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review 2017-06-06 16:09
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan
I am such a sucker for any book with the word "book" in the title. Hear that publishing world? I think they know that already as there are so many. HA!

I loved this book. It starts right off the bat with a man hanging himself on the 3rd floor of the Bright Ideas Bookstore. The reasons why take a while to come together as there are many pieces. However, Lydia, who works in the bookstore is a big part of this secret and she doesn't even know it. Lydia is focused on another secret she keeps. One that is both chilling and real.

A great read that truly entertained me. Kudos to the author!

Thanks to Scribner and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

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url 2017-05-30 19:08
Library Reads June 2017: The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.
Magpie Murders: A Novel - Anthony Horowitz
Silver Silence - Nalini Singh
The Waking Land - Callie Bates
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire
Do Not Become Alarmed - Maile Meloy
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
The Child - Fiona Barton
The Little French Bistro - Nina George
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan
Source: libraryreads.org/june-2017-libraryreads
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review 2017-04-24 18:46
Recommended read gone wrong
The Shadow of the Wind - Lucia Graves,Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Couldn't finish it. I don't think I even made it 1/4 of the way through. was turned off by the explicit sexual scenes especially considering the first involved an 11 year old. They felt gratuitous and unnecessary.

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photo 2017-04-20 10:41

Thanks to Amazon's bookstore for featuring THE EAGLE TREE so prominently! 

Source: nednote.com
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review 2017-03-16 19:15
Book 8/100: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan

Even though I am a book lover, novels that are supposed to pay homage to books never quite do it for me. There is just something to "fangirl/fanboy" about it all -- and in this book it was especially bad because the author also spent the majority of the book gushing over Google and tech culture. I was like, is this a novel, or a Google infomercial? Right down to the main character's quirky love interest working for the company.

There were times when the pace picked up and I was very curious and intrigued to see how everything would fit together -- but this sense of suspense and mystery was strongest at the beginning of the book, and it got less and less compelling as the book went on -- which I'm pretty sure is the opposite of how it's supposed to work. And the overall conspiracy/message/etc. just ended up feeling so convoluted that by the end I had trouble caring enough to hold it all together. It wasn't a horrible book, but it just felt a bit too much like Silicon Valley (the place, not the show) fan-fiction to me.

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