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Book 34 The Lost World

The Lost World by Michael Crichton fulfilled half of the “Two Books that Share the Same Title” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. I also read The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well. See the previous blog post for a stellar review on that story. Time to compare and contrast. I’m …

Book 33 The Lost World

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fulfilled half of the “Two Books with the Same Title” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. I also read The Lost World by Michael Crichton which I’ll be reviewing next. I’ll do my best not to cross-reference too much in this review. The following one will …

Book 32 The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi fulfilled the “Cli-fi (climate fiction) Book” for the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. Wow, did this book ever fit the category. This post-apocalyptic, hard sci-fi book about the destruction of crops and food sources scared me speechless. Well, almost speechless. I like to talk. Imagine in if you will Bangkok …

Book 31 Old and New

Old and New by Lucinda Race fulfilled the “Book Published in 2019” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. It is the first in the MacLellan Sisters series. The other novels are Borrowed and Blue. Ms. Race published all three this year, one in June and both of the last two in July. Rather impressive, …

Book 30 The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada by Laura Weisberger fulfilled the “Book with an Item of Clothing or Accessory on the Cover” for the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. The cover on my copy sported a red, high-heeled shoe. I also chose the novel for its setting, a fashion magazine house, a rarity these days. What can I …

Book 29 The Hours

The Hours by Michael Cunningham fulfilled the “Book that Takes Place in a Single Day” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. The novel spans the day of three women in three different points in time: Virginia Woolf, Clarissa Vaughn, and Laura Brown. I should have read Mrs. Dalloway first. I’m feeling like my blog …

Book 28 The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson fulfilled the “Book Published Posthumously” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. Mr. Larson died in November 2004. The novel was published in Sweden in 2006, then translated to English in 2009. It is the second in the Millennium Series. I opted to read this long …

Book 27 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling fulfilled the “Reread a Favorite Book” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. The classic story of the boy who lived will always be one of my favorite stories of all time. In case you’ve been asleep for the past twenty (yes, twenty) years, HP and …

Book 26 The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood fulfilled the “Book about Family” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. The novel spanned the life of the protagonist, Iris Chase, from her childhood until her eighties. The story explored her immediate family, her husband, her in-laws, and her own family of daughter and granddaughter. I will spoil …

Book 25 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie fulfills the “Own Voices” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. I’m so glad I read this book. Most of the story takes place on a Spokane Indian reservation in the state of Washington. It’s a first-person narrative of a fourteen-year-old boy who lives …