Reading Wednesday – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you watch something because you read the book. Other times, you read a book because you watched something. And then there are the times where you see an adaptation is coming and it intrigues you, so you find the source material. That’s how I decided to read Big Little Lies.

While watching Westworld (and reruns of Game of Thrones) on HBO, I saw the trailer.

I wasn’t paying attention to it because I was doing some other ridiculous thing in my attempt to multi-task. But I heard the words “Welcome to Monterey” and my attention was peaked. I watched the trailer, intrigued by the casting and the premise. And I decided to read the book.

I picked up Big Little Lies from the Sacramento Library just before the New Year started. I started reading and I was hooked, even if it was set in a beach town in Australia rather than Monterey, California. I was struck by the characters and also how perfect the casting was for each of them. I loved the format of the story with the police interviews distributed throughout. I also loved that you had no idea who died until just about the very end of the book (or at least I didn’t. At one point I thought I knew who died, but then I realized it had to be someone else).

The book reminded me of Broadchurch (the British version of course because I didn’t watch the American version). The book gives you a slow build in which every character seems to have reason to be a suspect, each with their own secrets. And secrets run rampant from the little ones to the big ones. It’s an accurate portrayal into the psyche of those who keep such secrets and justify keeping those secrets.

As the book progressed closer to the infamous trivia night, I found it harder and harder to put down and ended up staying up way too late to finish the book (mostly because I was so engrossed I had no idea how long I’d actually spent reading). This was one of those books were I was scared the payoff wouldn’t live up to the slow build. But it did.

I loved Big Little Lies and I’m even more excited to watch the adaptation now. I think the casting is perfect and I hope it gives me the same delicious anticipation that the book did. And I’m dying to know how that gun in the trailer fits into things!

If you’re a fan of Broadchurch or The Girl on the Train and similar types of mysteries, I think you will really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.

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Back to Me Being Me – Welcome 2017

2016 has been a hell of a year. And by that I mean it’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.

I started January 2016 off with a strain to my IT band and I finished it off with plantar fasciitis. Despite that, I still managed to complete four half marathons and two 10Ks. I received my first Coast to Coast medal (and a fancy Millennium Falcon to boot). I may not half managed to run a full marathon (insert link to girls on the grid post), but I’m okay with that.

The start of 2016 also dealt me a massive emotional blow. That hit has had me struggling all year. It’s why I’ve been quieter and away from a lot of things this year. And while I will probably struggle with the pain of that blow for the rest of my life, I’ve learned quite all about myself through it all. I can’t change what’s happened. I don’t have a time turner, a Delorean, or a Tardis to change the past. So I can only move forward.

And that’s the beauty of the New Year and all the celebrations that go along with it. It’s a chance to move forward and leave the past behind. It’s a promise of new beginnings. It’s a chance for me to get back to being me.
Me being me means focusing on the bright side of things. So rather than dwell on the physical and emotional pain that 2016 dealt me, I’m choosing to focus on the good. Even with all the bad (which I’m not even going to get into the broader state of the world), there’s been a lot of good.

I had several amazing trips to Disneyland with family, including whirlwind trips for just one day. I had some amazing cosplays put together and even a photoshoot in one (thanks Charles!). I’ve met a lot of new, wonderful people by spearheading more Geek Girl Brunch Sacramento events and by hosting Geeks Who Drink quizzes at Pizza Rock. And I had one of the better holiday seasons I’ve had in a long time; managing, coping and even avoiding my Seasonal Affective Disorder.

So with this choice to focus back on me, I’m excited to see what 2017 brings. I’m already planning several different trips to visit amazing people and see wonderful things. You’ll just have to wait and see what new adventures await.

Happy New Year and Welcome 2017!