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Aug 28

How to Write a Book Review

I love writing book reviews. If reading a book is like going on a vacation, writing a book review is like showing the photos and souvenirs and telling my friends about the trip. Book reviews can turn the solitary pleasure of reading into something shared with a community of like-minded readers. It also helps other …

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Jun 21

Book Review: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman This novel is quirky and fun and about people who are slightly exaggerated (but still believable). The story is funny and lighthearted while still managing to be sad enough to make me cry. (Is it reductionist to say it reminds me of Swedish …

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Jun 11

Book Review: The Luminaries

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton This book takes place in New Zealand during the gold rush of the mid nineteenth century, a time and place I know almost nothing about. It begins when a young man stumbles to shore, frightened by a horrifying spectre he has seen on the ship. He picks the first hotel …

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May 24

Book Review: Watch Me Disappear

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown I think this book is up there with GONE GIRL or GIRL ON THE TRAIN for mystery/suspense novels. The main difference is that there doesn’t seem to be physical danger involved for the protagonist. It involves two main point of view characters, a man Jonathan and his daughter Olive. …

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May 23

Book Review: Provenance

Provenance by Ann Leckie This book has a much lighter feel than the Ancillary Justice books. It starts out with Ingray, a young foster-daughter of an important politician trying to do something daring and risky in order to win her mother’s favor. Pretty soon there’s mistaken identity, a murder mystery, stolen artifacts, secret romances, sibling …

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Apr 23

Book Review: After You

After You by Jojo Moyes If every novel aims to tell an interesting story about believable, likable characters, this novel succeeds admirably. I’d listened to the first more than a year ago, and this audiobook has the same fantastic narrator. Louisa Clark can be quite infuriating, as she is her own worst enemy, but she’s …

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