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Wednesday, July 1
"This book is considered Young Adult Fiction and Fantasy. I am going to review rather than recommend this book. The story was decent but it was predictable on the topic corruption of power and how greed for power can lead to losing yourself. There are multiple gods in this book which for me is not something I believe in so it was less relatable as a reader. Those who do believe in multiple gods may find that the story is better for them. The book was also predictable in the storyline where the main male love interest manipulates the female main character to get what he wants. He supposedly truly falls in love with her but it is not enough to save him or her from the power he craves to have the world the way he wants. The ending was sad and dark but not surprising. The author really hinted at what the ending would be for a good portion of the book with the inner dialogue of the main female character. It seems like the book is trying to say in its fiction world that power without the relationship or construct of the multiple gods destroys humans. As someone who reads books more than once I would probably not read this again."

Wednesday, June 24
"I'm sorry to say that this is not an audiobook that I would not recommend. The story starts out as a fast paced chilly thriller. The main character Erin, narrates the story in which she is slow and drones on and on. You have to really suspend belief to get through it, I finished it but was highly disappointed as the events were so implausible and too coincidental. This is a big fat no--skip this!"

Wednesday, June 17
"I really wanted to like this book -- which is sort of sci-fi, is about a pandemic, and has very good reviews. Unfortunately, I found the timeline and plot kind of confusing but maybe that’s because I’m a linear thinker. The book starts just before the pandemic hits and alternates with events which occur 20 years after. Some of the plot elements are reminiscent of The Walking Dead, which I am a fan of, but honestly, I just didn’t care too much about the characters or the intersecting plot lines…perhaps I’ve been in quarantine too long!"

Wednesday, June 10
"Funny, You Don't Look Autistic is an #OwnVoices memoir that shows us the life of Michael McCreary, through his eyes. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a young age, Michael struggled to understand himself and others. Discovering that he loved to perform in front of an audience, he worked to become a talented stand up comic. This memoir is touching, relatable, and funny all at once. I really enjoyed listening to Michael describe awkward interactions when he was in school and how he stood up to bullies in defense of himself and others. Appealing to both teens and adults, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys memoirs, autobiographies, or anyone looking for a good chuckle."

Wednesday, June 3
"Thomas has recently died. When an angel came to take him to the afterlife, it was discovered that he was to spend another 90 days on Earth because he was lacking a sufficient “exit narrative”. During these 90 days on Earth he is not to do anything that will form any bonds or incur regrets. Everything is going relatively well until he meets Rachel, a Brooklyn librarian. This is their bittersweet love story. 

I’d consider this to be surrealist fiction, as it bridges reality and imagination. I enjoyed the storyline as well as Amy Bonnaffons’s writing style. If you like this book, check out her collection of short stories, The Wrong Heaven. I’d recommend this to fans of Haruki Murakami and Julia Elliott."

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
"The cover does not do the story justice. This book is absolutely hysterical with ridiculous situations that will leave you laughing out loud. A feel good read that covers the wild meetings between an Italian family and Southern family. Both sides have a great love for God even if the denominations are a little different. A clean book that will encourage anyone struggling with hope."

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
"This book is a twisty "whodunit" thriller. A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway, but when the ice storm hits, no one is getting away. This book caught my attention with its twist and turns--who I thought was the killer, turned out not to be. A great read!"

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
"Touched by the Sun (2019) is a memoir written by Carly Simon recalling her friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The women became acquainted on Martha's Vineyard where they both had homes. This book provides some surprising insights into the personal lives of both famous women. For instance, the prolonged anguish of Mrs. Onassis' witnessing the assassination of her first husband, President John F. Kennedy. The despair Carly Simon felt for her failed marriage to James Taylor. All of these events, and more, both women shared with each other and provided a bond between them. Because Ms. Simon knew Mrs. Onassis in the last years of her life, there are details of her illness and death which are related as well. However, there are many happy times shared in this memoir, which reads more like gossip about the "rich and famous" ; i.e. any two girlfriends going to parties, movies and lunch together too. If the reader has any interest in either one of these women, you will not be disappointed. Ms. Simon is a fine writer. I recommend this book."

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
"Machines Like Me is written by Ian McEwan, known for Atonement, Nutshell, The Children Act, and many others. Taking place in a technologically advanced alternate 1982 London, Charlie purchases a state of the art artificial human, named Adam. Charlie's partner, Miranda, and him design Adam's personality traits and thereby have a unique bond with him. Over time, they become close with Adam, and a love triangle emerges. Machines Like Me investigates what it means to be human, both in the face of convincing artificial intelligence, and how it applies to interpersonal relationships. 

While Machines Like Me contains aspects that are commonly occurring in science fiction, it reads like literary fiction because it is more character-focused. I'd recommend this to fans of Ian McEwan's other works, as well as fans of Ted Chiang, Jeff VanderMeer, and Louise Erdrich."