Audiobooks are becoming my new favorite way to read books thanks to how crazy my life has been lately. I have a 30-40 minute commute three days a weekAudiobooks are becoming my new favorite way to read books thanks to how crazy my life has been lately. I have a 30-40 minute commute three days a week to the school I'm student teaching at this semester and it's a pretty boring drive. I hadn't read anything by Jennifer Weiner before but I was in the mood for an adult book so I decided to give The Next Best Thing a try.
The Next Best Thing is about a young woman named Ruth Saunders who experiences the trials and tribulations involved with filming her first TV show. At first she is overjoyed that her show has been picked up by a network but casting and editing the script becomes more than she bargained for. Ruth has to figure out how to keep her show from turning into something unrecognizable. I really enjoyed The Next Best Thing despite it's slow start. The first half of the novel had a ton of back story about Ruth's life, especially her car accident and surgeries as a child. The back story was certainly relevant but after awhile it grated on my nerves. If I'd been reading a physical book I might have been more likely to skip those parts but since I was listening I didn't realize many flashbacks were included. The constant back and forth between the present and the past was very confusing at times.
Halfway through the story started to pick up again and I was happy that I continued on with the audio. Once the romance began to develop between Ruth and her boss Dave, I was pretty much hooked because their scenes were really sweet and heartfelt. I also enjoyed the first hand look at what it took to write and produce a show for television. I worried that Ruth's show was going to become something that wasn't even her own after all the rewrites and suggestions she had to take from the other network people, but I'm happy with how it all worked out in the end.
The Next Best Thing was wonderful as an audiobook and the narrator gave Ruth the perfect voice. I will definitely have to listen to the other books that she's recorded. After finishing The Next Best Thing I went out an bought a few of Weiner's other books. I picked up an audiobook of Then Came You but couldn't get into it so I bought a copy of the book during Half-Price's Labor Day Sale last weekend. I also found Weiner's first novel, Good in Bed at the same sale. I'm really excited to read more of her novels....more
I trust the opinions of other book bloggers so when I saw several people raving about how wonderful Saving June was, I knew I needed to request a copyI trust the opinions of other book bloggers so when I saw several people raving about how wonderful Saving June was, I knew I needed to request a copy even though it's not the type of book I would normally read. I expected it to be super sad, and slightly reminiscent of Tell Me a Secret, which I had recently finished listening to on audio. As much as I loved Tell Me a Secret, I wasn't sure if Saving June would be the right book for me.
Let me just admit right now how wrong I was about Saving June. First of all, it was totally worth all the hype and even though I finished it a month ago, I'm dying to get my hands on my own copy to re-read. It was that beautifully written and the characters, especially Laney, were super easy to relate to. Laney was my favorite since she was obsessed with old movies and loved anything vintage. It was nice to see a true friendship between her and Harper instead of the backstabbing that is sometimes portrayed in novels. Don't get me wrong, deceit and betrayal does make for an interesting story line, but Laney was the perfect support system for Harper. I think that the fact that the two of them go on a road trip to scatter June's ashes creates that much more of a bond between them.
Jake Tolan was not my type but he definitely made me swoon in certain scenes. Thank you Hannah Harrington for letting Jake and Harper meet in a natural way and for choosing to let things evolve slowly between them instead of instant love. I had heard about the "slow burn" between Jake and Harper, and oh my it did not disappoint in the least. If you like your romances full of snark and steaminess like I do, then this is definitely a book you should read, maybe even more than once. ...more