2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.

Book Review: Payback by Lorenzo Carcaterra

I really enjoy these Tin Badge books. This is the second in series. The first, Tin Badges, was a great setup, and I really feel connected to the world that the author has established. Carcaterra has done a marvelous job assembling a cast of characters that are relatable, a jumble of personalities, and personable enough to keep me rooting for them book after book. Continue reading Book Review: Payback by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Book Review: The Somebody People by Bob Proehl

I absolutely loved The Nobody People. But I read it a year ago, and I don’t remember a lot of the details although I do remember it being character-driven, which is where the challenge came for me this time around… Continue reading Book Review: The Somebody People by Bob Proehl

Book Review Blurb: The Mystery of Henri Pick by David Foenkinos

I LOVED this one!! It had all the magical lyricism I love about French stories from authors like Antoine Laurain, with a sweet underlying sensibility that just resonated for me… I’m pretty much a sucker for any books about books/authors, but there was something truly magical in this one. The idea of a library of rejected books, the mystery behind the novel, the relationships between all the disparate characters – everything about this one was well-crafted and well-presented. The writing is beautiful, the story is thoughtful and entertaining at the same time, and the characters grabbed hold of me from the opening pages and never let go. This was a great find and Foenkinos is definitely on my watch-list going forward!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

Book Review: Lazarus by Lars Kepler


I love this series – Joona Linna is incredible, Saga Bauer is amazing, Jurek Walter is a horrifyingly perfect villain, and the investigations, pursuit, evasion, and supporting characters are all immaculate in construction, set up, and execution. The books are DARK, but there is a pathos to the series that has resonated with me from the first book. Continue reading Book Review: Lazarus by Lars Kepler

Book Review: Perish by L.C. Barlow

This is such a fabulous, dark, surprising series! I loved Pivot, the first book – from the opening salvo in which Jack learns to kill as a 6 year old girl, to her growth into a surprisingly strong (mentally as well as physically) young woman who delivers the comeuppance Cyrus so desperately deserved, it was a gloriously insane funhouse ride into the dark… Continue reading Book Review: Perish by L.C. Barlow