Thursday, January 10, 2019

3. Bird Box

By Josh Malerman (294 pp ebook)

Just last week I put up a photo of my to read pile (more or less). After fretting about having so many books to read and finding books I'd forgotten about, I had to buy this book (on sale!) and read it immediately. It's been on my list for awhile. I thought it was fun to read but doesn't hold up under scrutiny. I enjoyed. I haven't seen the movie.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2. Six Years

By Harlan Coben (352 ebook)

Someone mentioned this author so I grabbed this book on sale. At first I thought it was super fun and page-turny but the longer it went on the more ridiculously implausible it got. Fun for a quick read.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

1. The Princess Diarist

By Carrie Fisher (246 pp)

I got this book as a birthday gift a couple of years ago which turned out to be just a couple days after she died. The whole thing made me so sad I couldn't bear to look at the book until now. I don't know what to tell you. There's enough good stuff in here for a nice magazine article. The rest is endless cringe-tastic teenage diary not to mention some icky stuff about being a young female actress. If her mom wasn't famous it probably would have been worse. Reading those diary entries made me vow to find and burn any cringey diary stuff I might still have if I haven't burned it already.

Friday, December 28, 2018

16. A Court of Wings and Ruin

By Sarah J. Maas (699 pp)

I was determined and I finished. Lots of war in this one. And lots of complicated relationship angst. Got a wee bit long winded for me in the end but still greatly enjoyed.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

15. A Court of Mist and Fury

By Sarah J. Maas (624 pp)

I devoted my time off to finishing the first three in this series. So much going on in Prythian. Sexy fae with powers and wings and bad tempers. A bad guy is stirring up trouble. Complicated relationships. Recommend.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

14. Sharp Objects

By Gillian Flynn (393 pp)

I watched the HBO series earlier this year and wanted to read the book. Super creepy and terrific characterization.

Friday, December 7, 2018

13. A Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Maas (416 pp)

My friend Kira gave me this book and when I read the first couple of chapters I wasn't sure. But then I got hooked. Then I squeezed in extra time to read it so I could finish it this week. She told me the next two are better and suggested I buy them right away so I didn't have to rush out and panic-buy them later. It's the holidays so I had to make a Powell's run anyway, so the next two tomes are sitting here. It's about young woman trying to help her family survive in poverty at the edge of the wall between the human world and the faerie world. She unknowingly kills a faerie and ends up with a ton of new problems. Fun reading.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

12. The Girls

By Emma Cline (355 pp)

This writer had a story in the New Yorker that I liked so I wanted to try this book. The story is about a woman who was 14 in 1969 and falls in with a cult that was clearly inspired by the Manson family. The story is creepy and foreboding and the author perfectly captures the confusing internal life of a fourteen year old girl.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

11. Eligible

By Curtis Sittenfeld (488 pp)

I read a short story in the New Yorker by Sittenfeld and have wanted to try one of her novels ever since. I randomly picked out this one, which I did not know was a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I was disappointed because I don't really like stunt books. To me, a stunt book is retelling a classic or mixing a classic with horror or those memoirs where someone doesn't buy anything for a year and writes about it. I loved this book. And even though it didn't fit, I pictured 1995 BBC Colin Firth as Darcy.

Monday, October 8, 2018

10. The Idiot

By Elif Batuman (423 pp)

I read an excerpt from this in the New Yorker and I kept an eye out for the book. It's about a woman just starting college in the 90s. It's hard to describe -- the book is made up of short sequences. There's not a huge story but it's very funny. The characterization is terrific. I loved it in the beginning and then sagged a little in the middle but then enjoyed it again by the end. The author perfectly captured that feeling of being in college and feeling like everybody else has it figured out and you're just pretending to fit in.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

9. In The Distance

By Hernan Diaz (256 pp)

I actually finished this a week ago and it was buried on my desk. A couple of friends read this and thought I would like it and they were right. It's kinda like Cormac McCarthy but exchange some of the dark and grim with loopy. It's about a kid who comes to American in the 1800s from Sweden and ends up in the west, alone. Really good.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

8. W is for Wasted

By Sue Grafton (483 pp ebook)

I must have picked this up on sale. It was on my phone and I needed something easy to get into and this was it. This one was a bit of a slog. It cracks me up how often there are long descriptions of completely mundane activities. But I love the setting and the timeframe and Kinsey and sorry that Y is the last book.