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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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Jul 19

Book Review: Bellman & Black

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield This book feels like a skilled author who has contempt for fantasy set out to write a fantasy novel but chickened out at the last minute. Three stars isn’t an accurate rating for the book. The first part is four stars, and the last part is one or two. …

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Jul 16

Book Review: We Are Okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour I bought this book for my daughter, who read it and implored me to read it, adding “it will make you cry, but it’s good” which I usually equate with “drink this, it will make you vomit, but it’s good.” I don’t like crying, I don’t want to cry …

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Jul 13

Book Review: Animal Magic

Animal Magic by Kater Cheek My rating: 5 of 5 stars I wrote this book a few years ago and finally published it this year. What held me back from publishing it is that I wanted it to be illustrated but didn’t have the time or money to find and hire an artist. But I’ve …

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Jul 12

Book Review: Sky Raiders (The Five Kingdoms Book 1)

Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull We got this book as an audiobook for a car trip, reasoning that YA was one of the few things we would both enjoy. My kid had started reading it, saying that it was one of those “kid from our world goes to fantasy world” tropes, but quite a bit …

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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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