Donna Reads: What Alice Forgot

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alice2In ‘What Alice Forgot’ by Liane Moriarty, Alice Love is a 39 year old who falls off of her bike during a spin class at her gym. She bumps her head hard enough to give herself amnesia. She’s forgotten the last ten years of her life. She wakes up, thinking she’s 29, happily married and pregnant with her first child. She discovers to her dismay that she’s in the process of a divorce and is the mother to three children who are strangers to her.

I loved this book! It caught my attention right from the start. As the story unfolded, I kept turning pages and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. My book club group chose this book, and I finished it in a matter of days. I just kept reading it and reading it. At first I felt sorry for Alice who is so disoriented and confused. As she begins to unravel bits and pieces of her memory, I began to think that 39 year old Alice had not been a very nice person. Everyone kept telling her they’d lost touch because Alice had been so “busy”. Older Alice was busy running kids to and fro and was involved in several different committees and projects. I enjoyed the interaction between Alice and her husband, Nick. Nick had also changed as the years went on, and he was a bit of a workaholic. Alice kept trying to win him back. Complicating matters, older Alice also had a boyfriend, Dominick, who is also the school principal. I didn’t care as much for Dominick. He was too nice, and everyone in the story worried about Alice hurting his feelings. I didn’t care and found myself hoping she’d dump him!

Without giving away the ending, Alice, of course, gets her memory back. She must then decide what she will do. I liked that she didn’t just go back to being old busy, (bitchy) Alice. She realizes that there are now two Alices – younger, calmer, nicer Alice and the older and wiser Alice. She blends the two and comes up with a happy ending. I also liked that this book told two other stories in a unique fashion. We hear Alice’s Grandmother, Frannie’s story, too. Frannie is writing letters to tell her tale. We also hear Alice’s sister, Elizabeth’s story, and Elizabeth is writing a journal. The book jumps back and forth between their different viewpoints, and I thought this was kind-of an interesting way to progress through the story. I thought the character development and interaction was great. Yes, there were some cheesy, oddball characters, but they did not spoil the book. I highly recommend this one.

A Squirrel’s Advice

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Good advice, Sera.

Originally posted on A Squirrel Named Sera:

As summer winds down, we squirrels have a few words of advice for all of you busy people out there.

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Take a few minutes to relax and lie in the shade.  Let the grass tickle your tummy every once in a while.  It will make you smile.

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Try to remember where you stashed the “good stuff”.  Finding hidden treasures can brighten up your whole day.

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Offer to share some of your bounty with friends.  Sometimes a found peanut should be a shared peanut.

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Take your time and don’t make hasty decisions.  Should that peanut be lunch today or next week’s dinner?

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Live in the moment.  Eat it now!  What the heck?  If you want that treat, go for it!

Enjoy your week, everyone!  Watch out for us squirrels, and enjoy the heck out of that peanut.  You deserve it!

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Stacking the Shelves #3

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STSmall_thumb[2]Stacking The Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared.  The original webpage is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews (http://www.tyngasreviews.com/).

It’s been a while since I posted a Stacking the Shelves post (over a month). It’s no secret that I’ve been a little disenchanted with some of the books I’ve picked up recently but after getting some recommendations from friends I’m hoping this lot proves more interesting and satisfying.  I think I may need to have a marathon reading session – I have added quite a bit to my TBR pile.

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Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear – I think I chose this one because it isn’t challenging. It’s described as “the first in a homey, feel-good series”.  I’ve read so many duds lately that I was looking for a simple, basic story.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I tried to read this one a while back and gave up on it.  I decided to download it and give it another try.

The Thinking Women’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker.  I downloaded this one on a recommendation from Deborah Harkness (one of my favorite authors).  People magazine described the heroine as an American Hermione Granger who never got an invitation to Hogwarts.  It intrigued me enough to give it a try.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – This is the fantasy story of a young princess who is supposed to have a magical gift but doesn’t.  She flees an arranged marriage on her wedding day.  She is pursued by two men – one is the jilted prince and the other is an assassin hired to kill her.

When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith – This book takes place in Africa, and it’s the beginning book in a series.  It has a little bit of everything – romance, adventure, war, intrigue, betrayal and family saga.

Painter of the Heavens by Bart Stewart – This is another novel with a little bit of everything.  It involves a woman who’s drawn into a bizarre fraud scheme when she begins dating an eccentric man.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – I hope I have better luck with this one than I did with Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.  I have to read this one – it’s the next selection for my book club.  This novel is about a woman who’s bumped her head and has lost ten years of her life.

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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – This is the story of the Waverly sisters.  Each of the sisters has a magical ability.

Happy reading, everyone!

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