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 Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

I feel really bad saying this, because I had really high hopes for it, but this one totally fell flat for me…

It started off very strong – I was immediately drawn in to the multiple worlds and Cara’s place in them. The first reveal wasn’t much of a shocker but still packed a punch, and I expected to fly through this one based on how quickly things started off. But somewhere about a quarter of the way in things just started slowing down and from there felt like they got slower and slower until they ground to a halt for me. I’ve seen other reviewers talk about the elegance of the writing – which I agree with completely – and also about the weird simultaneous flatness of the emotional affect – which, unfortunately, I also agree with completely. Continue reading Book Review: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Book Review: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Okay I don’t exactly know what I was expecting – Slade House is the only David Mitchell I’ve read to date (although like every third reader in America I own The Bone Clocks and just haven’t started it) and I was absolutely transfixed by it… The writing, the originality, the weirdness – everything about it worked perfectly to my taste as a reader. So I was eager to dive into this one, both because I had such a great experience with Slade and because it was a 60s British music scene story. Continue reading Book Review: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Book Review Blurb: They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry

I liked this one. It was weird and creepy and atmospheric and I liked the back and forth as the secrets unraveled… I like the nod to Dame Agatha and the classic closed room mystery. I thought the revelations were managed well, delivered with an uneven and off-kilter pacing that kept things interesting and kept me guessing throughout. I’ve read a handful of these back and forth in time, *reunions after something terrible happened to that we’ve all kept secret for years” mysteries. This was one of my favorites. Despite the characters being fairly odious, I found them believable and their story credible, for the most part, and even when they weren’t I found the story entertaining and engaging. It was an easy and quick read and I would definitely look for more from this author. It’s not going to change your life, but it’s definitely a great way to spend an afternoon…

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

Book Review: After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy

WTAF?!

This was an insane thriller. I figured out half of the big revelations early on, but oh my great and glorious God, I didn’t see the other half coming from a mile away… Normally that would be a great thing, but here it felt overdone. This was the mother of all reveals – literally. And it actually made me laugh out loud. Also literally. Continue reading Book Review: After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy

Book Review: You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy

I am SO the target audience for this book… I’m a perennial interrupter. I’ve long explained it away as evidence that I’m so interested in the teller’s tale that I can’t help but show that interest with my own thoughts, stories, and interjections. If you’re even a little bit sensitive to the power of listening and any psychology AT ALL you’ll recognize the incredible arrogance of my explanation – an arrogance that I understand now and that I’m working on. And that understanding owes no small measur to Murphy’s fantastic book. Continue reading Book Review: You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy