Casual Vacancy

I read J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy this past week.  This was no novel full of butter beer, portals, or maroon and yellow scarves!

I was sucked into the story from the moment the librarian turned the book over to me.  I never read and walk, but found myself so engrossed in the first few pages of the book that I kept reading on my walk home from the library–with the occasional look up to avoid puddles and traffic!


I’m going to pause right here.  You’re probably expecting me to say I loved this book.  A few days after finishing it, I’m completely undecided about the story.  It centers around a small town and a vacancy on the town council.  I think Rowling is an expert at character development–I felt compelled to quickly get to the end of this book because I had to know what happened to these folks.  But at times the characters/story reminded me of my former neighbors.  Serving on the condo board with these folks was a challenge to say the least.  So I could relate to the strong personalities and tactics of people trying to get their way.

The ending of the book was so tragic (no spoiler here) that I feel like I need to talk to someone else who has read this book to find out if I’m over-reacting – and caring too much about a book!

Who has read the story?  Thoughts?

A couple of links to share:

Tamara features links to low sugar and sugar free desserts – my apple crisp is a recipe in the round-up.

I’m quoted in a post on about removing gym insecurities.