Educated by Tara Westover

4ish stars. Hard to read at times because of the abuse and manipulation she experienced, but hard not to read because it’s a fascinating book. It must have been painful for Tara to re-live and organize all of her experiences into this memoir, but I got the sense while reading that it was therapeutic for […]

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The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

3.75ish stars. Mary Robinette Kowal writes some incredible female characters. And they’re not stock “strong female” characters either, they’re real. In this case Elma is brilliant and capable, but doesn’t go on a tirade overthrowing the ’50s sexist patriarchy because Kowal wisely wanted to represent things as they actually happened, even in this alt-history where […]

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Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there was so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! I enjoyed Miller’s YA novel, The […]

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

2ish stars. Big news – I added a whole star since my last reading way back in the day (original rating: 1 star) because it was more amusing this time around. Verdict – Still probably in my top 5 most overrated books ever. Here’s the thing. Nothing happens. Gaiman spins an incredibly long yarn that […]

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