2019 Reading Challenge Book Reviews

12/30: Lincoln in the Bardo

Trap. Horrible trap. At one’s birth it is sprung. Some last day must arrive. When you will need to get out of this body. Bad enough. Then we bring a baby here. The terms of the trap are compounded. That baby also must depart. All pleasures should be tainted by that knowledge. But hopeful dear us, we forget. 5/5 stars to “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. Ren said to me just last week…

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2019 Reading Challenge Book Reviews

10/30: Interview with the Vampire

“For you see,” I said to her in that same calm voice, “what died tonight in this room was not that woman. It will take her many nights to die, perhaps years. What has died in this room tonight was the last vestige in me of what was human.” 4.5/5 stars to “Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice. Little bit of a slow start but, Jesus Christ, when it got going, it got GOING.…

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9/30: In Cold Blood

“Half an hour after it happened, Dick was making jokes and I was laughing at them. Maybe we’re not human. I’m human enough to feel sorry for myself. Sorry I can’t walk out of here when you walk out. But that’s all.” 4/5 stars to “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. a dramatic and intense story laced with both fact and fiction made for a good, solid read that holds up to its own legacy.…

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8/30: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

“I don’t see what’s so triffic about creating people as people and then gettin’ upset ‘cos they act like people,” said Adam severely. “Anyway, if you stopped tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive. If I was in charge, I’d try makin’ people live a lot longer, like ole Methuselah. It’d be a lot more interestin’ and they might start thinkin’ about the…

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7/30: Fangirl

“How do you not like the Internet? That’s like saying, ‘I don’t like things that are convenient. And easy. I don’t like having access to all of mankind’s recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don’t like light. And knowledge.’” 4/5 to “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. I felt like I had to read this after I read “Carry On,” and I’m glad I did! It’s enjoyable for sure, even if the ending did feel very abrupt.…

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6/30: Carry On

You have to pretend that you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all. 4/5 to “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell. I don’t know why I wasn’t told to read the gay vampire magic book sooner, but god, I’m glad I found it. The story is awesome and I loved — LOVED — all of the characters. The writing was kinda cheesy sometimes, but otherwise…

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5/30: The Lovely Bones

Murderers are not monsters, they’re men. And that’s the most frightening thing about them. 5/5 stars to “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold. i checked this book out as an ebook from Boston Public Library last night, and, boy, am i glad i did. i just read this goddamn book in one day, which is testament enough, but also the story was captivating, the characters were real people, and i didn’t want to stop reading ever. give…

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2019 Reading Challenge Book Reviews

4/30: Crazy Rich Asians

I hate to point out the obvious, but here’s this tiny bird that’s been trying to get through a huge bulletproof glass wall. A totally impossible situation. You tell me it’s been here every day pecking away persistently for ten minutes. Well, today the glass wall came down. 3/5 to Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians.” the story was awesome and the setting was beautiful, but the writing still has a little bit of a ways…

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3/30: Zodiac

Just because you can’t prove it doesn’t mean it isn’t true. well, blow me down, another 5/5 review, but this one definitely earned it — “Zodiac” by Robert Graysmith. I pretty much blew through this one and I’m thirty seconds from emailing Graysmith myself with my own theories. awesome true crime read and just awesome read overall. Finished: February 21, 2019

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