Category: Book Reviews

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Thank you to Laila at Big Reading Life who introduced me to This is the Story of a Happy Marriage! This is a collection of essays written by Ann Patchett that run the gamut of her life, which is surprisingly relatable. I listened to this on audio book and while it was amazing to hear …

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

In I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Jake is a guy taking his new girlfriend to his family farm to meet his parents. With the story told through his girlfriend, we learn that Jake is a wicked smart guy working in a laboratory on some science-y thing. We learn quickly that she’s been thinking of ending things …

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

“The world is an interesting place for a little girl with big ears.” The wait at the library for this Flavia de Luce mystery wasn’t as long as I’d anticipated! Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d is the eighth book in the series. The ninth (The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place) will be released in …

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity is a Young Adult novel set during WWII in France so you knew I’d be all over this one! Two young women working for the British Military as a pilot and a spy are shot down over France. The spy is captured by the German army and is held prisoner and forced …

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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I don’t know why I read books like The Little Stranger. I am a total chicken but I love scary books! This was the scariest that I’ve read in a long time and I’m very happy that I read most of this by the light of day and not at night. There are some truly …

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I bought Rules of Civility as an Amazon Daily Deal over winter and have been looking forward to diving into it for a while. Set in the late 30s, Katey Kontent (pronounced like the state of being, not the things included in something) is a young, single woman working in New York City and making it …

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is the seventh Flavia de Luce novel and I think this might be my favorite yet! All of these novels build off of each other and it’s difficult to write a review without giving anything away, which is why I’ve chosen to be sparse with plot descriptions. But it feels …

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is my second novel by Ishiguro. I was so pleased with my first that I couldn’t wait to find another by him. I think I tried to read this one at least five years ago but didn’t make it very far.  I’m glad that I returned to it because this might be a …

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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the sixth Flavia de Luce novel. Other than the Baby-Sitters Club and the Sweet Valley Twins, I don’t think I’ve ever read so many books in a single series.  I keep waiting for Flavia to get annoying or for the story to fall through, but either I’m not paying …

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Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

“What kind of schedule? Something like this.  One-thousand or two-thousand words every day for the next twenty years. … For I believe that eventually quantity mill make for quality.” This was my favorite piece of advice from Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury.  I came upon this book by happenstance.  I’d only just …

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