Inland by Téa Obreht

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Inland by Téa Obreht
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I spent a lot of this book confused about how the two stories were linked. It didn’t become truly clear until the last two chapters, but I suspected part of it. I did enjoy the story, but Nora’s part was more clear. I was a little fuzzy most of the story about the rest of it.

It was definitely worth reading, but definitely wasn’t what I was expecting.

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Big Summer Books for 2019

Big Summer Books for 2019 was part of the List of lists.  There were a few books here that I hadn’t seen on the other lists.

I also didn’t get to them over the summer, but I am sure I will, one day.


New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent, edited by Margaret Busby (Amistad, May).

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (Bloomsbury, June).

Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman (NYRB Classics, June).

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr (Harper, June).

Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain (Gallic, June).

The Plus One by Sarah Archer (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, July).


Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide by Karen Kilgariffand Georgia Hardstark (Forge, May).

A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey From Compton to Oxford by Caylin Louis Moore (Thomas Nelson, June).

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford (St. Martin’s, June).

Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light by Peter Schjeldahl (Abrams, June).

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum (Random House, June).

Man Fast by Natasha Scripture (Little A, June)..

Buzz Sting Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (Simon and Schuster, July). .

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara (Penguin, July).

Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed, July).

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson (Ecco, July).

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks by Lawrence Weschler (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, August)

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century by Jason DeParle (Viking, August).

Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy by A.N. Wilson (Harper, September).

Favorite Books for Summer 2019

Favorite Books for Summer 2019 was on the List of lists

Even though summer is almost over, there were some on the list that I hadn’t really seen before.

We Love Anderson Cooper — R. L. Maizes (July)

Oval – Elvia Wilk (June)

Conviction — Denise Mina (June)

Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession — Rachel Monroe (August)

The Dry Heart — Natalia Ginzburg (new translation by Frances Frenaye) / Happiness, as Such — Natalia Ginzburg (new translation by Minna Zallman Proctor) (June)

A Pure Heart — Rajia Hassib (August)

Machine — Susan Steinberg (August)

The Drama of Celebrity — Sharon Marcus (June)

Love at First Like — Hannah Orenstein (August)

 Black Light: Stories — Kimberly King Parsons (August)

Please Send Help — Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin (July)

More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) — Elaine Welteroth (June)



Reader’s Chair

readers chair

reading chair

This chair is designed so that you can easily read on the beach or out in the sun.  I keep looking at it, wondering if it’s worth it.  It would be really easy to get engrossed in a good book, or fall asleep reading a boring book, and end up with a sunburn.  I think that I need to think about this for a while longer before I invest in one.  It looks like a great idea, though.

7 Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading

7 Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading was on the List of lists. I am only listing 5 because the others are on other lists

“American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century,”
“Vincent and Alice and Alice,” Shane Jones (July 9)
“Marilou Is Everywhere,” Sarah Elaine Smith (July 30)
“The Hotel Neversink,” Adam O’Fallon Price (Aug. 6)
“Everything Inside: Stories,” Edwidge Danticat (Aug. 27)

35 Great Books to Read This Summer

35 Great Books to Read This Summer from List of lists had quite a few books that weren’t screaming at me from other lists, so they are listed below.

Banshee by Rachel DeWoskin (available June 4)

Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life by Amber Scorah (available June 4)

The Summer Demands by Deborah Shapiro (available June 4)

Oval by Elvia Wilk (available June 4)

Lifelines by Heidi Diehl (available June 18)

A Sand Book by Ariana Reines (available June 18)

The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz (available June 25)

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean (available June 25)

How Could She by Lauren Mechling (available June 25)

Stay and Fight by Madeline ffitch (available July 9)

Vincent and Alice and Alice by Shane Jones (available July 9)

Circus by Wayne Koestenbaum (available July 9)

The Need by Helen Phillips (available July 9)

A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar (available July 9)

Costalegre by Courtney Maum (available July 16)

Screen Tests: Stories and Other Writing by Kate Zambreno (available July 23)

A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin (available August 6)

White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination by Jess Row (available August 6)

The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zeran, translated by Sophie Hughes (available August 6)

Socialist Realism by Trisha Low (available August 13)

Devotion by Madeline Stevens (available August 13)

Black Card by Chris L. Terry (available August 13)