2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.

Book Review: Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

What a cool, weird, eerily atmospheric tale this was! I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the description, but I was definitely intrigued. Once I started reading, I became more enthralled with each page – this is a wholly original and fascinating tale populated by a fabulous cast of characters who leapt off the page. Continue reading Book Review: Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

You’re On Your Own – I’m on Mini-Vacation…

Sorry guys, you’re on your own for the next few days – I’m off on a mini-break with Handsome Husband… I’ll be back here Monday, February 24. Until then, head over to your local library and find something great to read! And if you nou need some inspiration on what to read next, check out my back catalog – there’s a ton of stuff on there – or my GoodReads feed to see what I’m reading while I’m away!

Book Review: The Man Who Signed the City by Dale Keiger

This was a lovely book, fun to read and informative as well. The vignettes were well-written and their subjects well-chosen. I loved the variety – through the book we meet everyone from scientists to artists to athletes, and never knowing what I would find next was a part of the delight. Each tale is told in a voice that partially reflects the subject and partially reflects the author, which makes them individually resonant while still feeling coherent when presented as a whole. Continue reading Book Review: The Man Who Signed the City by Dale Keiger

Book Review: The Other People by C.J. Tudor

I really liked this one… One of the things I liked about it from the beginning was the uncertainty – was this going to be paranormal? Was it horror? Was it a straightforward thriller? There were elements of all of these woven in the story, and they were crafted together into a whole that left me guessing in a way that I found maddening and enjoyable at the same time. Having your child go missing is every parent’s worst nightmare, and Tudor did an excellent job laying out the stress and the strain that would inevitably follow such an event. I found the characterizations excellent and the pacing to be spot-on. Continue reading Book Review: The Other People by C.J. Tudor

Book Review: Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz


X wants out. And he’s trying, so hard, to get there… Unfortunately, his latest Nowhere Man case keeps unfolding like an onion from hell, and as he races against his own body and clocks that keep resetting, the options in front of him keep shrinking. Of course, he’s Orphan X, so you know he’ll wrangle all the pieces together eventually, but there were several points in this one where I honestly didn’t see how – even with his mad skills and incredible supporting cast.

Seriously, I don’t know how Hurwitz manages to keep ramping up the action AND devising new and incredibly intricate plots for Evan Smoak to unravel, all while maintaining the integrity of the central theme of redemption and never lapsing into any issues of suspended disbelief or incredulity… Continue reading Book Review: Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz




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