Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (4/5 stars)
This is a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and has been updated for the modern times, including a reality TV show mixed in. I think I would have still enjoyed the story even if it wasn’t an adaptation.
This classic gets adapted often, but this is the first adaptation I’ve read. The story still followed the basic plot points and characters of the original book, while including new interesting plots. The writing was sharp, funny and at times, clever with dry humor sprinkled in. And just like the classic, Mr. Darcy is still sooooooo….Darcy.
“There’s a belief that to take care of someone else, or to let someone else take care of you — that both are inherently unfeminist. I don’t agree. There’s no shame in devoting yourself to another person, as long as he devotes himself to you in return.”
The One in A Million Boy by Monica Wood (3.5/5 stars)
I read the blurb of this book and knew it was going to be sad. I abandoned this book once last year and revisited it this year. I keep hearing people saying it’s their favorite book for 2016 or they recommend it. It was a slow start and it took me awhile to get into the story or care for the characters. I’m glad I kept at it because the ending was well worth it.
Overall, story was good and there were tears in the end. Makes me think of all the ways I love my son and all the others ways I can love him too.
I enjoyed this book even though it’s a sad story, because it actually teaches some valued life lessons. Parts are quirky, parts are humorous, and some parts are just sad
“Because the story of your life never starts at the beginning.”