The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers by Pseudonymous Bosch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought I’d enjoy this kid’s mystery more than I did. It took forever to get to the mystery and then the mystery got solved too easily. The birthday boy was showered in gifts and wasn’t very nice to the other kids. The “punishment” made the reader understand how the birthday boy got to be such a handful.

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The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers

List of lists

Because I love lists…. Here is the list of lists.  I’ve written about some of them.  I will probably get to the rest at some point.

The full list of lists surveyed for the Summer preview reading list:

Thrillist’s “33 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer”; EW’s “Summer Books Preview”; The New York Times Book Review’s “Summer Reading”; Esquire’s “Escape the Heat With the Best Books of Summer 2019”; Vogue’s “10 New Books to Read This Summer”; TIME’s “32 Books You Need to Read This Summer”; Vulture’s “12 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer”; Refinery29’s “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019”; NYLON’s “35 Great Books to Read This Summer”; WIRED’s “14 Must-Read Books of Summer”; Elle’s “The 30 Best Books to Read This Summer”; The Los Angeles Times’ “7 Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading”; Good Housekeeping’s “The 25 Best New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List”; Publishers Weekly’s “Summer Reads 2019”; BuzzFeed News’ “29 Summer Books to Get Excited About”; the StarTribune’s “45 Books to Keep You Reading All Summer Long”; Alma’s “Favorite Books for Summer 2019”; The Week’s “The Best Summer Books of 2019”; She Reads’ “The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019”; the New York Post’s “The 25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-order Now”; Women’s Health’s “16 Best Beach Reads To Add To Your Summer 2019 Reading List Stat”; Newsday’s “Best Summer Books 2019”; BookRiot’s “50 of the Best Books to Read This Summer”; Southern Living’s “The Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2019”; The Washington Post’s “The 20 Books to Read This Summer”; Essence’s “10 Books We’re Dying to Toss Into Our Summer Totes”; Goodreads’ “The Hottest Books of Summer”; Newsweek’s “Summer Books 2019”; The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Big Summer Books for 2019”; and of course, Literary Hub’s very own “Most Anticipated Books of Summer.”

Summer preview books – on many lists

summer preview

The following books show up on many summer reading recommendation lists, as noted in the above linked article.  I have several of these books already, but haven’t read any yet.  I am sure I’ll get to some of them.

21 lists:

Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (July 16)

18 lists:

Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls (June 4)


17 lists:

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (June 4)


14 lists:

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleishman Is in Trouble (June 18)

Lisa Taddeo, Three Women (July 9)


13 lists:

Téa Obreht, Inland (August 13)


12 lists:

Jean Kwok, Searching for Sylvie Lee (June 4)


11 lists:

Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy (June 4)


10 lists:

Jennifer Weiner, Mrs. Everything (June 11)



9 lists:

Kristen Arnett, Mostly Dead Things (June 4)

Blake Crouch, Recursion (June 11)



8 lists:

Mona Awad, Bunny (June 11)

Jasmine Guillory, The Wedding Party (July 16)

Lauren Mechling, How Could She (June 25)

Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror (August 6)

De’Shawn Charles Winslow, In West Mills (June 4)



7 lists:

Catherine Chung, The Tenth Muse (June 18)

Edwidge Danticat, Everything Inside (August 27)

Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake (July 23)



6 lists:

Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House (August 13)

Kalisha Buckhanon, Speaking of Summer (July 30)

Helen Phillips, The Need (July 9)

Ruth Ware, The Turn of the Key (August 6)


5 lists:

Chanelle Benz, The Gone Dead (June 25)

Sarah Gailey, Magic for Liars (June 4)

Emily Nussbaum, I Like to Watch (June 25)

Yoko Ogawa, tr. Stephen Snyder, The Memory Police (August 13)

Regina Porter, The Travelers (June 18)

Rion Amilcar Scott, The World Doesn’t Require You (August 20)


4 lists:

Lauren Acampora, The Paper Wasp (June 11)

Margaret Atwood, The Testaments (September 10)

Rachel Cusk, Coventry: Essays (August 20)

Tan France, Naturally Tan (June 4)

Grant Ginder, Honestly, We Meant Well (June 11)

Mark Haddon, The Porpoise (June 18)

Helen Hoang, The Bride Test (May 7)

Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had (June 25)

Courtney Maum, Costalegre (July 16)

Beatriz Williams, The Golden Hour (July 9)


3 lists:

Kate Atkinson, Big Sky (June 25)
Chandler Baker, Whisper Network (June 25)
Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the City? (August 6)
Katherine Center, Things You Save in a Fire (August 13)
Marcy Dermansky, Very Nice (July 2)
Erica Ferencik, Into the Jungle (May 28)
Tope Folarin, A Particular Kind of Black Man (August 6)
Tanisha C. Ford, Dressed in Dreams (June 25)
Natalia Ginzburg, tr. Frances Frenaye, The Dry Heart (June 25)
Thomas Harris, Cari Mora (May 21)
Rajia Hassib, A Pure Heart (August 6)
Malin Persson Giolito, Beyond All Reasonable Doubt (June 4)
Joshilyn Jackson, Never Have I Ever (July 30)
Uzma Jalaluddin, Ayesha at Last (June 4)
Marjan Kamali, The Stationery Shop (June 18)
Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered (May 28)
Amanda Lee Koe, Delayed Rays of a Star (July 9)
R. F. Kuang, The Dragon Republic (July 22)
Roselle Lim, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune (June 11)
Gretchen McCulloch, Because Internet (July 23)
Denise Mina, Conviction (June 18)
Rachel Monroe, Savage Appetites (August 20)
Ariana Reines, A Sand Book (June 18)
Sally Rooney, Normal People (April 16)
Karen Russell, Orange World (May 14)
Richard Russo, Chances Are . . . (July 30)
Riley Sager, Lock Every Door (July 2)
Julie Satow, The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel (June 4)
Neal Stephenson, Fall; or, Dodge In Hell (June 4)
J. Ryan Stradal, The Lager Queen of Minnesota (July 23)
Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough (June 11)
Elvia Wilk, Oval (June 4)
Nell Zink, Doxology (August 19)

Great way to start the weekend

I have been getting emails from a bank where I don’t have an account. Low balance alerts, overdraft alerts, wrong security answer, etc, etc. The emails were filling my email box daily.

I called without giving my information to see if they could flag the account to change the email address. No. Close your email account and get a new one. No. Not happening. Go into a local branch and they can help you, but, sorry, we have no branches in your state. Yes, so helpful.

I started marking the emails as spam. They sent me the account owner’s name and last 4 digits of the owner’s social security number. Oh, that’s secure. Plus, the name is nothing like mine, so why choose my name as your email address???

I got notification that I should have received my ATM card by now, and to reply to the email if I didn’t. So, I replied. Apparently, that seemed to have some effect. I got an email first thing this morning that I had changed the email address in the account!

What a great way to start the day! I hope they stop emailing now.