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Reading Roundup: September 2019

Family Trust by Kathy Wang

This book had an interesting premise and started out strong, but was disappointing in the end. The resolution to a few of the story lines never materialized, and I felt like the hype and drama around the main conflict wasn't warranted by the time it was resolved. I've read both the novels that this one keeps getting compare to (The Nest and Crazy Rich Asians) and thought they were both better-written and had more sympathetic, nuanced characters.

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Reading this as an e-book was a mistake, because the story jumps around to a number of different time periods and includes a large number of characters. It's too hard to browse back and forth on a Kindle, and I know I lost track of a few things. The slow-moving nature of the story didn't help either--although I'm sure the author knows how everything fits together and what the theme of the story is, it was too subtle and the end of the book was a let-down. 

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Reading Roundup: August 2019

Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels

I've still never read any of Pagel's other books, but I'd read a number of positive reviews of this and it intrigued me. The book is a good overview of not only her life, but her evolving scholarship. I will confess that this book challenged me at times because her view of religion is quite different from mine. It was a good exercise in simply listening and working to understand, and I hope I learned something.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

I had a bit of a 'book hangover' after finishing Lee's first book and was excited to read the sequel. Felicity was not my favorite character from the first book, but by the end of this one she had grown on me. It also went in some surprising directions and I quite liked it by the end.

The Current by Tim Johnston

This book used two different stories, one from the past and one from the present, that only loosely tie together. It took a while for everything to come t…