Princess Sylvie emerges from her childlike self to a strong feminist woman in this laugh-out-loud book. What is shown as a perfect marriage quickly unravels in the midst of too many secrets and not enough communication. Some dark family secrets emerge which paints things in an entirely different light but allow for healing and a rebonding ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #mbcreadathon #mbcfrogsread11
With life expectancy increasing, the idea of being married to someone FOREVER can seem.... Daunting.... So Sylvie and Dan start coming up with surprises for each other to keep things interesting. The biggest surprise though, is something that has been affecting their marriage from almost the very beginning.... Not what I was expecting, but a very pleasing, light read. But once you know the twist, I don't think you could enjoy a re-read as much...
Though I usually have a lot of fun with Kinsella‘s books, this one just wasn‘t one of my favorites of hers... the premise just kind of kicked off strangely to me with a husband & wife being horrified to learn they have 68 more years of married life ahead of them... so they start surprising each other to spice up their marriage with some predictably disastrous results. There are a few funny moments but it just wasn‘t my favorite for #AudioColoring
A few #PrettyinPink covers (though pink covers are rare in my shelves, and don't always indicate happy books). And for balance, a super cute picture of Blue Ivy at the Grammys a few years ago. I love her suit! #literarylove
I thought “Surprise Me” was going to be the fun popcorn read I was craving. I thought it was going to be about a husband and wife trying to put some spark in their marriage and hijinks ensuing. Although the book started that way, it morphed into a boring melodrama (is her husband cheating??? What‘s his secret????) that was infuriatingly predictable.
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With 45 minutes to spare... success! 4 books in 5 days. Whew! Those who accomplish 24 in 48 are my heroes!
Thank you @Andrew65 and @TheReadingMermaid for your organization and encouraging words!
#24b42019 is in the books!
Oh, there are gonna be spoilers.
First, it starts off as one book and ends up as another. Very annoying. You think it‘s going to be a light-hearted romp with a husband and wife trying to put a spark in their marriage.
Hijinks half heartedly ensue. Our plucky heroine is thrown into many embarrassing situations, very few of which are funny. Of course things get out of hand what follows are several chapters where wife thinks husband is cheating.
"If love is easy, you're not doing it right."
"Love is finding one person infinitely fascinating."
"I am a person, and I want to commit to another person."
"Nothing changes if nothing changes."
Sylvie and Dan have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it's mentioned to them that they could be together another sixty-eight years... and panic sets in.
I fully admit to loving me some Sophie Kinsella! I always know I‘m going to laugh a lot and end up loving her characters. What I didn‘t think of before this novel was how much more I could appreciate her stories with an excellent audiobook narrator. Surprise Me ended up....well surprising me! This one had everything I typically love while also being touching and multi-layered. Now I want to go back and listen to her other novels! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2
I still think we need something between "Pick" and "So-So" but I'll be generous with "Pick". It's wasn't great but it was interesting and entertaining. It definitely picked up the last half. I saw a few reviews around where readers gave up on it. So, my advice is stick it out if we might give up, it does get better.
#currentlyreading Most of the reviews of this book seem rather "Eh" but I'm giving it a shot. I picked it up for literally a quarter at a thift store. I have other books on the shelf I'm more excited to read but if I put this one off any longer I'll probably never read it. So, giving it a shot.
#BookHaul Went thift store shopping today and snagged this pile for about $8. There are a couple for my daughter and one I've read but don't own (Angela's Ashes). The tagged book was only 25 cents and I remembered thinking it sounded good so I got it. Same for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It was a quarter so I got it.