51. Matthew Quick – Silver Linings Playbook

Hey hey! This weekend I went to New York with my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday! It was super fun, but also meant two bus rides, aka plenty of reading time.

I finished Silver Linings Playbook, which I’ve been curious to read for a while. I really liked the movie, and I heard that a lot had been left out from the book, so I was a little nervous to read it. Usually if I see the movie first, I don’t like the book as much, and I was afraid that would happen with this one.

I’m sure most people know the story of Silver Linings Playbook, but I’ll still go over it anyway.

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Matthew Quick – Silver Linings Playbook (photo taken by me)

So, the narrator of the book is a guy in his thirties named Pat. At the start of the book, Pat’s mom gets him released from a mental health facility and takes him home to live with her. Throughout the book, we follow Pat’s struggle to reenter society and deal with his thoughts while also learning what happened that made him end up in the facility.

After he gets out, Pat is determined to better himself to win his wife back, since she has refused to see him since he left for the “bad place”, so he spends most of his time obsessing over that.

It’s true that the movie left out a lot from the book, and in fact, I see them as almost two different stories. In the movie adaptation, some of the details are changed which change the whole story in a way. Reading the book hasn’t made me like the movie any less, I just don’t really see them as the exact same story.

I really liked the book. The way it’s written gives the reader a look into Pat’s personal diary, so we experience the whole story through his eyes. I think the author did a really good job of showing what life is like for someone like Pat and how he sees things differently than others do.

The whole time, the reader is rooting for Pat to get better and find his happy ending that he’s searching for, and I honestly thought it was such a good read.

I was really interested in what would happen next in the story and I was sad to see it end. However, I wasn’t super pleased with the ending, but it wasn’t bad enough to ruin the whole story for me.

It’s definitely different from the movie version, but as I said, I liked them both in their own ways, and I would suggest the book to anyone who is a fan of the movie.

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50. Kate White – Over Her Dead Body

Yay! I finally read my 50th book of the year! The book was Over Her Dead Body by Kate White, one of her Bailey Weggins mystery series. If you’ve been following me at all, you know how much I love Kate White’s books.

However, this one was a little disappointing for me at first. Since this is the fourth book in a series and I’m familiar with the character, I expected to just jump right in and enjoy the book (as I had with the previous ones). But for some reason the book really wasn’t holding my interest at first.

I wonder if it’s because at the start of this book, Bailey loses her job that she’s held throughout the series and starts work at another place. Maybe since that story line was different it made it seem like I was starting an entirely new book as opposed to one from a series.

In any case, the book did pick up for me after a while. Basically, once the mystery part kicked in, I was hooked again. As I’ve said before, Kate White’s books are kind of cheesy, but I still love them and the stories keep me coming back for more.

Kate White - Over Her Dead Body (photo taken by me)
Kate White – Over Her Dead Body (photo taken by me)

So, in this book, Bailey Weggins starts at a new magazine, as I eluded to before. She hasn’t been working there very long when one night she goes in late to pick something up. She hears some strange noises from her boss’s office and heads over to take a look – only to find herself in the middle of a crime scene.

The cleaning lady is on her knees with a gash in the back of her head and Bailey’s boss is on the floor convulsing. She calls 911 and help comes, but the boss does not make it.

Since the magazine she’s now working for is a celebrity gossip mag, Bailey, as the resident crime reporter, is assigned the story of her boss’s murder. This means she has no choice but to investigate the case on her own.

Bailey comes up with numerous leads and follows them to find out who the killer was.

As I mentioned before, the book started off slowly for me, but once it got going, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I almost never figure out who the bad guy is in White’s books until right before it’s revealed, so with this one, I was hoping my first instinct would finally be right (of course, it wasn’t).

I was really intrigued to find out who the killer was, and I was taken (almost) completely by surprise. I like to think I figured it out just a moment before it was supposed to be revealed. 🙂

Anyway, I liked the book. I also can’t wait to read the next one, mainly because I want to see how her love life situation plays out next, haha.

I think the Bailey Weggins series was one of White’s first published works, so as I mentioned before, they do seem a little cheesy at times. I’ve read some of her newer books, and I think her writing has really developed, and I look forward to reading her newest novel after I finish with this series.