What I Read This Week: April 3 to April 9

Despite reading every day, I only finished one book for the week. Sometimes that’s just what happens. However, the good news is that I’m still tracking ahead to reach my goal of 100 books for the year and I’m continuing to read books from my to-be-read bookcase.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

First, let me say that Eleanor is a delightfully quirky main character. She’s funny and outlandish, putting herself, her young son Timbly, and and her dog Yo-Yo into funny situations throughout the day. Whether it’s sleuthing to find out why her husband’s taken a vacation from his lucrative surgical career (without telling her) to having lunch with the man she unceremoniously fired during her old life as a leading animator on a top cartoon, Eleanor is having a day, and Timbly and Yo-Yo are along for the ride.

Over the course of 24 hours, which Eleanor promised herself would be different than her other mundane, stagnant days in Seattle, she meets people from her past, revisits her careers goals, and reckons with her broken relationship with her younger sister, Ivy. The day culminates in Eleanor learning that her husband, Joe, has made a life-changing career decision, and she now must make the decision to change the rest of her days.

Today Will Be Different is a character-driven novel with unique cameos from Eleanor’s past and present, all to demonstrate that she’s unsatisfied with her life as it is. She’s a fun character to spend the day with, and this was a good romp of a book for easy reading.

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