Book Review: Rich and Pretty

For Book Club this month we read Rich and Pretty, a novel about two women who have been friends since high school and, as the title suggests, one is pretty and one is rich.  It is a story about friendship that weaves in and out, the ups and downs, being really close and not so close.  It was just Ok in my books.  I read it cover to cover, but honestly, it didn’t grab my attention or want me to even finish it.  It was pretty unanimous in our group that no one really liked it but, it did initiate an interesting conversation.  It brought up where and how you met your friends, what made them last the test of time and which fell to the wayside for one reason or another.  It also surprised us that the author, Rumann Alam, is a man and we discussed whether or not we feel he got the female perspective across. If anything, it got us chatting about our different opinions and that is why we got together in the first place. Have you read Rich and Pretty?  If so, let me know what you thought in the comments below.. we would love to hear from you.

Ridgely Brode reviews the book Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam on her blog Ridgely's Radar.


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15 Book Suggestions for Spring Break

Who is ready for Spring Break?  I know I am !  I am excited to load up my Kindle Paperwhite and plow through some new books.  I found 15 books for our Spring Break reading and can’t wait to get started on a few of them.  I am not sure which one to read first…I am thinking which ever loads first will be the one. If you have any books you recently read and loved please share below, I love hearing from you.  I have also put Apple Tree Yard on my list which came via a regular reader to the blog and who has similar interests to me.  Can’t wait to check back and see what we couldn’t put down!  Happy Reading!

Ridgely Brode is gearing up for Spring Break with 15 book suggestions for your Kindle on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

row 1: It Ends with Us  /  Missing, Presumed  /  Forever is the Worst Long Time

row 2: Cancel the Wedding  /  The Impossible Fortress  /  My Not So Perfect Life

row 3: A Piece of the World  /  All the Breaking Waves  /  The Assistants

row 4: How to Murder Your Life  /  Everything You Want Me To Be  /  Swimming Lessons

row 5: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane  /  Lilac Girls  /  The Futures

Book Review: The Nest

I have been meaning to post this review and somehow it got stuck in drafts until just now. To be perfectly honest this review was from last Summer!  YIKES!  To make matters worse, I didn’t read the book or attend the book club so after the gathering, I  asked Kari, a member of our group and a good friend, to give me her synopsis and thoughts for us both. As the saying goes.. Better late than never..

The Nest is a light, warm and fun read…perfect for the summer (or in this case, spring break!)  The Story involves a very dysfunctional family, whose inheritance, which they refer to as “the Nest, is ruined by one single tragic event.  While most of the characters are completely self-absorbed and shallow, the author weaves the story back to where most of the siblings heal their wounded relationships with each other and move on to find that money can’t buy you happiness. In turn, the reader comes to appreciate (and like) most of theses characters and appreciate the lessons they have learned. It’s a page turner with a relate-able story line of how financial struggles can absorb and complicate our lives.

Have you read it?  What do you think?  Do you agree with Kari’s review?

A book review of The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney on Ridgely's Radar


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Book Review: News of the World

Wether you are going away or hunkering down for a staycation this long weekend, one book you can add to your reading list is News of the World, a novel by Paulette Jiles.  I learned about it from a fellow reader who also organizes book groups at our local library.  We were talking about recent titles and ones worth picking up, when she mentioned News of the World.  I  had no idea what it was about and just took her word for it, sometimes that is the beast way to dive into a book.. with no expectations.  The novel is set in the 1870’s and follows Jeffrey Kyle Kidd as he travels through Texas reading the news from papers far and near in local halls for a small fee, bringing  entertainment and information to small towns. In one town along his travels, he meets members of the US Army who pay him a $50 gold piece to deliver an orphaned 10 year old girl back to her family in San Antonio. We follow them through their journey to get her home and the events that surround them.  It is beautifully written, with descriptive settings and interesting antidotes.  I really enjoyed it and highly recommend you give it a read. Let me know what you think if you do pick it up!

Ridgely Brode reviews Paulette Jiles Novel, News of the World, on her blog Ridgely's Radar.


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Book Review: A Great Reckoning

Truth be told, I found the book A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny off a billboard!  I have been standing by the advertisement for weeks and it triggered me to buy the book. I had no idea what I was about to read and I am so glad it turned out to be such a treat. It is the 12th book in a mystery series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and my only regret is not reading the 11 other books before I got to this one.  I loved all the characters, the intrigue, attention to details, the way the story weaved in characters that must be ‘regulars’ but I didn’t feel like I was missing the inside joke or story line.  I can’t wait to start with book one and follow along with this cast of characters.  If you are a mystery lover, pick it up, you won’t be disappointed…promise!


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Book Review: My Name is Lucy Barton

For our January Book Club we read My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.  I did not like it at all.  I could not understand where  she was going with the story, what the premise was, and/ or what the  point of the book was.  I was so disheartened because the reviews were great and I really enjoyed Olive Kitteridge (our book club read it way before I started this blog and, therefore, there is no review for me to go back and refresh my memory!).  Turns out I was not alone with my disappointment, as the others who read it in my group did not like it either. If you read it and loved it, or not, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  I am curious why it has gotten such rave reviews when I clearly missed the boat.

Ridgely Brode reviews the book My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout on her blog, Ridgely's Radar

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