I started 2023 strong with The Light Pirate, a book I found riveting, but before I go full bore into the year, I need to wrap up 2022 as I read a lot more books (180 to be exact) and never reviewed some of them. I’m also going to do something I’ve never done before: recommend a book without a real review, just a sentence or two. Basically, you take my word for it that this is a book worth reading—I just didn’t have the bandwidth to write about it.
Having said all that, I’m really hoping in 2023 to get back to a regular schedule for reading and reviewing.
Jenny is a stunningly pretty woman, but is better known in her small Indiana town for her poor choices. A single mother, she spends her days fending off grabby bosses and her nights listening to her drunken ex threaten to take their daughter away. It all sounds dark, but it’s not. There’s humor, a mystery, and a tied-with-a-bow ending. I love challenging reading, but every brain needs a break and Billie Starr’s Book of Sorries fills that niche.
Intense novel about 3 friends and the last summer they all live in the same building on Chicago’s South Side. It’s 1999 and these 1950s high rises are so rundown, they’re being demolished. Brutal and beautiful story about claiming your identity in a world that doesn’t see you at all.
It may be time for me to lay aside my love of food nonfiction. I had high hopes for Your Table is Ready, but instead of a insider’s look into the NYC restaurant world in the 80s-90s this was mostly a sordid journal of the author’s raging sex life (in said restaurants). I quit halfway through.
Ever thought about sending a swab to one of those genealogy companies to learn about your history? What if everyone had a gene that only matched with ONE other human? Would you want to know your soulmate? The One delves into this premise and is fast, fabulous, and twisted. Highly recommend as an easy antidote to boredom.
Another fast read, but one that wobbles. A sisterhood of elderly witches is facing eviction from their property unless they can produce a stolen artifact for a dark wizard. The female empowerment and humor are great, but gets a bit silly by the end.
Interesting historical fiction about marble mining in Colorado in the early 1900s. Gilded Mountain is told by a young woman whose father works in the mine. Her romantic ideals about wealth fall away when she learns the hard way about unfair labor practices and corruption. Based on true events.
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