Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Review // Big Little Lies, In the Kingdom of Ice, Being Mortal

Three more books down!  All of them were big hits for me, though they're all super different.  Big Little Lies is probably my favorite book I've read so far this year, followed pretty closely by Being Mortal.

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Big Little Lies //  This was the first book in a while that I really couldn't put down.  I reached the midpoint and stayed up late (for me) finishing it.  I loved the story-telling style, I loved the characters, I loved that the twist at the end was completely out of left field in the best way.  I've read Moriarty's previous book and didn't love that, but Big Little Lies was fabulous. Perfect for a vacation/staycation.

Being Mortal //  I'm not entirely sure why I picked this book up, but it ended up being a huge hit for me. The beginning was a little rough (slow going, lots of statistics), but once the story telling started, I was hooked.  The author uses real-life examples to examine how America manages the aging/dying. It felt particularly poignant for me, having watched both my mom and dad manage aging loved ones in the last few years, and coming up against a lot of the issues that Gawande brings up. I think that most people would find the book engaging, especially anyone involved in the care of someone elderly.

In the Kingdom of Ice //  I harbor a deep love for historical novels, fiction and nonfiction alike. This particular book is about polar exploration in the late 19th century.  While I doubt everyone would enjoy this as much as I did, the author did a beautiful job making the story accessible and engaging, and I learned so much about a topic I didn't have any context for.  It took me a while to get through the novel (not the most exciting book I've ever read), but was definitely worth the effort.

Overall, I would say that anyone who hasn't read Big Little Lies, and is in need of a quick, lightish, fun book, should definitely pick it up, but all 3 are definitely worth a look.

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