the fact that you don’t even know who died until the end makes for a page-turning dramatic event.  One lady in my book club announced that “I figured it out right away, I knew it was him/her.”  Well, I didn’t.  I was surprised at the ending.  Personally I don’t like to overthink what I’m reading.  I have to think at work.  I don’t want to think when I’m doing something I love in my quest for relaxation.  I really don’t want to think so hard I figure it out right away. I’ve done that before and the book just sucks after that. I want to be surprised. I want to turn the pages wondering what’s going to happen on the next one.  I highly recommend this one.  It was a very easy read and kept my curiosity high.  This book delivered.

So if you are up for a “beach read with substance” (thanks Rachel) then this is for you.  I definitely plan on picking up more books by this author.

Happy Reading!!!

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“The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica

This book was on my to-read list for a while and I picked it up recently when I was browsing the book section in Target.  And by browsing, I mean loading up my cart with books.  The reviews were mostly positive.  It’s like Gone Girl, it will keep you on the edge of your seat, etc.  The only reason I was on the edge of my seat is because I was sliding down from falling asleep from boredom.  Seriously?  Like Gone Girl?  Ok, maybe Gone Girl’s boring younger cousin who hasn’t quite grasped reality yet.  This book was not anything it promised.  If you have not read it, spoilers ahead.

So it has a few POV’s using the “before” and “after” premise for each.  That was fine, I don’t mind different POV’s as it gives me a better sense of the characters.  However, all through the book I kept waiting for main character’s POV.  Never got it. Basically, as you know if you read the book, it’s about a girl who was abducted and right away it let you know that she didn’t die and that she was rescued.  Come on, let me guess a little, but apparently the point was that she had amnesia from what I thought (I know, there I go assuming) was this horrible experience from this abduction.  I kept waiting on this awful recount of the terrible things she endured, how he raped her (because she ends up pregnant), and that she is just putting it all back in some safe spot in her brain to save her from the pain of what she went through.

Not. At. All.

First off, a guy abducts me and tells me he didn’t go through with taking me to the person who wanted me kidnapped so in essence, he saved my life.  But he is still holding me hostage.  Let me just say this is not someone who I would fall in love with because I mean, let’s be realistic, those are some serious red flags there.

Nope, that’s exactly what she did.

Seriously????

The only thing that really saved this book for me, if there was any saving to be had, was the end.  No, not because it was over (well maybe a little), but because it was sort of creative as to how she got revenge on her father, who, by the way, is a dirty Judge and the reason she was abducted in the first place.  Although maybe my expectations were so low I was excited for something, anything.  All in all, I was bored with this one waiting on something awesomely horrible to happen.  Don’t judge me, you know you love a good “I can’t believe the disturbing and awful things that happened to them” book.  Admit it.

So this one definitely fell flat with me.  I’m on my third book since this one and I am LOVING It so far.  Let’s hope it stays that way.  Stay tuned….

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Hello World!

 

Not even sure where to start with this blogging stuff.  I’m no writer, I’m just a hard working adult who reads.  A lot.   I really read A LOT.  So much that when I finish a book, and of course after sitting there for a few minutes experiencing my book hangover, I immediately grab another book.  It’s sad really, but it’s my ultimate passion.  And as I tell my husband, I could be addicted to worse.  Right?  Of course I say that as my bookshelves are overflowing and I have to stack them on the floor, but what can you do? I mean really, there’s a free bin at my local used bookstore.  What am I supposed to do, leave them there like little book orphans just begging someone to take them home?  But I digress.

I am only in one book club but I don’t have much time for more than that.  I enjoy all sorts of genres (thanks to my book club) except I’ve never been a big fan of sci-fi (although I loved Ender’s Game).  Basically I wanted to start doing this just to put my thoughts down after each book I read.  I have found that on Goodreads I rarely agree with the reviews that are posted.  Maybe I just don’t get it.  Maybe I don’t follow the norm.  Who knows.  I just know what I like and what I don’t.  I know what captivates me and holds my interest and sometimes it’s not what everyone else loves.  I just know I love to read.  A LOT.  Did I mention I read a lot?  So this is just a place for my bookish thoughts.  I’ll probably start with one I hated.  But then again, I think most everyone else did too.  Wait, that’s completely against what I’ve said already.  Ok, so I don’t disagree on every book review.  With that being said, stay tuned for more random thoughts.

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