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Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

This was my second paper-copy book of the year after Silence. The book was clever and had some interesting “uses” for things, but none of them made me want to put the book down, go get the “thing”, and try to recreate what the author described. I’m writing this 5 months after I read the […]

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Provocative title. Dud of a book. The first 15% of this book I was dialed in and picking up what Manson was putting down. I was nodding along with his concept of lowering the number of things that one individual can “give an F” about and enjoying the shade thrown at current social norms. But, […]

A Darker Shade of Magic

I enjoyed the combination of magic, medieval, and parallel worlds that the book introduces. I like Kell, Lila, and Rhy in the story, but felt that they each were too flat as characters on their own. Kell as the melancholy reluctant hero, Rhy as the richie-rich party boy, and Lila as the street rat with a […]

Slaughterhouse-Five

I read Slaughterhouse Five for three reasons: 1) I had recently read a few fiction books with stories about magic, 2) I wanted to know what the title meant and 3) I had some faint memory of seeing Kurt Vonnegut in a movie and wasn’t sure if it was true. Note: it was the 1986 Rodney […]

The Alchemist

This book was on the “always available” list at my library so I grabbed it. I didn’t know anything about it when I started to read it. After I read the book I saw all the polarizing reviews on Goodreads. There were condemning 1 star reviews and lauding 5 star reviews. I can see why there […]