Another bookgroup book, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, was interesting and enjoyable.
The book opens with Elena Richardson walking through her burning house wondering where her children are, then realizing they are all accounted for goes outside to watch her home in Shaker Heights, Ohio burn down.
The book then goes back a few months when Elena first meets Mia and her daughter, Pearl, who are renting an apartment from Elna.
The book then goes on to describe the various relationships her family creates with the new tenants.
While I enjoyed this book, it was sometimes hard to read because Ng is so open with the characters’ faults.
When my book group read Big Little Lies a couple years ago I was a little embarrassed how much I enjoyed the book. I even enjoyed the HBO adaptation (and am rewatching it with Dean). Because I’d read Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty books kept being recommended to me but I resisted until last fall when I read Moriarty’s The Last Anniversary.
After that I made sure to check for Moriarty’s books on sale at Amazon on a daily basis and was rewarded on February 4th when it was on sale for $2.99 ((maybe I need to revise my reading challenge to allow for deeply discounted books?)). I downloaded it and read it within a week.
Moriarty’s books are definitely plot-driven ((until a former intellectual-snob neighbor made a derisive remark about plot-driven books, I assumed all books were plot-driven, otherwise why read them?)). She often begins her books with the ending, but just enough of the ending to make you keep reading in order to find out what happened. In Three Wishes she begins the book with a scene at a restaurant in which a pregnant woman is stabbed in the abdomen with a fork by another woman at her table. The book then goes back and tells the story from the beginning. The author throws in the occasional viewpoint of a stranger.
I definitely loved this book and I don’t care that it is not high literature. It was a fun book to read and I plan on reading as many of Liane Moriarty’s books as I can. I already have four or five on hold at the library.
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso is our next book group book. I usually buy the book right away and then procrastinate reading it, to the detriment of my other reading (gotta finish book group book first!). This time I bought it the day after book group and finished it three days later.
It was a fast read and I got into it right away. The characters were well-developed and the storyline was compelling. I am looking forward to discussing it with my book group.