Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that Bionic Bookworm hosts.  Today’s topic is Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh. This is an old topic that I am re-using for this week.

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Lies by T.M. Logan

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WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?

When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.

And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.

But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.

When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.

And that’s when Joe receives the first message . . .

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The concept of Lies is something that has been done before. It’s a game of what ifs. What if Joe didn’t see his wife at that moment? What if he didn’t follow her to a hotel? What if he didn’t see the argument between his wife and Ben (a family friend)? What if he didn’t confront Ben? What if? What if? What if?

I did find that I wasn’t able to put down Lies. I wanted to know what the different lies were and what was really the truth. Yes, there was definitely some parts that didn’t add up to me and Joe was just clueless. It’s rare that a main character doesn’t have any idea what is going on and just accepts what they are told.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. I enjoyed the novel, but not sure if this is a novel that I will remember in a few weeks.

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Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Mrs. Everything

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

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This was my first Jennifer Weiner novel and I was not disappointed. Mrs. Everything did have everything. It followed two sisters from 1950 to the present day, where they had their shares of ups and downs. I found that the novel was a bit detailed and was surprised that I was only half way through when the sisters were going through adulthood.

At times I struggled to connect with the sisters. I found that I was see-sawing with whether or not I actually liked the sisters. I disliked Bethie when she was giving away life advice to Jo’s friends, making it look like she was better than them, when she didn’t have her life together.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. An average read, but it has made me want to explore Jennifer Weiner’s earlier novels. Recommendations are welcome!

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I can’t wait for … Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read. The book I can’t wait to read is this week is:

things you save in a fire

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

What novel are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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