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's Review No: 15

Another Unlikely Love Story

This was the second unlikely romance for me. This one was about a grumpy burn victim and a free spirited carver. The protagonist has a wonderful tone and his description of the opening scene did pull me into the book. I give this book 3 stars.

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's Review No: 12

Yet another Book Thief Review


Every so often you find a story that pulls you in and holds you tight in the grip of anxiety. Spoilers aside, we all know what it is we’re afraid of in any story about a German family hiding a Jewish man in their basement during World War II. We’re terrified something will happen to … [Read More »]

's Review No: 10

To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart

In college, four artists named Tess, Henry, Suz, and Winnie began calling themselves the Compassionate Dismantlers whose motto was: “To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart.” Moving to a reclusive lakeside cabin after graduation, they carry out elaborate pranks and escalating acts of vandalism with the intent to take things … [Read More »]

's Review No: 22

and now, another Penumbra review

I’m probably the tenth person to review Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore this year on the CBR, but without all those previous reviews I probably wouldn’t have heard about this novel since it’s a bit out of my typical genre. I’m a bit more “chick lit” and “historic fiction” with some YA fiction thrown in the … [Read More »]

's Review No: 22

Mostly Good Guide to New Orleans

First off, I fully recognize that this review would probably be best saved for AFTER I visit the city for which I purchased it. However, that trip is over five months away, so I don’t know if I’d really remember much at that point. If anything in the book has led me wildly astray, however, … [Read More »]

's Review No: 9

On monsters, ghosts, and personal demons…

There is a haunted house and ghosts, but this isn’t a ghost story. There is a lake monster, but this isn’t a horror story. And there is an illicit affair, but this isn’t a love story. The Monsters of Templeton is Lauren’s Groff’s freshman novel, a story about cause and effect. It is about actions … [Read More »]

's Review No: 11

The cat ran away.

I feel unsure what to say of this book. Toru Okada’s cat runs away and then he meets a bunch of people. That’s it. We cook spaghetti and we listen to his phone calls and lots and lots of people tell stories to him that we are subjected to listen to, never … [Read More »]

's Review No: 5

Or, “My Personal Opinions on Death and Friendship”


I was raised as a conservative Christian. My boyfriend has been an atheist his entire life. There are other reasons that our childhoods seem totally alien to each other, mostly because he grew up having outdoor adventures in Alaska and I grew up watching movies in New Mexico. He is the person you want … [Read More »]

's Review No: 21

A Retelling of Great Gatsby That Works

I first learned about Ms. Benincasa in 2008, when her Sarah Palin videos were making the rounds online. I can’t recall what happened to bring her to my attention a couple of years later, but I started listening to her “Sex and Other Human Activities” podcast (R.I.P.). Thankfully that led me to “Radio Dispatch” and … [Read More »]

's Review No: 34



A fitting end, even if I’m not happy about it. At all. Except for I’m happy with most of it except for that one part that was AWFUL AND HORRIBLE AND I HATE IT. And the rest of it was great, but I’m bitter.

In case you can’t tell, I’m a little too emotional … [Read More »]