Books, Booze and Bajingos: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Last Tuesday night was the monthly meet-up (via Ventrillo) of my book club, Books, Booze & Bajingos. It’s taken me a minute to get this post up, but here is the run down…

This month’s book was Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Another hit. It was a great book that we all read in basically one sitting. Maile even re-read it.

SPOILER ALERT: This post will contain spoilers for this book. If you are reading it or haven’t finished reading it, stop now!

The characters were very well written. The three protagonists, Madeline, Jane and Celeste, were well-rounded and very relatable. The other characters were very real and fleshed-out, as well.

I loved the richness of Madeline’s character, the girly-girl type, mother of two, dealing with an ex-husband and his new hippie wife and their teenage daughter’s rebellious phase. Madeline is a fun and solid type of person, and while she likes to add the flair of the dramatic with social rivalries, she is actually, in my opinion, pretty down to earth (which comes through when she is dealing with her daughter).

Jane is so delicately broken that you just want to protect her and see her smile. Her little son, Ziggy, melted my heart. As we slowly learn what happened to her in her past that made her this person desperate to be invisible, you just want to step in between her and the past that haunts her, or at least that is how I felt.

Finally, the beautiful and battered Celeste. This character was so subtly written and held such depth, I can’t even begin to go into how much props I would like to give the author for the way she wrote about Celeste and the life she was trapped in living.

The element Liane Moriarty added to the prose, interjecting snippets of interviews with a reporter and the people of this small town about the incident that happens at the climax, is a little jarring at first. For myself, that part made it hard for me to get into the book. I honestly don’t know how long I would have dragged my feet with this book if I hadn’t checked it out from the library. As it was, I had to return it Christmas day, so I spent Christmas Eve devouring it. It’s a great book, and you have to read those snippets as comedic breaks in a book that deals with some very heavy issues (like the “nature vs. nurture” debate she snuck into the book).

We all agreed that we were happy with who died and who killed him. I don’t want to have too many spoilers in this post, because it is a really great book we all highly recommend it for others to read. Annie even told us that she saw they were making it into a TV mini-series. I’d like to see how the book transitions from print to film.


January’s book was chosen by your’s truly:

BBB-Lyn

My pick is:

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Progress Report: December

Just checking in to share my progress with the book clubs’ picks for this month.

BOOKS, BOOZE & BAJINGOS:

PROGRESS: Chapter 6

THOUGHTS SO FAR: I forgot, as I started reading this book, that it is set in Australia. Once I remembered/realized that fact, I started reading it in a horrible Australian accent. So far so good, but I wish I could just find time to settle in and read. Maile and Annie are both done. Maile has even read it twice already!

VAGINAL FANTASY BOOK CLUB:

PROGRESS: —

THOUGHTS SO FAR: Well, I own it on Audible. That’s about all of my progress. :/


Are you reading along with either of these book clubs this month? If so, how far are you?

 

Book Club Reads, round-up for December

Last week I went over the monthly get together for Books, Booze and Bajingos. If you haven’t read that yet, you should check it out.

just a quick reminder, the pick for BB&B this month is:

Chosen by:


Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy book club also holds its meet-up at the end of the month, you can click here to watch their video.

The main book for the Vaginal Fantasy book club, for the month of December, is:


Let me know if you are reading along with us, or Vaginal Fantasy!

 

Books, Booze and Bajingos: Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson

Last night was the monthly meet-up (via Ventrillo) of my book club, Books, Booze & Bajingos. Here is the run down.

This month’s book was Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson.

We all loved it. We literally spent the entire time just quoting the book to each other and laughing. THE ENTIRE TIME. Maile put it best when she described Shirley Jackson’s narrative as “warm, dry humor.”

We like to cast the books we read, and for this one it was unanimous that the best woman to portray Shirley Jackson would be Tina Fey.


Annie picked our December book.

BBB-Annie

Her pick is:

What Else am I reading? [November 2014]

Not really reading anything besides the BB&B pick for this month. I do still need to finish The Legend of Drizzt audio book I started last month, but I just downloaded two more audio books on Audible, and they are calling my name. Drizzt may get put on the back burner.

Honestly, I haven’t even been listening to my books, though.

Progress Report: November

Just checking in to share my progress with the book clubs’ picks for this month.

BOOKS, BOOZE & BAJINGOS:

PROGRESS: Page 32

THOUGHTS SO FAR: It took me a minute to get it from my library’s inter-library loan system. When I finally did, it was such a delicate old paper back that I’m scared to bring it with me every where I go. So, it’s been a slow start for me. Luckily, we aren’t getting together till the first week of December, so I have a little extra time. So far, I like it.

VAGINAL FANTASY BOOK CLUB:

PROGRESS: —

THOUGHTS SO FAR: I have not had the time to read the VFBC pick this month. I probably won’t get to it.


Are you reading along with either of these book clubs this month? If so, how far are you?

 

Book Club Reads, round-up for November

Last week I went over the monthly get together for Books, Booze and Bajingos. If you haven’t read that yet, you should check it out.

just a quick reminder, the pick for BB&B this month is:

Chosen by:

BBB-Maile


 

Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy book club also holds its meet-up at the end of the month, you can click here to watch their video.

The books for the Vaginal Fantasy book club, for the month of November, are:

This is the alt pick.

 


 

Let me know if you are reading along with us, or Vaginal Fantasy!