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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

This shouldn’t have been my favorite Galbraith book thus far. It is not only a serial-killer mystery, it has unenlightening, skimworthy sections in the villain’s point of view. And it presents three possible villains and their awful backstories! So why did I like this book so much? 1) JK Rowling is just a very good…

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The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

—Pride was my wilderness, and the demon who led me there was fear. I reread The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. Published in 1964, it has become a Canadian classic set in the fictional Manitoba town of Manawaka. I’m not sure non-Canadians would know of this book. Since I last read it, oh, 30-odd years ago, the experience…

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante and her Neapolitan novels kept coming into and out of my awareness this past year. It’s not what I’m necessarily drawn to read, but I find that when a book repeatedly gets paid attention, there is some kind of widespread appeal. That sounds a bit more “common denominator” than I want. But a…

2015 Reading

I read 50 books this year. My goal last year: read at least 50 books. I guess that’s good, except I didn’t realize I’d read so little in 2014. My reading shifted a bit. I read more science fiction and fantasy (19) than romance (16). Most of the romances were historical (13), the others contemporary (3).…

Life After Life

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

I kept hearing about this book, ever since it was published in 2013. The (to me) science-fictional aspect of alternate lives intrigued me. And while some could argue it’s Groundhog Day in which one day is repeated (also, Tomorrow Never Dies), Life After Life covers much longer periods of time before a reset, making the effects of different lives…

Station Eleven

Station Eleven

Last week, I read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Going in, I was a bit fuzzy on what the book was about. It was a library book, and I expected to read a few pages and decide it wasn’t for me. But it hooked me completely! It’s post-apocalyptic; the world has been utterly changed by…

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is not my usual fare—women’s fiction with a suspense element. I might even think it’s in line with Gone Girl, with a focus on women’s lives and a whodunnit. However, I disliked Gone Girl, there’s much less suspense here, and I really, really liked Big Little Lies. It’s not that…