The weekly Musing Mondays question of the week (via the Should Be Reading blog) is:
What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
I’ve got a rule that I DON’T stay up late for books (because I get extremely cranky when I lack sleep), but man, I couldn’t put down What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty! A friend of mine had recommended it to me, said that it was kind of like Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me?, but with the quality of writing exponentially better. Both books feature an older woman waking up as her more innocent & naive younger self, and finds that she doesn’t really like who she’s become or what her life has turned out to be. But that’s where the resemblance ends.
Sophie Kinsella is a fluffier kind of writer (and that’s not a bad thing – just depends on what you’re in the mood for), with characters that are a bit like caricatures, but Liane Moriarty is in a different league all together – the characters are complex and real, the plot surprises you with its twists & turns, and I was totally sucked into Alice’s life bigtime! I felt her pain when she found out that the husband she adored now hated her, that the big sis she loved was a virtual stranger to her, and her fears as she tried to connect with three children she couldn’t remember! I just read and read and read through the night (and into the early morning)… wanting to know what happens when Alice finally gets her memory back, but also dreading getting to the final page.
And let me tell you, I woke up with a bad headache a few hours later (like I had a hangover), but I felt it was totally worth it! What Alice Forgot is in the top echelon of the books I’ve read this year and I’m totally recommending this book to all my (girl)friends!
Here’s the product description!
What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?
Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.
A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn’t sure she likes who she’s become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.
What about you, what’s the last book you stayed up late for?
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The audiobook of ‘Map of Bones [Unabridged]‘ by James Rollins (Author), John Meagher (Narrator) is available for FREE download as promo for the author’s new book The Devil Colony! Check out the author’s post on his website!
To celebrate the release of The Devil Colony. My publisher, HarperAudio, will offer the entire Map of Bones Unabridged Digital Audio as a free download from June 7th – June 20th, 2011
You can download the FREE audiobook [Begining Midnight June 7th] directly from my jamesrollins.com [MP3]. These files can then be added to a music library such as iTunes. You may also download the file from Audible and iTunes
During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks’ robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior…a treasure that could reshape the world.
With the Vatican in turmoil, SIGMA Force leaps into action. An elite team of scientific and Special Forces operatives under the command of Grayson Pierce and accompanied by Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome’s carabinieri, they are pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through the sites of the Seven Wonders of the World and ends at the doorstep of an ancient, mystical, and terrifying secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind…when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.