Daily Archives: February 17, 2018

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Yes, another Liane Moriarty book because I am an adult and can read what I want [1].

This one was borrowed from the library and read in about 6 days. This one is also plot-driven: Something happens at a barbeque but you don’t find out what until halfway through the book. One thing I forgot to mention in the last write up of a Moriarty book is that her characters are usually very complex. That is definitely true of this book. In fact it is hard to really like any of them, but hard to really dislike them too. The only character I consistently liked was Vid.

After I finished the book this morning, I stood up, adjusted my clothes, stretched and smiled a huge smile. Partly because of the book, but also because I am reading again!

I wonder how many people get the title of the book. I cannot find it anywhere online, but I think, no — I am sure, the title is a play on the film Truly Madly Deeply in which Alan Rickman is a [dead] cellist.

Notes:
  1. that doesn’t sound defensive at all, does it? []

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

When my book group read Big Little Lies a couple years ago I was a little embarrassed how much I enjoyed the book. I even enjoyed the HBO adaptation (and am rewatching it with Dean). Because I’d read Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty books kept being recommended to me but I resisted until last fall when I read Moriarty’s The Last Anniversary.

After that I made sure to check for Moriarty’s books on sale at Amazon on a daily basis and was rewarded on February 4th when it was on sale for $2.99 [1]. I downloaded it and read it within a week.

Moriarty’s books are definitely plot-driven [2]. She often begins  her books with the ending, but just enough of the ending to make you keep reading in order to find out what happened. In Three Wishes she begins the book with a scene at a restaurant in which a pregnant woman is stabbed in the abdomen with a fork by another woman at her table. The book then goes back and tells the story from the beginning. The author throws in the occasional viewpoint of a stranger.

I definitely loved this book and I don’t care that it is not high literature. It was a fun book to read and I plan on reading as many of Liane Moriarty’s books as I can. I already have four or five on hold at the library.

Notes:
  1. maybe I need to revise my reading challenge to allow for deeply discounted books? []
  2. until a former intellectual-snob neighbor made a derisive remark about plot-driven books, I assumed all books were plot-driven, otherwise why read them? []

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso is our next book group book. I usually buy the book right away and then procrastinate reading it, to the detriment of my other reading (gotta finish book group book first!). This time I bought it the day after book group and finished it three days later.

It was a fast read and I got into it right away. The characters were well-developed and the storyline was compelling. I am looking forward to discussing it with my book group.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

This was a bookgroup read and a book I’d read at least once before. I actually didn’t finish rereading it in time for book group, but my memory of it was sufficient enough to be able to discuss it the night of bookgroup at Sharon’s house.

As often happens when you reread a book in a different stage of your life, the book felt different to me. I focused on different things in the book than I did as a teenager and young adult — although I can’t put a finger on exactly what I focused on this time.

I’ve already mentioned about my obsession with finding out exactly where the book took place when I read it the first time. I’d been to the general area a few times to visit Jeremy, and wondered if I’d been in the town where James Herriot (pen name for James Wright) practiced. I even fantasized running into him on one of my Yorkshire visits.

I finally finished the book a few months after the bookgroup meeting dedicated to it. I liked it, but not as much as I did the first time ’round.

While I did end up buying this book, I bought it in 2017 and it was on sale for $3.99 for 4 of Herriot’s books on Kindle.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

I’d never heard of Susan Hill until Andrea, Clare’s boss, told me about Hill’s book Howard’s End is on the Landing [1] when I told her I really should not buy any books from her wonderful bookshop and concentrate on the books I already owned. Of course I bought the book in her hand. How could I not?

I started reading Howards End is on the Landing right away and my first thought was, what an insufferable book snob (the author, not Andrea). I’d never read her work and here she is going on and on about fancy-pants books unlike the kind I like to read. It wasn’t until her chapter on ghost stories that I began to take more notice (although I did buy a book she mentioned in an earlier chapter) and when she mentioned that she’d written a ghost story I looked it up and realized I’d heard of it: The Woman in Black.

The book was available as an ebook at the library so I promptly downloaded it and hesitantly began reading it after reading some reviews stating it was the scariest book some reviewers had ever read.

It was pretty good — a well-written, gothic ghost story, not unlike The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (ohhhh! I see that’s being made into a movie!) which I adored. I didn’t find The Woman in Black very scary at all.

As soon as I finished the book I watched the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. Very different from the book, completely different ending. I didn’t like the movie very much at all.

 

Notes:
  1. which I am still reading []

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman

I read this book in a few hours shortly after I discovered the “Libby” app on my phone. I downloaded this book to try the app out and ended up being entranced by it. I read A Man Called Ove, also by Backman a few years ago (and blogged about it), so I was familiar with the author.

But to be honest I barely remember what this book was about — so, as much as I enjoyed it at the time, it doesn’t have staying power for me.