Book Reviews: Catch-Up Edition

I have fallen so far behind in my book reviews! It has reached the point where it’s so far behind that I don’t think I can catch up with individual reviews. Thus, this is a bit of a reader’s digest review of some of the last books that I read. Who knows, maybe this way will work better for my readers? I can do a round up once a month. Hmm…let me know what you think about that.

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

3 stars. Part of me felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story, and that is my least favorite way to feel when I’m reading something. However, the story itself was terrifyingly interesting.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

3 stars. This was a lovely book, but it took me so long to read it with how it was written. The characters spoke in a dialect, so the dialogue was written phonetically, and it just took me a while to understand what was being said. It took away from the story a bit for me.

P.S. I Love You by Ceceia Ahern

5 stars. I loved this book! I’ve always been a fan of the movie, especially if you’re looking for a good cry. The book was a good bit different, which made it all the better. It will still make you cry, so watch out.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

4 stars. My mom recommended this to me after I had finished Educated. It took a while for it to be available from my library, but it was so worth it. Once I started reading, I just had to figure out how she grew out of her situation.

The Murder List by Hank Philippi Ryan

4 stars. This was an ARC that I was super behind in reading, but I really liked this book. It was suspenseful and kept you guessing, with just a dash of psychological thriller (though that’s not how I would categorize it).

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

5 stars. HOLY COW. This was an ARC and doesn’t publish until January, so you’ll get a full review closer to pub date!

The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

4 stars. I’m still such a huge Matthew Pearl fan. The detail and historical research that goes into each book is just incredible. This one even had a little twist. It was a quicker read than the other two I’ve read of his.

Mosaic by John R. Maxim

4 stars. This is another one that really surprised me. It was written pre-9/11, so I think they got away with a bit more than they would have today, but it was the perfect mix of story progression and psychology. Just one Nazi too far.

The Fireman’s Fair by Josephine Humphreys

3 stars. This book felt kind of pointless to me. I questioned the characters and their motivation quite a bit. Plus, add in an older guy dating a nineteen year old and infidelity…it was just a bit of a mess.

The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson

3 stars. That star count is probably a minority, but so be it. This book it touted as “nonfiction,” but that is a farce. If I read it as nonfiction, it would have gotten one star or less. However, if you read it like it’s just a story, it’s a solid three star-er. James Patterson wrote dialogue like he was there in the 1300s BC. Unacceptable.

I read a couple more, but I think I can catch up with those. One, I can’t wait to tell you about!

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