Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: What Alice Forgot

Title What Alice Forgot
By Liane Moriarty
Genre Adult Contemporary
Pages 466
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alice wakes up in the gym after a fall and head injury to discover life is not at all what she remembers. The last thing she new, she was 29, married, pregnant with her first child and madly in love. But when she discovers she's actually 39, has three kids and is going through a nasty divorce she'll have to piece together the last ten years she's lost to discover what happened and how things got so bad.

First Sentence
She was floating, arms outspread, water lapping her body, breathing in a summery fragrance of salt and coconut.

  • Remember my theory about Australian authors? About how there's something in the water down there because they're all such amazing authors? Yeah. Liane Moriarty is quite the talented writer. I loved Big Little Lies and I was very intrigued by the synopsis for this one so I knew I had to read it next. 
  • This is one of those book, for me anyway, that you go into already hoping for that perfect ending that you want. So what if it's too neat and happy. I wanted it anyway! 
  • I was expecting amusing and entertaining and I got it. I also got this heart wrenching, almost too relatable story that made me ache with understanding and happiness. 
  • I can't say enough about Liane's writing. I'm going to call her by her first name because I totally want to be her friend...I'm just going to pretend we are friends. It's not just technically perfect, it's so perfectly deep! There's so many hidden nuances in this story that could never be handled by a lesser author. 
  • I loved the whole thing! Cover to cover, The romance the humor the tears. It's raw and real and then funny and sweet. I couldn't put it down. My life totally got put on hold for this treasure. 
  • I can't wait to see what other wonderful stories and quirky characters Liane comes up with next. 
Should you read it?
Yes! In fact, I'd recommend this one to start with if you want to try one of Liane's books. And I'm saying that having only read two. So you know it's good. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Pines

Title Pines (Wayward Pines #1)
By Blake Crouch
Genre Adult mystery/scifi
Pages 315
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke is sent to Wayward Pines Idaho to investigate the disappearance of two colleagues but a terrible car accident gives him amnesia. Waking up with no ID, no money and not even able to remember his own name he wanders the sleepy streets of Wayward Pines. As his memories return he realizes things are not as they seem and the residents are hiding something from him. Will searching for his colleagues and trying to piece together the town's mystery land Ethan in danger?

First Sentence
He came to lying on his back with sunlight pouring down into his face and the murmur of running water close by.

  • Confession! I meant to read this book for my Adult Literature Month. I started it at the end of January thinking it would take awhile...Nope. I flew through it. I couldn't put it down and I ended up finishing it in two January. I'm still counting it towards February though. 
  • So yeah, I couldn't put this one down. It was one of the books that sucks you in because you want to know what the hell is going on! 
  • It's been awhile since I read a mystery and I quite enjoyed myself. Before you completely write this one off because you don't like mystery you should know it has a hint of the scifi to it...I can't say more without ruining it, just don't write this one off without giving it a shot.
  • After inhaling this one I read the author's note and found that he wrote this book because once upon a time he used to watch a TV show called Twin Peaks. He adored it and then it got canceled. Isn't that the way it always goes? So, he wrote his own story that reminded him of that old, beloved TV show. I totally can relate to this! I loved the show The Pretender that used to be on NBC and then got moved to TNT. It was canceled without an ending and I was devastated. I still have an old manuscript lying around with a story I wrote that was inspired by it.  
  • Speaking of TV shows. This book was made into a TV series. Did notice the guy on the cover is Matt Dillon? Did you? The pilot episode was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. If that doesn't tell you how creepily great this book was, I don't know what will.  I'll be trying to find and watch this first season. 
  • Ugh! I just want to say so much about how many great things were in this book! It was so creepy and atmospheric and, and, and! Oh! Just read it! 
  • I did have a few issues with this one, of course. Mostly just that I wasn't enamored with any of the characters. Now, remember, I'm a plot girl but I do like to connect to at lease one character. 
  • I also wanted to know if this one was self published or what? I noticed a few typos. It was fine but something I thought about. 
  • Wow! This was a super rambling review. So, I'll just end on this: It takes a pretty intense, mysterious book to grip me and suck me and make me not want to put it down. This book did just that.
Should you read it?
I would totally recommend this one, but to be honest, I'd really only recommend it to certain people. If you love character driven stories with lots of romance and kissing this one might not be for you. But if you love mystery and excitement and having your mind blown than, yes. Read this book! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January Wrap Up 2016

The first month of 2016 has come and gone. I had a pretty good start to the year. Here's what I read so far.

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Fun contemporary NA book,

The Radleys by Matt Haig
Slow unconnected start but whirlwind ending.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Too rambling and disconnected for my taste. Not sure why it one an award.

Winter by Marissa Meyer
The exciting albeit long ending of the Lunar Chronicles.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic novels aren't my favorite but this one was OK.

Favorites of the month were Winter and Roomies. The Radleys ending was very good but that slow start makes it NOT a favorite. Least favorite was The Year of Magical Thinking.

Februaries plans...I already talked about my Adult Literature month on Monday. If you missed it you can check it out.

Happy Reading!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Adult Literature Month

Hee Hee! I love saying adult books. It makes people think of risque books. Alas, if you like that sort of thing, I'm just talking about books written for adults. AKA not YA. I predominately read YA and as much as I love it, I think YA  books may be rotting my brain. So welcome to my Adult Literature Month! For the month of February I shall only be reading adult literature. I'll post my reviews and a few themed discussion posts. I'm really excited! I mean, I love YA books but adult books are great too. Right?

Here's what I'll be reading this month. Yeah, I only have 3 books planned. I'm right in the middle of a remodel of my soon to be library so I don't know how much time I'll have to read. Plus, adult books sometimes take a bit longer to read. So, hopefully I'll get to more books but this is what I plan on to begin with. What do you think of my choices?

Of course you can join me. You don't have to link up or do anything special. Just commit to reading only adult books for the month. Easy, Peasy! Let's get this party started!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: Smile

Title Smile
By Raina Telgemeier
Genre Graphic Novel, Middle grade
Pages 224
Rating ⭐️⭐️

Growing up is hard enough with grade school to junior high transitions, crushes on boys, dealing with snarky friends, breakouts and puberty. Throw in some serious dental issues and poor Raina might not survive.

First Sentence

  • Graphic novels really aren't my thing because I like more depth but I adore how quickly you can read them. This whole book took me about 20 minutes to read. 
  • This book is totally relateable. I never had to get braces but I had to go to the dentist so much I ended up with a irrational fear of dentists and dental work...luckily I grew out of it. But reading this story and seeing the great pics that went with it brought back some memories. 
  • I love that the story AND the art is by the author and that it's a memoir of sorts. 
  • I liked the style of art work. Except the pics of the bloody dental work and the gauze. *shudders*
  • A cute read that pre-teens will love. For me it wasn't a favorite but I liked it well enough. 

Should you read it?
It's a good clean read with fun pictures and a relatable MC. If graphic novels are your thing (or your kids) then yes, read it.