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Book 38 A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman fulfilled the “Book Set in Scandinavia” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. The novel is set in Sweden and is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Ove (pronounced Ah-vey) is a grumpy old man. He polices his little neighborhood, checking to make sure everyone …

Book 37 The Art of Asking

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer fulfilled the “Book Written by a Musician (fiction or nonfiction)” for the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. Amanda Palmer is an indie musician and was once part of the band, The Dresden Dolls. I am so very glad I read this. In the book, Amanda Palmer describes her story, …

Book 36 The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel fulfilled the “Book Seen Read on TV or in a Movie” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. This novel was not originally on my List Challenge for the category. I decided to use it over Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court or Stephen Hawking’s …

Book 35 Bridge of Birds

Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart fulfilled the “Book I Think Should Be Turned into a Movie” category of the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge. If you haven’t read Barry Hughart, go now. Read. I’ll wait. Bridge of Birds is a self-proclaimed “history of ancient China that never was.” I’m not a historian and do not …

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 …