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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Posted November 29, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments

This books gets an awful lot of hype.  I’ve had it on hold for the audiobook at the library for almost a year, so I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people are still reading it.  I was excited when this finally became available because I was dying to see what all the hype was about. I gotta be honest, I didn’t love it? There were moments that is was alright.  I actually didn’t mind Bernadette as a character, and I thought some of her correspondences were interesting.  I particularly liked the email from Bernadette to her old […]

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Posted November 27, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

This is a beautifully written story, but I highly recommend reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. There were some things that Kathleen Gita did extraordinarily well.  Her Russian accents and pronunciations are lovely and flowed well, but it was in the narrative itself that she lost me.  Her reading is very flat and reminded me of an AI robot in everything except the dialogue.  Fortunately, The Bear and the Nightingale is heavy on dialogue and storytelling, so I was able to listen all the way through.  The quality of the reader is huge when you are listening to an audiobook, and if […]

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Posted November 21, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

About 10% of the way into Carve the Mark, I started fishing through friend reviews on Goodreads.  I was bored.  I wanted to know if other people were bored, too.  It seemed like – overwhelmingly – they were!  I also learned that there was a lot of controversy surround this book, so I think it’s only fair to point out a little bit of it. The publisher sponsored many reviews.  This means that they paid prominent bloggers, vloggers, and Goodreads accounts to read the book.  This is totally different than simply providing an ARC – there’s so much more pressure to give a […]

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Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Posted November 15, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

It took me a long time to get into this book. Crimson Bound has a really rich, vibrant world, but the writing moves at its own gradual pace, and the characters are hit or miss. The romance, too, was major eye roll material, but I suppose you can’t have everything! The Great Forest was where this book truly shined. I found Rosamund Hodge’s descriptions of a dark, malicious forest come to life to be both chilling and exciting. Particularly in the segment in the middle, when Rachelle and Armand ride with the Wild Hunt… the bits of me in love […]

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Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

Posted November 14, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

The first time I remember listening to Sara Bareilles’s “Love Song” was in 2009.  It took about that long for the song to be adopted by Retail Radio, and I heard it while tidying an aisle one particularly slow Sunday morning.  I’m sure I heard the song before that, but it was the first time I has really listened.  I wasn’t familiar with Sara Bareilles before that, but it was the song I needed at the moment.  I was struggling with a boyfriend I hated (whom I still didn’t manage to shake for another two years) and listening her say “I’m […]

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