This book is the first in Sarah Jessica Parker’s new publishing imprint with Hogarth. My recently went to an Indian wedding with some friends and so I had some initial interest just from that. One of the friends I went to the wedding with told me it was a great book so that was my official queue to pick it up. I listened to most of it, and almost missed the fact that the last part, the father’s part, is narrated by a different person. Which I found interesting.
I want to warn you. I cried. A lot. Not through the whole book, but with the last 50 or so pages. SO MANY TEARS.. So if that’s not your jam then do not read this book. Like I said, I recently went to a three day Indian wedding and was attracted to this book initially to hear about the back story, themes and culture of the families who participate in these wonderful cultural celebrations. And I got that, but also so much more. It was such a moving story of parenting, being a child and trying to live up to your parents’ expectations, and just life in general. I loved the perspective from all of the family members. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to see what else SJP picks for her imprint. Also, Fatima went to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Go Iowa! 🙂
Great NPR review
BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a book set in or about India (it’s more about Indian family and culture but I thought it counted)
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book from a celebrity book club (SJP new publishing imprint)
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book recommended by someone with great taste
I’m reading so many things right now. I wish I had a photo of my TBR pile. You’d faint. Most of them I haven’t even opened. But, the ones I’m currently 100+ pages into are..
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I thought I was going to use this book for BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge science fiction book by a female author with a female lead but alas, Sylvain is a man. Damn him! It is a trilogy, and the third book just came out so I feel good about starting it. I hate starting trilogies that aren’t complete and then having to wait. Like Scythe. WHY?!
My Lady Jane is written by lots of people. I’m listening to this on audio and it is hi-lar-ious. The reader is so funny and really goes all out with her dramatic reading. I think I would like this less if I wasn’t listening to it, it needs the voices. I find the story to be hilarious and I can’t wait to read more about Jane Grey afterwards to see what’s really true. Because (shocker) I’m not aware of this part of England’s history. I picked this up because I want to read the second in this series, although not really a series because they stories don’t continue with the same characters. I have a feeling I’ll like the second one even more, My Plain Jane, because it’s about Jane Eyre. And I actually know that story. Very well actually.
These last two I haven’t started yet. But I heard about them on Tuesday’s All the Books. They came out this past Tuesday. And they sound great. Visible Empire is about a real historical event in Georgia where 100 prominent individuals died and that aftermath. We are Gathered is about a wedding from the perspective of the guests. I love weddings and multiple POVs so I think that’s a guaranteed win.
Last, I have The President is Missing. I’m not sure there’s ever been a James Patterson book where the second author’s name is the same size as his. That’s all I’m saying.
I heard a lot about The Dry when it first came out. Then, when the second book came out heard a lot about it as well. I decided I should try out the series and read book one. Second books are rarely ever good. There are exceptions of course. Thunderhead, book two in the Scythe trilogy, was amazing. But typically, I’m not on board. So if the second book is also getting buzz, it must be a good series.
I did like this book a lot. I thought I knew who the killer was midway through, but I was wrong. It was a bit slow moving for a mystery, steady burn and all that. Similar to Tana French and In the Woods. I have book two, and I’m going to start it see what I think. Book one was connected to Aaron’s past and book two doesn’t seem to have that personal draw. So it will be interested to see how it flows.
Also, I think this will be the first book I could towards summer reading this year. Now that it’s past Memorial Day, I think it counts.
I liked this cover. That’s it. I picked it up because of the cover. I kept reading it because of the characters. Zadie and Emma are friends from the very beginning of medical school. They were roommates and hit it off. At the start of the book you know something happened to them in their past, specifically their third year of med school. You don’t know who did what or why. Most of the book is figuring out what the heck happened. There are flashbacks from present day to med school that reveal bits and pieces as you go along. I love flashback books and multiple POV books. You get the perspective of Zadie and Emma, which is very helpful when things start going down. I liked it but I must say, I loved the characters so much I was a bit disappointed in the ending. One of them seemed to change so much and the other kind of laid down and took it. I didn’t feel like that was true to what I’d read about them throughout the beginning of book. But, I ended up liking it nonetheless. Great read, and good audio. Having listened and read, I can say that listening was much easier because each of the two characters had a different person reading. So you could tell when it was a Zadie chapter and when it was an Emma chapter. In the book, it wasn’t quite as obvious. Great summer reading (not fluff) and Modern Mrs. Darcy agrees because it’s on her Summer Reading Guide.
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book that’s published in 2018
Apparently I jumped the gun on my vacation post. Because I just finished this book and it was so cute so I wanted to write and tell you about it.
I was first attracted to this book because I love the movie with Debra Messing and Durmot Mulroney. It is not that movie. Alexa and Drew meet in a stuck elevator. Cliché, yes. But it worked in this book. They don’t have sex, they don’t do anything romantic, they just have a funny conversation. He then asks if she’ll be his date for the wedding of his x. She agrees and they have a great time. Then comes the romantic things. But it’s a normal relationship. It doesn’t immediately work and all is not fine and perfect. I appreciated that Guillory portrayed a long distance relationship so well. The characters were real and their relationship didn’t read like a perfectly tied bow. She added in some current news topics by making the characters a white man and black woman and also added in some political things by making Alexa the mayor’s chief of staff. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot. There are a lot of F bombs though. While that may be normal conversation for some, it was too much for my liking.
It’s on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer List, so she agrees that it’s a good one.
BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a romance novel by or about a person of color
More Lit Chat!
What is the funniest book you’ve ever read? Did you truly LOL? Have you ever read a book that made you cry? Was it the book or your life?
These books made me lose it. I found them to be hysterical. I do know some people who did not like Eligible. They are typically those people who love Pride & Prejudice and didn’t like seeing it tainted in this way. I liked P&P, but I can’t say I’m a die hard or anything so I thought this re-telling was great. American Housewife is a short story collection and they were all spectacular and so funny. Super Southern. If you’ve lived in the South you’ll love them. Yes, I did truly LOL in both. I listened to Eligible and I remember being in my car crying / laughter so much I couldn’t see the road. It was the best.
Most of my cry books are cliché. Although I guess Eligible made me cry but not in the way I think the question means. Me Before You made me cry, you’ll know why if you’ve read it. A Little Life made me cry but it also made me very angry. Lastly, the Winter Street series by Elin Hildebrand. I love that family so much. They make me emotional. And Christmas. I love Christmas. That series is probably the only one that applies to the ‘was it your life’ question. Because Christmas books / movies / songs (anything really) make me cry. I love Christmas.
I just finished reading The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. I tried reading it ages ago and stopped. No idea why. Here is the premise. Myfanwy (like Tiffany with an M – don’t ask how I feel about that) wakes up in a field surrounded by dead people wearing latex gloves. It’s raining, and while she’s freaking out, she puts her hands in her pockets to warm up and finds a letter with the number 1 on it. In the letter, she tells herself that she lost her memory and she needs to either run or become her old self. Spoiler alert (not really, it happens in the first 20 pages) she chooses to become her old self who it turns out is a secret agent for England against fantasy villains (i.e. vampires, people with special powers, etc). There are 30+ other letters written to herself and to give her back story on her life. Through most of it she’s just trying to survive and figure out who killed her the first time. I liked it a lot. I did. But the ending was kind of drawn out. There is apparently a book two, but I probably won’t read it because this one wrapped up fairly nicely.
Side note, I was explaining to my husband what it was about and he said, “Oh it sounds like The Long Kiss Goodnight.” Which we watched last night. And it is nothing like that.