Book #13: i’d know you anywhere by Laura Lippman

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I’m not usually one to read suspense but this one had an interesting premise. I think the author did a good job of giving and withholding information from the reader and the book moved at a good pace. The protagonist felt like a real person wrapped up in her own thoughts and prone to distractions. I liked the way that Eliza grew as person. It was subtle and yet still concrete. The author also did a great job of portraying the antagonists Walter’s twisted logic and his complete lack of empathy and feelings of justifications for his actions. I also appreciated that the author re-framed from needless plot twists and showed that even having undergone great tragedy one was able to move on and still create a relatively happy life and have faith in the world. I will certainly keep an eye out for more from this author but as I have 10 books waiting in Que it might be sometime before I get around to reading another one of her works.

Book: #13 of 100

Number of Pages: 370

Total Number of Pages: 4106

Days Remaining: 329

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Book #12: 30 Lessons for Living Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans by Karl Pillemer, Ph.D.

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I do not know what exactly I was expected from this book. Some life altering piece of advice? A good idea of what lay before me when I reach the age of the people interviewed for this book? The author certainly feels that he discovered something magical in his interviews with senior citizens but for the most part their advice was common sense and things I’ve heard a million times before. I did meditate on many of the lessons and it was a good reminder of the importance of some of them but ultimately I feel like I didn’t feel like I learned any new information from this one. Perhaps it would be better for someone a little older or a little younger than myself.

Book: #12 of 100

Number of Pages: 268

Total Number of Pages: 3736

Days Remaining: 330

Book #9: The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

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While I liked the writing style, the characters and the setting I found myself putting this book down quite a bit. I feel as though it is trying to make some big statement about faith or knowledge that has been lost in the modern age but there was nothing really substantial, profound, or unique about it. It didn’t help that over all there was very little plot to this book. It felt as though someone made a rough outline of just a page and then filled it in with quotes, descriptions of the setting, short history lessons, and casual conversation. There just wasn’t anything substantial there. I think that this is one book you will likely either love or hate.

Like I stated there are a number of good things about the book so ultimately I do like the author and I would like to read more from her but I hope that her future works have a little more plot to them. Considering that this is her first novel I am sure that there will be. She definitely has a lot of potential.

Book: #9 of 100

Number of Pages: 258

Total Number of Pages: 2994

Days Remaining: 349

Book #8: Suffer the Children by Craig Dilouie

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An interesting take on the zombie/vampire apocalypse story Dilouie’s story had a clear voice and even though you knew where the story was headed you found yourself hoping that somehow things would turn around. The way that the parents and society seemed to deteriorate along with the innocence and humanity of the children was chilling and compelling. The book asked the question of just how far parents would be willing to go for their children and their families and it did not disappoint. I can’t go into to many details without ruining the book but I will say that while many questions are left unanswered such as how the “disease” took hold in the first place, if the children are still aging what happens when a child hits puberty, etc. it is ultimately satisfying.

Book: #8 of 100

Number of Pages: 342

Total Number of Pages: 2736

Days Remaining: 354