Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Part of me recognizes that this was shallow and formulaic, and the other part of me really liked it.

Monday, August 30, 2021

My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley


I really liked this. Funny, and ultimately fulfilling.

The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond


I was kind of hoping for more social commentary and less James Bond stuff.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021

The WEIRDest People in the World by Joseph Henrich


This book presents a fundamental challenge to the basic consensus in history, psychology, and economics. For that reason alone it is worth reading.

Monday, August 23, 2021

The Push by Ashley Audrain


I felt like this was right on the edge between ham-fisted and well done.

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab


I'm not sure why everyone is raving about this. I thought it was kind of lame.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Fabric of Civilization by Virginia Postrel


I loved this -- such a unique perspective into history.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

1957 by Eric Burns


This . . . just was not that good.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer


This was just kind of blah. I would not recommend it.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Exercised by Daniel Liberman


I loved this. Super-interesting, very motivating, and funny to boot.

Friday, August 13, 2021

A World without Work by Daniel Susskind

 This is a topic I am very interested in, so I really liked this. I didn't agree with the author about everything, but it was well worth thinking about.

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger


Honestly, this was kind of dumb.

The Quiet Zone by Stephen Kurczy


Really interesting -- lots about technology and society, but also an unexpected foray into rural culture and white supremacy.

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger


This was a great read, despite one kind of lame plot point.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

You Can Never Tell by Sarah Warburton


This started off strong and was very engaging, but by the end, it seemed that most of the main characters were acting out of character.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Maiden Voyages by Sian Evans


This was super-fun -- a very interesting slice of history.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz


I really liked this. I didn't realize until later that it was the same author as The Plot, so now I need to track down their other books.

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donaghue


I just didn't like this.

Our Mothers' War by Emily Yellin


Really interesting -- I appreciated the perspectives on different groups of women.

Escaping Dreamland by Charlie Lovett


Super fun, but not as good as the holy grail book.

The Perfect Medicine by Brodie Ramin


This was great fun to read -- very motivating and informative.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline


If you're into 80s nostalgia, this is perfection.

Friday, August 06, 2021

This Is Not the End by Chandler Baker


This didn't work for me.

The Unseen World by Liz Moore


I really liked this, largely because it didn't do what I thought it would. Recommended.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett


This was super-fun. I can't figure out how/why I haven't heard of Charlie Lovett before.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

The Husbands by Chandler Baker


This is the most fun book that I've read in a long time: great characterization, sharp social commentary, interesting and unpredictable plot, and even local color! Highly recommended.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Failure to Disrupt by Justin Reich


This is an excellent book, with lots of overlap of what I am studying.

Monday, August 02, 2021

The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett


I loved this book several orders of magnitude more than anything I've read recently. I mean: a curmudgeonly character, a fun literary/historical plot, a love story -- it's all here. Highly recommended.

The Hidden History of Coined Words by Ralph Keyes


Super-interesting and quirky.

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse


This was dumb. I don't know why it is so popular.

Sunday, August 01, 2021

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


This was somewhere between "decent" and "good."

I Named My Dog Pushkin by Margarita Gokun Silver


This was hilarious. Recommended for a bit of history and a lot of fun.

Review copy provided by publisher.

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