Friday, December 31, 2021

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird


This was so well done and interesting. It would be a great choice for book groups.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

The Liar's Giel by Catherine Howard


I still can't decide if I think the ending was too far fetched.

No One Is Talking about This by Patricia Lockwood


This was amazing. And unusual. I was really moved by it, and I will be thinking about it for a long time.

8 1/2 Stone by Liz Jones


This wasn't as funny as it thought it was, and it almost seemed like it was fat shaming.

Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea


This was really well done -- I didn't see the plot twist(s) coming.

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They May Not Mean To But They Do by Catherine Shine


Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather


A few good moments, but mostly blah.

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan


This was really well done.

Beach Read by Emily Henry



Wednesday, December 22, 2021

A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris


This was just . . . not that well done. It didn't feel as if it were breaking any new ground, and the social commentary didn't quite work.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder


Fascinating. This was really well done, and very interesting.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry


I'm thoroughly embarrassed by how much I loved this romance.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult


For the first half of this, I thought it was very formulaic. Then: plot twist . . . and it became fascinating.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Oh What Fun by Chandler Baker


Oh, this really was fun. A great, quick, hilarious holiday read.

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One Night New York by Lara Thompson


This was clever and interesting; I enjoyed reading it.

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Miracle and Wonder by Malcolm Gladwell


This was super-fun.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin


This was an enjoyable read, but I don't think I liked the ending?

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

In the Field by Rachel Pastan



The Churchill Sisters by Rachel Trethewey


I enjoyed this. It's a unique take.

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The Hawthorne School by Sylvie Perry


So great concept, great characters. But the writing was a bit cliched, and the plot a bit over the top. 

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Sunday, December 05, 2021

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Never by Ken Follett


I feel almost guilty for how much I enjoyed this. It was just fantastic, if not great literature.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Story of the Country House by Clive Aslet


Interesting, but also a bit frustrating because it tried to cover so much ground so quickly. But a nice overview.

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Three Sisters by Heather Morris


As a novel, this doesn't really break any new ground if you have already read Holocaust accounts. However, knowing how closely it is based on real-life experiences, it is amazing.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

A Face for Picasso by Ariel Henley


So an interesting story, and a great job incorporating a critical critique of beauty culture, but -- and maybe it was just the narrator -- this just didn't hold together as well as it should have.

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The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett


This was lame.

The Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock


This was OK -- a few glimpses of clever writing, a decent plot -- but not outstanding.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Monday, November 22, 2021

The Circle by David Eggers

This was just OK. 

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons


I still can't decide if I liked this. I'm leaning towards no because the end was too neat.

An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Turnsten


It's hard to say anything about this without major spoilers, but . . . this was so intriguing and unusual. I think it would be a great choice for book groups. 

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Wife Upstairs by Freida McFadden


I didn't like this. The plot was too byzantine and the writing was not great.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum


Very interesting history -- it made me think about parallels to big tech today.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine


I really enjoyed this -- the plot was kind of different, the writing was clever. I'll be seeking out her other books.

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

O Beautiful by Jung Yun


Usually when a book tries to explore several social issues, it irritates me. But this one worked really well. This would be a great title for book groups.

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Vanishing Edge by Claire Kells


In some ways, this was a very predictable mystery, but in other ways, it was kind of innovative and interesting.

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The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow


I had really been looking forward to this, and it did not disappoint. Basically, the Davids are challenging the assumption that societies evolve in a predictable and necessary way. I didn't agree with everything, but this book is fascinating.

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Monday, November 08, 2021

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris

This was amazing -- the perfect blend of thriller and social commentary. Highly recommended.

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Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

This was so, so funny. I had no idea she was so funny.

Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro


This was amazing. No one should be allowed to design anything without reading this first. Also, his palpable anger in the narration was, honestly, fabulous.

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