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A Few More Books

Before this list gets long, here are a few more books I’ve read recently. I’ve been on a reading kick for awhile now so it’s bound to slow down at some point.

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson


This one is about a girl that dates a guy, fakes her death, comes back into the guy’s life, and causes all sorts of trouble. It’s from the same author that wrote A Kind Worth Killing, which I liked, so I gave this one a go.

First, I wasn’t crazy about the ending which is what I liked most about his other book. Second, this one goes back and forth between the past and the present, and some of the stuff that took place in the past I really didn’t care about and didn’t add to the story for me. Third, I’m sure this annoys only me but the book partially takes place in Bradenton, FL (where I lived for 20 years) and instead of calling the town Bradenton, he made up a dumb, fake name and used all Bradenton landmarks to describe it. I liked the book well enough and it kept me interested but A Kind Worth Killing is better.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult


This one is about a girl, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, who befriends an old man that was a Nazi SS guard. The old man asks the girl to kill him and the story unfolds from there. I loooooved this book. It’s one of the best I’ve read in awhile. So heartfelt and sad and uplifting. It made me cry on the damn plane to San Diego. I wish their was more time spent on Sage and Josef’s friendship but otherwise so great and worth reading.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North


I read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and Touch from Claire North and LOVED THEM, so I was pumped when this came out. It’s about a girl that people forget, an interesting, original idea for a story, so I thought I would love this one too. But, no. No, no. The writing drove me crazy. This book is in desperate need of an editor. There is so much unnecessary information that doesn’t move the plot forward and so much repetition. It got so maddening that I skipped paragraphs and I never do that. If I didn’t buy the book for $15, I probably wouldn’t have finished it, but I did and it was OK and I wouldn’t recommend it.

That’s all the books for now. Two of those were 500+ pages, so I am happy to move back to books that are under 300.

Has anyone read anything good lately?


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