Book #69: This is Where I Leave You

Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You, (2009), 339p

My partner is a fan of Tropper. This book and One Last Thing Before I Go have been sitting on our bookshelves taunting me for some time. Granted, I typically don’t take kindly to his reading suggestions (ahem, Christopher Moore…)

But, somehow this book wiggled it’s way into my brain (likely because the movie came out and I pretty much refuse to watch movies of books I haven’t read) so I dove in.

Judd Foxman can’t win. His wife is sleeping with his boss. Oh wait, she is also pregnant with Judd’s baby. Another kick to his gut – his dad passes away and for dying wish wants his dysfunctional family to sit shiva for seven days. Together. Forced to hash out old sibling feuds and rivalries, the Foxman family tumble into old family roles while trying to rebuild, relearn, and re”love”.

Was this my favourite book? Nope. It was pretty misogynistic. But there were some laughs and groans. There was quite a bit of heart and hurt behind these characters. Quasi entertaining but not something to five-star rate.

I haven’t seen the movie, but honestly all I could picture throughout reading this book was Adam Driver’s sweet little face. Because, film casting.



Book #24: Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, (2012), 415p

I’m really, really horrible for pushing books that I really want to read down to the bottom of my TBR pile. Because let’s be honest, there are SO many books that I really, really want to read, that I a) don’t have time to read them all and b) the ones that are currently sitting on my shelves that I don’t have a time limit to read (ie. from the library) slip to the bottom.

That is UNTIL a movie is coming out based on said book that I really, really want to read. Then that book magically hops, skips, and jumps its way from 150th on my TBR list right up to #1 and I put off reading all of these really exciting, wonderful, angsty teen fiction books to read it.

Enter Gone Girl. It’s seriously been sitting on our bookshelves for two years. I bought it for my partner for Christmas 2012. He read it then and has been talking about it ever since. As I typically do with books he likes, I roll my eyes and say sure I will read it. Then I really don’t and start reading books with adorable cute teen boys in them. But now that he has threatened to see said movie without me, I had to step up my game.

I really don’t feel like I need to give a summary of this book, because I’m guessing most people fall into one of three categories: 1) already read the book way before I did; 2) are going to see the movie instead (not my kind of people – hmmph) or 3) don’t care/currently has it sitting halfway down their TBR pile and will get to it eventually. I’m also worried that I’ll give something away. I had some of the plot given away to me accidentally by people and I would hate to do that.

I’m just going to start off by saying, Gone Girl is one of the few books that I absolutely cannot stand ANY of the characters, but I could not put it down. I hated all of them -Nick, Amy, Go, the cops, the neighbors, Amy’s parents, Nick’s dad. All of them. But, maybe that was Flynn’s plan all along. Cause seriously, NONE of them are likable. They are all damaged, desperate, flawed in their own ways. But this book though – damn!

I will say that typically I like my books wrapped up in a neat little package at the end, complete with a floofy bow and a card. This one doesn’t really do that. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I was completely enthralled by most of it. I did speed read through a lot of it, but only because I needed to know what happened. Because it is all consuming, even with the horrible characters. I’d be interested to check out some of Flynn’s other books and see how I make out with them.

Now I can see the movie with my partner. Alas, this will likely not force me to pick up his book picks any faster, cause well, ya know, stubbornness.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂

Book #9: Lamb

Christopher Moore, Lamb, (2002), 444p

The reading of this book has been a slow process for a few reasons. One: life has gotten in the way the last week or so. Work, running a race, general frolicking with friends, sleep, starting in a direct sales business. All of those things have been a priority for me instead of reading. Two: I did not pick out this book for me to read. My partner did. Typically, I have really not enjoyed books he has picked out for me, particularly by Christopher Moore. We are batting 1-1; one absolutely hated (Fluke), and one “I guess I can tolerate this” (A Dirty Job). But I thought “hey, what the heck?!? I’ll give it another shot.”

I wish I hadn’t

Another reason this book took me so long to read is because I really wasn’t into it. It’s just not my idea of a good time. Maybe I don’t like satire? Maybe I really don’t like Christopher Moore? Maybe I just really don’t get religion or anything related to the bible? Who knows. I just really didn’t like this book.

Quick synopsis: the angels bring back Biff, aka Levi, aka Joshua’s bestest childhood bud to write his side of the story. It fills in some gaps from the bible. Everyone’s favourite and least favourite apostles make an appearance. Maggie (Mary Magdelene) is prominently featured as well, the love of both Joshua and Biff’s lives.

I’ll admit, some parts actually had me laughing out loud: Biff creating sarcasm and having it used against him; random kung fu; Mary and her devil. But for the most part, it wasn’t my cup of tea.

I think I’ve learned my lesson. Third time was not the charm for Chris Moore. I think I’m done trying to force myself to read his stuff. I feel like I’ll make some enemies here, but he’s just not for me.

Also, I don’t know if I’ll be letting my partner pick out any more books for me in the not so distant future. I tend to hold grudges 😐

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂