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THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

I read this book in November last year and I remember thinking how apt the Halloween season was for this kind of read. The Year of Magical Thinking is Joan Didion's personal account of loss, grief, and pain as she dealt with her husband's sudden death while her only daughter was in a coma battling for her life. Joan Didion's narrative is something to speak highly about, her prose crisp and matter of fact. I have heard too many good things about Joan Didion and her novel Play It As It Lays is on my wishlist shelf for some time now. If it were not for the book bingo challenge I joined (but di...
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FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick

Summary from Goodreads: Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart--obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as t...
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AFTER YOU (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

  Summary from Goodreads: How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On su...
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Quick Reviews: John Grisham’s The Broker, The Associate, and The Litigators

I'm reading faster than I write blog posts (which is old news with me, actually) and so here I am with my thoughts, albeit short, before I lost my drive yet again (thank God for petiks Fridays!). It's been a while since I last read a Grisham but a good friend gave me a copy of The Broker a few weeks ago and because I was due for another read, I decided to start. I finished it soon enough and decided to start another from my Kindle. Result: A John Grisham reading marathon of 3 novels for more or less two weeks. * The Broker by John Grisham Published: 2006 Summary from Goodreads: In his...
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WHEN COCOY BECAME KIKAY by C.P. Santi

Summary from Goodreads: Cocoy’s not-so-secret dream is to one day become a gun-toting, ass-kicking secret agent. But she has another dream—and this time, even her best friends don’t have a clue—she dreamsof someone. Problem is, she finds out that Jaime Arguelles—a.k.a. the guy she’d been secretly crushing on for years—likes girls who . . . well . . . like pink. To Cocoy’s logical mind, there’s only one solution: it’s time to go girly. After all, how hard can it be? With the help of her friends, Cocoy embarks on a pink-tinged journey that somehow turns her neat and orderly life upside d...
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