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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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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Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

I can’t believe it took me so long to read The Little Paris Bookshop!  I got the Kindle Paperwhite, if you hadn’t noticed I had been hinting about wanting it, for Christmas and I was so excited to download a ton of books to read.  I LOVE my paperwhite;  it is white, small, light, so easy to use, is readable in the sun or at the beach, has a light for reading at night and I am obsessed! Everyone needs a Kindle! I had to get that off my chest! Now back to the book, The Little Paris Bookshop. What a wonderful story, it was a travelogue, love story, personal journey and so poignant. I didn’t want it to end. If you haven’t read it, you must.  It made me want to take a boat down the Seine, to see the vistas and eat the food.. oh, how I want to eat the yummy sounding food, drink the wine and lie on the deck looking at the stars.  It was a vacation from my life and the perfect book to get away. Read the little preview below and then download it.  The Best Book!

Ridgely Brode reciews 'The Little Paris Bookshop' by Nina George on her blog Ridgely's Radar

to buy: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


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Want to know how I liked Truly Madly Guilty?

I have been reading a lot lately and it feels really good to be back in the reading groove.  I have been loading up my Kindle and using my commute home to escape into what is next on my list.  I just finished Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. Have you read any of her other books?  In my book club we have read and I have reviewed on the blog; What Alice Forgot , The Husband’s Secret and Little Big Lies. I found Truly Madly Guilty to have a similar pattern to her previous books, where she has several main characters that she switches between from chapter to chapter.  She also starts the story after some big “event” and leaves that a mystery until you get farther into the character development and then she starts slowly feeding us tidbits of what that big event was.  It seems a bit formulaic but it does keep you guessing and entertained as you try to get to the big reveal. Is is a perfect beach read and just what I like a the end of the day that wont keep me up all night.  I would be curious to hear what you think…

PS- Don’t miss the Shopbop SALE – I listed my picks and all the scoop at the bottom of this post.

Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty


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