The Long Drop by Denise Mina
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The Long Drop by Denise Mina

This was a really interesting novel about a real-life serial killer in Scotland in the 1950’s.  I say interesting because it wasn’t quite like anything else I’ve read.  It’s not a mystery or a thriller, or a true crime novel.  It’s a little closer to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, although I hesitate to compare … Continue reading

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
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The Leavers by Lisa Ko

This is a really thoughtful, moving novel about a Chinese family that is torn apart in the United States.  Peilan grows up in China in a small village but dreams of exploring the world, so she travels to New York for factory work at better wages.  She has Deming while still very young herself, and … Continue reading

The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan
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The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan

Part of my Reading All Around the World Challenge, this is a book written by a chef in the U.S. who was born in Iran.  Café Leila tells the story of an Iranian family that experiences terrifying changes in the country after the revolution and establishment of the Islamic Republic in the early 1980’s. The … Continue reading

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
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The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Kostova’s new novel is reminiscent of The Historian, in that it’s a big, sweeping tale that will take the reader all over modern-day Eastern Europe.  It’s quite different, however, in that there are no vampires.  But there’s still horror. The weakest part of this book is the beginning, because the story seems implausible at first, … Continue reading

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

This is a book I ended up feeling torn about.  The writing is beautiful and I was deeply engaged in the story.  If you like a good anti-hero story, this is one you should read. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is structured around the stories behind Hawley’s twelve bullet wounds.  We begin the story … Continue reading

Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting by Justine Prado and Jenn St-Onge
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Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting by Justine Prado and Jenn St-Onge

I’ve looked at graphic novels before, but never really sat down and read one.  I figured it’s a very different way of reading. Your eyes have to jump around all over the place, and it’s hard to know what order to read things in.  I suppose I like the calm repetition of reading lines across the … Continue reading

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

I found this to be a thoughtful and entertaining take on the time travel story.  Time travel stories have plenty of tropes, and it seems like most of it’s been done before.  Mastai’s debut novel takes those tropes, mashes them together, and comes out with something that feels new.  I had a few issues with … Continue reading