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's Review No: 41

*whisper* I didn’t really care much for this one. *ducks* sorry!

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I just didn’t like this book. It started out so slowly and boring; way to absorbed in small details that failed to be relevant to me. Georgie McCool is a television show writer married to Neal, in a relationship that revolves around their children and not much else. I couldn’t care about her ambitions … [Read More »]

's Review No: 49

A History of Animal Abuse

Animal Madness

“…as Oliver Wendell Holmes says, a weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself.” (61)

I am an animal lover, so when I first spotted Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves (2014) by Laurel Braitman at my local Costco, I was intrigued. I … [Read More »]

's Review No: 48

The most uninteresting man in the world

Fast Track

Julie Garwood is the author of some of the first romances I ever read. They had danger and suspense, and she’s always been one of my favorite romance authors. I don’t know if the quality of her books have declined, if I have gotten tired of Garwood’s plots, or if my standards have changed, … [Read More »]

's Review No: 80

The Children Act (.)

Ian McEwan gets it. He understands the complicated nature of the human heart, the means by which we process love, loss, faith, loss of faith, life and death. His later novels are especially interested in human nature, not as an abstract concept, but as a reality. A solid, concrete, beating heart. And it’s to this … [Read More »]

's Review No: 47

Rainbow Rowell is growing up

Landline

“You don’t know what it really means to crawl into someone else’s life and stay there. You can’t see all the ways you’re going to get tangled, how you’re going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten–in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, … [Read More »]

's Review No: 79

Unlucky Jason (a more painful Lucky Jim, in letters)

As an academic, I do enjoy poking fun at myself and my profession every once in awhile. Like any other profession, there is plenty about academia that is ridiculous/absurd/unfair/hilarious. I don’t particularly enjoy Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim (and I suspect that has as much to do with the sort of white-boyisms that populate the novel, … [Read More »]

's Review No: 78

A beautiful, complex doorstop of a novel that needs to be a BBC mini-series. Like, right now.

Ever since The Luminaries was announced as 2013’s Man Booker Prize winner, I have been intrigued to read it. When I heard that Eleanor Catton, the author, was my age, I immediately felt depressed that I have not even finished my (about) 200-page dissertation, when Ms. Catton quadrupled my page count. The sheer size discouraged … [Read More »]

's Review No: 77

Confession: I like cheese. And cupcakes.

I love food. I like to talk about it, read about it, view it via cookbooks or shows, prepare it, and eat it. So I was highly intrigued by the Barnes and Noble display that featured David Sax’s The Tastemakers. Hmmmm, I thought. Just why are we so crazy about cupcakes and tired of fondue? … [Read More »]

's Review No: 39

“If I were in charge of the world, you wouldn’t have lonely.”

In order to pass on my love of poetry to my niblings (and expand our horizons a tad bit beyond Where The Sidewalk Ends), my niece and I have recently spent some time exploring the 810s at our local library. One of our very first finds – and one of the biggest hits … [Read More »]

's Review No: 38

“Your mother’s daughter”: Is there anything Lady Juliana Fiore fears being more? Her mother, who had abandoned her sons and her title, who courted scandal, then vanished from her children’s’ lives? In the midst of her own semi-disastrous Season, what will happen when her mother reemerges and scandal erupts once more? Those are some of … [Read More »]