A new-to-me author’s take on domestic suspense which ultimately didn’t take off for me. I tried this book because I’m willing to try new authors and curious about what kind of domestic suspense is being published now. Ultimately, this book didn’t take off for me because it felt like too many twists and too many… Continue reading The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
I’ve hit a reading patch where either I read slowly or instead read the first half of a book quickly and then get distracted by something new so I never finish the first book. But nevertheless, I have been reading some good stuff I want to mention. Heat by Bill Buford is part a story… Continue reading Hello again!
My experience of reading Wilde Lake was a mixed one. I adored the first hundred pages, and I even went to so far to tell people to read it on the basis of the beginning alone. It’s so specific about growing up in a planned suburb in the 1970s that I was fascinated. Now that… Continue reading Not What I Expected: Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
I’ve been reading a lot of non-crime novels lately, and I’ve tried an awful lot of books that I like to call dramedy– the novelistic equivalent of tv shows I gravitate to like Parenthood. My favorite dramedy of the batch I’ve read this summer is In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch. It’s a book about… Continue reading I’m Back to Reading Dramedy
I grew up with Dear Abby, and that started my love of advice columns. While I don’t read advice columns every day in the newspaper anymore, I’m partial to Ask Polly. It’s a sort of existential advice column, not quite as sweet as Dear Sugar, but it’s intensely empathetic. Covering such topics as friends, romantic relationships,… Continue reading How to Be a Person in the World by Heather Havrilesky
I’m in the middle of The Wire in the Blood, which was published in 1997, and a few things come to mind: I keep squawking about the technology: dial-up modems! no mobile phones! Crime-solving has changed in such a short amount of time. The plot of the book would be entirely different in the era… Continue reading The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid
It’s almost the middle of the year, and I thought I’d post a little about my reading goals since I haven’t finished a book review post in awhile. Long-running reading challenges When I started checking my Countries of the World list , which I last updated over a year ago, I found I’d only added… Continue reading Summer Reading Update