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Ok, not every book is a slam dunk winner. So I would say to pass on these 2:
- Pretty Little World by Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino was a fun look at an "alternate lifestyle". Three families pooling their resources and altering their physical homes to accommodate their adventure was interesting but there is going to be obvious problems. I loved the setting but didn't enjoy the predictable downfalls.
- A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell is being touted as "the next Gone Girl" but c'mon, what book isn't anymore? I was really invested and actually read the first half on a flight but the ending was a jumbled mess. It needed to be longer or edited in the middle to give the ending more attention.
I did love these three:
- Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney was fabulous. I loved that the female main character was "of a particular age" and reflecting on her life and work success.
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay was stellar because...well it was written by Roxane Gay! This collection of short stories features female main characters who don't fit into boxes. After reading this, you'll see how scripted most novels featuring women are.
- The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown is a great read for anyone who loves historical novels highlighting the witch hysterias of Salem, etc.