Monthly Archives: February 2021

The Guest List ~ by Lucy Foley

 Well I finished The Guest List (which is either a movie now or on its way to being one), but that took some work and patience on my part.  I suppose my main problem was that it was so predictable … Continue reading

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Homeland Elegies ~ by Ayad Akhtar

Nice book.  Beautifully written.  Interesting story with major themes wound all through it.  I guess this is a fictionalized memoir.  It takes the shape of Akhtar’s life but anyone who seriously mistakes it for a straight memoir is missing some … Continue reading

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Nothing to See Here ~ by Kevin Wilson

This is a strange book but if you can suspend your disbelief and accept that two kids spontaneously combust and then go with the flow of the story, you’re home.  It’s a really good book,  fun with a definite point … Continue reading

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10 Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World ~ by Fareed Zakaria x2

I read this last month for the All-Nonfiction reading group which discussed it this month so I read it again.  It is good but not exactly what I expected but maybe I should have.   *******Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic … Continue reading

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Lizard ~ by Banana Yoshimoto

This book is not one of the several books Yashimoto is noted for but it is definitely a worthy addition to her oeuvre.  It’s comprised of 6 seemingly light and elegant short stories dealing  how young middle class urban singles … Continue reading

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Ready Player Two ~ by Ernest Cline (DNF)

** DNF means Did Not Finish ** Ready Player One was great – actually that’s why I checked this one out when I saw it available at the library and found the sample to be fine. But still,  I had … Continue reading

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Convenience Store Woman ~ Sayaka Murata

Omg – Wow!  I really didn’t expect much from this book, but half way through I found myself entranced by the story as well as by the first person narrator, Keiko Furukura.  When the book first came out it sat on … Continue reading

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House Arrest ~ Mike Lawson

Quite an enjoyable thriller.   *******House Arrest by Mike LawsonRead by Joe Barrett 8h 26mRating – B+ / ******* “As Congressman John Mahoney’s fixer, Joe DeMarco has had to bend and break the law more than a few times.  But when Representative … Continue reading

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Conviction ~ by Denise Mina

I’ve read with enjoyment several prior novels by Denise Mina. This one was recommended by someone in a mystery book group and it’s a stand alone novel.  *******Convictionby Denise Mina2018/Read by Cathleen McCarron 9h/46mRating:  A / crime thriller ******* Conviction starts slow … Continue reading

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Winter Counts ~ by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Okay – I finally really finished The Ministry for the Future and wrote up a review.  Then I read a chapter in 10 Lessons for a Post-pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria because the All-nonfiction Reading Group is discussing it. Then … Continue reading

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The Ministry for the Future ~ by Kim Stanley Robinson

Aaaahhhhh….. what a fine, fine book!  Omg!  This might be the best book I’ve read so far this year (but it’s only February so … ).    I started this book maybe a week ago and was hooked almost immediately. … Continue reading

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The Survivors ~ by Jane Harper

I so looked forward to this book.  I totally enjoyed both of Harper’s priors, The Dry and The Lost Man.  Those were terrific and I loved the settings, characters, the plots and the tension.  So the day The Survivors came … Continue reading

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