Review: The High House

The High House
The High House by Jessie Greengrass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not sure why I thought a disaster book would be a good idea to read right now but I am glad I did. This an excellent story about four people who live in a sheltered house during a disaster that’s making the sea levels rise. Told in three alternating viewpoints, the story is personal, touching and well-written.

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Review: These Precious Days: Essays

These Precious Days: Essays
These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are not enough words for how much I loved this essay collection. I am already an ardent fan of both Patchett’s fiction and her nonfiction but she has outdone herself with this collection. I loved the audiobook which is narrated by her and she has done an exceptional job. This will undoubtedly be at the top of my favorites for 2022.

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Review: Where the Drowned Girls Go

Where the Drowned Girls Go
Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another excellent addition to this exceptional series centered around girls and how it’s okay to be exactly who you are. I love this series and even though the last one wasn’t a big winner for me, I loved reading this one and I love McGuire’s imagination and her ability to take us into these magical worlds while continually reinforcing the message around being who you are and writing your own destiny.

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Review: Ways the World Could End

Ways the World Could End
Ways the World Could End by Kim Hooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I have read and loved Hooper’s books before and this was no exception.

This is the story of Cleo and Dave. They alternate telling their story. Cleo is a teenager and Dave is her dad with aspergers. Something terrible happened to them and they are working on moving forward and finding how to live their life, now.

The story is told in bits and pieces and it’s not possible to not fall in love with both of these characters. You feel for them, you root for them, you want the very best for them. There are some serious topics tackled in this story so trigger warnings for violence. But it will stay with me for a long, long time.

with gratitude to edelweiss and Keylight BooksIngram for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: This Time Tomorrow

This Time Tomorrow
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This was an excellent excellent book. Emma Straub took a tired concept (time travel) and put a new and fresh spin on it. I loved every minute I spent with her characters, even the smaller ones. The story is both cute and serious, it’s both endearing and enjoyable to read. As a child of the 80s and 90s, I loved the references to times of my teenage years and as a book-lover, I loved the peek into her dad’s writer-life.

highly recommended.

with gratitude to edelweiss and riverhead books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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Review: The Sign for Home

The Sign for Home
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I studied sign language many, many years ago and have always dreamt of being an interpreter (I am nowhere as good as I would need to be but it always looks so amazing when I watch interpreters.) so I loved reading a book centered around an interpreter and a deafblind main character.

There was so much depth and also levity to this book. A colorful list of characters. Definitely many important and triggering subjects were discussed and I also felt connected to each of the characters. I felt there was depth and dimensionality in each of them.

with gratitude to edelweiss and atria books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Other Black Girl

The Other Black Girl
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

Well not sure what it means that the last book I’m reading for 2021 is one that has me stumped. This book is hard to explain and has multiple genres and there are things I really liked about it and things I really didn’t. So I’m a bit all over the place about it. Glad I read it, though I do think it could have used a better editor.

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Review: Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships

Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships
Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I liked this sweet novel about an aunt whose nieces come to stay with her for the summer as a way to give her sister and husband to recover from the loss of their third child. It’s sweet and there’s a romance but there are also some major issues in this book around death, loss, abandonment, and belonging. All of them are explored and taken seriously but still handled lightly. It was a fun read.

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Review: The Girl I Was

The Girl I Was
The Girl I Was by Jeneva Rose
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sweet story about how it’s never too late to save yourself.

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Review: Confess

Confess
Confess by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I might have read too many Hoover stories. I can tell where they will go, I can tell what will happen and I just don’t think the characters are as well developed or complex as I wish they were. I liked the idea of confessions and the paintings but the evil characters are too evil and the good are too good.

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Review: Small Things Like These

Small Things Like These
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

really wonderful and touching short story. loved it.

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Review: Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read a lot of mixed reviews about this book and several people said the first part was very boring. I totally didn’t feel that way. I listened to this on audio and the narrator was excellent. I was recently in the Galapagos so I really enjoyed hearing about that amazing setting again and true to form I didn’t see the twist coming and Picoult took it to some interesting places. I enjoyed this one.

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