Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Flashing My Titles!!

I've read a ton of good books lately and I just thought I would take the time to share with you. I'm always looking for new titles and authors and love to read other bloggers feedback so I figured I would give some of my own.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
"For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers." {Amazon.com}

 I loved this book. I'm a little partial for Jodi Picoult but this is by far one of my favorites from her. As usual she comes from behind and smacks you straight in the face with her ending. Lately, I've been pretty good at figuring out at least somewhat what might happen at the ends of her novels. But this one definitely blindsided me. You have to check it out.

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
"48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance. 

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive. 

But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she's made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it's too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most. The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking story about losing and finding love, even as you're running out of time." {Amazon.com}
This book was super cute. It's a little predictable, but it was a super easy and quick read. If you're looking for a beach read this would be a good one. I will warn you, however, it gets a little sad. So be prepared.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
"Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive." {Amazon.com}
I read this a while ago but rereading this synopsis brought it all back. It's written a little different, but the whole concept is pretty cool. At the end of each chapter there are a few quotes from random people in the story. It does a great job to help you build a case for what the "big mystery" is. And I bet you won't guess it! Another great beach read.

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
"Allison Weiss got her happy endinga handsome husband, an adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class…or if your husband ignores you? She tells herself that the pills help her make it through her days…but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all? 
Hailed as “a witty, realistic criticism on the modern age” (Boston Herald), this remarkable story of a woman’s fall into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner’s most masterful, moving, and celebrated work yet." {Amazon.com}
This book was awesome! It was so cool to get in the mind of an addict. And, I know that sounds insane, but this book really helped me realize how easy it is to become addicted to something so easy to get as pain pills. It also teaches you that, it doesn't matter if you have it all or nothing, you can still get caught up in your moments.

Tempting Fate by Jane Green
"Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can't relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her--until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive--something she hasn't felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, she has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything--and find out what really matters most."

There were parts of this book that really pissed me off...clearly...it's about an affair. But, at the same time it was so super interesting to get in the mind of how it all went down. Kind of like All Fall Down and the mind of an addict. Another really easy and quick read. I bet you won't put it down.

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  1. Cracking up over the title of this post. I love Jodi Picoult books.

  2. Thanks for this list! I just downloaded All Fall Down from Audible. Can't wait to start it!

  3. Big Little Lies has been on my list to read for awhile now. I need to get on that!!!

  4. I read 3 of these books - Big Little Lies was one of my faves but I preferred The Husband's Secret by the same author. Great list though. definite summer reads. I'd recommend them too.

  5. I've had this Picoult sitting on my shelf pretty much since it came out. Guess I should get to reading it. I've read all of her books. Some have been flops but for the most part, they are good reads. She consistently puts out good books.

  6. I think I'm going to be the last person to read Big Little Lies and the last person to read a Jodi Picoult book. Never done it. But, I will.

  7. I read Big Little Lies last month as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Leaving Time was great. All Fall Down is probably my favorite Jennifer Weiner book.

  8. I just finished Big Little Lies, and thought it would be a good beach read :) All Fall Down seems like an interesting story.

  9. Big Little Lies is great for the beach! I might try that Jane Green.

  10. The Matchmaker sounds good! A light read for the summer.

  11. The Matchmaker and Leaving Time both sound good.