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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

tuesday titles 005..

I decided it had been while since my last post in this series, so have done a short round-up of some of the books I've read since then..


Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

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Shoe Addicts Anonymous is a group of women who are all self-confessed shoe addicts. One of the characters, Lorna, places an advert on the internet to find a way of bringing new shoes into her life - a crafty way to overcome her spending ban as she struggles to tackle her finances. To begin with, they share only the same shoe size, but as the book goes on they become more and more close. Obviously the subject matter appealed to me; I enjoyed the background stories of Lorna, who struck me as a similar character to Sophie Kinsella's 'shopaholic', Becky.

In fact, I also drew a few comparisons to the Shopaholic series with Harbison's writing style with the descriptions of Helene's blackmail, or Lorna's meetings with her bank manager, and which were in my opinion a little far-fetched and fairytale, in that way that only a chick-lit book can be.

I liked the way the lives of the women overlapped, it seemed to 'tie the ends in' nicely after a long first section devoted to learning the backgrounds and issues of the four characters, particularly with the references to the womens' various visits to their local department store. Also, throwing together four women from different levels of society (Helene is a politician's wife, whilst Joss works as a nanny doing over and above what she thought her meagre wages paid her for)..

Yes, in true chick-lit style, the ending was a crescendo of everyone's problems being solved in a slightly unrealistically fabulous way, but overall and enjoyable read to while away an afternoon.

Also, as I was searching the title to find a link to amazon, I came across the IMDB entry, which would suggest that Shoe Addicts Anonymous will be a film in the not too distant future..
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Mummy said the F word by Fiona Gibson
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 As I'm not a mother myself, I tend to glean all my information on motherhood from books like this, therefore believing that raising children gives you a whole host of "grass is greener" moments of being in awe of those seemily perfect folk who bring their children up organically, whilst you're doing all manner of embarrassing things and placating your children with endless pieces of colourful plastic.

Mummy said the F word is an insight into Cait's life: mum to a herd of young children, who finds herself suddenly facing single-parenthood and the battles which come with trying to hide her bitterness at her ex-husband, as well as mitigating the effects the split is having on her children.

I enjoyed Cait's antics, in particular her flurries into dating as well as cringing with her at particularly embarrassing moments, and finally the 'will they, won't they' situation with a man which kept me wondering until the final reveal. An easy read, which I felt touched on more emotive subjects, such as Cait's mother's dementia, in a fittingly subtle manner, inkeeping with the frothy tone of a book which doesn't want to take itself too seriously.

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Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin

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Love The One You're With tells of Ellen, who after breaking up with the man she thought was "the one", ended up marrying the brother of her best friend. Ellen and Andy have the perfect marriage, and Ellen has never had any doubts about her decision..Until one day she is crossing the street and sees the ex, Leo. The one who got away.
I have to admit that from the start I didn't really like Ellen. She struck me as a whinger, seemed to have a tendency to overthink things. It also frustrated me, the frequency with which she referred to the fact that her mother had died when she and her sister had been young. Perhaps I'm being insensitive, but once it had been mentioned a couple of times, I could have remembered that - I didn't really need to be reminded, nor did I think it very believable to have Ellen consider it every single time she made a decision throughout the course of the book, which came across as a little obsessive.

The whole book really centred around the "will she, won't she" factor surrounding Ellen and Leo - would they get back together, would Ellen leave her apparently perfect husband, would she cheat on him, would he find out..? A lot of questions, and a lot of tension I guess, but it just seemed that the whole thing was a little too drawn out..I'm not convinced that in life, people would take months and months to make that kind of an impulsive decision. She struck me as a little too "nice girl" to be in that situation anyway.

Not one of my favourite reads recently, but equally I didn't have to force myself to finish it, I was just left thinking "meh".

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Also, in case this wasn't enough to quench your review-thirst, I'm now very happy to be part of the review team on the Judging Covers website, which is full of reviews of books new and old!

3 comments:

  1. Love these posts, unfortunately that last character sounds kinda like me, I overthink everything! Getting another urge to go to library, may look out that one ;)

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  2. I love Emily Giffin's books as a rule but that one left me not caring either way. I didn't like the characters and her writing had gone from fabulous to not impressive. I have to admit to only reading free kindle books recently! If you have a kindle, I can highly recommend Pear Shaped by Stella Newman - brilliantly funny. :-)

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  3. Ha ha, is that first book a portent of the future- shall you do such a thing to bypass the 100 day spending ban! It sounds good! I must read it- I loved the Shopaholic book when I read it years ago!

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