Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wonder Woman

I didn't want to see the latest "Wonder Woman" movie. Superheroes are not my thing, and I don't like war themes.

OK, I'll be honest: I went for Chris Pine.

I'm glad I did. The movie was superb.


What can I say about "Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice" by Curtis Sittenfeld? It's a valiant effort, and an enjoyable lightweight read.

Don't reach for it if:
  • You don't like romances;
  • You don't like Jane Austen books;
  • You're hoping for a book with a message.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Young Adult titles

Do teenagers still read books? Or are they all on Snapchat and Instagram, while it's their mothers who read The Hunger Games?

Here are a few titles teens today may like to try:
  • The Gallagher Girls series ("I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you")
  • Elle Enchanted
  • Anna and the French Kiss
  • The Program (and The Treatment and The Adjustment and The Remedy) by Suzanne Young
  • The girl who drank the moon
  • Stargirl
  • Hush, hush
  • My life, undecided
  • Vampire Academy

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Year We Turned Forty

"The Year We Turned Forty" by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is a what-if novel about three friends who get the chance to go back to their fortieth birthday and re-live the next decade the way they think they were meant to live it (in hindsight).

It's a good premise, well executed. An interesting variation on the usual "make things un-happen" theme, this book does not allow to go back far enough to erase mistakes - it only allows to handle the blowout from the mistakes differently.

The novel asks important questions about fate, karma, the definition of happiness, and - ultimately - about the meaning of life.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

“The Fifth Letter” by Nicola Moriarty is a chick lit page-turner. You really have to keep reading till 3am to find out what happened. The style is different to that of Liane Moriarty, though fans will recognise some of the themes.


Four friends . . .

Joni, Deb, Eden, and Trina have been best friends since high school, sharing a bond that has seen them through their teenage years and into adulthood. But now, time and circumstance is starting to pull them apart as careers, husbands, and babies get in the way. As their yearly vacation becomes less of a priority—at least for three of the women—how can Joni find a way to draw the four of them back together?

Four secrets . . .

During a laughter and wine-filled night, the women dare one another to write anonymous letters, spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. But the fun game turns devastating, exposing cracks in their lives and the friendships they share. Each letter is a dark confession revealing shocking information. A troubled marriage? A substance abuse problem? A secret pregnancy? A heartbreaking diagnosis?

Five letters . . .

Late on one of their last nights together, after the other three have gone to bed, Joni notices something in the fireplace—a burnt, crumpled, nearly destroyed, sheet of paper that holds the most shattering revelation of all. It is a fifth letter—a hate-filled rant that exposes a vicious, deeply hidden grudge that has festered for decades. But who wrote it? Which one of them has seethed with resentment all these years? What should Joni do?

Best friends are supposed to keep your darkest secrets. But the revelations Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina have shared will ripple through their lives with unforeseen consequences . . . and things will never be the same.

Monday, February 20, 2017

My not so perfect life - Sophie Kinsella

"My not so perfect life" by Sophie Kinsella is a fun, fun, fun read. The heroine's voice pulls you right in, from the first sentence. Katie/Cat Brenner has a dream: to live and work in London. Katie's widowed father also has a dream: for Katie to stay on their farm in Somerset.

This is not an "issues" book, but if you go looking, there is substance. You get the father-daughter motif, but also the female boss mentor or tormentor question. You get the "what's real" of social media, and the eternal romance question: do you go for the dependable and boring, or for the exhilarating and heart-breaking?

Because, most of all, this is a love story.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Last Will

"When you get to the point where you know the worst thing about someone you love,
you know the truth about yourself."

Last Will by Bryn Greenwood is a beautiful love story with a lot of substance. Following the death of his grandfather, Bernie Raleigh is now rich. Super-mega rich. The problem is, he doesn't know how to handle the public life and the obligations that come with his vast fortune. Enter his quirky housekeeper, Meda Amos, a single mother and a beauty queen. She's tough and wise, and exactly what Bernie needs.

Two broken people helping each other get fixed.

Friday, February 3, 2017

New TV series?

So with LOST long finished, Bones having lost all appeal once Zack was gone, and being up to date with the Black List, I'm at a loss what to watch:

  • Elementary is a no started after Sherlock
  • Oz seems too dark - I lasted 15 minutes 
  • Motive has a good premise, but I'm not addicted after Episode 1