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I'm a writer, technology journalist, mom of two kids and two boxers and one disgruntled semi-retired mini-Schnauzer.

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James Clear: Atomic Habits (EBook, 2018, Avery) 4 stars

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving—every day. James Clear, …

Super helpful

4 stars

I think this might be an annual read for me while I'm trying to adjust my habits to lose weight. It's a smart book and full of good stuff about breaking and making habits. Highly recommend.

Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing (2018, G.P. Putnam's Sons) 5 stars

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya …

Some gorgeous description but annoying audio book

3 stars

I listened to the audio book, which was okay but Kia's voice was off-putting to me so that influenced my experience of this book. There was some gorgeous description and writing but overall it didn't live up to the hoopla for me. I'm not sure I'd recommend it but I don't regret listening to it, really. Or maybe what I mean is I think it'd be better read so I do regret listening to it. I really liked the ending.

Andy Weir: Project Hail Mary (Paperback) 4 stars

A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller …

Fun, fast read

4 stars

A fun, fast read that's a riddle from the first page. I really don't know what to write for reviews, but it's a good read and worth your time. It's not super deep, but the writer has done the hard work of world building.

Simone St. James: The Broken Girls (Paperback, 2020, Berkley) 4 stars

More than sixty years after one of four friends in a reputedly haunted boarding school …

A fun, engaging read

4 stars

A mystery with a ghost and an intricate plot -although it felt a bit contrived in the end. I really did enjoy it - the ghost is the best ghost I've read since the (possible) ghosts in Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, which I love.

reviewed Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore (Noir Chronicles, #2)

Christopher Moore: Razzmatazz (2022, HarperCollins Publishers) 4 stars

San Francisco, 1947. Bartender Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin and the rest of the Cookie's Coffee …

Review of Razzmatazz

4 stars

A really fun read - as always with Christopher Moore, expect humor and strangeness. This is a sequel, although I didn't realize it until I was halfway through and he referenced some previous adventures with the characters. Don't be like me and read it out of order - Noir is first.

Matt Haig: The Midnight Library (Paperback, 2021, Canongate Books Ltd.) 4 stars

Nora’s life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight …

Loved this as Invisible Cities

No rating

I love these kind of books that explore how one thing can be multiple things - like cities in Invisible Cities or time in Einstein's Dream. In this case, it's one life and all the alternative universes that might spin off it. Altogether, an enjoyable read though maybe not as poignant as Invisible Cities or Einstein's Dreams.