Books Read in June

Ending the month with a summary of the books I read in June: The Vegetarian by Han Kang, 5 stars + review The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova, 4 stars + review What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah , 5 stars + review The Heirs by Susan… Continue reading Books Read in June

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan Rating: 4 stars This was a treasure to read from start to finish.  I love books about / set in bookstores, so a mystery set in a bookstore was too good to pass up (like Shadow of the Wind, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, The Storied Life of A.J.… Continue reading Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Tornado Weather

Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy Rating: 4.5 stars Expected publication date: July 11, 2017 Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Wow.  This is probably one of my favorite books of 2017, and I hadn't even heard of it before I requested it from Netgalley.  The mystery sounded… Continue reading Tornado Weather

The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much about Them

The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much about Them by Julie Klam Rating: 3 stars Expected publication date: July 18, 2017 Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.   Let me begin by saying that while I was kinda meh about this, I do… Continue reading The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much about Them

The Refugees

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen Rating: 5 stars I loved The Sympathizer, but Nguyen may be one of those authors where I love their short stories more than their novels (like Han Kang, I loved The Vegetarian but Human Acts was so much more devastating and beautiful; also, Hemingway). [...] I had omitted the… Continue reading The Refugees

Living the Dream

Living the Dream by Lauren Berry Rating: 4 stars Expected publication date: August 15, 2017 Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Great quick read about two best friends trying to figure out their lives as twenty somethings in London.  Emma is the cautious friend who longs to be a real… Continue reading Living the Dream

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Rating: 3 stars I know I'm in the minority here, but I just don't get why everyone loved this book.  I thought it was good, but it's just a typical historical fiction novel about WWII.  I went into it with extremely high expectations because of the… Continue reading All the Light We Cannot See

Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Rating: 4.5 stars I loved this book!  It was everything you want from a classic whodunit story with a modern twist. It starts with a short chapter from Susan, the editor of best-selling author Alan Conway’s mystery series, as she explains that the hunt for the ending of his last… Continue reading Magpie Murders

The Heirs

The Heirs by Susan Rieger Rating: 3.5 stars I read this book because I liked the cheeky tone of her previous novel The Divorce Papers, told entirely through emails, memos, and legal documents.  The Heirs is not an epistolary novel like The Divorce Papers but still deals with the dysfunction between a marriage, along with family… Continue reading The Heirs

2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist – UPDATE

And the winner is.... A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman (Jessica Cohen, Translation)!  I was hoping for Fever Dream because of how amazing disturbing it was (it gets better each time I think back on it), but now I have to add the winner to my TBR.  Sadly, I was unable to read… Continue reading 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist – UPDATE