January Book Club Pick: The Husband’s Secret

For the book club this month we are actually reading one of my own picks for 2014! I have just finished reading this book over the weekend and I wanted to share my thoughts about it. I picked this book solely from reading synopses and from it being rated so highly on Goodreads. The book is a sort of puzzle as you have to try to put all of the pieces together as there are essentially three different stories being told at once and at the beginning I will say it is kind of hard to keep up with it all. As you read you will start to connect the dots and feel like you are catching up to how these stories actually relate to each other. 
The book centers around Cecilia Fitzpatrick: mother of three girls, overachieving Tupperware saleswoman and wife to a mysterious husband. Now granted, she doesn’t think he’s mysterious per say until she finds a letter addressed to her in the event of his untimely death. She is torn about what to do with the letter; to read or not to read. Cecilia eventually reads and the story unfolds with the aftermath of the secret contained within. The other stories told are all about how Cecilia and the letter connects to them!
The book is a bit slow in the beginning as she finds the letter first thing but holds off on reading it until about half way through. However my eyes were glued to the book after she discovered what the letter entailed and the twists just kept coming. I really enjoyed the book, however I thought that one of the three characters that was featured could be omitted completely. The story really didn’t connect to her at all, although the author did mention her at the end connecting more, but I feel like her whole storyline was completely useless. Not to say I didn’t like her story, but it wasn’t imperative for the ‘real’ story the author was trying to tell. 
So as for my recommendation I would say that I enjoyed this book and would suggest it to friends who like chick-lit mixed with a little mystery! It was a quick and easy read that I cannot wait to discuss with the club!

October Book Club Pick

I have yet to post about the brand new book club I have had the pleasure of starting! A group of girls along with myself have been discussing a book club for the last couple of years and it was high time we did something about it. However, most of the girls that were hoping to be apart of it have now moved across the country and that only leaves four of us as members for now! We call ourselves the Fish Tales Book Club as all of ‘our men’ were in the Wildlife and Fisheries department at Mississippi State and because of them we all met each other! So far everyone seems to be enjoying it! The club started in July of this year and we have been meeting once a month to discuss a book that one member chooses for the group to read. October is my month to pick the book and I chose The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith(aka J.K Rowling). If you know me AT ALL then you already know that I am a HUGE Rowling fan. I literally cried at the end of the seventh Harry Potter book and I still feel a little sadness when I think about the series being over. So when I read the great reviews of this book(after it had been released that she was in fact the author in disguise) it was a no brainer that this book would be my choice for October.

The book is a monster…however I did not purchase the actual print copy which I now wish I had. I actually decided to listen to it(audio book) since we were going to be doing a lot of driving to Disney and also to South Carolina. The book clocks in at almost 16 hours of listening time!! However, I really enjoyed listening to all of the accents the reader made. Of course the book is British and it was read by a Brit so the accents were cute and some of the words were hilariously pronounced. With this being my first audio book there were things I enjoyed about listening to a novel and things I did not. I did not like the fact that I could not just turn the page back and reference something easily. Also, if you get distracted(which I am quite a bit) you will miss huge pieces of information. I liked that I did not have to stare at a page and have my eyes hurt after hours of reading.

Now on to the juicy stuff…no I am not divulging any spoilers! I will say that I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a total Rowling style book with tons of detail and wonderful explanations that I love so much. I will say that it was not as suspenseful as Harry Potter(I don’t think she was going for that) and the story line is more in depth than you may think after reading the synopsis. The characters are very well thought out and detailed. I really enjoyed the character Detective Cormoron Strike(is it just me but I have never heard of anyone with the name Cormoran) and although his life seems daunting to say the least, you cannot help but to cheer for him and hope everything works out for the best. The ending is tidy, something I really appreciate. There is nothing worse than reading an entire book and being unhappy with the ending. Anyway, if you’re looking for a book to read alone or with a group I would recommend this one!

Stay southern,