2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.
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Book Review: The Apartment by K.L. Slater

Oh dear… I do not like when authors write silly women to fulfill plot devices, and that’s how this one felt to me. This is ostensibly a book about a women who survived a terrible childhood in foster care, yet she falls for every line every person who presents nicely hands her throughout the story. It’s unlikely in the extreme, as are the decisions she makes throughout – decisions that can only be described as representing blatant disregard for her own safety and that of her child. It made it very tough to connect with her – or empathize, when things turned out the way the inevitably did. Continue reading Book Review: The Apartment by K.L. Slater

Book Review: The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale

When I first saw this one on NetGalley I gave it a pass. It sounded fine, but revenge stories are usually not my thing – as a category, in my experience, they tend to either fall into all-too-familiar tropes or go so far over the top that I struggle to stay with the stories Then I was invited to participate in a Poisoned Pen bookshop author panel online that included Pip Drysdale, and I was so captivated by her personality and her explanation of her book that I immediately went back and requested it. So I had high hopes after initial low ones, which I know could be a dangerous combination – and proved to be… Continue reading Book Review: The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale

Book Review: Winter Dark by Alex Callister

Ok – I’m a fan of kick-butt heroines. I’m a fan of spy books. I’m a fan of James Bond. I don’t mind suspending disbelief in the interest of action, if it makes for a fun read. I liked this one because it encompasses all of those things… Continue reading Book Review: Winter Dark by Alex Callister

Excerpt: Hello Darkness My Old Friend by Sanford D. Greenberg

Today I’m beyond pleased to introduce you to a marvelous memoir, Hello Darkness, My Old Friend, the exceptionally insightful book by Sanford D. Greenberg. Featuring an introduction by Art Garfunkel, foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and final word by Margaret Atwood, the book is a powerful telling of his life story – and how his blindness colored his experiences along the way… Subtitled “How Daring Dreams and Unyielding Friendship Turned One Man’s Blindness into an Extraordinary Vision for Life”, the book offers the remarkable and inspiring story of a Columbia University undergraduate from a poor Jewish family who, after losing his eyesight to disease during his junior year, finds the power to break through the darkness and fulfill his vision for a life of great professional success and distinguished public service. Enjoy!

Continue reading Excerpt: Hello Darkness My Old Friend by Sanford D. Greenberg

Book Review: Good Boy by Jennifer Finney Boylan

I absolutely LOVE Jennifer Finney Boylan’s memoirs – she has one of the most honest and compelling voices as a writer, and there are always so many remarkable observations and self-realizations contained within… She has a fascinating ability to pull you directly into her life and make you feel right along with her throughout the journey – be the feelings happy, sad, conflicted or otherwise. It makes for quick reads that always teach me something about myself as much as they do about her. Continue reading Book Review: Good Boy by Jennifer Finney Boylan

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