Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: Dodging and Burning

Dodging and Burning Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A bit too much going on in this historical mystery. I'm not a huge fan of pulp stuff, although I loved the chapters of the one included in this novel.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: The Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this more than I did.

Greer Kadetsky is moved by a feminist speaker at her college, and the one speech turns into a career for her. She struggles with working for a foundation and "trying to make a difference" in a capitalistic world. Other POVs include the speaker, Faith Frank, and Corey, Greer's high school boyfriend.

The narrator does a fantastic job, but I struggled with the re-playing of scenes from another character's point-of-view. I didn't really CARE about any of the characters other than Greer, and I hated that she disappeared in the middle of the book. I just didn't like the POV of the old school feminist Faith Frank. This novel would provide a lot of discussion fodder for feminist classes though--mainly to argue about, since it's full of white privilege.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: Weave a Circle Round

Weave a Circle Round Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I gave up halfway through. I appreciate a good "my neighbors are crazy/aliens/time-travelers" tale, but it feel flat for me when the characters just instantly moved around without much plot. It grew tedious for me.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Exhibit Alexandra

Exhibit Alexandra Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Another "I'm a dead wife who knows all" book.

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Review: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

The narration is horrible--I didn't make it past Disk 1. There are pauses in odd places, which shouldn't happen since the writer is the narrator. Some breaths were audible and others weren't, but the pacing is what stopped me from listening to more.

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Review: Tradition

Tradition Tradition by Brendan Kiely
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm always a sucker for boarding school books, since I always dreamed that one day my folks would send me to one where I could re-invent myself and befriend millionaires. That never happened.

This is a #metoo book that isn't too graphic, and I bet it's popular in schools. My thirteen-year-old self would have loved it, since it's all about breaking the system and tearing down toxic traditions. Okay, not really. My 13-year-old self would have loved the drinking parts and kissing, while the 42-year-old self liked the tearing down toxicity portions.

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