Friday, April 29, 2022

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Bittersweet by Susan Cain


I liked this for the same reasons that I liked Quiet: she takes a topic usually approached from a self-help perspective and approaches it philosophically/sociologically, and she pushes against the conventional wisdom.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Odyssey by Lara Williams


I . . . just didn't get this. Maybe it was too subtle for me, maybe it just doesn't work, but . . .

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, April 25, 2022

The World of Pondside by Mary Helen Stefaniak


This just didn't work for me. 

Review copy provided by publisher.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Wired for Love by Stephanie Cacioppo


This was fantastic -- a really good combination of memoir and narrative non-fiction.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Darkest Place by Phillip Margolin


This tried to do way too much in such a short narrative. It didn't work well.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus


This was fun and different, and maybe the first time I didn't hate a touch of magical realism?

Friday, April 15, 2022

House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler


This started out intelligently, and then it got too convoluted.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Let's Not Do That Again by Grant Ginder

This was fun and funny.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Thursday, April 07, 2022

The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn


This was OK, not as strong as her others.

Monday, April 04, 2022

Sunday, April 03, 2022

What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline


Started out strong and then kind of jumped the shark.

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown


I mostly like Brene Brown and think she has interesting insights, except for when it becomes clear that, e.g., her definition of "love" is based on how a few hundred undergraduates classified a list of words.

Friday, April 01, 2022

Romania by Debbie Stowe


I enjoyed this, but I also wonder how much you can summarize a culture in one book.

Blog Archive