The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book for bookclub. I don’t know that I would have read it otherwise, but I am glad I did. The book was a little strange, but the story’s pieces all fit together by the end. 

This was well worth the read. I wouldn’t call it fun, but it sucked me into the story right away. It kept me guessing for most of the book. I enjoyed it and may reread it one of these days. 

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This is not your fault by Courtney Maum

This is not your fault

This is not your fault by Courtney Maum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a palate cleanser between bookclub books. It was included with my Audible subscription, and it was short. It was the perfect time to read it. 

This was a light epistolary book about a couple going through a divorce during Covid times. It addresses many of the difficulties with life in during this time, along with general difficulties of time management. 

I think that it was well written and hit many points that I hadn’t thought of. Plus it kept my interest for the whole story. 

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The Watermelon Woman

This movie was recommended to me many times. When I took a film class last semester, I ran into a zoom meeting with the writer and director. I really enjoyed the short films by the director. I decided that it was time to actually watch the movie, especially since it was free this week, due to a special by the cable company.

The story is about a filmmaker researching an actress from the 30s who was not given proper film credit in several movies. It’s fiction, but still it is eye-opening.

I definitely recommend this movie. I would have enjoyed it even if it hadn’t been on the free movie list.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a well-written, well-researched book about RBG. It covers mostly her professional life, but it also covers her family life. I enjoyed the story and was never bored during it. 

RBG was a remarkable woman and this book shows many of the things that she did in working toward making human rights more equal. I recommend the book highly. 

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A House Full of Llamas: Funny Book for Children to Spark Imagination by Melissa Winn

A House Full of Llamas: Funny Book for Children to Spark Imagination by Melissa Winn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A House Full of Llamas: Funny Book for Children to Spark Imagination

I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were wonderful and the story itself was fun but not too silly. It was clear that the story was a dream and not just a weird thing that happened. Children would love to have this story read to them and the adult reading would not be bored. 

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Review Requests

I am asked to review books from time to time. I usually enjoy this. Sometimes, though, the author has a deadline. I really and truly understand this. If I am unsure about being able to hit the deadline, I let the author know before I accept the task. After that, it’s the author or publishing company’s call if they want me to do the review or not.

Recently, I was asked to read a 5 book series with a due date in 3 weeks. I don’t start school again until the day before the due date, so I accepted. 3 weeks is pushing it a little, but I’ll give it a shot.

A week has gone by already, and I haven’t received the material. How do they expect me to get it read and written if they don’t send it? This isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s just the first time with this particular author. It’s hard to meet deadlines if no one else is meeting them.

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

Libriomancer

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up for bookclub. It’s not my usual type of book, but I figured I’d give it a try. I really enjoyed it. The members of my bookclub who had read it assured me that it would be really funny. While I did find a lot of humor in it, I would not call it a funny book. 

I did enjoy Smudge, the pet spider. He didn’t have a speaking part, but he added a lot of levity to the book. 

I look forward to reading the other books in this series, eventually. I would definitely recommend the book. 

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Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

Rogue Protocol

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This third book in the series is just as good as the others I have read so far. I love the stories, but this one started out very slow, too. I had to finish it quickly to find out what happened to the characters. I’m looking forward to the next two that are already published and the 6th that comes out in April of 2021. 

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I heard great things about this book, so I was interested in reading it. I am never sure if I’m going to like the same things about a book that everyone else does, so I take these things with a grain of salt. I loved it almost from the start. 

The story was very thought-provoking even though it was definitely fiction. I did figure out the the ending about 3/4 of the way through, but, as always, the adventure is in the journey, even if we do know the ending. 

The book kept my attention all the way through. It is one that I will continue to think about for years to come. I definitely recommend this book. 

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