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Review: Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty
Berkley, 9780425274866, August 2015, 512pp.

The Short of It:

I waited far too long to read this one and now I want to read all of her books.

The Rest of It:

Many of you read this book when it first came out. Many of you have seen the TV show. But I think there is a group out there that has avoided it for two reasons:

  • Too much hype
  • It’s too fluffy

I am here to tell you that although I may have avoided it for the two reasons above, I was completely wrong in doing so.

Picture a story full of relatable characters but set in a small town, full of gossipy women (and men). Add  an elementary school. Add bullying, domestic violence and other domestic affairs that keep the town buzzing. What you end up with is an unputdownable book that has a little bit of depth.

These women are so accurately drawn that I could put names to at least three of them because they are so similar to the women I’ve known throughout my life. As they say, everyone has a story and these women have their own as well as secrets which makes for great fun while reading a book.

The story is centered around something that has happened. As a reader, you do not know what but you know it’s bad and you know it affects the entire town. With each page turn, you are given a tiny glimpse into the night it all went down. This device was very effective. It kept me guessing right until the end.

I enjoyed Big Little Lies so much that I now want to read everything by this author. If you haven’t read it but want something to distract you from all the politics and day-to-day strife, find yourself a copy.

Source: Borrowed
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Sunday Matters: A Super Short Break

Sunday Matters

The shows are over! Annie has come to a close. Everyone did an amazing job. I’m always impressed at how it all comes together and we’ve been doing this for years.

Right Now:

After a bit of coffee and breakfast I am off to high school ministry. My daughter will most likely continue to sleep. She has some catching-up to do. For those not on Facebook or Instagram, here is one photo of her as Grace, Mr. Warbuck’s assistant.  And yes, that’s a wig!

Em as Grace Farrell.

This Week:

My daughter was just cast in Godspell so I thought we would be skipping the next community theatre project but turns out, she has changed her mind. I am going through calendars to see if it’s feasible. The next show is The Little Mermaid. Rehearsals begin February 10th. See what I mean by a tiny break?

Reading:

I think my next read will be The Woman in the Window. I know all about the controversy. The author sounds completely off his rocker but hey, wouldn’t that make for a very interesting read?

Watching:

I made the mistake of recording that foot show. I’ve watched a few episodes and I am weirdly fascinated by it as well as completely grossed out. Why do people allow their feet to get that way??

New Things I’ve Tried:

I received a sample of Estēe Lauder’s Rapid Brightening Treatment serum in the mail and decided to give it a try. I have one dark spot that has been bothering me. I decided to use this serum on that, to see if it made a difference. The product claims that you will see a result in a week. It took almost 2.5 weeks but that spot is fading and I’ve used only the tiniest of dabs. It’s pricey, but when my sample is out, I may purchase based on the results I’ve seen. This is unsolicited.

Grateful for:

  • The weather, sunny but cool.
  • That another show has come to a close successfully.
  • My reading pace. So good right now.
  • The people who help my daughter backstage.

What’s your view on the controversy surrounding Oprah’s newest book pick, American Dirt? It’s received such great reviews and now this. I was very excited to pick it up but now I’m not sure I want to.