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I was really excited when I heard that Rebecca Makkai had a new book coming out this winter. I *loved* her last one, The Great Believers, which I read in 2019, and when I learned that I Have Some Questions For You would be a campus novel, I was especially looking forward to it. I adored her writing the first time around, particularly appreciating how she immersed her readers in a pretty specific and remote time – 1980s Chicago – so successfully. Would this latest novel be as compelling? Why I picked it up: Makkai is pretty much an auto-buy

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Can’t Look Away by Carola Lovering 2

CAN’T LOOK AWAY by Carola Lovering

Some authors write a different book every time, and some author write the same book every time. I’ve only read two books by Carola Lovering – Too Good To Be True and Can’t Look Away – and based on that admittedly small sample, I am putting her in the second camp. Both books follow a similar pattern, one that I recognized from Too Good To Be True as soon as I got into Can’t Look

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All of This A Memoir of Death and Desire by Rebecca Woolf 2

ALL OF THIS by Rebecca Woolf

In the mid aughts, I used to read a parenting blog called Girl’s Gone Child by a blogger named Rebecca Woolf. Like most of the blogs I followed back then, Woolf’s blog fell off my radar in the 2010s and I didn’t hear her name until recently, when I read about her new memoir, All Of This: A Memoir Of Death And Desire. It’s about the her husband Hal’s death from pancreatic cancer four months

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COUNTERFEIT by Kirstin Chen

My reading slump has sadly persisted, but did manage to find a few books that have held my attention this month. One was Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen. It’s about an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom named Ava with a challenging toddler and a distracted husband. She graduated from Stanford and used to be a corporate lawyer until she couldn’t juggle work and parenting anymore. When Counterfeit opens, Ava has been contacted by Winnie, her freshman roommate at

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I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy 2

I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy

I succumbed to the hype and read Jennette’s McCurdy’s new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, which has been on a juggernaut tear this past month. (It was even sold out on Amazon for a while.) It’s about the child actress’ life growing up with a controlling mother who pushed her into acting, introduced her to the world of eating disorders and generally messed her up through guilt trips and manipulation. I’m Glad My Mom

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This Is Not a Pity Memoir by Abi Morgan 2


Memoirs have been working for me lately, especially on audio. I recently read This Is Not A Pity Memoir by British screenwriter Abi Morgan. It’s about the period when her partner Jacob experienced encephalitis and a seven-month coma, then woke up and didn’t believe that she was who she said she was. He recognized and remembered his kids, his parents, his friends… just not her. This Is Not A Pity Memoir is a bracing, honest

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When We Were Bright and Beautiful by Jillian Medoff 2


I finished When We Were Bright And Beautiful by Jillian Medoff several days ago, but I was unmotivated to review it then, and am almost equally unmotivated to do so now. This is going to be a short review, for a few reasons – 1) I don’t want to include any spoilers; 2) I didn’t really enjoy the book; and 3) I am still not 100% sure how I feel about it. But here goes.

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The Measure by Nikki Erlick 2

THE MEASURE by Nicki Erlick

Vacation read #4 was The Measure by Nikki Erlick, one of the hot books of summer and recent Read With Jenna pick. I’d heard many great things about this book and the premise intrigued me. One day, small wooden boxes appear on everyone’s doorstep in the entire world. The boxes each contain a piece of string, the length of which signifies the length of the recipient’s life. There is no explanation for where the boxes

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One’s Company A Novel by Ashley Hutson 2

ONE’S COMPANY by Ashley Hutson

My third vacation read was a wild one. In One’s Company, a debut novel by Ashley Hutson, a twentysomething named Bonnie has lived through some horrible trauma. To soothe herself, she turns to the late 70s/early 80s sitcom “Three’s Company”, which presents her with a simpler, happier world than the one she inhabits. She grows increasingly obsessed with the series as she withdraws from her current reality. When she wins a massive lottery prize (think

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French Braid A Novel by Anne Tyler 2

FRENCH BRAID by Anne Tyler

It has been a while since I read anything by Anne Tyler – 14 years since I read Digging To America, it turns out – but when I was briefly in the library getting a book for my son the day before leaving for vacation, I saw French Braid on the New Releases shelf. I impulsively grabbed it and added it to the vacation TBR pile, and picked it up for my second read on

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So Happy For You A Novel by Celia Laskey 2

SO HAPPY FOR YOU by Celia Laskey

My first vacation read was Celia Laskey’s novel So Happy For You, about a woman named Robin who is asked by her childhood best friend Ellie to be Ellie’s maid of honor in her upcoming wedding. The book is set in a time in the not too distant future when heterosexual marriage is more desired than ever: unmarried women in their 30s are considered “rotten” and single women become increasingly desperate to find and keep

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This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps 2


I love a good celebrity memoir, especially when I have just finished a book and am not sure what to read next. I recently learned about Busy Philipps’ 2018 memoir, This Will Only Hurt A Little, and the timing was right to slot it in after my last audiobook. I finished it quickly – in less than a week – and found it pretty interesting. Busy Philipps is an actress whom I know best from

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Home Stretch A Novel by Graham Norton 2

HOME STRETCH by Graham Norton

One of the categories in the 2022 Everyday I Write The Book Blog Reading Challenge is “Book Discovered In A Bookstore”, which is intended to encourage browsing the stacks in a trusted bookstore and finding a previously unknown book. When I was in Corolla, North Carolina at the end of March, I paid a visit to my favorite indie, Island Bookstore, with this mission in mind. I discovered a book called Home Stretch by Graham

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We Do What We Do In The Dark by Michelle Hart 2


We Do What We Do In The Dark by Michelle Hart is a coming-of-age novel about a woman in college who has an affair with a married female professor at her school shortly after the death of her mother. The secret relationship has a significant impact on her, one that she still feels years after they stop seeing each other. We Do What We Do In The Dark is ultimately about loneliness and the need

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Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE by Tia Williams

Warning: Unpopular opinion ahead. When I recommended Seven Days In June by Tia Williams to my book club, I had heard great things about this romance between two Black authors who had been involved as teenagers and then reunited in their 30s. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn’t what I got, and in the end I was pretty disappointed by Seven Days In June. This is a very popular

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It All Comes Down To This by Therese Anne Fowler 2

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Therese Anne Fowler

I am a sucker for a family drama, so when I saw that Therese Anne Fowler (author of A Good Neighborhood, reviewed here) had a a new one out, I immediately wanted to read it. It All Comes Down To This is about three sisters, Beck, Claire and Sophie, who are in their 30s and 40s and are each dealing with some sort of dissatisfaction in their lives. When their mother dies and instructs them

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