I received Modern Lovers through my Traveling Book Club. I read Emma Straub’s other book, the Vacationers, in 2014 and loved it. I didn’t love this one as much. Sometimes I wonder if that’s just me not remembering the specifics of the previous book or being so in love with a debut novel that I compare everything. Anyway, I disliked most of the characters in Modern Lovers. Which is fine. Sometimes characters are meant to be that way. I liked Harry, the son. And I sometimes liked his mom, Elizabeth. But everyone else was a wash. I had to force myself through just to see what happened to the characters I liked. However, at the end she had impartial newspaper articles, announcements and such to give a sort of epilogue to all the characters and I liked that. It was unique. Recommended for summer. Along with the hardcover mailed to me for my book club, I also received a copy of this book on Netgalley.
This book is messed up y’all. J.K. Rowling has some serious multiple personalities in order to write Harry Potter and this book. The first book in the Cormoran Strike series, Cuckoo’s Calling, is nothing compared to this nonsense. An author has gone missing and his wife hires Cormoran to find him. Enter the mystery. Where is the author? Is he still alive and just hiding from his wife? Did someone kidnap him? Was he murdered? Where is this psycho. And by psycho, I mean the author. Because in this book is the author’s book and that book is disgusting. He talks about some seriously weird stuff. I was listening on audio so there wasn’t any way to skip through it or else I would have. Besides that, the book was good. The mystery was compelling. However, now that I’ve read two of these I can say with fair certainty that Galbraith wraps up the book within the last 60ish pages. There’s a whole lot of build up. Unfortunately, I won’t be reading book 3. I’m tapped out on the mystery front for now.
I did it. I read this book. I may have got my hands on a copy the week before it came out, hashtag library perks. Don’t know why I waited so long to post about it. Goodreads is labeling it as Harry Potter #8. Let me crush your dreams right now. This is not Harry Potter #8. J.K. Rowling didn’t even write it! Oy. That being said, I did enjoy it. I would have enjoyed it more if it was written in novel format, it’s in script format, but someone told me they “couldn’t do that” because of all the time travel and multiple characters involved. What you really mean is, you didn’t want to do that. Because you could’ve. Ever heard of Game of Thrones? Outlander? There are way more characters and much more time travel. Annnyway, it was a good / quick read and I’m glad I participated in the phenomenon but it wasn’t stellar by any means.
This new job is a fair distance away so I’ve been plowing through audiobooks. Well, one and a half audiobooks so far, but it’s only been 2 weeks. If these past two weeks are any indication, I anticipate that I will plow through audiobooks fairly quickly in the future. I decided to try out the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling. Let me tell you why I love this whole thing with the pseudonym. J.K. Rowling is a household name. If she wanted to write an adult mystery series it would sell out in 10 seconds. But, bless her heart, she wanted it to get published on it’s own merits. None of that “working the system” for Miss Jo.
J.K. explains the pseudonym
Reviews of the book before the outing of J.K. as author – I could care a less about those people who jumped on the chance to review it after they knew who the author was. Pft!
Review from The Daily Mail
Review from Publisher’s Weekly
Review from Library Journal
Ok so anyway, I digress. Book one, The Cuckoo’s Calling. I went into it with love towards J.K. Rowling about how she chose to publish it. I wanted to love it and I did. Which is uncommon for me because usually I don’t care for mysteries. They’re too formulaic. However, this one had great twists and turns and I was questioning all the characters throughout the whole book. Never was there a moment when I thought I knew for sure who did it. I am currently listening to book two, the narrator is great, which is also out of the ordinary for me. I typically don’t continue in a series just because there are so many other things out there. I’m enjoying it though and I’ve heard from others that book three is also very good so I may read them all! I’ll keep you in the loop.
So until I get this job thing under control my posts will be rather sporadic. I have been reading though so let me tell you about that. I have this awesome book club I’m participating in. Three book clubs actually. I’m part of a group on Facebook called Sorta Literary (<– feel free to join yourself!). They had the idea for a traveling book group. Let me tell you the particulars. You get 6 people together. Each person picks a book. Each person is partnered with another person in the group. Not the same person. For example: Person 1 mails to Person 2. Person 2 mails to Person 3. Person 3 mails to Person 4 and so on and so forth… until every person gets a new book. Wait two months. Read your book for those two months! The book is also accompanied by a notebook that everyone can write their thoughts in. Then on September 1, you mail again. To the same person as before. Read and repeat every two months. So every two months you’re getting a new book. It’s a circle of book mail! Since there are 6 people it will take a year to get everyone’s book and you will have 6 new amazing books to read that you may not have chosen on your own or even realized were out there. Great idea right?? I thought it was so great I presented it to all of my own Facebook friends and got enough interest to start TWO MORE traveling book groups. So basically, I’ll be reading these books for the next two months. I’m knee deep into Modern Lovers and will move on to The Girls afterwards. Both of these books are super new and I feel privileged not to have to wait for them on my library’s hold list. I have absolutely no desire to read Cleopatra, although I gave it to my best friend for Christmas one year because she believes she was an Egyptian princess in another life. Don’t we all.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, who is the author of The Vacationers (<- my review) which I loved!
The Girls by Emma Cline, she picked a good time to publish this since one of the women in the Manson family scandal recently applied, and was accepted, for parole
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
I haven’t had a lot of time to read recently because I started a new job. This one I’m going to stay at awhile because it’s a manager position. I did make time for this book though. Delia Ephron is sister to Nora Ephron who is amazing. She is also the screenwriter of You’ve Got Mail, one of my favorite movies, and a producer of Sleepless in Seattle, also up there on the favorites scale. I mean seriously, what an amazing woman. This book is set in Italy, Siracusa to be exact, where there are two couples and a daughter on vacation together. Enter the weird dynamics. They are talking about the vacation as if it is in the past so you are reliving their memories of it while also getting some current day opinions in hindsight. Each character is represented so there are multiple POVs, a style that will appeal to Liane Moriarty fans. Highly recommended as a summer read.
Oh and also, I just got a Kindle Paperwhite and it’s amazing. I read this book on it and was immediately in love.
I thought this book was super funny. I lost interest a bit of the way in but it held me to completion. I loved all the pop culture references. Tina and I are about the same age and have the same issue : college loans. I really identified with her plight. Especially since I’m also in a low paying career, comparatively to others. The general plot is that Tina has accidentally received a reimbursement check from her job for the almost exact amount of her student loan debt. She uses it to pay them off all the while knowing it’s wrong. Fast forward, Emily finds out and blackmails her to do it again so she can pay off her school loans. Rinse and repeat with more characters and more school loans. Soon it’s spiraled into a non-profit organization, how does that even happen?? Read to find out.