From Green Gables to New Orleans and straight outta Westboro Baptist (books read 12/30/19)
The pages have been flying! I have five books to review for you, which means I'm going to keep the commentary to two sentences or less, because you're a busy person and have your own books to read. <Until I go to post my blog and see that I have altogether forgotten that rule.> But I definitely have one I need you to read so we can TALK ABOUT IT!
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
This was recommended for the book club I'm in, and it was a lovely book that made me a little more interested in reading Anne of Green Gables. I'm afraid I'm going to have mostly forgotten about it by the time I go to write my next blog post, though.
Do You Mind if I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti
Well, one thing that annoyed me was that he didn't say anything about how frustrating it is when people say "Do you mind if I cancel?" I thought for sure that would be in there!
This gay-New-York-funnyman book of essays makes me think of Dave Sedaris lite - funny but not AS funny and introspective but not AS introspective. If you need something to cackle at while nursing a book hangover, this could be it.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Well. I usually like Liane Moriarty because she provides something relatively light but not total brain candy. Something to dive into at the end of a long stressful day that's enjoyable and usually thought-provoking...Goldilocks would say her books are just right. Not too smart, not too stupid. I ready What Alice Forgot many years ago and still think about it several times a year.
Nine Perfect Strangers was a miss for me. I only cared about maybe one character and despite the setting being at a beautiful health spa, the plot was lame. And then everyone lived happily ever after (spoiler alert, but is it really?).
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenburg
As with Nine Perfect Strangers, I really enjoyed the setting! I always enjoying reading books set in New Orleans, although this one featured the heat more than any fun restaurants or shops. So this is a story about a really mean dad who dies and leaves his super self absorbed family to reflect on what a turd he was. I would file this book under the ever-growing pile of "All Men Are the WORST" novels where one is hard pressed to find a male character with even one redeeming quality. To be fair, most of them women were pretty terrible as well.
It's all good - if that's not off-putting to you as a reader, then dive in. She's a gripping writer and families-with-issues can be good fun.
Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper
But if you REALLY want to read about families with issues, my goodness, RUN DON'T WALK to your nearest library or bookstore and grab Unfollowed off the shelf. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that while Megan paints the picture and provides the account of how conflicted she eventually felt about leaving her family (not so much the church, because once she saw the light, she knew she had to leave), she's pretty blunt. She just lays it all out for the reader without trying to sugarcoat anything, though she provides some insights for how Scripture was used to get questioning church members to follow along with their beliefs.
It was a fascinating story and led to some good research after the book had ended, as well as some good mulling over of what I believe and why I believe it and all of those important internal dialogues that one should have with oneself from time to time. (Spoiler alert: What Westboro Baptist Church members believe is NOT what I believe)
Definitely consider adding this to your list for 2020 and let me know if you like it - I'd love to discuss it with someone!!
What I'm reading now:
Jeff and I are planning a Honeymoon Re-Do to the Caribbean for the Springtime, so I'm going to ease my reading back just a hair to allow a little more time for seeing if I can decrease my fat roll count by 1 or 2 before the trip.
However, I did just start a really phenomenal book of life advice from various people and I'm only three pages in and already screenshot a page to send to someone. So that's looking good. I also started a much hyped relatively new release that is so far brilliant. A great start to the year!
How is your 2020 reading life starting out?
1/2/2020 01:13:41 pm
Good to know the books to stay away from. I just couldn't start the marilla one. Didn't perk my interest. I may read Baptist book. I like that weird religion stuff. Lol
1/2/2020 01:29:16 pm
Yes, read Anne of Green Gables (etc). I may read Unfollow because it looks interesting. I'm going to start The Witches are Coming soon.
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