Talking About ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ with Bibliobeth!

Nine Perfect Strangers

How did I get it?:

I bought it!

Synopsis:

One house. Nine strangers. Ten days that will change everything . . .

The retreat at health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation.

Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages.

Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other.

Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission. But quite a different one from any the guests might have imagined.

For behind the retreat’s glamorous facade lies a dark agenda.

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what’s about to hit them . . .

CHRISSI: There’s been mixed reviews of this book. Did that affect your opinion going into the story?

BETH: I hadn’t actually realised there had been mixed reviews until you told me – haha! I’m a huge fan of Liane Moriarty although I’ve only managed to read a couple of her books – the incredible Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret (although I have Truly Madly Guilty on my shelves). I have to be honest and say that because of that, I probably look at the author’s work through rose-tinted glasses and was determined to keep an open mind, ignore the haters and try and make up my own mind about the novel as I read my way through.

BETH: I found Moriarty’s dry wit brought something a bit more interesting to this story. Do you agree?

CHRISSI: Interesting question. I think without dry wit this book would have puzzled me even more. I think it made the story more cold? If that makes sense. It wasn’t a heart-warming story. It was almost clinical for me. I hope that makes sense, I know what I mean. I felt like the way in which the book was written, didn’t really make you feel for the characters. It was almost like Liane Moriarty was making fun of her own characters.

CHRISSI: Why do you think the author chose to tell this story through multiple perspectives? How would it have changed your view of each of the characters if the story had been told through just one voice?

BETH: I always love a story told through multiple perspectives. You get a much more rounded view of the situation as it happens and a true view of each individual personality. I think if it had been told through one voice, you would have that individual bias of how just one character saw a situation and other people around them. It does make it more exciting too – especially if you’re not a fan of a particular individual but you’re keen to get back to another one’s point of view.

BETH: Who was your favourite character in Nine Perfect Strangers and why?

CHRISSI: Oh wow. This is a tough question because like I said in my previous answer to your question, I felt like I didn’t feel for any of the characters. That disengagement meant that I didn’t have a favourite character. I guess, if I had to pick I would pick Yao because I found him the most intriguing.

CHRISSI: Discuss the pros and cons of the retreat’s ban on technology and social media. What do you think the author is saying about the effects they have on society?

BETH: I’m not sure about the author’s personal views on social media and technology but I find it crazy sometimes how much they take over our lives. Obviously having blogs, we probably spend a good deal of our free time on social media. I know I post a lot on Instagram, try to blog hop every day and re-tweet other bloggers posts every day but I can also remember a time when we didn’t have the internet and I got my kicks by watching Top Of The Pops on a weekday night and recording the TOP 40 off the radio on Sunday afternoons! In a way, the fact that we have constant access to information (and funny animal videos which I have a particular fondness for!!) has isolated us slightly from those around us and I do try to restrict the time I spend on my phone and have normal, face to face conversations too. From the point of view of Nine Perfect Strangers though, it is fascinating to watch how individuals cope when these things we now take for granted are taken away from them.

BETH: I sympathise with your struggle to give this book a rating. Why do you think you’re torn in this way?

CHRISSI: I think it’s because I wanted to love it. I love Liane Moriarty’s writing and I know she is highly thought of. I also really enjoy reading her ideas. I just felt for me this book was too ridiculous and unbelievable. Not every book has to be believable, but something like this got too far fetched for me. I wanted to love it, I didn’t hate it…so I’m somewhere in-between. I think if I could have connected with the characters, then it might have been completely different.

CHRISSI: Would you ever go on a retreat like Tranquillum House? Why/Why not?

BETH: Maybe not EXACTLY like Tranquillum House haha. However, I could see myself doing something like this. I love the idea of getting away from the world and learning new techniques to relax. As long as I had a big pile of books to accompany me, I think I would quite enjoy a retreat like this. For now, I’ll take pleasure in my reading holidays to Malta with you my sister! 🙂

BETH: Would you read another book by this author?

CHRISSI: Yes! I do like her writing and I’m not put off at all.

Would we recommend it?:

BETH: Yes! 3.5 stars!

CHRISSI: Yes?

This Week In Books #151

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads.

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

It Only Happens in the Movies

I’m almost halfway through this book. I haven’t had much time to read but I am thoroughly enjoying this book!

THEN

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

I read this for my kid-lit challenge with my sister, Beth!

NEXT

Nine Perfect Strangers

I am looking forward to reading this one even though it has some very mixed reviews!

Let me know what you’re reading this week!

Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR (April 2019)

Welcome to my Looking Ahead post for April. In March, I managed to read all of the books on my TBR post.

Here are this month’s books! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting! As ever, click on the book image, if you want to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Nine Perfect Strangers

Goodreads Synopsis:

One house. Nine strangers. Ten days that will change everything . . .

The retreat at health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation.

Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages.

Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other.

Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission. But quite a different one from any the guests might have imagined.

For behind the retreat’s glamorous facade lies a dark agenda.

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what’s about to hit them . . .

This is one that Beth and I will be ‘Talking About’. I enjoy Liane Moriarty’s writing, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this one.

Now You See Her

Goodreads Synopsis:

Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.

Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.

Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.

Another one that’ll be reviewed with the Talking About feature. I’m excited because I bought this book months ago. I don’t think I would’ve had it to read soon without it being picked for the feature.

We All Fall Down

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jane Jerome’s house is trashed one evening while her family is out. The culprits are four middle-class kids from the next town–not a gang or hoods–out for action. The Avenger has seen it all and is determined to exact revenge. A superb thriller which explores the effects of random violence on a family and on one of the violators.

This is April’s Banned Book. I can’t wait to see what it’s like. I think the mention of violence could be why this book is challenged!

Demon Dentist

Goodreads Synopsis:

Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow.

Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?

I’m really looking forward to going back to reading some David Walliams. He is a terrific children’s author. We will be reading this as part of the kid-lit feature that Beth and I do every month.

What are you hoping to read this month? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #199- The ‘Talking About’ Edition

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

This week I bought the books that I’ll be reading for my ‘Talking About’ feature with my sister, Beth

Bought

The Last Thing She Told Me

I hadn’t heard of this book before but I think it looks like it could be a good one!

Nine Perfect Strangers

Probably my most anticipated on this list! I enjoy Liane Moriarty’s writing.

Somebody I Used to Know: A Memoir

I think this could be a heart-breaker.

Vox

I have heard mixed things about this book, but I’m super intrigued!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Loves Women’s Fiction

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing ten books that you should read if your book club loves a bit of women’s fiction. I used to read this genre ALL THE TIME and I recently was feeling the love for women’s fiction, hence this list! Here we go…

Book images go to Goodreads

Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me (Billy and Me, #1)

Giovanna Fletcher’s debut novel was brilliant. I find her writing so engaging to read. The story is cute!

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

Paige Toon is one of my favourite writers in the genre. She’s definitely an autobuy author for me. I find her books so easy to devour. She often uses characters in different books, so you get a sense of familiarity.

P.S. I Love You- Cecelia Ahern

PS, I Love You

A beautiful book which is way better than the movie, so if you haven’t read the book but loved the movie, I urge you to check this one out. It’s a stunning read.

If You Could See Me Now- Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

One of the reasons why I like Cecelia Ahern’s books so much is because they’re so magical but at the same time there’s usually some inspiration or insight to be gained from them. This one is about a woman who ends up with an imaginary friend…

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

It couldn’t be a woman’s fiction recommendation list without recommending one of my favourite books of all time Me Before You. I know people are probably bored of seeing this book on my list, but I just can’t help it!

The Undomestic Goddess- Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess

I love Sophie Kinsella’s writing. She’s an incredibly easy to read author. I’ve lapped all of her chick-lit books up. Wonderfully funny at times and sometimes a little ridiculous but that’s what makes them fun.

A Walk To Remember- Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

I’m a bit of a sucker for a romance tale and Nicholas Sparks does them well. This one is incredibly moving. I adored it and actually enjoyed its movie adaptation too.

The Husband’s Secret- Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

Love this book! It’s more of a thriller so it would definitely appeal to those that don’t love women’s fiction, but I also think it fits nicely into this genre too. It’s a really compelling read.

Rachel’s Holiday- Marian Keyes

Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)

This is a story about a woman who takes recreational drugs. She goes to rehab because she thinks it’s going to be like a holiday. It’s a heart-warming read which has some incredibly fun moments within it!

The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson

The Ice Cream Girls

I really enjoy Dorothy Koomson’s writing. It’s much deeper than you might expect. I find her writing so enjoyable to read. It never fails to grip me.

What have you done for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books that have been on my TBR for ages that I STILL haven’t read!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing books that have been on our to be read piles for a long time…I’ve decided to look at some of the books on my kindle as I’m forever forgetting about reading those. Oh the shame…

Book images go to Goodreads

Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

I can’t wait to read more from Gillian Flynn. I’m not sure why this book and the next one have been on my kindle for so long without being read!

Dark Places- Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

I must get around to this one at some point too…

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I adored the first book, so goodness knows why this one is still lying unread!

Tarnished- Julia Crouch

Tarnished

I really enjoy Julia Crouch’s writing. I love a thriller. So I should love this? I hope!

Soulmates- Holly Bourne

Soulmates

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I hope to get to it sometime soon!

Something Like Normal- Trish Doller

Something like Normal

I have been meaning to read this book for ages. It’s been on my kindle for what feels like years… One day!

The Crane Wife- Patrick Ness

The Crane Wife

I adore Patrick Ness, yet haven’t got around to reading this book yet. Where are my priorities?!

Butter- Erin Lange

Butter

I have had this book since I started book blogging but still haven’t got around to it. Oops.

The Last Anniversary- Liane Moriarty

The Last Anniversary

This book is a newer edition to my kindle (I say newer, it’s 2 years old!) but I’m still surprised I haven’t read it yet!

A History of Loneliness- John Boyne

A History of Loneliness

I love John Boyne’s writing. I am intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I hope to read it soon!

Have you read any of these books? Do you suggest I ‘bump’ them up the TBR pile? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Brilliant Beach Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about those beach reads. I haven’t necessarily read these books on the beach, but they are definitely books that I define as perfect for the beach!

Books are in no particular order with book images going to the Goodreads page!

Big Little Lies Me Before You

Big Little LiesLiane Moriarty– I love a gripping read. If I’ve got a lot of time to sit around and devour a book, it can often be a psychological thriller. This book is about an awful parent’s evening…

Me Before YouJojo Moyes– If you don’t mind crying on the beach, I’d recommend this book. Also because I like to recommend it wherever possible. ❤

16112830  You're the One That I Want

Giovanna Fletcher is a great chick-lit writer. Her books are easy to enjoy and so they qualify for a beach read in my eyes!

Twenty Boy Summer #scandal

I haven’t read a lot of Sarah Ochler’s books, but I enjoy both of these pictured above. Twenty Boy Summer has a more serious edge to it, but #scandal also deals with issues (the perils of social media!)

One Perfect Summer (One Perfect #1)  Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

Paige Toon’s books are some of my favourites in the genre. I love how her characters appear in other books. It makes every book so familiar!

If You Could See Me Now The Book of Tomorrow

I love Cecelia’s books for how magical they can be. I really like Cecelia’s writing style.

What are your Top Ten Beach Reads? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!