YVO’S SHORTIES #71 – Big Little Lies & Outlander

Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around two books I have been meaning to read for a long time and finally decided to read in 2018. Both turned out to be more than pleasant surprises! Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.


Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery
First published: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Finished reading: December 23rd 2018
Pages: 460

“They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”


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I’ve been meaning to read another Liane Moriarty book for a long time, and I’m probably the last person on earth to finally pick up Big Little Lies. I kind of picked it up on a whim while browsing my kindle, and I definitely not regret making that decision. There is no doubt that Liane Moriarty knows how to write an intriguing mystery that goes out with a huge bang. I liked how she kept what happened that fatal night a secret in such a way that you don’t have a clue about the who or why until the final bombshell is dropped. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming! The plot is both intricate and well constructed and part of the reason this story is such a success. I liked the idea of following the three main characters is the weeks before the incident, especially since they are mixed with those police interview bits to keep you intrigued and curious about what happened. You will be on the edge of your seat until you find out all the details! I wasn’t sure about every character, but their development is without doubt very well done. Each character has its own background and problems, and while there were a few cliches involved, I could really appreciate the abuse angle and the necessary attention it brings to the fact it ‘can happen to anyone’. There is a lot of drama and some of it was a bit farfetched, but the ending definitely makes up for it. All in all Big Little Lies was a success for me and I’ll be looking forward to watching the TV adaptation.


Title: Outlander
(Outlander #1)
Author: Diana Gabaldon

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
First published: June 1st 1991
Publisher: Dell
Finished reading: December 28th 2018
Pages: 866

“Sometimes our best actions result in things that are most regrettable. And yet you could not have acted otherwise.”


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I have been meaning to read Outlander for years now, but both the sheer size of the books and the fact that I wasn’t sure the story would be for me made me hesitate for a long time. I don’t mind big books if they are good, but I feared there would be way too much romance involved for me to tolerate… But Outlander turned out to be the exception to that rule. Once I finally started reading and finished the first few chapters, I knew Outlander and me were going to get along just fine. All in all it took me about a week to finish it, which is not bad at all for such a beast of a book… And I had a surprisingly good time with it as well. Why surprisingly, would you say? Well, there are a lot of sexy scenes involved in Outlander, something that normally makes me drop a book like hot coals and discard it right away. They still made me cringe at points (adult content just isn’t for me ladies!), but the rest of the story was intriguing enough for me to tolerate them. The writing is excellent and the worldbuilding is sublime. I really felt like I were in Scotland myself along with the main characters; the descriptions of both the time period and surroundings extremely well done. The time travel aspect is also very interesting, especially since it comes back repeatedly in for example Claire’s profession as a nurse in the 20th century. I really liked Jamie as a character and while Claire can be exasperating at points, she does make for a good story. The story flowed well and managed to keep my attention all the way to the end. I’m definitely glad I finally give in and read Outlander, and I will be looking forward to read the sequel this year.


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26 thoughts on “YVO’S SHORTIES #71 – Big Little Lies & Outlander

    • Once I was more than a few chapters in Outlander I knew I would finish it… I’m definitely looking forward to read the other books now, as well as The Outlander TV series.

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  1. I’m thrilled to see you liked Big Little Lies! I just fines Nine Perfect Strangers and enjoyed it so much, I’m looking for my next Moriarty read and I actually own this one. ❤

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    • Oh I’ve been meaning to get to Nine Perfect Strangers! Good to hear you enjoyed that one… Big Little Lies was a good one for me, and I remember enjoying The Husband’s Secret as well.

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  2. Have to admit I’m surprised you enjoyed Outlander so much, it doesn’t seem like you’re kind of read but thinking about it it is probably more historical than romance. I read it a couple of years ago and liked it just not enough to want to continue the series. I suspect it’s just the length that puts me off.

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    • I know right? Part of me is still surprised I enjoyed it that much, especially with so much romance and adult content involved… But I guess there was just something about the historical aspect of the story that kept me invested. I’m looking forward to book two despite its length, although I am a bit worried about the comments that the second book drags in places… If that happens, I’m not sure if I will be able to commit to reading until the end.

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      • Book one was enough for me but my Mum has read and enjoyed them all. My brother in law runs Outlander tours around Scotland so quite a few of the family have read them (including my brother – which totally shocked me). I’ve been told the show sticks pretty close to the books so I may just watch it instead.

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      • Oh those tours sound great! Although any excuse to be in Scotland would do for me; I’ve always wanted to visit. I’m also curious about the TV show, although I’m not sure about possible spoilers for future books ruining those for me.

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      • I sometimes think I should go on one as despite living here I don’t tend to visit places. If you do ever venture over I recommend September so you can do Bloody Scotland too 😀

        I watched the first series of the show and other than a couple of irritating changes it stuck pretty close. Like you I didn’t want to watch series 2 in case I did ever decide to read the book.

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      • Isn’t that always the case with places where we live? It’s sounds like a fun tour to go on though. I would love to go to Bloody Scotland as well! I don’t think it’s in the cards for now though. xD

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