It’s not all fika and Ikea

As you know, I tend to be pretty hard on thrillers. So what does it take for me to really love one, besides You? I guess it just has to be well written, have multiple compelling storylines, seamlessly blend fact and fiction, have a great setting, and a kickass redhead heroine. Easy!

I am stoked to be sharing Florence Wetzel's The Grand Man with you. This book will take you on a ride. At its core,...

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Quick takes- summer favorites edition

Young Jane Young. Oh man, did I love this book. This is really sharp, feminist, and funny. In a nutshell, it's about a Lewinsky-esque scandal and how she and her family dealt with the aftermath. One of the few things I love about the time we're living in is that Monica Lewinsky is awesome now and we're realizing how we should have looked at that scandal way back then. The final section is in the form of a Choose Your Own Adventure book, and that really brought it up a notch for me. Seemed...

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If we can’t get rid of guns, let’s at least do this five dollar thing.

"If guns were banned, then how would men kill their wives? How would men kill themselves? How would men exact revenge on the world for not giving them everything they'd ever wanted?"

So, reading How To Be Safe is going to feel extremely timely. This novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town highlights the absurdity of gun culture in this country, shows what a nightmare our society is for women, and somehow manages to be really fucking funny....

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Once Less, with feeling

Strange to be almost fifty, no? I feel like I just understood how to be young.

Yes! It's like the last day in a foreign country. You finally figure out where to get coffee, and drinks, and a good steak. And then you have to leave. And you won't ever be back.

Oh man, do those lines from Less resonate with me. Even though I'm "only" almost 46, I do feel like I just figured out where to get coffee. Now I have to find a bunch of new stuff, or...

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May this be the last Best of 2017 list you read this year

Took me a while to get to this, but here are my favorites that I read last year.

Super top favorites:

All Grown Up. My absolute favorite of the year. The only book I actually bought a copy of, mostly because she was here on my birthday and you can't ask someone to autograph a library book.

Jillian. This one has an easy litmus test. Do you think someone saying she wants to hysterectomize herself and throw her uterus against the wall is funny? I do too and that's...

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All treat, no trick

Pachinko has nothing at all to do with Halloween, but my copy is due back today, and it's an instant favorite, so here we are. This is the kind of book that makes me feel bad for people who don't really love to read, because I know that to them, "500 page multigenerational Korean family saga spanning the entire 20th century" sounds like something you'd get CliffsNotes for in high school, but YOU GUYS. This is unputdownable.

We all have Halloween stuff to do today, so I'm not going to...

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Don’t say I didn’t warn you

I realized recently that putting the 'not for everyone' tag on a book review is essentially a guarantee that I will read it. (On the flip side, putting the 'written by Jonathan Franzen' tag guarantees I'll avoid it.) If there's a love it or hate it situation, I want a vote. And when I read the first line of the description of Jillian:

Megan, recently out of college and working a meaningless job as a gastroenterologist's secretary, openly hates all of her friends for being happy...

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The book of today

This summer, one of my most trusted reader friends read an ARC of The World of Tomorrow, and said it was one of the best books she'd read in years. I'm so glad she did, because otherwise, I don't think it would have been on my radar. And as I might have mentioned once or twice already, I. loved. this. book. Thanks, Deb!

I'm not scared off by big (500+ page) books, but I always assume they'll be overwritten. But no, this one is just long because there is so much going on, and so many...

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I’m not a kid, I happen to be 18

Were Judy Blume books essential reading for you when you were young? She certainly was for me and all my friends, but all these years later, I'm still never sure quite how universal the Judy Blume love is, because luckily, she was a local author for us. We devoured the Fudge books, Blubber, Freckle Juice etc. when we were little, then when we got older it was all about Tiger Eyes, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Deenie...she was the tween queen before tweens were even a thing. But of...

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One thing leads to another…

I had a few reasons for reading Last Things this weekend. For one, I love graphic memoirs, in fact, they're typically the only memoirs I can stand. I also tend to be in pressing-on-a-bruise mode around Memorial Day, and a very sad story of untimely loss fits that bill perfectly. But the main reason I picked this up is that Lucy loves this author's middle grade books, and I wanted to see if this was okay for her. Verdict:

That was a little disappointing, but I had to move a few...

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