Tuesday, November 21, 2023

A True Account by Katherine Howe


This was fantastic. I can't say too much without spoiling the twists, but let me say that it was extremely clever.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Inheritance by Nora Roberts

I believe this is my first Nora Roberts book -- I was underwhelmed. Sometimes, it is difficult to tell if the problem is a narrator who is just not sticking the landing or if the problem is the text itself.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Absolution by Alice McDermott


I really enjoyed this. It took on a relatively unusual topic and setting, It's one of those books that feels well worth the read, but also that it isn't obvious how/why that is the case.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Christmas Presents by Lisa Unger


I usually like Unger, but I didn't like the sort of Christmas/horror mash-up. It just felt unnecessary, and not clever.

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I Used to Be Fun by Melanie Summers


Super funny (maybe especially for women of a certain age), and interesting to think about.

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The Last One by Will Dean

Well, I didn't see that twist coming.

The Last Close Call by Laura Griffin


I loved the local color (I mean, a serial killer from Round Rock?!?), but it was a bit cheesy, especially the romance angle.

The Body at Rookery Barn by Kate Hardy


I don't usually go in for cozy mysteries, but I thought that this one was really well done.

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Death Valley by Melissa Broder


Very weird, but I think I liked it.

Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos


This was super funny and a really interesting perspective.

The Exchange by John Grisham


Kind of a departure for Grisham. It was decent.

Going Zero by Anthony McCarten


I loved this so, so much.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

The Nix by Nathan Hill


I really liked this. I wish there were more Nathan Hill books.

Holly by Stephen King


This was fun.

Tuesday, October 03, 2023

A Traitor in Whitehall


This was right on the line between "great story, great setting" and "ohdeargod not another regular English caught up in WWII-era spying."

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Wellness by Nathan Hill


I was completely blown away by this -- it was just amazing in so many different ways. Highly recommended.

More Than You'll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez


This was fantastic -- unique, clever, great local color as well as explorations about feminism.

Prom Mom by Laura Lippman


Way too disjointed.

The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman


Solid mystery, excellent wry humor, and a few genuinely moving scenes.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Self-Care by Leigh Stein



The Plinko Bounce by Martin Clark


Very clever plot with a nice twist. The narrator was not create, especially with the child's voice, but the book was solid.

Review copy provided by publisher.

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