Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Maternity Leave Reading [book review]

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

“Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.  So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…”

You’ll notice that this period of time is filled with a lot of Liane Moriarty… What Alice Forgot was the first of her books I read, and I loved it!  I really enjoy her writing style and this book made me immediately reserve every other book that she wrote from the library.  This one in particular had such an interesting storyline, it held my attention the whole time and I did not want to put it down! 

Thumbs up!

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

“Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment—a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year.”

I was excited to read this book, I loved the idea of it… but it didn’t quite meet my large expectations.  There were some good little words of wisdom scattered throughout, but overall I wasn’t a big fan of her writing style.

Thumbs Sideways…

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

“Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:  Madeline is… funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). …Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay…New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.”

Like I said above, I’m a big fan of Liane Moriarty, and I liked this one even better than What Alice Forgot.  I really got into the character lines in these stories, and there was a big twist that I did not see coming. 

Thumbs up!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

“Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel …What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.”

I borrowed this book for our vacation, and it was the perfect light hearted read!  It was a cute story line, though a bit predictable.  I would recommend it for a vacation/beach/summer read.  Didn’t love the ending though, I prefer an established conclusion that doesn’t leave you guessing… :)

Thumbs up!

The Paparazzi Project by Kristina Springer

“Livvie Peterson thought taking Interpersonal Communications her junior year would be an easy A. But when the first assignment is given, her world flips upside down. Here’s the deal: the class is assigned a six-week project and is split into three groups— Paparazzi, Tabloid, and Celebrities. The Paparazzi follow around the Celebrities taking pictures and grabbing any kind of quotes they can. The Celebrities try to navigate being tailed on a daily basis. And the Tabloid receives all the information collected by the Paparazzi and decides what makes the weekly summary report. Sounds harmless…and it’s all just pretend anyway, right?  Livvie is assigned as Paparazzi …and simultaneously launches an anonymous blog, leaking the class’ photos and stories on the Internet. Her rising follower number quickly becomes addicting and she possibly spills too much information online. Once she finds her own celebrity will she be able to give it back?”

I am a member of BookBub, which is a site that sends you daily deals on e-books based on your preferred genre(s) of reading.  This e-book was free and I downloaded it as a light read to keep on my e-book in case I ran out of things to read.  On vacation I finished all my library books and started this one.  It is a young adult fiction, and it’s pretty silly… but interesting.  Definitely kept my attention, and I don’t regret reading it. :)

Thumbs sideways.

Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd

“Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.  When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favorite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are perpetually disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye–but even may not be who he seems to be!  So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company’s special order for an important meeting–an order Lexi has flubbed–she loses her compulsion to please. Something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin!  Instead of trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life, Lexi embarks on an adventure in trusting herself and God with her future–très bon!”

This was another free e-book I received through BookBub.  To be honest, this being a Christian fiction genre, I had low expectations.  Most Christian fiction stories I have read have been pretty cheesy.  This one did have some cheesy moments, yes, but overall I was pleasantly surprised.  I loved the storyline and characters, and only wish I could have found this book a few years sooner because I think it really would have resonated with the similar stage of life I was in.  This is book one of a trilogy, and I’m excited to read the other 2!

Thumbs up!


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  1. yay you're reading Liane Moriarty! She's such a great aussie author!!! Both awesome books!

  2. These look like great books!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  3. i read liane moriarty's husband secret and big little lies, but i was skeptical about the plot behind what alice forgot. after your review? it's going on my list :)


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