Big Little Lies

First off, I have something to admit. ┬áThis is the first book to leave me with book hangover. It was such a powerful read that I didn’t pick up my next book until a day later. This is unusual because normally I can start another book shortly after finishing one.

“Big Little Lies” is a beautifully written, dramatic book that shows the impact of various forms of bullying. I didn’t realize this aspect of the story until about half way through the book. Some of the implications, and various parts of the plot were worked further into the story, which I felt led me to not realize the bullying aspect until later.

When I first started reading “Big Little Lies”, I got caught up in what I first perceived as just some good, juicy drama. Later on in the story, I found myself reading an article about the making of the book into a mini HBO series. This article opened my eyes to what was really happening. As I continued to get to know the characters I realized that most of them had suffered or were a part of some sort of bullying.

Liane Moriarty did a beautiful job with the characters of the book. From the beginning you could tell how unique each of them were, and that there was much to be learned about them throughout the book. The relationships between characters at times seemed unlikely, and exactly what they needed all at the same time.

In conclusion, this is a wonderfully written, powerful book that I recommend to anybody interested. I am thankful that I read this book and can’t wait to read other works by Liane Moriarty.

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Eat Pray Love

img_20170213_093729_647If you’re looking for a book to read about somebody going on a sort of soul searching, discover yourself journey this would be a good choice for you. I found this book to be a rather heart warming read and an inspiration for if I ever decide to do a similar journey for myself.
As I was reading Eat Pray Love I found myself wishing I had a highlighter in hand for a few sentences. This is very unlike me to want to mark up a book, but this one had some passages I wanted to take with me. Next time I read this book I will have a highlighter at the ready.

When the story started out in Italy Elizabeth Gilbert had me confused with the time jumps. I honestly sat there wondering if the story of how she came to the journey may have been better off is a prologue rather than mixed in where it was. Then again, maybe this reflected more of her story where she placed it. After that the story line was easy to follow. It was a lot of fun to read about all the pleasure that she found while staying there.

Next stop on her journey was India. This section had me in awe and wonder at the power behind her meditation and yoga practice. The power behind the mind can leave me speechless and that is how I felt when reading about all the various experiences she had throughout her meditation practice and while performing jobs at the Ashram. I also loved how real and open she was with her feelings and desire to go back to previous relationships with men.

When she arrives at Indonesia this part of the journey seemed like an afterthought from the way she wrote about it.There was a lot of happiness, caring and love in this part of the journey that brought it together in a full circle sort of manor. Each place provided her with something different, and by the time she reached the end she seemed like an improved version of herself.