In December, I found out my library allows the patrons to download an app called Hoopla for audiobooks and for e-books. Since book club had assigned a 500+ page book again, I decided to go the audio book route. What would have taken me a month and a half to read, turned into an 11 hour listening period over 3 days.
I couldn’t believe how practical audio books were until I finished listening to The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain. I found time to listen to this audiobook while cleaning and while driving. Ever since this encounter, I have heard several books and come to enjoy that I have more free time to devote to my book club.
Recently, I have heard two books that related to traveling around the world to run away from their problems. The first is a classic by F.S. Fitzgerald titled Tender is the Night which takes place in the 1920s with a wealthy couple named the Divers. It is about how they became wealthy and came up in society despite both of their personal issues. Dick Diver traveled several places throughout Europe to escape the relationship with Nicole to try to figure out his life. He ended up leaving and going to New York, but I was surprised it wasn’t a happy ending. I had never experienced a character truly run away from his problems and never come back and rekindle their relationship. I honestly found it quite long and not as exciting as his famous roaring twenties novel, The Great Gatsby. I will not give up on Fitzgerald and will either read or listen to another one of his novels.
The description from Goodreads.com:
Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick’s harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, Tender Is the Night is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.
My review: 2/5 stars
As stated in the description it is a tragic novel. However, this style is what makes Fitzgerald great. His stories are more realistic and not meant to leave the reader in a happy mood. This novel is about a power couple, the Divers, and how one girl disrupted their lives. Since Rosemary’s interruption, Dick Divers life rapidly declines and becomes an alcoholic and it affects his marriage with Nicole. It’s a long story and really doesn’t have to be, but it is a realistic story. I appreciate it for what it is about by found myself bored.
The second and popular story is How To Be Single by Liz Tuccillo.
The description from GoodReads.com:
It’s the most annoying question and they just can’t help asking you:
Why are you single?
On a brisk October morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single thirty-eight-year-old book publicist, gets a hysterical phone call from her friend Georgia. Reeling from her husband’s announcement that he is leaving her for a samba teacher, Georgia convinces a reluctant Julie to organize a fun girls’ night out with all of their single friends to remind her why it is so much fun not to be tied down.
But the night becomes a wake-up call for Julie because none of her friends seem to be having much fun: Alice, a former legal aid attorney has recently quit her job to start dating for a living; Serena, who is so busy becoming a fully realized person that she can’t find time to look for a mate; and Ruby, a curvy and compassionate woman, has been mourning the death of her cat for months.
Fed up being single in Manhattan, Julie sets off to find out how women around the world deal with this dreaded phenomenon. From Paris to Rio to Sydney, Bali, Beijing, Mumbai, and Reykjavik, Julie falls in love, gets her heart broken, sees the world, and learns more than she ever dreamed possible. Written in Liz Tuccillo’s pitch-perfect, hilarious, and relatable voice, How to Be Single is the ultimate novel for the adventurer in us all.