Traveling Mercies

merciesSometimes you read a great book and it’s not yet the right time to read it, so it’s not a great book for you.

Years ago I picked up Traveling Mercies.  I tried reading it, but I thought it was flaky, liberal, and too outside the orthodoxy for me.

Years later I picked it up again.  In the meantime life has taught me much.  I’ve also read lots of Anne Lamott’s books (and follow her on Twitter), so I knew what I was getting into.

This time I was ready for this book.  I enjoyed Lamott’s stories and needed her perspective.  This time the book was full of wisdom.  It’s still flaky, liberal, and outside the orthodoxy, but I’ve learned the importance of all these things.

Plus the world seems to be getting weirder and reassurance of an underlying plan is welcome.

I would highly recommend this book.  If you’re ready for it.

Truly Madly Guilty

trulyI’ve really enjoyed Liane Moriarty’s books that I’ve read (Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secrets).  They tend to revolve around a pivotal event or moment – a plot twist that changes everything.  Moriarty’s good at building the suspense.

Here’s my issue.  When does an author have a style, and when does an author rely on a gimmick?  I feel like anyone who’s read her previous books could have at least outlined this book.  It was still a good book, but after two previous books who are so similar, it can hardly be seen as great.

It was a good post-holiday book, but I think I’ll give Moriarty a rest for a while.

Any other readers think Truly Madly Guilty exceeded her previous novels?