Reading 9 Read-a-likes for Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (NoveList Suggestions)

Hello, friends!

A goal of mine is to write creative blog posts this year, and this is the first one I’m going to start off with. I’ve had it in the works for a long time, but I never got around to starting it. I was hesitant because it involves a reread, and I don’t typically like to reread a book.

I will be rereading Little Fires Everywhere, then I will slowly make my way through the list. I will take notes on themes, writing styles, character traits, etc. I did a project in a college class I took for my job that involved finding read-a-likes, and I thought it would be a fun experiment. I’m not putting pressure on myself to finish this in a month. I’m planning to stretch it out all year, and when I finish it, I finish it. I will update you when I finish the challenge.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Goodreads blurb:

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

Goodreads blurb:

A luminous novel brimming with subtle, funny, and tender observations that cast a penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives, those who are born here and those who are still struggling to fit in.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Goodreads blurb:

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Goodreads blurb:

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Goodreads blurb:

The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Goodreads blurb:

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann

Goodreads blurb:

It is the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany facing the advent of modernity; in an uncertain new world, the family’s bonds and traditions begin to disintegrate.

The Professor’s House by Willa Cather

Goodreads blurb:

On the eve of his move to a new, more desirable residence, Professor Godfrey St. Peter finds himself in the shabby study of his former home . . . Enigmatic and courageous—and a tragic victim of the Great War — Tom has remained a source of inspiration to the professor. But he has also left behind him a troubling legacy which has brought betrayal and fracture to the women he loves most.

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

Goodreads blub:

A Humorous And Tender Multigenerational Novel About Immigrants And Outsiders—Those Trying To Find Their Place In American Society And Within Their Own Families.

Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead

Goodreads blurb:

A tender, witty debut novel about a single mother raising her daughter among the upper crust of New York City society in the late twentieth century from a nine-time Moth StorySLAM champion.


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Blogmas Day 21: If I Hosted a Book Club | Books I’d Choose

Happy BLOGMAS Day 21!

I found this idea on someone’s blog, but I unfortunately can’t remember who. I thought it was so clever, and I’m sure you all were dying to know. Since this is the first one I’ve done, I’m going to use books I’ve read.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

This book has a heartbreaking and heartwarming mother/daughter relationship. I know there are a lot of people who love to read about that. This one in particular is a favorite of mine. It’s such a new mother/daughter story that I’ve never read before.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This is another favorite of mine. It has interesting topics to discuss one big one being adoption. There are a lot of big secrets, strong opinions, and butting heads. I would love to reread this one, eventually.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo gives readers a piece of the LGBTQ+ community. I think it’s the perfect amount someone entering that genre. I know it won’t be for everyone, but I love to hear the different opinions.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A Pulitzer Prize Winner (2015). This is a beautiful and polarizing WWII book. There is a character in here that readers either hate or love. It would be interesting to see everyone’s thoughts during a book club. The chapters are very short, and I know that the audio book is a great one to listen to.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Are you tired of hearing about this book yet? I’m not. I know that this is my favorite book, but I think it would also be a fantastic novel to pick apart during discussion. There are diverse characters, interesting plot points, and some rich Native American history.


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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Book review!

Little Fires Everywhere

By: Celeste Ng

Published: September 12, 2017 by Penguin Press

338 pages (Hardcover)

Rating: 5/5 stars

“Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you”

This book was probably one of the best books I have ever read. I know that is not saying much considering I haven’t read tons of books. Everything that took place in this novel was in the book for a reason. It all helped the beautiful story progress. It was written so smoothly and at no point was I bored or confused. I don’t know why it took me this long to get to it. I hesitated because it just didn’t sound like something I would read. I was so wrong.

Synopsis:
You are following a few families, the Richardson’s, the Warrens or the Wrights, and the McCulloughs. Mia Warren, an artist and single mother to Pearl, rents a house from the Richardson’s. When all the Richardson kids are drawn to the Warren family no one actually knows about their past, specifically Mia’s. Not much really happens except friendship until the McCulloughs decide they want to adopt an asian baby that was left at a fire station. It leaves the mother of the Richardson’s, Elena, and Mia on opposing sides. When Izzy, the daughter of Elena, brought something to her mothers attention about Mia it gave her all the more reason to find everything she could about Mia and her mysterious past. Unfortunately, all the time and energy put into the search came with a cost that Elena never realized.

Characters:
If you think that going into this you will know exactly what’s going to happen, you are wrong. There were so many things that popped up that I would have never expected. Everyone surprised me for the most part. In the beginning of the novel I already knew that I wasn’t going to like Elena (Mrs. Richardson) or Mr. Richardson. I don’t like it when people think they are better than everyone because they have money and “nice” material belongings. I thought I wasn’t going to like their four kids either but they weren’t all that bad.

You don’t really get to know Trip all that much except for the fact that he was indeed a lady’s man until he met Pearl.

Moody is the first one of the kids to really meet Pearl and become friends with her. He was fascinated by how she and her mother lived. He didn’t really have a big impact on the story except for the fact that he was Pearl’s friend and she kind of took advantage of that. She constantly lied to him when she could have just told him the truth about what was going on. I felt bad for the poor kid. That’s about all for him. He was just a normal kid.

Lexie played a pretty big role in the story. I didn’t really like her but at the same time all I could do was sympathize with her. You could tell the influences that Mia and Pearl had on her later in the story. She changed her views on everything that was happening with the McCulloughs, her parents, and Mia. She is young and she is going to make mistakes. I do think she made some terrible choices in the book but at the end of the day she is still human like everyone else.

Izzy was the “trouble maker.” She never listened to her mom (I wouldn’t either). She was the whole reason that the story opened up the way it did. I’ll let you read it to find out even though it is literally the beginning of the book. She evolved as the story went on and you end up seeing who the real Izzy is. I don’t think she should have gone that far, and probably took what Mia said to the extreme but I understand where she was coming from. Her mom took everything so seriously when it came to Mia and her past and it ended the way it did for a reason. Izzy finally made a friend and her mom took that away from her. It wasn’t fair so she did what she saw fit. Hint: It involved fire.

The McCulloughs: They just seemed like a normal couple that just wanted a little baby because they couldn’t physically have one. They knew that they would give that little girl the best life, but in the end it didn’t even matter (Linkin Park reference sort of?) They didn’t make that big of an appearance in the story. They were basically a catalyst for the rest of the story.

Plot:
A very well put together plot that I never would have expected. Celeste Ng pretty much gave us all the information to everything that was going on. When an event happened that the reader didn’t understand there was always a back story. It blew my mind. The opinions of the characters on every situation that appeared was executed very well. There is no way that this story was thrown together, and if it was then Celeste Ng is a genius. Just overall a beautiful story that really hits you in the feels.

Side note: The writing was beautiful. It was a lot of description rather than dialogue but it didn’t feel long or boring at any point. The word choice was carefully thought out and there wasn’t a lot of descriptive words that were repeated.

Overall:
Please read this novel. Even if you don’t like it there will be something for everyone to take from it. You don’t even have to connect with the characters to understand how powerful this book really is. It’s all very realistic and it’s a topic no one really talks about. I borrowed this book from the library but I will definitely be purchasing it when I get the chance. This is one book that will stick with me and I want it to be part of my growing collection.

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