CLP Blog Tours #BookReview: The To-Do List by JC Miller

Reviewer: Annie

PrintI received a review copy


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.


Ok, I am in love with the lead character Ginny Cooper, she is a Librarian!!  Jealous much!?  Enough in to the book, I learn that jealousy fades.

This is JC Millers third novel that I have had the pleasure to read.  She has a special way of making her main characters truly recognizable; they will either remind you of yourself, or someone you know.  You will have Ginny’s back and be rooting for her the whole time.

This is the story of a 41-year-old woman that is the wife of a “not-so-nice” man/husband Cal, the Mom of two teenagers, Kelly and Kevin.  She lives her life by making “to-do lists”, just to get by.  Phone calls, groceries, dry clean pick-ups and even Killing Cal are on her lists.  There needs to be a List App named for her…Haha.

There is a lot to be said for reading stories of women that are going through personal distress, and come out swinging!  And, Ginny is not about to just settle for her life as it is!!  So, I suggest that you grab this book and find out what she does to overcome her inner and outer battles, or has any that should remain the same.

Ginny is tired of watching her weight by counting calories, overeating anyway, listening to her family complain about almost everything, and live a life that is just not fun.  She will find it, but you know I cannot tell you how…It is worth the read.  I will tell you that her past does come back….but, who?

JC Miller has not ever let me down, she is a very talented story-teller, full of witty banter and serious entertainment.  Her books are quick to read…but, it may be because I just get so wrapped up in her story that I don’t want to put it down.

I dare you to try!

4 Stars

JC MillerAuthor Bio:

JC (Jeanne) Miller, M.A., is an educator and founding member of JAM, an editorial-consultation team. An avid reader, aspiring traveler and table tennis enthusiast, she resides in Northern California.

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