2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.
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Book Review: We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

I loved Here and Now and Then (my first Mike Chen). It was one of my favorite books of that year, and Mike Chen was brilliant with it. It was a marvelous blend of character-driven and plot-driven storytelling, wholly original, and it grabbed my attention from the beginning and never let go. Since then I feel like I have been chasing his books trying to recapture that connection and magic and yet time and again I just can’t get there… Continue reading Book Review: We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

Book Review: Let Her Lie by Bryan Reardon

Okay this one was, well, weird…

I really liked the first half or so – the pacing was spot on, the characterization and plot roll out were complex and intriguing, and the mysteries and secrets were thick on the ground in a way that held promise. It was interesting to see the evolution, devolution, and reemergence of Theo as a character as he began to come back into his own with the new film. (I always find it fascinating to see hubris get punished – I’m a fan of Greek myths from way back.) Continue reading Book Review: Let Her Lie by Bryan Reardon

Book Review: The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor

Oh my goodness but this was a wild read! I love CJ Tudor’s style – the books always grab you by the throat and refuse to let go until the very bitter end, which I love. The mysteries, secrets, red herrings, lies, and deception are sprinkled generously throughout and the teasers leading you toward the ultimate resolution are always subtle while they are happening but identifiable as foreshadowing once you get there. It’s a delicate touch to write in this fashion – and to do so while producing genuine surprise at the way things turn out time and again – and Tudor should be lauded for it. Continue reading Book Review: The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor

Book Review: Every Waking Hour by Joanna Schaffhausen

Oh my goodness but this is the most fantastic series! I’ve reviewed the earlier series titles on here (The Vanishing Season, No Mercy, and All the Best Lies), if you’re curious. I wouldn’t recommend jumping into this series mid-stream – start at the beginning, you won’t be sorry. It’s character-driven, and you’ll miss out on a lot if you don’t… Continue reading Book Review: Every Waking Hour by Joanna Schaffhausen

Book Review: My Ex-Imaginary Friend by Jimmy Matejek-Morris

I like reading middle grade books every now and again. The stories have to be so much crisper and more deliberate when the author cannot rely on sex or violence, as is the case in so many adult novels (at least these days). This was a magical story about what it means to be a friend – and to be a family – and about the line between reality and imagination and how often it blurs. Continue reading Book Review: My Ex-Imaginary Friend by Jimmy Matejek-Morris