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Weekly Meme: Musing Mondays (June 13)

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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  1. June 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I couldn’t come up with anything that I stayed up late for – I have to have my sleep 🙂 This book sounds really good. I like Sophie Kinsella, so I think I’d like this author too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great Monday!

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Oh, I really recommend this book! I’m rarely gushy – but I really found myself gushing over this one 🙂

  2. June 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Wow. When someone is this excited about a book, I pay attention. In all my reading, I have not read a book along this story line. I am going to put it on my TBR list, because you so enjoyed it. Thank you, I get to try something different 🙂 And I’m very glad to know how much you enjoyed, and still enjoy, Robert Jordan’s books. I have been curious if the story quality held through so many in the series. Thank you, again, and have a good Monday.

  3. June 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I mentioned two novels out of many!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

  4. June 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I’ve been meaning to get to that book. It looks wonderful.

    Here’s mine:
    http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2011/06/musing-mondays_13.html

  5. June 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t necessarily stay up late to read because I can’t put the book down, It is usually because I have insomnia that I stay up late and read.

  6. June 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    What Alice Forgot is on my wish list. It does sound so good! Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s MY MONDAY MUSINGS POST

  7. June 14, 2011 at 3:39 am

    This looks like an awesome book! Great post! Thanks for stopping by mine 🙂

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