2020 Reading Challenge

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

Book Review Blurb: The Mystery of Henri Pick by David Foenkinos

I LOVED this one!! It had all the magical lyricism I love about French stories from authors like Antoine Laurain, with a sweet underlying sensibility that just resonated for me… I’m pretty much a sucker for any books about books/authors, but there was something truly magical in this one. The idea of a library of rejected books, the mystery behind the novel, the relationships between all the disparate characters – everything about this one was well-crafted and well-presented. The writing is beautiful, the story is thoughtful and entertaining at the same time, and the characters grabbed hold of me from the opening pages and never let go. This was a great find and Foenkinos is definitely on my watch-list going forward!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

Book Review: Lazarus by Lars Kepler


I love this series – Joona Linna is incredible, Saga Bauer is amazing, Jurek Walter is a horrifyingly perfect villain, and the investigations, pursuit, evasion, and supporting characters are all immaculate in construction, set up, and execution. The books are DARK, but there is a pathos to the series that has resonated with me from the first book. Continue reading Book Review: Lazarus by Lars Kepler

Book Review: Perish by L.C. Barlow

This is such a fabulous, dark, surprising series! I loved Pivot, the first book – from the opening salvo in which Jack learns to kill as a 6 year old girl, to her growth into a surprisingly strong (mentally as well as physically) young woman who delivers the comeuppance Cyrus so desperately deserved, it was a gloriously insane funhouse ride into the dark… Continue reading Book Review: Perish by L.C. Barlow

Book Review: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

I feel really bad saying this, because I had really high hopes for it, but this one totally fell flat for me…

It started off very strong – I was immediately drawn in to the multiple worlds and Cara’s place in them. The first reveal wasn’t much of a shocker but still packed a punch, and I expected to fly through this one based on how quickly things started off. But somewhere about a quarter of the way in things just started slowing down and from there felt like they got slower and slower until they ground to a halt for me. I’ve seen other reviewers talk about the elegance of the writing – which I agree with completely – and also about the weird simultaneous flatness of the emotional affect – which, unfortunately, I also agree with completely. Continue reading Book Review: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Book Review: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Okay I don’t exactly know what I was expecting – Slade House is the only David Mitchell I’ve read to date (although like every third reader in America I own The Bone Clocks and just haven’t started it) and I was absolutely transfixed by it… The writing, the originality, the weirdness – everything about it worked perfectly to my taste as a reader. So I was eager to dive into this one, both because I had such a great experience with Slade and because it was a 60s British music scene story. Continue reading Book Review: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell