July, 2018

July 4th, 2018, 6:45 p.m. - Like Sherlock Holmes, but street smart and much less obnoxious

26. IQ (Joe Ide)
This was different from what I expected, but it was a really fun read. I love the idea of a working-class Sherlock-type investigator who relies on his senses and the things he's learned from experience. I'll definitely have to check out the sequels.

Up next: Calypso (David Sedaris)

July 11th, 2018, 8:07 p.m. - David would never go for it, but this whole family needs its own reality show

27. Calypso (David Sedaris)
I think this is my second favorite of Sedaris' books (my favorite is and will probably always be Me Talk Pretty One Day). I liked almost every essay. His family is drawn a lot more vividly here than in his past books, which I really appreciated.

Up next: The Electric Woman (Tessa Fontaine)

July 14th, 2018, 1:16 p.m. - Three of my four favorites are still in! (Anyone know where Arcadian is?)

So You Think You Can Dance – "Academy Week, Part 1": They seem to be granting a lot of second chances this season – a number of people are being sent on to the next round who in past seasons would probably have been cut. But I guess they can't cut too many people, or they'll be down to 20 before the last round. Bridget and Eddie seem like serious contenders, and I hope Tessa pulls it together, because I liked watching her. Rating: 4 times I thought, "Wow, Nigel really has no idea what to do with Jay"

July 21st, 2018, 2:01 p.m. - "There are two things Reeds don't trust: doctors, Pecks, and math"

So You Think You Can Dance – "Academy Week, Part 2": Dude, where has Cole been? He killed it in contemporary! (And he's hot!) I was also really impressed with Jay Jay. So with Alexis cut and Arcadian nowhere to be seen, my four to watch are Emily, Hannahlei, Cole, and Jay Jay. Let the games begin! Rating: 4 times I was filled with glee because someone I liked got good feedback

Trial and Error – "The Suitcase"; "The Timeline": Let's just get Kristin Chenoweth an Emmy right now, shall we? Rating: 4 saltwater swimming pools

July 22nd, 2018, 3:28 p.m. - Untrain your instincts

28. The Electric Woman (Tessa Fontaine)
Fontaine is a fantastic writer, and I will never again say I want to run away and join the circus.

Up next: Give Me Your Hand (Megan Abbott)

July 28th, 2018, 1:29 p.m. - "We got lots of swag from the gift-wrap room." "This murder's paying for itself"

So You Think You Can Dance – "Top 10 Women": Jensen, Magda, and Hannahlei absolutely earned their spots. I would have picked Emily and Stephanie for the other two slots, so Gennessy and Chelsea better be really, really good. Rating: 4 boos for Emily's ouster

Trial and Error – "The Murder Clock"; "A Hole in the Case": Sherri Shepherd has become a scene-stealer, and I love it. Other things I love: THEY NAMED THE GOAT JOHN LITHGOAT. Rating: 4 handwriting samples

July 30th, 2018, 9:20 p.m. - Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood!

29. Give Me Your Hand (Megan Abbott)
I like Abbott's writing, and this was mostly good, but the denouement was really unnecessary. Once you've made the sale, stop selling.

Up next: Educated (Tara Westover)

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