50 by 50: Big Little Lies

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Thanks for joining me again today for one of my 50 by 50 goals – my quest to carve out more time to read, a joyful hobby that enhances each week! My newest read is the novel BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty, a compelling, entertaining read with a thread of mystery that will instantly hook you!

I started my journey with Liane Moriarty when I had a extended lay-over in Detroit and was looking for a fun way to pass the time.  While browsing through the bookshelf at one the snack shops, Moriarty’s book WHAT ALICE FORGOT caught my attention, quickly becoming an impulse buy.  I instantly fell in love with the story! The characters and Moriarty’s humorous yet insightful style of writing that both made me laugh and think a little deeper about some of the every day situations we all encounter as moms, wives and friends.

Since I thoroughly enjoyed that intriguing read (and suggest you also add it to your TBR,) I suspected that adding BIG LITTLE LIES to my 50 by 50 reading list would be a terrific idea. And it certainly was!

The first thing I love about this book is though it is a page-turner, I could read a bit, put the book down, and easily return to it when time allowed.  Part of the reason this was so easy to do is Moriarty has styled the chapters in short, easily-digestible segments.  I could even sneak in a chapter or two read during the 5 minutes I was waiting for my tea kettle to boil.

Second thing I love about BIG LITTLE LIES are the colorful characters and real-life drama situations.  The novel is centered around the lives of three women, with very different personalities and backgrounds:

“Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years.” – BIG LITTLE LIES book synopsis

They are all at various crossroads in their lives, dealing with very real-world problems like divorce, single parenting, bullying, marital conflicts, school politics, gossip and more.  Fate brings them together as friends and together they will all wind up with their worlds colliding in a way none of them imagined.

Moriarty brilliantly weaves relatable situations with comedy, mystery, romances and women’s lit elements to spin a story worth reading.  The book has substance and grit and you can imagine yourself being any one of these characters dealing with similar situations.   In a nutshell, it will definitely entertain you and leave you highly satisfied in the end!

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After reading this book, watching the BIG LITTLE LIES television series is now on my “things I want to do” list and Moriarty’s newest book, THE HUSBAND’S SECRET is officially penned on my TBR!

What new books are you reading?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I should add to my 50 by 50 reading list next!

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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