Reading has been a bit of a struggle this week because my jet-lag had a delayed effect and really started hitting me Saturday through Wednesday. I’ve been doing better since yesterday, though, and with a three-day weekend ahead of me, the possibilities for catching up with my reading list are endless. I’m envisioning rainy weather, bottomless tea, newly baked banana bread and lots of different types of toast (peanut butter, honey, avocado, tomato and olive oil you name it). Hope you have equally cozy/fun plans for this weekend! Enjoy this week’s links!
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I actually hadn’t heard about Liane Moriarty‘s novels until I started blogging last summer, but once I started to follow book blogs and keep up with popular titles, I started to hear her name everywhere. Her novels typically follow the same formula, with one major secret or twist at the heart of the novel’s plot, a cast of colorful characters whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and a pace which takes the reader from one small revelation to the next, until you get to the big reveal that brings all the previous smaller pieces of evidence together. Despite this formulaic basis, I’ve found the novels to be actually pretty different from each other thanks to the wide range of characters and central plot themes.
I’ve read 5 out of the 7 novels Moriarty has published to date, so I thought it was time to share my reviews of them with you. The novels are listed in order of preference. My definite favorite is Big Little Lies, and I’m really excited for the premiere of the series version starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in February on HBO. I put The Husband’s Secret last, which may surprise some people, as it’s definitely received many a rave review. I really didn’t like it however, I think also not helped by the very whiny sounding audiobook narrator that was picked for the novel.
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