buddy reads

CLOUD ATLAS | David Mitchell

I meant to write a post about this book after I finished reading it a few months back but I procrastinated because, to be honest, I was at a loss for words for the sheer brilliance of David Mitchell. I said that I'll gather my thoughts first because I wanted to come up with a write-up that would at least give justice to it but it's almost the end of the year but I haven't written even a sentence. So here I am, beating the (new year) buzzer, because Cloud Atlas is probably my best book for 2014 (I haven't seriously taken a look at my best reads for the year yet) and it would be lousy not to ha...
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Quick Reviews: THE THIEF, CASE HISTORIES, & THE EYRE AFFAIR

I got a little bit stressed when I realized that it's almost the end of the year and I still haven't made substantial progress with my review backlog. This may sound to be very OC-ish but I wanted a clean slate for the new year with respect to my pending book reviews. A fresh start, so to speak, since I wanted to minimize, if not totally do away, with review backlogs for 2015. I'm actually tempted to just do away with no reviews (less stressful) but I also feel that every book I read deserves to be reviewed. So, as a solution, here is a 3-in-1 post of the books I've read recently that were nei...
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THE THIRTEENTH TALE | Diane Setterfield

Summary from Goodreads: Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise — she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels. Late one night while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winte...
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SHARP OBJECTS | Gillian Flynn

Summary from Goodreads: WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart  Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg  Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town...
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LANDLINE | Rainbow Rowell

Lately, I have been lousy at posting “reviews” on my blog and with my review backlog fast piling up, I am slowly losing hope of ever being able to catch up with a post for each one. (I must resolve to write a post each time I finish a book.) Anyway, I finished Landline last Friday night and my mind is still processing everything that transpired. I knew I had to write about my thoughts as soon as I finished because I will be starting another book with friends today (who is hyperactive?), otherwise, I might eventually lose my drive to write again (and I love this book too much, I can’t not wri...
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