September, 2020

September 5th, 2020, 2:07 p.m. - A man walks into a bar...

36. The Glass Hotel (Emily St. John Mandel)
This one is hard to describe, but I'll say that it lives up to all the positive reviews it's gotten. Even though nothing huge really happens in the story, I read it like it was a page-turner.

Up next: Are You Sleeping (Kathleen Barber)

September 9th, 2020, 8:08 p.m. - Me before reading this: "I don't have any interest in podcasts." Me after reading this: "I have even less interest in podcasts"

37. Are You Sleeping (Kathleen Barber)
This is an I-could-have-written-this-better book. I guessed the ending, and there wasn't much about the story that makes it stand out from other murder mysteries. Not sure why Reese Witherspoon backed this at Apple TV.

Up next: Home Before Dark (Riley Sager)

September 16th, 2020, 8:13 p.m. - My single complaint: The title doesn't fit the story

38. Home Before Dark (Riley Sager)
I'm not usually into haunted-house stories (my standards during the pandemic have fallen; sometimes you just take what's on the library shelf), but I really enjoyed this. I also don't always like when authors use dual narratives, but that worked really well here. I only wish I'd read this closer to Halloween; it's perfect for that time of year.

Up next: Conviction (Denise Mina)

September 23rd, 2020, 5:50 p.m. - Take 2 on a mystery with a podcast

39. Conviction (Denise Mina)
Too much telling, not enough showing. Points for the big twist, but it's not enough. Also, why is Fin so stupid?

Up next: Solutions and Other Problems (Allie Brosh)

September 27th, 2020, 11:56 a.m. - Possibly the only good thing about 2020

40. Solutions and Other Problems (Allie Brosh)
I've waited YEARS for this book. And it was completely worth the wait. Anyone who loved Brosh's first book will also love this one. After seven years of silence, she hasn't lost her talents.

Up next: Don't Turn Around (Jessica Barry)

September 30th, 2020, 7:38 p.m. - Worst road trip ever (maybe tied with the one in Conviction)

41. Don't Turn Around (Jessica Barry)
Barry is excellent at parceling out small bits of information so the reader can start to put together the puzzle of the plot. Other than that, though, I'm not sure this was memorable enough for me to think about in the future.

Up next: The Night Swim (Megan Goldin)

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