I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The To-Do List by JC Miller
Published by Booktrope on December 23, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit
Between unending housework and thankless efforts to appease a loutish husband and acid-tongue teens, Ginny Cooper’s to-do list never seems to get done. Her guilty pleasure—fantasizing about her husband’s demise—her weakness—the drive-thru at Arby’s. On the job as head librarian at the county’s obsolete library, tedium reigns. One afternoon Ginny innocently stumbles upon a dating website, where the rabbit hole awaits.
Who is Ginny Cooper? She is every woman who knows the exact number of calories in a Snickers bar, every woman who has ever struggled with her weight. She is every woman who has grappled with the gray areas, every woman who has wanted to escape her own life. At times the reader will want to reach between the pages, shake her, and talk some sense into her. But Ginny will have to navigate her own road. And through it all, we root for her.
Ginny’s childhood memories of her fading hometown provide a bittersweet backdrop for The To-Do List.
Morning, Lovies! It’s been a while since I’ve had a review post. Or any post for that matter. Lots of personal things got in the way which I’ll write a bit about later in the week, but today is my stop on the blog tour for JC Miller’s The To-Do List. When I saw the sign up for this tour, I had no idea what I was getting into with this one, but it involved lists so I couldn’t resist! Fortunately, I was not disappointed. Lists galore!
The story starts out with Ginny Cooper creating her to-do list for the day. Ok. So far, so good! The last item on her list is to “Kill Cal”. Kill her husband? What kind of book did I sign up to read? Did I even read that right? Just keep reading. Yup, read it right. Fortunately she changes her mind on that one. Phew. Anyways, the story continues to show us her marital and familial issues. Her husband is a jerk, her kids are teens. We get to see how she handles both of those issues, and I’m happy to say, I’m a bit proud of her for her end results. You’ll have to read to see what I mean there. Not about to give out the super spoilers. 😉 I always try to find a way that I can relate to the story. I’m not married and I don’t have kids so other than the lists and her love of books(!!! How could I forget to mention that she worked at a library?!), I was afraid I wouldn’t have much else. This bit might be construed as spoilery but Ginny reconnects with her best friend from High School. Recently, I reconnected with a very good friend and that little connection with the book made it worth reading! All the warm fuzzies!
She is attuned to Cal’s last-minute routine, his footfalls in the hallway, the clatter of the garage door opening, closing. Just to be certain, she pulls back the curtain, peers out the window and watches his car pull away.
Once he is gone, the air is lighter; the muscles of her jaw relax. She glances at the tabletop and spies her to-do list, carelessly left in plain sight—thankfully unread. Ginny folds it and slips it into her pocketbook for safekeeping. Her thoughts return to the pink box, repulsive and compelling.
No. She is not that desperate. She will not dig through the trash.
But Ginny is prepossessed. She takes a stealthy glance, finding the doughnut intact, unsullied by coffee grounds or leaks from last night’s takeout boxes. Her teeth sink into the supple, yielding surface, and there is a moment of bliss, a moment of relief—a moment of vengeance.
Overall, I’m glad I bit on this tour sign up. The story was great and did have me guessing at a few points throughout! I can’t tell if this story was set up for a sequel or not. If it was, I’ll gladly read the next!
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