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Everything I Never Told You

Another book finished for book club! Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng was not my favorite book ever. It is a story about family, race, identity and especially dealing with these things as a teenager. There is not really a main character – the whole family is main ‘character’. The story takes place during a time when this American-Chinese family sticks out like a sore thumb and is not at all like the families around them. And although this story can kind of claim to be a mystery, as there is a mysterious death to be resolved, it is mainly about the tumultuous and heartbreaking history of the family – from the parents’ meeting to the death of a daughter (I promise this is not a spoiler – it’s the first sentence of the book).

The story was well-written but wasn’t the most exciting or gripping tale. I’m actually pretty surprised it’s on all kinds of ‘must read’ lists. But you might like it depending on your interests!

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Big Little Lies

Although I am not big on resolutions, I have set a goal to read 20 books this year. And I’m using Goodreads to track my books now – I realize it’s been around a while, but I just started using it and like it! So my first book of the year is down!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is chick lit at its best, especially if you have kids. The focus of the book is one event, but you don’t know what actually happens until the end, but she keeps you guessing. And even though you get details from both before and after said event, you still don’t know exactly what happens until the perfect moment. And I’d be surprised if anyone could guess the big revelation that is discovered. Having worked with both kids and parents in various settings, I can appreciate the different personalities and clashing parenting styles and opinions. If cliques and gossip and cattiness completely enrage you, I would not recommend this book. This should, however, be a fun book club discussion in a couple weeks.

This was an entertaining and quick read. I’m excited to read more of her books!

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All the Light We Cannot See

Another book club book done! The holidays, however, have impeded our availability to meet – but we found a date in the near future. So if you have any suggested questions or sites to use for our discussion please share!

There have been many books that take place during WWII or are about that time, but All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a very unique perspective. The two main characters are children when the war begins, living on opposite sides of the fight but dealing with similar issues. The girl is blind and flees with her father, while the boy is an orphan, brilliant and recruited in a top class of Nazi trainees. As usual, I don’t want to give anything away, but there is love, loss, a jewel hunt, and war. Apart from that it is really written well in easy-to-follow sections and timeline. Although books that jump around in time can be hard to follow, this one was not. I was always aware of where in the timeline I was and who was speaking/involved. It helps that there aren’t too many characters also. This is a great read, especially if you love historically-based fiction. Enjoy!

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