Books, Books, Books: What I’ve Been Reading

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, but I don’t always read as much as I would like. Luckily I have been able to make more time for it recently than I have in the past. I should also say, that I have been on a kick lately of reading books that are being turned into or have been turned into movies or TV shows.

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Big Little Lies by Laine Moriarty

What is it about?

The book follows three moms through their children’s first six months of kindergarten. The youngest of the moms, who is new to the area, quickly finds herself in the middle of schoolhouse drama when there is an incident at the school’s orientation before the first day of school. The moms grow close following this incident. Things turn violent at the school’s annual trivia night. The story is told in alternating perspectives of the three mothers.

What did I think?

I was glad I read the book before I watched the series. The book contains a lot more detail and the mini-series diverges from the original plot line at times. Don’t get me wrong, the mini-series is great, but I think I will always like the book better. I liked that it kept me guessing until the last minute and had a lot of twists and turns along the way. The book jumps around a lot between different perspectives; at times I had to reread parts and reference back to figure out what was going on.

Would I recommend it? Yes!

The Good Girl

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

What is it about?

Like Big Little Lies, The Good Girl is told from four different perspectives, but this time it is told from the perspective of a young woman (Mia), her kidnapper (Colin), her mother (Eve) and the man tasked with investigating her disappearance (Gabe). Mia meets Colin after her boyfriend bails last minute on date night at a local bar in Chicago. Little does Mia know, Colin was hired to kidnap her. In a last minute twist of fate Colin decides to take Mia to a cabin in the woods rather than deliver her to the man that hired him. Back in Chicago, Eve and Gabe are trying to figure out why Mia’s father, a prominent judge, is not taking the issue more seriously.

What did I think?

The style of this book reminded me a lot of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. I have been really into suspenseful books lately and this one definitely falls into that category. It was a little slow to  pick up, but once you got into the meat of the book it was a page turner. There is also a huge plot twist, that I had no idea was coming and that completely blew my mind.

Would I recommend it? Yes.

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Into the Wild by John Krakauer

What is it about?

The book follows the life and death of Andrew McCandless. Andrew decided to cut all ties to his life in Georgia and travel the country following his graduation from Emory College. The book contains multiple interviews from people that Andrew met along the way and describes what led to his untimely death. This book is based on the life of a real person and all interviews included were conducted with real people.

What did I think?

I found the book to be extremely interesting, but all in all it just wasn’t my thing. It took me a long time to get through it in its entirety because I could only read maybe twenty pages at a time. If you like biographies and factually based stories that are almost told like a history lesson, I think this would be for you.

Would I recommend it? Maybe.

 Me Before You

Me Before You by Joio Moyes

What is it about?

After a horrific accident a successful young man, Will, is left a quadriplegic who has to live full time with his parents in his hometown.  Enter Louisa, a 26-year-old townie who was recently let go from her job after the coffee shop she worked at closed. Louisa becomes Will’s care taker after being hired by his mother. The story follows the progression of Will and Louisa’s relationship starting with its very rocky start.

What did I think?

I actually saw this movie prior to reading the book and that was really the only reason that I did decide to read it. I have this weird guilty conscience when I see a movie but haven’t read the book. I cant explain it, it’s weird, but I roll with it. Both the book and movie are cheesy love stores that you cant turn away from. I like that this one had a slightly more realistic ending than some others may have. It was a quick easy read, but it also probably not going to change your life.

Would I recommend it? Maybe.

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Until next time, friends… CB

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