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I'm Tara, I'm 24, I like cats and intersectional feminism. recovering english major. sometimes I write things as well.

Oleander Girl

Oleander Girl - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.Korobi's vision of her dead mother hooked me from the beginning. This is a fun dramatic book with a lot of plot. I found Korobi and Rajat's relationship strange at first; they don't seem like two characters who would be compatible, but they love each other anyway. It was interesting to see how that relationship evolved over the course of the novel.

Flat Water Tuesday

Flat Water Tuesday - Ron  Irwin I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.I didn't really know anything about rowing going into this novel, and I didn't need to; the writing is vivid/clear enough to understand what's going on, you get used to the more technical terms, etc. It's about a group of high school students essentially training for one very important race, and I can see how those with a background in rowing might get more out of this novel than I did, but ultimately this is a very human story that anyone can enjoy. Many of the characters are difficult/complicated people, and even if some of their actions or choices are frustrating (like wishing Rob would suck it up and be a part of the team already, for example,) you understand their motivations. I enjoyed this a lot more than I initially thought I would; these characters are going to stick in my head for a while.

Trinkets

Trinkets - Kirsten Smith I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.This is a really fun, fast-paced novel. While I really enjoyed reading it, I probably would have gotten more out of it if it was around when I was 12-14. I really liked Elodie's sections, which I interpreted more as free-form internet writing, with all of the impulsive line breaks and flexible punctuation rules; I mean you can call it poetry, but it seems a lot more like, that's just how some people blog.

The Humanity Project

The Humanity Project - Jean Thompson I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.A surprisingly optimistic story, for a novel that begins with a school shooting. Lots of very distinct/memorable/sometimes eccentric characters, even the minor ones. My only real issue is that I felt the epilogue was maybe a bit too tidy.

Exodus

Exodus - Lars Iyer I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.Have you read Kierkegaard? Do you somehow really enjoy the frustration (or despair) of reading Kierkegaard? Then read this book. There's a lot of funny philosophical rant-type stuff here, and the more a reader knows about philosophy, postmodernism, etc. the more they will get out of this book.

We Live in Water

We Live in Water: Stories - Jess Walter I won this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.While I do think Walter is at his best in novel form, there are some really great stories in this collection. Standout favorites include Virgo, Don't Eat Cat, and Statistical Abstract for My Hometown of Spokane, Washington. Not everyone is going to like every story in this collection, but I do think that everyone can find at least one story they really connect with here.

The Doctor of Thessaly (Seven Deadly Sins Mystery Series #3)

The Doctor of Thessaly - Anne Zouroudi I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.We're never told why Hermes Diaktoros is in Morfi, but there he is, eating, cleaning his shoes, and judging the locals on their manners. The town doctor is mysteriously blinded, and Diaktoros finds he must stay to figure out what happened. At first, many of the townspeople seem to be of questionable character, and you wonder why anyone sticks around, but some of them redeem themselves towards the end. This is a fun mystery, with a very strange detective, and a very unexpected ending.

Breakfast at Midnight

Breakfast at Midnight - Louis Armand I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.Have you ever been genuinely afraid of a book? And I don't mean that in an ~ooh, ghosts~ way, but not wanting to take a wrong turn somewhere and accidentally stumble in the grimy world in which this book takes place? If you let yourself get sucked into this world, it'll take hours to shake the uneasy feeling you get from it. A lot of times you won't know what exactly is going on, but that's ok, because the protagonist is just as lost as you are. Recommended for readers who like their books creepy and surreal, and who are willing to surrender control to the text.

The Stockholm Octavo: A Novel

The Stockholm Octavo - Karen Engelmann I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.Some reviewers have said this book was a little slow moving, with the passages about fans, card games, the octavo, etc. but those were actually the parts I found most compelling and wanted more of. If I have any issues with this book, it's that I was never that invested in protagonist Emil's personal storyline; I found The Uzanne, Miss Bloom, and the Nordens more interesting.

Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts

Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts - David Shields, Matthew Vollmer I won this book in a first-reads giveaway.This is an anthology of fake texts that take the form of letters, contracts, glossaries, police blotters, etc. Generally, you could call these texts short stories, with the authors playing around with various formats or mediums in which to tell the story. Most of the stories are funny and enjoyable; if you liked Reality Hunger: A Manifesto you'll probably like Fakes.

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