Tag: NetGalley

Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

I loved the way this book begins, because I identified very much with Marianne, one of its two narrators.  Marianne and Connell are two teens in a small town in Ireland.  Marianne is smart, independent, and proud, but has no friends at school.  Connell…

Review: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

I had to force myself to finish this book, and that’s never a good thing. At times this book was nicely written and I found myself see-sawing between frustrated and absorbed. I knew from reviews that there were major changes in the plot and…

Review: Those Who Knew by Idra Novey

Those Who Knew is a novel about a senator with a violent past in a small unnamed island country.  It’s about about the intersections of politics, money and influence.  I appreciated the writing style of this author and much of the book worked for…

2018 Resolution Fail: Too Many ARCs

Reading Advance Review Copies (ARCs) is one of the fun parts of being a book blogger.  You get free books and you get to read things before everyone else.  It’s also a nice way to discover new writers and support their work. But I…

Review of Gun Love by Jennifer Clement

I picked up Gun Love from NetGalley because it was mentioned on a few lists of anticipated new fiction in 2018, including this one from Huffington Post. Ultimately I was disappointed in this book.  Despite its (sadly) timely subject matter, I didn’t care for…

Reading the Rest of the Year

It seems like I just made my fall TBR list, and here we are, mid-October with the year fading fast.  I began October thinking “maybe I’ll just read whatever I want for the rest of the year.”  Which is a nice idea, only I’ve…

The Terranauts by T. C. Boyle

I love T.C. Boyle because he takes really interesting true life events and people, and he always spins them into a fascinating story.  I learn a ton from his books because he makes real events so memorable.  At times he takes his characters a…

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

This is the third book I’ve read by Carolyn Parkhurst, and each one has left me with deeply mixed feelings.  There are many books you put down and don’t really remember.  Hers are the opposite.  She gives you beautiful writing and compelling characters, but…

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Mysteries are a perfect genre for informing readers about difficult political or historical issues. The Unquiet Dead is a perfect example. It begins with a case about a Canadian man who falls off a cliff. But it delves into much more sensitive matter when…

Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud

When I’m reading a novel about a historical figure, I want the book to be factual enough that I get a good sense of who the person was. I also want it to have an interesting story. And finally, if I admire the person,…

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

This was a nicely written, well-told story but ultimately not the book for me. I read about it on Io9’s list of summer fantasy and science fiction reads, and received a review copy from NetGalley. The Memory Garden is about three friends who reunite…

California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout

A perfect vacation read, this book will appeal to readers who like urban fantasy with magic and action. I recommend this book if you liked Steelheart; the plots are different but it’s got a similar feel (also a bit more gender-neutral than most of…

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