Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin


Some interesting moves, but ultimately kind of weak plotting.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Friday, December 09, 2022

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Winterland by Rae Meadows


Solid. Not spectacular, but solid.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

After the End by Clare Mackintosh


Very interesting narrative device here -- still not sure how I feel about it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

I'm Wearing Tunics Now by Wendi Aarons


Easily the funniest book I have ever read -- I cried more than once from laughing so hard. It didn't hurt that the author is about my age, lives in the same area, and comments on life experiences I have been thinking about a lot.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese


I have mixed feelings about this: on the one hand, the story was interesting. On the other hand, I am so tired of historical novels that inject present concerns into the past.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan


This was compelling. I almost wanted it to end differently, but I still really enjoyed it.

Friday, November 11, 2022

The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson


I really liked this. When you read as much as I do, a lot of plots become redundant -- this one was not. (I also liked the Vienna angle, having just been there.)

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

The Resemblance by Lauren Nossett


This was just OK. It had some promising elements, but ultimately just didn't shine.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Never Name the Dead by D. M. Rowell


Not perfect, but really well done and super-interesting, especially the cultural insights.

Review copy provided by publisher.

True Biz by Sara Novic


Super interesting -- I feel like I learned a lot about the deaf community.

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan

 This was super-enjoyable -- a good mystery on top of social commentary on top of fascinating glimpses into another culture.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Under the Whispering Door by T. J. Klune



Downton Shabby by Hopwood DePree


This was fantastic -- such an interesting story.

Vanishing Hour by Laura Griffin


The mystery was decent and the west Texas setting was fun, but the romance aspect was just ham-fisted.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Aurora by David Koepp


This was excellent -- it would be great for book groups. It's not just a dystopian disaster novel, although it does a good job at that.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand


I enjoy Hilderbrand's books while simultaneously acknowledging that they are ridiculous fluff. 

Monday, October 17, 2022

Secret Lives by Mark de Castrique


This was really fun.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng


This was outstanding -- kind of devastating, but amazing. Recommended, especially for book groups.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

The Old Place by Bobby Finger

 The local(ish) setting was fun; the plot was interesting. I'm still not sure it all came together? But maybe? 

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