Book Review – Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Normally, Agatha Christie is my most-read author almost every year but it’s been a while since I picked up one of her books. So, it’s possible that Anne Tyler could take the title this year. I’ve been reading a few of her novels recently and would be very happy to read more over December. Unfortunately, I think I’ve exhausted my library’s supply of them. Or nearly. There’s still A Spool of Blue Thread but that feels to epic an undertaking for this late in the year. Maybe it’s a 2023 kind of book? I’ve been contemplating spending most of next year tackling some of the longer books that I’ve been putting off, so that would work. Of course, as most of my reads have tended to be around 250 pages then longer doesn’t really mean long. I need to get back into the habit of reading books of over 300 pages because I’m so bad at it. At least I have audiobooks to help me, which is how I listened to my latest Anne Tyler novel.

Book Review – Nightmares & Daydreams by Dominic J. Anton

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to read a copy of this book before it was published. Not only was I really honoured to get the chance to do it but I was excited to read it. The premise just sounded so good. I’d also read Dominic J. Anton’s poetry collection Intuition before, so I was excited to read his prose. The book was released in October and I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of the finished work. I couldn’t wait to get back in and read the final edition. So, I started reading it as soon as possible.

Book Review – The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

When is it possible to say for sure that an author is one of your favourites? How many of their books do you need to have read before you can make that claim? Even after reading His Bloody Project, I was sure that Graeme Macrae Burnet would be in a position to earn that title. Then I read Case Study and it only confirmed how much I enjoy his writing. In order to get the full experience, I also bought copies of his other works but, as usual, it took me a while to get around to them. When I found the audiobook version of this book in my library’s catalogue, it seemed like it was the right time to do so. So, I listened to it during work with the hope that I could finally bestow the all-important title on the Scottish author.

Book Review – Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

After I finished Redhead by the Side of the Road the other week, I listened to a second Anne Tyler book. How did I pick it? It was available as an audiobook on my library app and it was shorter than A Spool of Blue Thread. I think that’s a pretty good way to pick a book. I’ll get around to A Spool of Blue Thread eventually but it’s just too long to finish in one workday. If I have to stretch a book over a few days then I lose the momentum. It’s much easier all around if I just finish one over the course of a day.

Book Review – The Book No One Wanted To Read by Richard Ayoade

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have a few writers that I instantly buy. Richard Ayoade is one of them. I think everything he’s ever written is hilarious and well worth the read. So, I had to pre-order his new children’s book. I could imagine him being the perfect writer to create a unique and engaging story for younger readers.

Book Review – Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

After I read French Braid earlier this year, I decided that I’d try and read more Anne Tyler books. She’s an author that I haven’t read enough of and it’s time to change that. So, when I discovered a few of her books on my library app, I decided to borrow them. Again, I’ve been listening to audiobooks at work and she’s a great writer for that. Her stories are detailed but don’t require a lot of effort to keep track of the plot. You just get to enjoy gorgeous writing as you perform menial tasks. What could be better?

Book Review – The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are plenty of reasons to buy a book. Not all of them are great but they exist. I bought a copy of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett because it was beautiful. I found a hardback copy with stencilled edges and had to own it. I’d never read anything by Patchett before and I knew nothing about the book. Needless to say that it sat on my shelf going unread for ages. To encourage me I even bought the audiobook back when I still had an Audible account. Since leaving Audible, I’ve let my library lie unlistened to for ages. So, I decided to get back into it. Why did I start with this one? I’d previously downloaded it and it was under 10 hours long. Seemed like as good a reason as any.

Book Review – Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

I don’t know what’s happened to me lately. I’ve been on an absolute roll with my reading and have a bit of a review backlog. It’s a really new and great feeling. Especially considering the past few months haven’t gone as I’d expected. I had a few books that I definitely wanted to get through last month and I managed a few of them. Top of the list was this beauty that was published during the month. It just sounded like such a fun Halloween book and I’m a huge fan of the film. But would the book actually be any good?

Book Review – The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’ve been waiting for this to become available on my library app for ages. I was really looking forward to reading it. In my head, it was going to be like The Lighthouse but without much wanking over mermaids. Using my library app has really opened my eyes to how other people approach books. I started this as soon as I got hold of it and finished it in one day. The person before me had it for ages. Is that how other people handle library books? I mean there are so many audiobooks to choose from? And they’re free? Why hold onto one for ages? Anyway, this wasn’t the book I was expecting to review today, but it feels appropriate to add it to my Halloween TBR.

Book Review – Bear by Marian Engel

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads is an interesting place. I post my reviews on there mostly out of habit these days. It also helps me keep track of which books I’ve read. I don’t often agree with the mass consensus on very popular books so I strongly believe I’m not the right person for the site. Although, I do really enjoy going on there when I read a book I know most people won’t enjoy. I knew Bear by Marian Engel would be the kind of book that caused outrage on the site and I wasn’t disappointed. So many 1-star reviews that ignore so much about the book. Or 1-star reviews that say, I stopped reading after this point. I knew it was coming but it still gives me joy.