Quick takes- April 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow. 5 stars. Utterly charming historical fiction. The main character made me think of Ralph Fiennes saying, "Would that it were so simple," in Hail Caesar. If you saw that movie, then you know how charming this character is.

Homesick for Another World. 5 stars. Really great short story collection. This author likes it dark and is unapologetic and I love her for it.

The Sellout. 3 stars. I kept with this even though I hated the writing style. It was like listening to...

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The week in review

I was kind of a reading machine this week. I'm on the countdown to summer!

I finished Allegedly over the weekend, and had the exact opposite experience as everyone else I know who's read it. I was pretty much hating it the entire time, and then that ending, the ending that I'd heard ruins the whole thing, turned it around for me. It was so camp! Unless it was supposed to be Very Serious, in which case, yeah the ending ruins it. But I think if you go into it feeling a Lifetime movie vibe,...

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The week in review

It was a great week, as long as you ignored 99% of everything.

I took my time finishing A Gentleman in Moscow. What an utterly delightful book! This was one of those times when I kind of dragged myself kicking and screaming to something I felt obligated to read, but then absolutely loved it. I don't know when I'll learn that I actually love historical fiction and don't love thrillers. This definitely could have been a little shorter, but so what? It's such a...

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Kill your darlings

I try so hard to manage my library holds, but once again, a ton of hot ones came up at once, and I'm having that can't-read-them-all-can't-renew-them reader panic. Here are the contestants in the "which one will be returned unread?" sweepstakes. ( Jessica)

Our Short History- This author is very hit or miss for me, but I'm weirdly drawn to her. Looks like just the kind of thing I love to read. I only have it for ten more days, and there are some other ones I...

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