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The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
I could tell a lot of stories about this book. For one, my mother in law has met the author and had lunch with her!
The Plot was one of my favorite books of the summer purely for its page turning ability. The book increased my ability to turn the page and keep turning the page and ignoring family members and ignoring time in order to, you know, turn the pages. The Plot of the plot (no I will not stop) was just what my languishing needed.
Some of the book takes place in Vermont, some in New York. Cornell University (Jessbrarian’s alma mater) and my new tiny hometown in Vermont was mentioned. And then the protagonist went south and visit Atlanta and the small town my sister lives in was mentioned.
I tell you, as I was reading The Plot and the plot seemed to center around the plot of my life, well, I was a little freaked out. In a good way.
I did think to myself, “Ok so is, like, the author gonna show up at my front door and just like look me in the eye and tell me the ending of this book?”
Something I have noticed about my likes and dislikes with books is I usually like the beginning and middle. I am not an end person. I usually am only ok with most of the endings. Not so with The Plot. Wouldn’t you know it, the book with the title The Plot actually had a great beginning, middle and end! You know, a great plot!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Taylor Jenkins Reid story:
I think Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was the first Reese Witherspoon recommendation I picked up. It had a gimmick and you know what, I liked it! For the most part. By the end of the middle I was ready for the gimmick to stop. I think I took a break for a day or two and then dove back in for the ending which I enjoyed.
And then I was done with Taylor Jenkins Reid. Or so I thought.
Then Malibu Rising came out and there was a fuss.
And then I saw lots of people (via social media) talking up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a Taylor Jenkins Reid book that was published prior to Daisy Jones. And then it was just sitting there minding its own business at my local library so I took it as a sign. Nothing dramatic, just a sign that well, maybe I could try it.
And try it I did. Guys, this book was tons of fun! Gimmicky yes! And Jenkins Reid has a gimmick and well, it’s that her books have gimmicks and this one worked for me. I loved the story, I loved the plot. I loved some of the ridiculousness. Yes! Gimme gimme.
And now, I think again I am done with Taylor Jenkins Reid, until someone tells me Malibu Rising is worth it.
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
Yes, Yes, Yes to this book.
J. Ryan Stradal has put out two fiction novels, I have read both and I will continue to read his fiction. Full disclosure: I was on a beach vacation reading this book and it just went along with the vibe of pool beach pool beach days. Drinks at the pool, fried clamstrips for days, scoops of ice cream to wash it all down.
Plus throw in a visit from an old friend and you get me.
This book matched perfectly with those days of sunshine, laughter and love. The storytelling and plot is on point, thoughtful, progressive, deep and silly at the same time. What a combo. Read it to feel good. Read it to enjoy life. Read it and love it.
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
The Liz Taylor Ring by Brenda Janowitz (coming February 2022!)
How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell (I am late to this party though pretty good at doing nothing, if you must know!)