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:

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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?

 

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.

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Her pick is:

Books, Booze & Bajingos: My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

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 My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.

Laura and Jessie didn’t make it, and I was the only drinker last night. Everyone, including myself, was surprised that I would pick a zombie book. I hate zombies. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that before, but I do. They scare me. A lot.

However, this seems to have been a huge hit with the book club. All those who were there really loved it.

One of my favorite quotes from last night: “I’m so glad she got a boyfriend with a steady source of brains, because every time she would get low on brains it would stress me out so bad.” -Annie

The character growth and development of Angel (the main character) was phenomenal. We loved how real she is, flawed and relatable. We all found her self deprecation very relatable. Also, this is a unique, intriguing and very clever way to present the zombie monster genre. Also, the mystery through out the novel was very on point. No figuring it out before Angel, and I really liked that; sometimes I find it a little annoying when the dramatic irony is just laid on too thick, ya know?


For October, it is Maile’s turn to pick.

Her pick is:

 

Books, Booze & Bajingos: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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 After Life by Kate Atkinson.

Laura wasn’t able to join us for book club last night and Jessie, while present, hadn’t read the book; so, Maile, Annie, and I talked about this book. I had found some book club questions on Kate Atkinson’s website, but we never really used them. We all talked very in depth about Life After Life. Originally, I only gave this book 3 stars, but I listened to it as an audio book and I cannot stress enough how this book is not made for the audio format. After talking with Maile and Annie, I like the book a lot more and I love all the little details that I missed and they were able to point out.

Both Maile and Annie declared this book to be their favorite book so far (in terms of book club picks). After last night, I am inclined to also say that of the books we’ve read in Books, Booze & Bajingos, this one is my favorite.

PROS: This book is a real thinker. The protagonist, Ursula, lives her life again and again and again. When I talk about this book with people their first response is “oh, like Groundhog’s Day.” No. Not like the Bill Murray movie. Ursula, sometimes aware sometimes just acting on a gut feeling, makes minute (and sometimes, huge) changes in her life each time. It’s a wonderfully written book and very clever. I’m still thinking and realizing things even after book club!

CONS: Some of her lives are horrible. This isn’t really a “con” because I never felt that Kate Atkinson was throwing in the horrible lives gratuitously, by any means. I just want to warn you that there are parts of this book that will make you depressed. Lastly, I will say again, this book is hard to follow as an audio book. This is one that you really need to be able to flip back and re-read parts.


For October, it is my turn to pick.

My pick is:


Also, Vaginal Fantasy had it’s meet-up last week. Here is their main pick for October:

Books, Booze & Bajingos: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Last Wednesday 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 Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I had already read this book a few years ago, but it was new to most of the members.

Laura and Jessie were M.I.A. for this meeting, but we decided to carry on without them (I actually got ahold of Laura that night and she was called into work, we found out the next day that Jessie had fallen asleep). We are demanding book reports from them. It was really hard to do this meet-up with just us three and with me having to try to remember a book that I read years ago (although I do love it).

Everyone really enjoyed the book though. The parallels between the story in the “now” and the break in the stream of consciousness to the past really melded for a richer reading experience. Everyone loved the elephant. Hands down. Laura even texted me to tell everyone that she loved the elephant.

We all agreed, though, that it wasn’t abiding by “the rules” as a pick, since it the main character/protagonist is a man. We are going to try to keep future picks to the rule of lady leads.

We got a lot off topic during the meet-up, so I’ll just move on to the pick for this month!


For September, it is Annie’s turn to pick.

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Her pick is:


Also, Vaginal Fantasy had it’s meet-up last week. Here is their pick for September:

I’m so ready to get my book club on

Whew, the past couple of weeks have been ROUGH for me. Apparently, it’s been crazy hectic for a lot of folks though.

Books, Booze & Bajingos had to change it’s get together from last Monday to tomorrow night (Wed., Sept. 3). We had a couple of folks who were going to DragonCon this past weekend, and they were too busy with preparations for that and couldn’t be there for book club. One of them being Laura, who picked August’s book! So, we moved it to this week.

Also, just a heads-up, but I’ll probably be switching Reading is Sexy with Lazy Cooking (in other words, swapping what I post on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) in the near future, as Maile has scheduling conflicts on Monday nights starting next week.

However, we weren’t the only book club with schedule conflicts. Vaginal Fantasy had to change their Google+ hangout to tonight, so be sure to check that out. It’s tonight at 7pm Pacific (which is 9pm Central, aka, my time zone) and you can watch it over on the Geek + Sundry YouTube channel.

I’ll be back next week with the new books and an overview of what went down with BB&B.