July, 2022

July 4th, 2022, 5:17 p.m. - Heh, I finished a book called Anthem on July 4th

29. Anthem (Noah Hawley)
Messy and overstuffed, but...kind of in a good way. You have to sort through a lot of stuff, but when you do, there's a satisfying payoff.

Up next: The House Across the Lake (Riley Sager)

July 10th, 2022, 2:28 p.m. - This book is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

30. The House Across the Lake (Riley Sager)
Yo, Sager, you can't just bring in supernatural stuff without warning. I have to be prepared for that. Excellent twists, though.

Up next: The Lies I Tell (Julie Clark)

July 16th, 2022, 2:09 p.m. - If your character's motive for all her actions seems misplaced, you've screwed up your basic plot

31. The Lies I Tell (Julie Clark)
Eh. Meg's part of the story was fine, but Kat's...like I said, her motive was misplaced. It was hard to root for her.

Up next: A Flicker in the Dark (Stacy Willingham)

July 24th, 2022, 9:01 a.m. - I'm not really sure how I feel about this one

32. A Flicker in the Dark (Stacy Willingham)
I wasn't really impressed with this one for a lot of it, but toward the end, I realized how Willingham used even the smallest pieces to build to her ending. Then again, I'd called that ending early on, so it wasn't as satisfying as it should have been. Then again again, there was a big twist I didn't call, so I have to give her credit for that. I'd have to read another of Willingham's books to really decide how I feel about her writing.

Up next: Portrait of a Thief (Grace D. Li)

July 30th, 2022, 4:32 p.m. - "History isn't going to make itself"

33. Portrait of a Thief (Grace D. Li)
I loved this so much, I want to erase it from my brain so I can read it again without knowing what happens. The second the series comes out on Netflix, I'm taking the day off work to binge the whole thing.

Up next: Sea of Tranquility (Emily St. John Mandel)

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