Thursday, September 30, 2021



Title: Montauk

Author: Nicola Harrison

Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9781250200112
Thoughts:  Harrison paints a stunning picture of Montauk in the 30s.
Rating: 4/5

The Secret History


Title: The Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 9780060814205
Thoughts:  Very much reminds me of The Magicians, just with no magic.
Rating: 4/5

Vampire Soul

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Title: Vampire Soul

Author: Shay Roberts

Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 9780996726108
Thoughts:  The dialogue is OK, but everything else is flow-less info dumps for each character, plus the plot is just confusing.
Rating: 1/5

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Ugly Cry


Title: The Ugly Cry

Author: Danielle Henderson

Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780525559351
Thoughts:  While there are a few heart-wrenching parts, do not let the title mislead you - there are also many laugh-out-loud parts to this memoir as well.
Rating: 4/5


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Title: Raventide

Author: T.A. Miles

Publisher: Raventide
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Good premise and world-building, but too many characters to keep straight and plot was slightly confusing at points.
Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

How to Kidnap the Rich


Title: How to Kidnap the Rich

Author: Rahul Raina

Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780063028784
Thoughts:  A distinctly Indian dark comedy.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, September 20, 2021

While We Were Dating

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Title: While We Were Dating

Author: Jasmine Guillory

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: 9780593409817
Thoughts: Very enjoyable rom com that also deals well with mental health.
Rating: 4/5

Friday, September 17, 2021

Park Avenue Summer


Title: Park Avenue Summer

Author: Renee Rosen

Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9781101991145
Thoughts: Fun and fascinating fictional but factual look at the making of Cosmo as we know it today.
Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

She Persisted: Ruby Bridges


Title: She Persisted: Ruby Bridges

Author: Kelka Magoon

Publisher: Philomel
ISBN: 9780593115879
Thoughts: I learned a lot I did not know about Bridges' activism in later years, but this brought up some questions for me about her early life that I will need to look into further as I am sure the answers are too complicated for a children's book.
Rating: 4/5

The Kids of Cattywampus Street


Title: The Kids of Cattywampus Street

Author: Lisa Jahn-Clough

Publisher: Anne Schwartz
ISBN: 9780593127575
Thoughts: I really wish I could say these stories were fun if not deep, but unfortunately, they really fell flat, even for younger readers.
Rating: 1/5

The Forest of Vanishing Stars

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Title: The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Author: Kristin Harmel

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781797123820
Thoughts:  A fictional tale of survival during the Holocaust with a hint of magical realism.
Rating: 4/5

Sunday, September 12, 2021

15 Minutes

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Title: 15 Minutes

Author: Lairssa Reinhart

Publisher: Past Perfect
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: The mystery was solid, but some of Maisie's interrogation choices just did not seem logical.
Rating: 3/5

Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive


Title: Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alice

Author: Chris Colfer and Jon Proctor

Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316355933
Thoughts: Excellent story, but the facial expressions did not always match the words.
Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Golden Girl

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Title: Golden Girl

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9781549117374
Thoughts: Great beach read with romance, intrigue, and humor.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Three Plays


Title: Three Plays: Changes of Heart/The Game of Love and Chance/The Triumph of Love

Author: Pierre de Marivaux

Publisher: Smith & Kraus
ISBN: 9781575251486
Thoughts: These three plays are a nice mix of Restoration and Commedia dell'arte.
Rating: 4/5