My top ten (and then some) for 2016


Perv-A Love Story

The Girls

This Must Be the Place


The Unseen World

My Name Is Lucy Barton


The Nest

The House We Grew Up In

Two that I reread after many many years and still loved just as much:

The Cheer Leader

The Westing Game

Great book that came out in 2016 but I read an ARC the year before:

I'll See You in Paris

Honorable mentions:

A Certain Age, All the Ugly...

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The week in review

Got a lot of reading time this week. Lucky me! I'm trying to get as much in as I can since I don't know how much time I'll have while the kids are on winter break. And as always, my library pile is about a mile high. I think I'm out of my slump though!

Finished Mister Monkey over the weekend. I've read several of Francine Prose's books over the years, and I'm not sure I've ever thought she was great, (though Blue Angel is a standout) but she's pretty reliably good. So this was good, but I...

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Quick takes- October 2016

This Must Be the Place. 5 stars. Great characters, great stories, perfect novel. Recommended to: everyone.

Girls on Fire. 2 stars. Badly done, overly dramatic, adolescent in a bad way.

Miller's Valley. 4 stars. Anna Quindlen is always pretty reliable. Not exceptionally memorable but solid.

Every Kind of Wanting. 4 stars. Good but I feel like it could have been better.

Today Will Be Different. 2 stars. Even with low expectations I was disappointed.

The Nix. 5 stars. Killer....

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This week in review

Starting where we left off last week, I finished Happy Family, and I'm sorry to say, it doesn't get better. I was expecting the "happy" part of the title to be meant ironically but not so much the family part. This really wasn't a family story so much as a book about this one person who does happen to have some relatives. This character is quite ordinary and hard to care about. Meandering plot with stray bits of casual racism here and there, none of it went anywhere and it ultimately felt...

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