early review: The Likeness by Tana French (audio)

I’m doing something a little bit different here today. I’m so bursting with enthusiasm for this book that I’m going to post my review-ish thoughts now, even though I’m only about 1/3 of the way through. Then I’ll write my normal review when I’ve finished, and we’ll see if I still love it. Ready? Ohhh […]

book beginnings on Friday: The Likeness by Tana French

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line. I loved Tana French’s In the Woods and Faithful […]

Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling (audio)

On a recent cross-country drive, I lifted this year’s ban on audiobooks, obviously. This one took me two days of driving – a much more favorable pace at which to take in an audiobook, especially one involving suspense. Before the Ruins isn’t lightning-paced – it’s not that kind of thriller – but there was a […]

Books Read in 2021, alpha by author

The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative, H. Porter Abbott – nonfiction The Reading List, Sara Nisha Adams – fiction The Stone World, Joel Agee – fiction Above the Smoke: A Family Album of Pocahontas County Fire Towers, LeAnna Alderman & Eleanor Mahoney – nonfiction Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead, Emily Austin – fiction […]

Books Read in 2021, alpha by title

1000 Perfect Weekends – nonfiction Above the Smoke: A Family Album of Pocahontas County Fire Towers, LeAnna Alderman & Eleanor Mahoney – nonfiction All Systems Red, Martha Wells – fiction Artificial Condition, Martha Wells – fiction Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – fiction Before the Ruins, Victoria Gosling – fiction Better Off Dead, […]

Books Read in 2020, alpha by author

Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam – fiction Who Is Maud Dixon?, Alexandra Andrews – fiction Curious Atoms, Susanne Paola Antonetta – nonfiction Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin – fiction Cuyahoga, Pete Beatty – fiction The Book of Atlantis Black, Betsy Bonner – nonfiction (no review) Solutions and Other Problems, Allie Brosh – nonfiction Fanny Says, […]

Books Read in 2020, alpha by title

Adrift, Steven Callahan – nonfiction The Art of Wes Freed – nonfiction At the Edge of the Haight, Katherine Seligman – fiction Auberon, James S. A. Corey – fiction Barbershops of America, Rob Hammer – nonfiction Black Cherry Blues, James Lee Burke – fiction Blue Moon, Lee Child – fiction Bluebird, Bluebird, Attica Locke – […]

Shatter the Night by Emily Littlejohn

Note: I received an advanced copy for review. This book publishes on December 10, 2019. Quickie review here. In a nutshell, dialogue and writing in general were very poor, but the suspense of the plot kept me going through to the end, which fact still surprises me. This is the fourth in the Detective Gemma […]

Books Read in 2019, alpha by author

Good News, Edward Abbey – fiction My Dog Tulip, J.R. Ackerley – nonfiction Girls Like Us, Christina Alger – fiction Angry Queer Somali Boy, Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali – nonfiction Right After the Weather, Carol Anshaw – fiction The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby – nonfiction Amazing Racers, Marc Bloom – nonfiction The Gulf, […]

Books Read in 2019, alpha by title

Abbadon’s Gate, James S.A. Corey – fiction The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape, Suzannah Lessard – nonfiction Amazing Racers, Marc Bloom – nonfiction Amish Facts of Life in a Changing World, Gerald S. Lestz – nonfiction Angry Queer Somali Boy, Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali – nonfiction Apartment, Teddy Wayne – fiction (no review) Appalachia North, […]