Rabbit, Run – John Updike

May 16

Rabbit, Run – John Updike

Can a book be great even when the main character is detestable? Yes. Yes it can. The Rabbit series (there are four total, according to my Instagram followers) by John Updike gets its start with this book. Rabbit is a former star athlete. He marries young and becomes a father. Then he looks around his life and decides that it isn’t exactly satisfying. So, in...

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You’ll Grow Out Of It – Jessi Klein

Apr 18

You’ll Grow Out Of It – Jessi Klein

I could relate to roughly 95% of this collection of short, true stories by Jessi Klein. Tales from her past include some seriously crappy boyfriends, struggles with confidence, an impressive career path, friendships, and love. All of these stories are told with a razor sharp wit, a sailor’s mouth, and all of the humanity. On dating a ‘Cad’:...

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Mar 22

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Spoiler alert: She is actually doing quite terribly! I loved this debut novel by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor has a decidedly dreadful mother. She is abusive on many levels. Eleanor manages to survive childhood and becomes an office worker. She has little to no social interaction, she is hyper-focused on grammar and doing things properly, she is a closet alcoholic, and...

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The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict

Jan 16

The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict

This book is a work of historical fiction. Author Marie Benedict attempts to unravel the history behind Albert Einstein’s first wife (and mother to his children) Mileva “Mitza” Marić. Mitza is of Serbian decent and crazy smart. I like the untold stories of women who were fascinating in their own right, but were overshadowed by men (much like The Paris Wife.)...

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Repeat the Chorus – Russell B. Crites

Jan 05

Repeat the Chorus – Russell B. Crites

When you are an avid reader and your father becomes a published author during his retirement, all of the feels are real. My Dad, Russell B. Crites, recently penned his third book. It is by far his best work yet. (See another review here. ) Murder has come to sleepy northern Montana in the 1930s. Rowdy is a sinister poker player looking for the easy way out. Ray has...

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102 Books in 2017 – Top Ten

Dec 31

102 Books in 2017 – Top Ten

2017 was the first time that I was retired for the full calendar year. Couple that with The Doc being knee-deep in residency, and I had some serious time on my hands. Time enough to read 102 books, apparently. I am sure that this is a feat that won’t be repeated by me any time soon. We have a bunch of life coming at us in 2018, and I am fairly certain there...

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