Not Working by Lisa Owens
Why I Picked It Up
Well, let’s face it. Everyone dreams of quitting the 9-5 and having the chance to “find themselves”. Sorry to my boss, but I don’t spend most of my days sitting at this desk because it’s my passion, I’m here because I need the money. Needless to say, I could relate very well to Claire’s extensive ennui.
The vignette format was very refreshing. It was light and easy to pick it up and return to. Also was very fitting to show how she jumps from one idea to the next, with no real direction in life. Some of the really short, self-reflective vignettes actually made me laugh out loud while reading on the subway – that is always a plus with any book. I was able to sympathize with her crushing comparisons to other people, and her struggle to find meaning in life.
Not gonna lie, the one thing that had me hanging on ’till the end was to see what she discovers about her life purpose. She didn’t really find one, after all that? Well, that’s depressing. I guess there’s no hope for me, then?
Emoji rating: 😞💻🖨😕👠🍷🍷🍷🍷🙈😭🍷
Today’s writing location:
The sick room at my workplace.
(Kinda sketch, right?)
Since I’m suffering from a cold, I was too tired to walk anywhere but I didn’t want to stay at my desk during my lunch break. So I decided to try the sickroom.
Verdict: it was kinda weird. I was torn between lying down and sleeping, and being grossed out by that bedsheet.
Pros: Quiet. Dark space. Private. Comfortable.
Cons: Too quiet. Too dark. Too private. Too comfortable.
I did get some good writing done, though.
Would I return again?
Book Review: Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
<i>I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.</I>
The blurb gave this book so much promise, and that’s why I picked it up. Here’s what I expected to happen: Harriet writes an advice column. The horrible B who stole her two-week BF writes to her for advice. She actually plans revenge and advises Remy to carry out some crazy/hilarious tasks in a way to get him back, while instead making them both look like fools. Then she feels bad about it and befriends the B. (Please, someone write this book? Or is that just a clichéd rom-com?)
That’s not what happens. The plot point of her getting the Dear Emma letter from Remy doesn’t actually happen until 50% into the book. By that point, it’s luck that I actually stuck with the book. After that, it’s just a bit of a disappointment plot-wise. Too much of the book is dedicate to random ramblings, side-hangs, and wtf-does-this-have-to-do-with-anything moments rather than the actual advice column. Sometimes it felt like the advice column was forgotten, and randomly thrown in between chapters as an afterthought.
That being said, I did enjoy this book. If I was reading this while I was 21, I’d probably have absolutely loved it. (dear 21 year olds: enjoy it while you can!) The characters and situations are all people I could relate to. Harriet is SO me while I was in college. I totally had a frenemy like Remy.
Her awkwardness and social interactions made me laugh, cringe, and feel all warm and fuzzy about the best years of my life.
Emoji Review: 😂💁🏼😎😘✌🏻️🖕🏻🍷👠🍻🍫🍼😕
Book Review: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Why I picked it up
As you know, it’s the Year of the Wine, so I’m very much into wine right now. I’ve never read a novel set in wine country before, so I thought that was a pretty intriguing setting. The possibilities of that setting are endless, and this book had it all: nurturing the soil, family roots, family secrets, and all the sentimentalism that comes with losing it all.
Wine wine wine. Loved reading about the wine and the connection between family, love, and the struggle to keep it all going. It was a light, fast, typical chick-lit read. I indulged in a lot of wine while reading this which made me think to myself, why don’t more people write novels set in wine country?!
I didn’t really love Jacob at the end. It all seemed a bit too forced and predictable. The end was a bit of a downer. Actually, the more I think about it, the whole book was a bit of a downer. Maybe it’s because I just went through a break-up but reading about all these affairs and lies and growing out of love parts just made me feel cynical about love and relationships. The whole story just left me feeling unsettled, and now I need to read another lighthearted book to cheer myself up.
Or, drink more wine.