2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.
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Book Review: You Again by Debra Jo Immergut

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I was intrigued by the title and blurb, loved the cover, and couldn’t wait to get started. I made the mistake of taking a look at other people’s reviews – and almost put the book back down. I know enough by now not to fall into that trap though, so I started reading.

I’m so glad I did. Continue reading Book Review: You Again by Debra Jo Immergut

Book Review: This is Chance! by Jon Mooallem

I liked this story – when it told its story and didn’t divert into ancillary information about the history of Alaska – but do have some issues with the way the book was presented as a whole. The story starts out fascinating, describing the immediate moments before the earthquake and then quickly throwing the reader into the turmoil of the event itself. The majority of the book that focuses on the earthquake and its aftermath – the proclaimed point according to the cover and blurb – was very interesting. It was well-presented and compellingly-written and I really enjoyed learning about this bit of American history. There were a number of areas entwined with that narrative where the author delivered what I felt was a bit more history of Alaska than this particular book called for though and I found those distracting. They yanked me out of the flow of the narrative about the disaster itself in a way that felt tangential rather than intentional. Continue reading Book Review: This is Chance! by Jon Mooallem

Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb

Frances Glessner Lee is such a fascinating subject and a detailed biography is long overdue, so first and foremost thank you to Bruce Goldfarb for recognizing this and taking the time to craft such a detailed and homage-laden book. I first learned about Captain Lee in the book Savage Appetites – a very intriguing collection of brief biographies of four women “obsessed with” (the subtitle’s words, not mine) murder. It was a fantastic introduction to Lee and the Nutshells, and it set the hook for my interest in her life. When I saw Goldfarb’s biography on NetGalley I immediately requested it and upon approval I couldn’t wait to dig in… Continue reading Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb

Book Review: All of Us by A.F. Carter

I’m (darkly) fascinated by stories about the mind’s ability to protect itself by splintering the personality into pieces… The books are always horrific in their details – the abuse that renders this the best protective mechanism for survival is inevitably soul-crushing and devastating to read about – but the survival story is so moving and powerful and the logistics of how the person manages the personalities fascinates me. Continue reading Book Review: All of Us by A.F. Carter

Excerpt: No One Saw by Beverly Long

About the Book
Nobody saw a thing. Or so they say…

Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her day care, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. Neither the grandmother who dropped her off, nor the teacher whose care she was supposed to be in, can account for the missing child. There are no witnesses. No trace of where she might have gone. There’s only one thing A.L. and his partner, Rena Morgan, are sure of—somebody is lying. Continue reading Excerpt: No One Saw by Beverly Long

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