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[Quick Take] tl;dr But is one of them real?

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

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Someone that is a bigger non-fiction, or historical fiction fan would have probably enjoyed it much more than me, so take my rating with a grain of salt on this one. I am not even sure where to start with this one. First, I did not realize it would be almost 900 pages long. At first I was worried. Auster writes in paragraphs spanning multiple pages, and goes really heavy from the start on WWII history. As a major non-fan of non-fiction, I was not too eager to continue once I started.

The story follows 4 versions of relatively boring, sometimes quite graphic, lives of Ferguson, though the earlier part of this century. Overall, I thought it was an okay read, although it did redeem itself in the end, by throwing in a surprise I was not expecting. No spoiler alert here… I’ll let you enjoy the 800 pages before you learn it for yourself!

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[Quick take] tl;dr girls are definitely weird

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What I wasn’t expecting from this novel, was the story of a cult. But I’m to blame for not doing any research, just jumping on the bandwagon of being excited this book is coming out.

It is the epitome of what one would expect from a cult story. There is not much to say about the plot that you wouldn’t expect, and would want to discover through the novel. I was genuinely interested in how it would end, and what happened to all of the characters. Worth a read, if you’re into that kind of thing ūüôā

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tl;dr wait a minute, who’s crying?

¬†Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

My first thought after finishing this book on my Kindle was “wait a minute… who’s supposed to be crying?!” But oh my gosh was this an incredible story. Told through the eyes of Quinn (Esther’s roommate) in downtown Chicago, and Alex (an 18 year old boy) in Image result for don't you crya small Michigan town.

When Esther disappears, Quinn doesn’t quite know what to think.. it seems unlike her.. but is she really in trouble? Or did she just go somewhere? After all, the police told her that people are allowed to just up and disappear, although they will usually come back within 28 to 72 hours. So Quinn waits, but while she waits she discovers that Esther has changed her name, has been shredding documents, writing mysterious love letters, and looking to a new roommate. Oh, and the small fact that she may have murdered her last roommate.

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tl;dr apprentice in palate cleansing

Apprentice in Death – J.D. Robb

Image resultThere is nothing I love more than an “in Death” book. Although I am beginning to wonder how she pumps out so many. This was a 2016 release, and I know the next one has already been released. Is there a special formula, algorithm, book writing magic app? I have to find out.

As usual Eve is on the case, but this time they think the killer is an apprentice. They take out 3 targets the first time, one real and two cover ups. It does not take them too long to discover the identities of the shooter(s), but this time, it’s one of their own. Eve and Roarke, along with most of the cops in this futuristic New York city struggle to capture them before more blood is shed. Honestly, these books often follow a very similar format, with relatively expected results, but it must be something about the writing that makes me fly through them and still enjoy every single one (this is #43 in the series, btw).

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tl;dr room

Room by Emma Donoghue

Image result for room bookOriginally, I saw a preview for this movie before I found out it was a book. I’ve had it on my TBR list since then and have managed to encourage others to read it before I got to it. One of my friends warned me that the story is odd in a way that is narrated by a 5-year-old. If you know anything about the premise of this story, the 5-year-old (Jack) has lived his whole life inside one room. His speech and understanding is extremely limited and unique. I became nervous to read it, wondering how this would impact my experience. Well.. it didn’t, and I am glad. This really is an interesting take¬†on life of imprisonment and what it takes to survive.

For Ma (I don’t know that we ever learn her real name) it is a story of being kidnapped at the age of 19 and kept in a room for 8 years. How she survived half of that time all on her own, and how bringing Jack into the world changed things. For Jack it’s a story of what that kind of life can do to a child, and how growing up in the real world feels a lot like being trapped in a different room.¬† Continue reading

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tl;dr all the right lessons

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel by Alan Mastai
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I am not one for¬†Sci-Fi, but this novel blew me away. The story is that Tom Barren lives in 2016, but the 2016 humanity always imagined: flying cars, hair cutting helmets,¬†and clothes made for you daily. Because a¬†scientists created an engine that harnessed the power of the earth spinning. Tom’s father planned to use the energy released by the engine to time travel. Several chrononauts were taught how time travel would work and were prepared for the mission, each with an understudy. Although Tom has always been the biggest disappointment to his father, and basically has nothing to show for his life, he is the understudy to the leading chrononaut, Penelope. The night before the first mission back in time Tom and Penelope make the biggest mistake of their lifetime, which ends her life, and destroys Tom’s world as he knows it. At this point, you have only read half of the book.. what else can possibly happen?!

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tl;dr hypnotizing indeed

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
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Having recently read another Liane Moriarty novel I was not a big fan of, I was slightly skeptical picking up this one. But I am glad I did.

Although published in 2011, I found it gave me more mental probe than Truly Madly Guilty. The story is of a hypnotists, Ellen, that meets the man of her dreams. His one flaw? His stalker ex-girlfriend. Literally. For the last 3 years, she has not moved on. Ellen and Patrick try to forge their life together knowing they are always watched, always followed, and never truly alone. But how far will she go? What needs to happen for her to finally stop?

I didn’t really realize how into the story I had gotten until I was telling a co-worker about it. What I had found most interesting was when the narrative was from Saskia’s point of view (the stalker).
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