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Monday, March 2, 2015

Blogger Book Club: The Tipping Point, The Domestic Diva Mystery Series, Small Blessings, The Secret Life of Book Club, I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You

 

Amazing, I read a lot last month!  And my house was a mess most of the time.  I wonder if there’s a correlation. Surely not.

Anyway…here are this month’s book reviews (The Blogger Book Club book is at the end of this post.)

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference 

Very interesting, not very helpful.

This non-fiction book appealed to the psychology and sociology lover in me.  In it, Gladwell outlines several examples of epidemics and what led them to become so.  I listened to the audio book, and was pleased that it was relatively short.  However, the book did not include much in the way of actionable suggestions for anyone trying to create an epidemic.  (Like, say, for example, how to push my blog over the tipping point so that I can be the next Pioneer Woman or Young House Love.)

 

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery)

Nancy Drew for Martha Stewart Wanna-be’s

This book was not life-altering or thought provoking, but I loved it.  It was a fun mystery (as in, not gruesome or really scary) and I loved the setting.  The main character is a “domestic diva” and she reminded me of all my DIY blogger and food blogger friends.  I’m definitely planning on reading more in the series.

 

 

Small Blessings: A Novel

Title didn’t fit, but the book was great.

This was an interesting book, full of interesting, almost unbelievable twists.  But somehow, the characters were  believable, and really made the story come alive.  It was, in essence, a story about how we’re all crazy in way or another (or maybe 3 or 4 ways) and that we all have obstacles to overcome.  Happily, all the characters came out okay in the end.

 

 

*I received a copy of this book from the author, a fellow blogger, to review.  All opinions are my own.

The Secret Life of Book Club

Slow start, but worth the read

After a slow, sort of confusing start (I had trouble keeping the four main characters straight) I loved this book.  As each chapter went on, we learned more about the characters and their problems. My favorite plotline at the beginning was Kate’s, as it was a bit romantic.  But Paula’s story really surprised me, and Iove the way it worked out!  I was really impressed by the depth and breadth of knowledge that the author must have, because there were so many unique experiences in the story!

Official Blogger Book Club Pick:

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel

Sort of depressing.  Wonderful setting.

So…I sort of missed that this book was a novel.  And thought that it was a memoir.  An odd memoir.  Once I figured out it was a novel, it was much more digestible, and a lot less depressing.  And I came in to it expecting chick lit, which this was not.  It’s sort of like the time I took my cousin to see Rent and she thought it was about a big, happy Italian family.  When your expectations are so far off base, it’s hard to reconcile it all.  But, I do LOVE Paris.  And all of France, really.  And I’m not going to lie…I totally pictured the Parisian townhouse as one of the condos I shared last week.

 

Be sure to check out the reviews from Kirby, Carmen, Cassie and Jessica!

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2 comments:

  1. totally depressing, i agree.... i just want people to love each other, treat each other respectfully, and not think with their body parts. is that so much to ask?

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  2. Oooooo lawd! Glad I'm not the only one who thought those characters were unlikable. I should write about all the books I read, too! Can't wait for the Girl on the Train.

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