The Sock Wars



➻ The Sock Wars Free ➱ Author Maia Sepp – E17streets4all.co.uk Lucy Tuttle is a workaholic financial planner whose biggest worry is how to line up the sticky notes on her desk just so, until her free spirited, vivacious aunt dies in a car accident halfway across Lucy Tuttle is a workaholic financial planner whose biggest worry is how to line up the sticky notes on her desk just so, until her free spirited, vivacious aunt dies in a car accident halfway across the worldWith her last remaining family member gone, a landmark birthday approaching, domestication closing in, and her faltering biological clock a never ending reminder of the time she isn t spending building a family, Lucy attempts to make a home for herself in the house she s inherited But as she struggles to settle into a life of cohabitation, The Sock PDF/EPUB or organic lentils, and sock thievery, she starts to wonder how she ended up there and when she ll feel alive againAs she works through her grief and tries to find somewhere to belong, Lucy begins to understand that sometimes, realizing one dream means giving up another Can a person who spends her time fixing other people s lives learn to let go enough to live her own The Sock Wars is a poignant, funny reminder that there s one thing harder than living up to other people s expectations facing your ownThe Sock Wars has been a topdigital bestseller Reach Maia online at maiasepp.The Sock Wars

Maia Sepp is an author of humorous contemporary and dystopian fiction She left the tech sector to write about sock thievery, migraines, the future, andthe tech sectorHer latest is a humorous near future dystopian novella, titled, An Etiquette Guide to the End Times, available now The Sock Wars is her debut novel Maia s second novel is The Migraine Mafia, a story about a nerdy thirtysomething s quest to come to terms with a chronic illness It is available online everywhere in print and ebook formats Find Maia online at maiasepp.

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  • 198 pages
  • The Sock Wars
  • Maia Sepp
  • English
  • 04 August 2019
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10 thoughts on “The Sock Wars

  1. says:

    So I dithered about a star rating before deciding on a 3.5 There was a lot that bugged me about this book Considering that it is only 196 pages it got draggy in a lot of places It also didn t help that the book s message shiftedthan halfway through to a conclusion that did feel right to me, but it came completely out of left field.The main character Lucy Tuttle is a puzzle to me She s almost 30 when this story begins and is knocked for a loop when her Aunt Maren dies in an accident Lo So I dithered about a star rating before deciding on a 3.5 There was a lot that bugged me about this book Considering that it is only 196 pages it got draggy in a lot of places It also didn t help that the book s message shiftedthan halfway through to a conclusion that did feel right to me, but it came completely out of left field.The main character Lucy Tuttle is a puzzle to me She s almost 30 when this story begins and is knocked for a loop when her Aunt Maren dies in an accident Losing Maren suddenly has Lucy questioning everything that she thought she wanted out of life which is a home and 2.5 kids with her boyfriend Oliver I initially thought this book was about grief, about how to accept it when you lose someone you love and how you manage to put yourself back together Well it seemed to me as a reader that Lucy never really gets there I felt like the character was way too dull and passive and it drove me crazy that even though several other characters remarked about how she was depressed that no one didthan that.It also became readily apparent that Lucy had a lot of other issues that the author does not take time to explore besides having Lucy remark upon them And it became apparent to me based on how Lucy relieved tension by counting things, slats in tables, number of steps, that she could possibly be OCD It was a an odd characteristic to give her since that wasn t addressed by the author either Heck I wanted someone somewhere to say that Lucy needed to see someone, because she didn t sound great and it sounded like she also lost a ton of weight Suddenly towards the end the book shifts its focus to Lucy deciding whether she is ready to take that next step with her boyfriend Oliver next step being marriage and kids and there were a lot of messages being thrown Lucy s way in this book It s an interesting discussion to have to remain child free in this book because as Lucy found in this book you are made to feel not normal and or selfish if you choose to not have kids So that part worked for me I guess it didn t feel organic to me because you just have Lucy all of a sudden switch to a possible game changer in her life and not discussing it with her boyfriend Speaking of Lucy s boyfriend I really didn t get much of a sense of him in this book He was younger than Lucy and apparently very into everything green organic In fact, I didn t get much of a sense of anyone Lucy has a quirky best friend that shows up randomly, but who she doesn t seem to interact with beyond that.The writing I found to be a bit repetitive after a while I think that s because we keep hearing how Lucy misses Maren and how she s about to fall apart and isn t sleeping for pages and pages And as much as I love books that deal with a character renovating a house, this one bored me to tears There was no real description of the house and how it got changed up at all The flow was not great either I really couldn t figure out seasons months except for a few written cues here and there they had a party in September on a pagan holiday, it was October but they were doing Secret Santa at her office I needed somedescriptions of the weather, how hot she felt, how sweaty, how nice a breeze felt, anything The book just felt very static to me.The setting of this book really takes place at Maren s home that she leaves Lucy Besides everyone saying she was leaving Manhattan for Queens I could not tell you beyond that this book tells place in New York Once again the lack of description drove me crazy We hear later about how Lucy s commute is okay, but it would have been nice to read about it One gets tired of reading about her and her valium she was taking, or that she had to count the number of slats in tables, or steps up the stairs The ending was a surprise, I thought the book would go one way, but went another That is the main reason why I gave it a 3.5 stars

  2. says:

    I got this ebook from NetGalley, it was the first time I d received a book this way and was excited to dig into this book that sounded so intriguing In some ways I really enjoyed this book, but unfortunately, most of the rest of the time was spent hoping I was almost at the end It was interesting, but the main character s struggles with grief just got so monotonous that it got a bit wearing I know that sounds harsh, people grieve in their own time and I know that Its just that I don t feel t I got this ebook from NetGalley, it was the first time I d received a book this way and was excited to dig into this book that sounded so intriguing In some ways I really enjoyed this book, but unfortunately, most of the rest of the time was spent hoping I was almost at the end It was interesting, but the main character s struggles with grief just got so monotonous that it got a bit wearing I know that sounds harsh, people grieve in their own time and I know that Its just that I don t feel the author fully explored Lucy s journey It felt redundant, as if we just saw the same pain manifested in slightly different ways I don t know, maybe if I hadn t just finished a really fantastically well done novel about the journey through grief, I would have liked this piece , but as it is, this one just couldn t hold up in comparison I m talking about Tell the Wolves I m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt,which you should most certainly read if you haven t already Lucy is a fastidious financial planner who loses her dear Aunt Maren, her only remaining family and a woman who we find out was really her anchor and probably best friend in life Lucy soon discovers that her aunt left her a house, the only financially responsible decision the spontaneous, fun loving, Maren made, apparently Lucy moves in at the insistence of her hippy, free spirited boyfriend, Oliver, who follows not far behind her The two embark on renovating the house and begin planning their lives together getting married, having kids, being a family.It sounds very clean and happy, but Lucy has a really difficult time finding her way after losing Maren Eventually she begins to question some of the things she assumed were set, namely becoming a mother I think this is where Lucy really starts to develop as a character Up until this point she really just goes along with life, letting others make decisions for her Now though, she begins questioning and evaluating She actually starts to show a little bitof who she is, getting out of her rut and moving forward Now, I m not 100% sold that this was an intentional shift on the author s part, to have Lucy s development as a character mirror her progress through her grief It would be clever, but I still don t think it would be entirely effective, since most of the novel I just found Lucy to be sad and rather flat So many of the other characters are so muchdeveloped than Lucy I felt like I knew Maren better and she s dead the entire novel I did have a few moments where I could relate to Lucy, but that really only came at the last quarter or so of the book when she finally gained some agency and stopped being so whiny Part of this is also hard for me because I have experienced grief like this, I know that pain, but I felt like she wasn t fighting it at all She gave in to her pain and everyone around her allowed her to It was irritating to watch her fall apart and I didn t have the sympathy I think the author was counting on I d be interested to read about Lucy after she gets past this point in her life and finds who she is But this section of her story just didn t do it for me

  3. says:

    I came across this book by chance here on GoodReads and was intrigued by the catchy title and cute cover I read it to wind down for the Christmas holidays a great choice.It s a witty, observant and poignant story of how financial consultant Lucy Tuttle, about to hit the big 3 0, comes to terms with the loss of her only relative, a much loved, unconventional aunt The late Aunt Maren is a little like the aunt in Graham Greene s wonderful Travels with my Aunt but in New York in the 21st centu I came across this book by chance here on GoodReads and was intrigued by the catchy title and cute cover I read it to wind down for the Christmas holidays a great choice.It s a witty, observant and poignant story of how financial consultant Lucy Tuttle, about to hit the big 3 0, comes to terms with the loss of her only relative, a much loved, unconventional aunt The late Aunt Maren is a little like the aunt in Graham Greene s wonderful Travels with my Aunt but in New York in the 21st century In doing so, she discovers much about herself that she never realised or dared to recognise, having for so long sought comfort and distraction in financial led safety mechanisms, such as counting to her favourite high number to calm her nerves.The characters and settings are well drawn Indeed, the whole book is well written, with realistic conversation, atmospheric description and scene setting and a plausible, likeable narrator.I d recommend it to anyone who is a recently bereaved having been widowed some years ago, I found this a touching, realistic portrait of the grieving process b approaching 30 or any other big birthday and having a crisis about where they re going with their lives c worried about her biological clock and not sure what it s telling them d interested in the New York City lifestyle e in need of a simple, good, entertaining contemporary story about modern lifeAlthough I m old enough to be the heroine s mother yikes , this book rang lots of bells with me and made me think about my own life choices about which I m currently very happy, I should add Incidentally, the parallel to Graham Greene s great book never entered my head till I started writing this review, and I m not suggesting for a moment that The Sock Wars is derivative or imitative But there are lots of pleasing similarities,including a very satisfying ending that will have you punching the air with delight.Why 4 stars instead of 5 Well, there were a few clunky plot moments where there could have been a bitshowing instead of telling , as they say e.g characters telling Lucy what to do and how to lead her life which were necessary to move the plot on to the next stage These didn t quite ring true or maybe other people s friends and relations aredirect than mine But the quality of the writing is top notch a very good start for this new young writer who is definitely one to watch

  4. says:

    Lucy keeps her life in perfect order no surprises, nothing out of place She looks forward to being part of the perfect family she missed as the child of a single mother forced to work long hours in her often vain attempts to keep food on the table and the lights on When her only relative, an unconventional and untidy aunt dies, Lucy tries to cope with a host of unsettling changes Along the way, she meets many of her aunt s friends and gradually realizes that perfection has different meaning Lucy keeps her life in perfect order no surprises, nothing out of place She looks forward to being part of the perfect family she missed as the child of a single mother forced to work long hours in her often vain attempts to keep food on the table and the lights on When her only relative, an unconventional and untidy aunt dies, Lucy tries to cope with a host of unsettling changes Along the way, she meets many of her aunt s friends and gradually realizes that perfection has different meanings for different people.As a former accountant who still counts ceiling tiles while sitting in the dentist chair, I found Lucy a very lovable character Her sometimes frenetic search for the happy ending had me sharing her emotional ups and downs and laughing while trying to give her advice

  5. says:

    This was a very enjoyable book with believable, likeable characters and a story that is easy to relate to The story is a thoughtful exploration of scripts people find themselves living out and measuring themselves by, and what happens when the script doesn t fit any I read the first chapter as a short story Irish Drinking Socks distributed for free on Kobo, and I wanted to know what happened next enough to buy the rest of the book I would highly recommend picking up the free short story This was a very enjoyable book with believable, likeable characters and a story that is easy to relate to The story is a thoughtful exploration of scripts people find themselves living out and measuring themselves by, and what happens when the script doesn t fit any I read the first chapter as a short story Irish Drinking Socks distributed for free on Kobo, and I wanted to know what happened next enough to buy the rest of the book I would highly recommend picking up the free short story, to see if you would enjoy it too

  6. says:

    This is a beautiful story of one woman s journey towards self discovery, conquering grief and past pain, and healing her inner wounds The tale unfolds slowly, almost poetically, and the ending is refreshingly unconventional While the title and cover suggest that this isalong the lines of a cute, chick lit y read, this is not the case The Sock Wars is an intelligent, highly enjoyable work of psychological fiction which will have readers entirely engrossed in the life of the main characte This is a beautiful story of one woman s journey towards self discovery, conquering grief and past pain, and healing her inner wounds The tale unfolds slowly, almost poetically, and the ending is refreshingly unconventional While the title and cover suggest that this isalong the lines of a cute, chick lit y read, this is not the case The Sock Wars is an intelligent, highly enjoyable work of psychological fiction which will have readers entirely engrossed in the life of the main character, the lovably flawed Lucy

  7. says:

    I purchased this book frombecause I love books with a story centered around fixing up an old house I also loved the title and the cover of the book OK, shallow I know.but sometimes covers draw you in The inheritance of the house by Lucy following the death of her beloved aunt and how her and her boyfriend subsequently move in to the house seemed like a good premise I became interested in the story quickly as I was trying to relate to everything Lucy was feeling.The other characte I purchased this book frombecause I love books with a story centered around fixing up an old house I also loved the title and the cover of the book OK, shallow I know.but sometimes covers draw you in The inheritance of the house by Lucy following the death of her beloved aunt and how her and her boyfriend subsequently move in to the house seemed like a good premise I became interested in the story quickly as I was trying to relate to everything Lucy was feeling.The other characters introduced were interesting and in some cases funny and eccentric Eccentric is also the word I will use to describe Lucy s departed aunt The path Lucy was on during this story was one we all have to relate to in one way or another during our lives The questions of life, goals, dreams, ambitions, our path.these all come into play during the period of transition following a death Moving to her aunt s house and Oliver moving in with her for the first time, these additional stressors could not have happened at a worse time for Lucy view spoiler Lucy, who the author portrayed as a financial planner who always lived responsibly was not the same Lucy who allowed these things to happen OK I understand that people do strange things after losing a loved one, but I seriously wanted to shake her and say what are you thinking Then add to the mix a new boss who was a real prick, a boyfriend who decides now is the perfect time to start a family, in the backdrop of contractors banging away fixing up the house, well you have a recipe for disaster I am still trying to digest the ending of this book a day later I think that says something for the book itself It s not one that is going to fade from my memory quickly It was not the best time for Lucy to make a life decision which caused her to lose Oliver, who she reportedly loved so much And Oliver, what the heck was wrong with that guy to even put her in that position to begin with Can a book lose a star because the ending is one that you don t like That is my dilemma The message of this book resonates with me you don t have to live by what is thought to be normal There are other ways to live What a great message hide spoiler Though there were parts of the book that annoyed me, I am giving this book 4 stars for the message it contains A great message that many people should follow

  8. says:

    I received The Sock Wars after entering a giveaway here on Goodreads The Sock Wars tells Lucy s story in the aftermath of the unexpected death of her beloved aunt I think most people who have lost a loved one can relate to Lucy s story of being uprooted from their normal life and the confusion of coping with such a sudden, drastic change to their life While I read The Sock Wars, I found myself feeling frustrated with Lucy because she was so clearly not living the life she was really meant t I received The Sock Wars after entering a giveaway here on Goodreads The Sock Wars tells Lucy s story in the aftermath of the unexpected death of her beloved aunt I think most people who have lost a loved one can relate to Lucy s story of being uprooted from their normal life and the confusion of coping with such a sudden, drastic change to their life While I read The Sock Wars, I found myself feeling frustrated with Lucy because she was so clearly not living the life she was really meant to live At the same time, I totally understand how she could get caught up in what society expects her to do with her life and struggle to find what her life was really supposed to be about I wanted to jump into the book and shake her for letting everyone walk all over her at times instead of standing her ground on what she wanted While some of these instances turned out for the better in the end of the book, it still bothered me that she couldn t beassertive about what she wanted in life and later when she does assert herself, she is called selfish Even though this bothered me, it is probably because it is such a reality in my own life and in the lives of many of the people I know Everyday I see people going with the flow of the life that society has told them they want and it was so refreshing for Lucy to come to terms with this and learn to live her life for her Overall, I really enjoyed this read and it was definitely a change of pace from some of the other books I have read lately This book made me want to confront the ways that I myself am going along my life as if it is some script that was written before I was even born, instead of really embracing and living the one life I get I d definitely recommend this book, especially if you, like me and Lucy, feel that you are perhaps not living your life to the fullest or are being restricted by what everyone else expects of us

  9. says:

    I started reading this book this afternoon, and had to keep reading I loved all of the characters, as well as the descriptions of New York, that added just the right touch.The thing I loved most about this book was that although I am old enough to be Lucy s mother or another aunt0, I can identify with everything Lucy is going through, especially recently My friend and I found my parents on the floor of the home they ve owned for almost sixty years, dehydrated and pretty sick They had to move I started reading this book this afternoon, and had to keep reading I loved all of the characters, as well as the descriptions of New York, that added just the right touch.The thing I loved most about this book was that although I am old enough to be Lucy s mother or another aunt0, I can identify with everything Lucy is going through, especially recently My friend and I found my parents on the floor of the home they ve owned for almost sixty years, dehydrated and pretty sick They had to move into a nursing home and since I am an only child, selling the house and all of that responsibility now falls on me I felt a real connection with Lucy when she was going through the house, and everything she did triggered memories of her aunt.This is a beautiful, touching story, and I look forward tofrom this author

  10. says:

    This novel by Ms Sepp really struck quite a few notes with me Her writing is quite good she uses the technique of having the main character tell the story and she utilizes that technique well I believe that displays quite a bit of talent and bravery for a novelist I found the situations believable, the dialogue realistic, the settings charming and interesting, and the characters engaging and sympathetic I found myself emotionally involved in the outcome of Lucy s journey, and quite pleas This novel by Ms Sepp really struck quite a few notes with me Her writing is quite good she uses the technique of having the main character tell the story and she utilizes that technique well I believe that displays quite a bit of talent and bravery for a novelist I found the situations believable, the dialogue realistic, the settings charming and interesting, and the characters engaging and sympathetic I found myself emotionally involved in the outcome of Lucy s journey, and quite pleased in the ending There were some issues with pacing for me, I thought the book dragged a bit during the opening chapters, but the story premise and characters were enough to keep me reading a light, gentle, worthwhile read I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review

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