Monday, April 6, 2015

A to Z April: E Reviews - Emily's Reasons Why Not by Carrie Gerlach/The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Today I have another Chick Lit book to share, as well as a book that is really hard to describe quite what it is, except for that I love the series.  Once again I'm going to share the synopsis from Goodreads along with a few sentences about why I like it.

First is Emily's Reasons Why Not which is another fun romantic story based on a single woman about to turn 30.  She still hasn't found the right guy and is feeling the crunch at her age.  Again this came in a time when I was early 30s and it just kind of resonated with how I felt at the time.  Here's the blurb from Goodreads:
Hollywood publicity pro extraordinaire Emily Sanders is hitting thirty –– hard –– and she wants the life her best friends seem to have: house, kids, perfect man. But finding true love isn't easy in L.A., where image is everything, and where every beauty pageant winner is an eight in a sea of nines, who all wish they were Julia Roberts.

For Emily, boyfriend material has always come in many strange shapes and incarnations –– beautiful young surfer god, aging music executive, boss's boss's boss, and a baseball player with two cell phones (one of which she does not have the number to).

With her confidence rapidly heading due south (like everything else on her body), it's time to find a smart, sharp–eyed psychotherapist to help her get past her surefire method for choosing the absolute worst man. With a little help, maybe Emily can learn to narrow her focus from looking for Mister Right to looking out for Mister Wrong. Because she knows that, eventually, "the one" comes for every woman ... even for a disarming, unflappable player in the mad, mad world of entertainment, with the edge of an insider and the heart of a dreamer.



I guess you might call The Eyre Affair a fantasy type of story.  It is set in a world where the books are something that people can go into, and characters can come out of.  As the title might have you guess, there is something going on in the book Jane Eyre.  And the main character works for the department of police that has to fix these types of things.  I'd never read Jane Eyre before this, so then I had to read it.  And I think this is probably what led me into trying to read more classics.  For awhile I would read a classic every 10 books. Here's the blurb from Goodreads:
Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.
And something really cool, I got to meet the author a few years ago when he came to one of the public libraries in Kansas City.  Here I am with him!


So those are my E reviews!  And don't forget while you're here to enter my month long giveaway below!!

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8 comments:

  1. I love the whole Thursday Next series. It's so much fun!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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    1. I am two books behind on the Thursday Next series, I own them both, but haven't quite been in the mood to pick them up yet. Thanks for stopping by and I'll check out your posts as well!

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  2. I really do need to start reading more! I seem to spend more of my spare time crafting and less reading!

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    1. Maybe you could listen to audio books while you craft? :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I'm jealous. I never get to meet any authors. Great post though!

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    1. It seems like one year about three years ago all of a sudden I started seeing where authors would be and started going and meeting them. They are my rock stars!

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  4. I am both thrilled and jealous that you got to meet Jasper Fforde! I get the feeling he doesn't come stateside too often! We are big fans around here, not just of the Thursday Next books, but the Nursery Crimes, and his YA too!

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    1. I know, it was soooo cool! And the only way I found out was because I tweeted something about him and one of the local public library workers saw my tweet somehow and told me about him coming to town! It was so exciting! And he was so funny to listen to. I've only tried one of the Nursery Crimes books, and wasn't as big a fan. Need to try the YA books soon though! Thanks so much for visiting!

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