Smart Women- First Book Review of 2019

Good Morning!

I finished my first book of 2019 on Saturday, and I wanted to go ahead and write this while it was fresh on my mind.

Smart Women by Judy Blume was different from the only other adult appropriate book I have read by Judy Blume. Until I read, In the Unlikely Event (which I reviewed on here a while back), I only ever thought about Judy Blume being an other for children and pre-teens. I loved her books when I was little, so I was thrilled to learn she also writes books for adults.

Smart Women was definitely not a child’s book to put it mildly. It’s set in the early 1980s. There’s a lot of sex. At some times, I even thought it was a bit much. The book needs it though, because it is an integral part in how the characters progress.

There are several main characters, and each chapter comes from the perspective of a different person. The two main characters are Margo and B.B. They both are divorced and relocated to Colorado to start over. Their mutual friend Claire (on the verge of divorce throughout the whole book) is their mutual connection, but otherwise there isn’t much of a friendship between the two. B.B. (formerly Francine) has one living child, a preteen named Sara, and Margo has two teenagers Stuart and Michelle.

B.B. is a high-strung, type A personality who thinks everything is going perfect until her ex-husband moves to town and tosses her perfect world up in the air. B.B.’s world is not perfect, it hasn’t been; she is just good at pushing all of her emotions and the memory of her deceased son to the back of her mind. I mean, B.B. isn’t even her real name- that’s how far she’s gone to create a new life. In the end, it backfires on her and she ends up in a mental institution getting the help she desparately needs.

Margo is a loveable mess. She just wants to love and be loved, and she finds that in B.B.’s ex-husband Andrew. It is definitely a factor in B.B.’s eventual breakdown, but it certainly isn’t the reason. The two fall in love pretty quickly, and throughout the whole book I switched from being happy for her and sad for B.B.

The details aren’t as important as the theme of the book though, which is that in the end, a smart woman always knows what is good for her. The book revolves around love, divorce, and change. In the end, B.B. gets the help she needs, and Margo gets the love she deserves. Even the teenage girls go through lessons that require them to grow up sooner than necessary.

All in all, I thought it was a good book. I probably wouldn’t have read it if Judy Blume had not written it though. I don’t typically enjoy cheesy love stories, and while this had a lot of other themes, the main one was love and doing whatever was necessary to hold onto it. I think it felt a little cheesy because of when it was written more than anything, but even though it’s from the 1980s I think most women can still relate to the characters in the book.

I would recommend this if you’re looking for an easy read. It’s a fun book to relax with, and I’m glad I found it on the back of a shelf at my parent’s house.

NEW YEAR, NEW BOOKS

Happy New Year y’all!

I have made my “To Be Read List” for 2019, including the book I’m currently reading: Smart Women by Judy Blume. I’m planning to keep them next to my nightstand so that hopefully I can stay focused. I hope to finish these sixteen books well before the end of the year, so that I can add more to my list.

As y’all know my favorite types of books are mysteries/cozy mysteries but I did try to add a couple from other genres.

I’m excited for the New Year, and I’m especially excited for my new Bookstagram account!

 

Book Reviews for Book Day!

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I keep seeing posts that March 1st is National Book Day! I was not sure if it is actually today or a different day entirely. When I did a Google search it gave me conflicting dates, but a wonderful follower, PerfectlyTolerable, clued me in. I’m editing this post to clarify that World Book Day is being celebrated today in the UK and in Ireland. On April 23rd, other countries celebrate it since that is William Shakespeare’s birthday. I am game for two days of celebration!

I am in the middle of moving, so I can’t show you my book collection, but I can recommend some great books I’ve read recently. I also want to encourage you to visit your public library if you don’t already. The library has always been my safe spot, where I go when I’m feeling down or just want to relax. Don’t forget about them, just because it’s easy to order off of Amazon or you have a tablet. Nothing replaces the way a book feels in your hands.

The first book I want to recommend is by Judy Blume. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, she is the same author who wrote the books we read as kids. However, her relatively new book In the Unlikely Event is amazing. There is a lot of love, a lot of drama, and a lot of plane crashes. It is wonderful.

 

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I recently read, The Witness by Nora Roberts. It is a crime themed book. I wouldn’t call it a mystery, but it is a thriller that is well written. I was panicked during certain times of the book, because of the suspense she creates. There’s a reason she’s a New York Times Best Selling Author.

I realize how silly this next recommendation will seem. I had never read Pride and Prejudice until this summer. (I know, I know.) However, since I finally did I can recommend it to anyone and everyone. Jane Austen’s writing is definitely not everyone’s taste. With some of the language it can feel like more of a chore than an enjoyable evening of reading. However, it is so worth it. She writes a brilliant, humorous love story that challenges you.

My favorite recommendation to make is Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke. This book is from the Hannah Swensen series, and every book in this series has a yummy sounding name. I have been reading these books since I was around ten years old, and reading her newer ones makes me feel like I’m right back at that age: incredibly hungry to get my hands on any book I could.

One of the books I am currently reading is Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I’m only a few chapters into it, but so far it is the same Agatha Christie we know and love. She is the Queen of Murder Mystery in my opinion. I finished her book 4:50 from Paddington a few months ago, and as usual the Miss Marple books are wonderful. This quirky older lady that solves crimes is my favorite book character.

Growing up and still to this day, my favorite Disney Princess has been Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”. Her reaction to being gifted a library by Beast is exactly how I would feel. She’s always got her nose stuck in a book, and I can relate to this on many levels.

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