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The Jane Austin Society, Jenner

I won an ARC! Yay! I never win, so that’s fun! An ARC is an advanced readers copy of a book that an author or publisher will send you in advance of its publication. The goal is to read and review and rate to help generate excitement for when it comes out. And I was sent a copy of The Jane Austin Society from debut author Natalie Jenner.

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A Rage In Harlem, Chester Himes

Good Lord. A Rage in Harlem. Chester Himes. What a wild ride this one was. And all the better since I listened to the audio version read by all around icon Samuel L. Jackson.

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Normal People, Sally Rooney

Alright. Let’s kick off 2020 with a bang. First book of the year was Normal People from Sally Rooney and it was terrible. I cannot believe I’ve heard so much about it and the TV is getting all this hype. It was not a good book. Which I feel bad about saying. I imagine Rooney poured herself into this book. But it was bad on all fronts and I promised to always be honest.

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There There, Tommy Orange

Last read of the year! And Orange packed quite a punch with There There. This story gives us a glimpse into what modern life is like for Native Americans in Oakland. And what happens when someone starts shooting during a powwow.

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The Dutch House, Ann Patchett

I feel a bit like I have just finished a long swim. Like I’ve been moving in a steady pace, up and down, up and down, over and over, and I just reached the end. The glide through the quiet under water world finished. I’m a little tired after the swim, but not exhausted. Mostly, it gave me a lot of time to think. That’s what I felt like with Patchett and finishing Dutch House.

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Inland, Tea Obreht

This one goes out to Susan and Margret who were very kind to me during my first ever Barns and Noble Book Club. They did spend 20 minutes talking about their bridge game, but we also had a good discussion about Tea Obreht and latest novel Inland.

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Little Fires Everywhere, Ng

Ok. So. Here’s the thing. I really don’t know how I feel about Little Fires Everywhere. Like seriously, I’ve been thinking about the ending and thinking about the characters and I really don’t know. But I think I like it? Hopefully we find out by the end of this post. Let me explain.

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Ask Again, Yes, Keane

A snapshot of modern American life. In Ask Again, Yes Mary Beth Keane spins a stunning story about a normal middle class family and how one person’s decision can change the lives of everyone around them. It was real and beautiful and heart breaking. I hated the ending but otherwise, 10/10.

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The Goldfinch, Tartt

Many moons ago I read Secret History by Tartt. And I said maybe someday I’ll read another one of her’s. Well here we are, finished with Goldfinch and left with complex feelings. Let’s untangle.

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The End of the Affair, Graham Greene

So, here’s the thing. I had never heard of this book and only roughly remembered anything about Graham Greene. I got this on Audible because Colin Firth reads it. And I love Colin Firth. But I did not love Greene or Bendrix or The End of the Affair.

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