I still have another 70 pages or so to get through of this month’s book (The Vacationers), but it’s time for us to start thinking about what we want to read next month. Here are the choices, with lots of input from our Facebook group…
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (488 pages)
Since we got so into our last Liane Moriarty book, Big Little Lies, and many of the girls over in the Facebook group have been talking about reading more of her books, I thought I’d put this one on the list.
Here’s the Amazon description:
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…
PS: They’re also making this one into a movie!
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (352 pages; not available in paperback)
Since we loved Girl on the Train so much and so many of the girls were also really into Gone Girl (which I still haven’t read!), this book seemed like a no-brainer as it’s been compared to both.
Here’s the Amazon synopsis:
As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret.
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (416 pages)
Because who doesn’t love Judy Blume?
I don’t think I’ve read one of her books in a good fifteen to twenty years and I think it’s time to change that. This one is her newest and has gotten a bunch of great reviews.
Here’s how Amazon describes it:
In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (416 pages)
I haven’t read a Jojo Moyes book yet, but a lot of our Posse members are fans and a bunch more have expressed interest in her books. This one has gotten some great reviews.
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.
Alright, so we have our choices, now it’s time to vote!
PS If you’re not a part of our Facebook group and would like to submit recommendations for upcoming months, feel free to leave them in the comments!