Book Club: The Keeper of Lost Things and Yes Please
I’m still behind on the number of books I’ve read and the books I’ve reviewed on the blog. These two books I actually read in 2018 but I’m reviewing them here today and doing two reviews again. I hope you enjoy them!
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
I kept getting this book recommended to me everywhere - friends, Amazon, the library, Goodreads, etc. I finally decided to take everyone’s advice and read it for myself. Here are my thoughts.
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.
Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.
Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.
Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.
Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.
Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.
As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?
Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train,and The Silver Linings Playbook.
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I don’t know what I was expecting but to be honest, this book was a bit of a letdown.
I think maybe because it was so overhyped, it just ended up feeling a bit flat. Don’t get me wrong, this book isn’t badly written, it just didn’t seem exciting. I’ve been reading books lately that give me that I’m so excited I need to stay up until 3am to read this because I HAVE to know what happens kind of feeling and it just didn’t give me that excitement. It was a sweet book. The characters were whimsical and cute, and the overall feeling of the book was a rose-colored one if that makes sense. But it didn’t excite me and the ending just seemed anti-climactic, especially considering the climax didn’t even rile me up in any way.
Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. He finds lost items and tries to return them to their owners. When he dies, he leaves his estate to his assistant, Laura, an insecure divorcee, in love with the gardener. It becomes her new mission to return all of the lost items in the estate to their owners. If she doesn’t, she will continue to be haunted by the ghost of Anthony’s wife, Therese. With the help of the gardener, Freddy, and the next-door neighbor kid, Sunshine, Laura embarks on this mission. Meanwhile, a side story of a publisher and his assistant evolves. Bomber, an aging book publisher develops alzheimers and his once sharp and intelligent mind starts to go. His assistant and best friend, Eunice, tries to hold on to him but his selfish sister moves him somewhere he would have hated if he were still there. The two stories intertwine in the end.
I gave this book three stars because while the book was well-written, the story really fell short and I couldn’t really bring myself to care if Laura completed her mission or not. If that’s not the mark of a boring story (that you can’t get invested in the characters), I don’t know what is.
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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I love Amy Poehler and I have a girl crush on Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation so of course I had to pick up a copy of her book - in fact, I did myself one better and listened to the audiobook version of it because it was narrated by her.
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.
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Amy Poehler is one of my favorite people and I LOVED her character Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation so I read this book with a lot of anticipation and it didn’t disappoint!
As funny as Poehler is, she’s gets real and honest in this book. It’s not a book full of jokes though. It’s a book with life advice, wisdom, mixed with funny anecdotes from her time at Second City, Saturday Night Live, and, of course, Parks and Rec. I feel like I’d love to hire Amy as my life coach because while she’s blunt about how much life can just plain suck, even for a comedian like her, she’s really insightful about it all which made me feel as lot better about the things in my life that just suck too. As I said, I listened to the audiobook version which was read by her and it was the icing on the cake. Seriously, if you can get a copy of the audiobook of Yes Please, I highly recommend it because she has a way of reading her book that makes you feel like you’re just girlfriends, chatting about life.
I gave this book five stars because it was good and it was funny, and most importantly, it made me think a lot about life in general. Also, it just made me wish that Mike Schur wrote a book because I’m sure he has a lot of funny stories about his time writing The Office (another favorite show), Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine Nine. He has a section in Yes Please written and narrated by him and it seriously just made me want more!