Read it or Ditch it: The Life and Loves of a She Devil

read it or ditch it

“Read it or Ditch it” is a new weekly feature I’ll be doing each Monday on the blog. The goal is to force myself into making a decision regarding some titles on my TBR pile. Each week I’ll select a book that has sat unread on my shelves for longer than a year and ask the question “Read it or Ditch it?”. If I still want to read it, then by posting it here I’m claiming that I’ll read it by the end of the year. If I’m no longer interested in the book, then this is a send off to the title since I’ll either be donating or selling it.

At the end of the year, I’ll do a round-up post to see how I did. If there are any titles that I said I’d read, but still didn’t, then I’ll either donate or sell those. Hopefully, doing this will help me reach my goal of only 100 books sitting unread on my TBR pile by the end of 2016.


The Life and Loves of a She Devil
Author: Fay Weldon
Published: 1983
Genre: General Fiction
Length of Time on TBR Pile: About ??? years
Read it or Ditch it?: Read it

This is a book I’m a little baffled by. It was hiding in the back of my bookcase and I have no idea when or where I got it. I’m going to try to read it before the end of this year. However, if I don’t get around to it, I won’t really be upset to have to let it go.

Back Cover Description: Ruth Patchett never thought of herself as particularly devilish. Rather the opposite in fact — simply a tall, not terribly attractive woman living a quiet life as a wife and mother in a respectable suburb. But when she discovers that her husband is having a passionate affair with the lovely romantic novelist Mary Fisher, she is so seized by envy that she becomes truly diabolic. Within weeks she has burnt down the family home, collected the insurance, made love to the local drunk and embarked on a course of destruction and revenge. A blackly comic satire of the war of the sexes, LIFE AND LOVES OF A SHE DEVIL is the fantasy of the wronged woman made real.

5 thoughts on “Read it or Ditch it: The Life and Loves of a She Devil

  1. I’ve had similar discoveries in the past (usually when I’m moving!) where I genuinely had no idea where, when, or why I purchased the book. Mary Fisher sounds like a compelling protagonist though, so here’s hoping you’ll enjoy this one!

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  2. Pingback: Read it or Ditch it: The Catch-Up Post | Book Minx

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