Showing posts from August, 2018

Reading Roundup: May 2018

Force of Nature by Jane Harper Harper's first book ( The Dry ) was one of my favorites last year, and I was excited for this book to come out. It is different, both in the setting and in the more complex mystery to solve, but I still thought it was well-written and a great read. Now I just have wait for Harper to write another one! In Every Moment We are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist I feel conflicted about this book--on the one hand, it had beautiful writing and powerfully told a story of grief and learning to live after tragedy. On the other hand, it felt a bit clunky at times and I couldn't tell if that was the fault of the translation or it was how the book had been written. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughn I love British fiction and thrillers, so of course I grabbed this one when I saw it on the new book display at the library. It's more of a cerebral mystery than a thriller, and more nuanced than I expected. The writing was a bit awkward in spots and s

Reading Roundup: April 2018

I know it's August and I'm really behind, but I told myself I'd get caught up and so decided to go ahead and publish these. After ten years, I'm not ready to stop writing my little book blurbs. During the first part of the month I read some more Whitney finalists, and then later in the month I went on a quick trip and managed to read several books while flying back and forth across the country. Gilda Trillim: Shepherdess of Rats by Steven Peck I will confess that I wasn't sure I would like this book. Some of the more esoteric parts were challenging, and it really was as weird as I thought it was going to be. In the end, however, it was probably one of the best books I read out of all the Whitney finalists. I'm sad it didn't win an award, but also understand why it didn't, considering the types of books it was up against. The Book of Laman by Mette Harrison I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did; I think Harrison did an admirable job fleshin