Some of My Favorite Books

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

If you haven't read Paula Hawkin's debut novel The Girl on the Train, do it! This mystery novel kept me guessing till the end. 

Rachel Watson is a drunk, a fact that causes her memory to be less than stellar. When Megan, a local woman, goes missing, Rachel gets involved because she watches the woman and her husband from the train each day. The fact that Megan lives a few doors away from Rachel's former home, the home she shared with her ex-husband, complicates matters.

Read it and see if you can figure out what the girl on the train saw.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland

I read Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland and savored this novel about art, World War II, and love. If you've read any of Vreeland's other novels, you know she gets into the art world like none other. And her writing is beautiful, to boot!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Italian Wife by Ann Hood

I'd heard of Ann Hood but had never read her books till now. I enjoyed The Italian Wife, especially at first. As this novel progressed through the generations, I was more ambivalent toward the characters. Some were more interesting than others, just like real people, I guess.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I just finished reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and I loved it!

This novel jumps around with a scene from the climax as the first chapter. Interspersed throughout the book are quotes from characters being interviewed by a reporter after the big event. This process gives lots of great foreshadowing plus hints at what the heck is going to happen.

The book was so well written and even seemed simple at times, but of course Liane Moriarty knew exactly what she was doing with this tactic. I am definitely going to be reading the rest of her books.

Set in Australia, this book felt as universal to me in dealing with how students and parents worldwide probably act. Read it! I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

Big Little Lies

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson

Well, I finally finished After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson this evening. I have actually been reading a lot but mostly nonfiction books that I don't always add to this blog. I liked this book but because I was reading other stuff, I didn't always read this novel every day and thus I didn't keep with the story like I like to.

I'd recommend it though if you enjoy historical novels. It was well researched and well written. The author also wrote Somewhere in France, which was a prequel to this novel. 

Book Read:  After the War is Over
Author:  Jennifer Robson

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

I have read several of Jennifer Weiner's novels and have loved each one. All Fall Down was no exception.

This book was a little different from her other novels though. The subject:  addiction. The main character, Allison Weiss, is a wife, mother, blogger, and all round busy gal. When she hurt her back, she continued taking pain killers and for two years progressively abused Oxycodone, Vicodan and Percocet until she was putting her daughter in danger. 

I personally don't know much about addiction, but this story rang true in the way Allison was in denial, abused the drugs progressively until she couldn't not take them, and the reluctance she experienced in thinking she needed help. And then accepting it when she was finally forced to go to rehab.

Read and love it!

All Fall Down: A Novel

Book Read:  All Fall Down
Author:  Jennifer Weiner

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I finished reading The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters today, during the day sitting outside at my son's house. The best way to finish a really good book, in my opinion, is to enjoy it while I'm wide awake in a great setting. I usually read in bed at night so the daytime reading especially to finish up a book is a treat. This was a really good book. A long one but a good one.

Set in 1922 London Mrs. Wray and her unmarried daughter Frances have a lovely large house but little income or servants. To make ends meet they take in boarders, or as they call them paying guests.

The couple who rent two rooms from them are Leonard and Lilian Barber, and the friendships and events that unfold are surprising. I really enjoyed this book all the way to the end, wondering what the outcome would be. It was suspenseful, well written, and yes, long at 564 pages. But so worth it.

Book Read:  The Paying Guests
Author:  Sarah Waters


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