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Capsule Book Reviews: June and July 2012

I have read a lot in the past few weeks. Chalk that up to 1) having completed graduate school and 2) being unemployed. For perhaps the first time, I’m actually ahead of schedule in terms of finishing 50 books this year!

However, I wasn’t really feeling up to writing longer reviews for various reasons. Instead, I’m going to try out some capsule reviews. I figure it’s better to only write one or two sentences about a book I’ve read than struggle to write a full review and end up with nothing at all! (The titles are linked to the books’ GoodReads pages, in case you’d like to read others’ thoughts!)

Room, by Emma Donoghue: It feels sort of weird to say I enjoyed a book about a woman kidnapped and held in a room for seven years, during which time she has a child who grows up thinking the room is a world unto itself, but I did. The voice of Jack, the child, ranges from sweetly innocent to precocious to angry, but the narrative device never feels stale. Despite what I felt were a few missteps in the latter half of the book, this was a well-done novel and it’s definitely earned all of its critical praise. Four out of five stars.

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt: I can appreciate a good send-up of a genre, but for some reason, this didn’t work for me. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. There were some flashes of brilliance, such as the brothers’ encounter with a mysterious old woman, but I suppose I wanted a more concrete/less meandering storyline. Three out of five stars.

The Murder of the Century, by Paul Collins: I was actually much more interested in the yellow journalism side of this story as compared to the murder-mystery aspect. Learning about Pulitzer and Hearst and the general newspaper arena in the early 1900s was really engaging, and really informative. If you’re a fan of Newsies, you’ll probably like this. A solid three out of five stars.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a topic and encourage fellow bloggers to list their own top ten answers. This week’s prompt was to name the top ten books on our summer to-be-read lists.

And I’m cheating right off the bat, with two books slated to come out in fall 2012! But honestly, these are probably the two books on my list that I want to read the most desperately.

1. The Twelve, by Justin Cronin
This is the sequel to Passage, which I devoured but still felt a bit disappointed in. That doesn’t mean I won’t be reading this follow-up, if only for more information the Twelve, the originators of vampires.

2. This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
I actually know nothing about this book. I do know that I loved The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao though, so I want to read Diaz’s newest work.

3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by J.K Jemisin
This looks amazing. I’ve heard really good things from fantasy/sci-fi sites I trust!

4. Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
I’ve reallllly been meaning to read this. I even had it out of the library but it got recalled before I had a chance to crack it open. I just discovered my hometown library has it as an e-book, and I’m on the waiting list. 🙂

5. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
I don’t tend to read a ton of YA, but I’m willing to make an exception to see what all the buzz is about. I’m actually considering using my grad student powers to have this book recalled back to the library!

6. The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt
Jae over at BookNympho gave this a great review, which is how it got on my radar. Followers of this blog know that I’m a sucker for violent Westerns (luv u, Cormac McCarthy!) so this book is intriguing to me.

7. Bossypants, by Tina Fey
Lucky me–my friend just gave me this as a gift!

8. Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz
I love college tales. Bonus: I already own this.

9. The Power Broker, by Robert A. Caro
This summer may be the time to tackle the challenge of Caro’s  thousand-page masterpiece about Robert Moses. Maybe I’ll read it while laying out on the beach named after him.

10. I’ll keep this slot open, just in case. 😉

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