Friday, September 25, 2015

Flop - You Don't Have to Live LIke This by Benjamin Markovits

You Don't Have to Live Like This: A NovelYou Don't Have to Live Like This: A Novel by Benjamin Markovits
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This novel examines a fictional life in Detroit following the economy crash in 2008, and a man who believes he can rebuild the city with a unique housing project. While the idea sounded great, trying to actually read the book didn't go so well. The characters were... well... they came off as whiny and entitled (and before you ask, I actually fall into the age range of a "Millenial" and don't believe that we are all whiny and entitled), the situations hopped around, and it just didn't draw me in. I kept hoping it would get better, but by halfway through I gave up. It just wasn't the right book for me.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Recommended Read - Driving the King by Ravi Howard

Driving the KingDriving the King by Ravi Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We all know Nat King Cole, but the author portrays him in a new light with this glimpse into the Jim Crow south. Follow Nat and his friend Nat as they live with consequences, rewards, and everyday life in a world that just isn't fair. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Recommended Read - The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

The BooksellerThe Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow what a page turner! Follow the main character as she tries to decide if she is Kitty Miller, bookseller and devoted friend to Frieda; or Katharyn Andersson, married to Lars. Or is she both? This book will definitely keep you engrossed - it was easily one of my favorite books this year!

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Sorta Recommended Read - A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

A Reunion of GhostsA Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While billed as hilarious, I would say this is actually a pretty dark read. Three sisters decide that there is a curse in their family that means that they have to commit suicide, so they make a pact to do it together. Of course, life gets in the way of the best laid plans sometimes.

The characters are interesting, though some of the references were a little hard to understand. I would still recommend checking it out!

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