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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Quick takes- October 2017

Sing Unburied Sing. 4 stars. Great writing, somewhat uneven. Maybe not completely memorable but solid lit.

Forest Dark. 3 stars. Hate to say it, but this was kind of a slog. Seems like it should have been a memoir- then I would never have read it.

Jillian. 5 stars. OMFG this was hilarious and I loved it. Has the "not for everyone" tag, but it very much was for me.

The Grip of It. 3 stars. Creepy and suspenseful, but it fizzled out bigtime at the end.

The Misfortune of Marion...

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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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The week in review

I read fast when I'm loving something, and even faster when I'm hating something. So we have a lot to cover this week.

Last week, I was hating Sourdough, and I continued to hate it all the way to the end. I never read Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, but lots of reviews claim it's essentially the same plot as Sourdough, except the first book is about a man going from working in tech to working in a bookstore, and the second one is about a woman going from tech to making bread. So I will...

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But I’ve got everything now

I did pretty well at keeping my holds organized for a while, but lately I let them all go wacky, and boom, I have a million books out at once. I already returned the ones with the longest waiting lists but my cups are still runnething over or something, so let's see what's on deck and play another round of "Which of you will be returned unread?" Jessica.

Sourdough- I already started this, and it's short, so I'll definitely finish it. I'm already wishing it was...

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Reading on borrowed time

Just the other day, I mentioned that I had no books out from the library. Even though I have a zillion unread books at home, it still was very unsettling, and may never happen again. Luckily, I made it down to my favorite place on earth yesterday, and there were ten holds right there waiting for me. Which ones will exceed expectations? Which will disappoint? Which one will sadly be returned unread?

Hunger- Um, yeah, there is no way that Roxane Gay's memoir about her...

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