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From NW Indiana and Arizona. I read whatever strikes my fancy but mostly literary fiction, classics and biographies. I want to spend less time online and more time reading this year.

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2023 Reading Goal

7% complete! Sandra has read 3 of 40 books.

The Magician (Hardcover, 2021, Scribner) 4 stars

A fictional biography of Thomas Mann

Review of 'The Magician' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I finished this a while back. It started good but it dragged on in the middle. I didn't know it was a true story until I was halfway into it. Still, kinda meh. I hope in 2023 I have a better reading experience because this year kinda sucked.

Where The Crawdads Sing (2018, Penguin) 4 stars

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

Review of 'Where The Crawdads Sing' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I liked this book. The whole time I was reading it I thought "yeah, it's good... it's not great though". So probably 3 stars. The amount of suspension of disbelief asked of the reader was ALMOST more than I was willing to bear. I mean, come on, truthfully, it was VERY unbelievable that a little girl would be able to live alone in the marshland. It was unbelievable that the town folk, the CHURCHES, the STATE would turn a blind eye to this little girl's well being for year after year. I mean, at least they could have dropped off some food, some supplies, whatever. Then when she learned how to read, draw, paint, author books, boat motor never broke down, house never needed dire repairs etc... was almost laughable to the point of ruining the whole thing.


I love nature. When I first went to college I was …

The Essex Serpent (2017) 4 stars

"Costa Book Award Finalist and the Waterstones (UK) Book of the Year 2016." "I loved …

Review of 'The Essex Serpent' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The Essex Serpent is a good book; I enjoyed it. It reminded me of a classic English novel like any of the Bronte sisters’ novels for example or Jane Austen. You have some of the common things going on that you run into in these kinds of books written/set in the (late) 19th century- someone with consumption wasting away, a pastor and family living out in the country, the “enlightened people” from London visiting the country folk, the superstitious villagers, a “forbidden” love interest. Often they have a mystery that kind of drives the story forwards. Or some kind of protagonist/antagonist conflict, something. In the Essex Serpent there are good, believable characters, even if we don’t get to examine them in too much detail (not enough backstory or character development really). You have people visiting other people, even complete strangers coming to dinner just because a common friend introduced you …

All Quiet on the Western Front (1982, Ballantine Books) 4 stars

This edition is in Hebrew. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have …

Review of 'All Quiet on the Western Front' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

4 1/2 stars
Yeah, I liked this. I can see why this is a classic and why it has withstood the test of time. I'm sure it was controversial back in the day because it was kind of gritty and risque'. I'm not one for war stories so the fact that I read this and was engaged until the end is a testament to the authors ability to tell it "like it is" without sugar-coating or sentimentality which would render it corny. And we all know I have an adversion to corny.

So yeah, force yourself out of your comfort zone occasionally and read something you aren't exactly drawn towards. There is a lot of classic literature out there and it's almost always worthy of your reading time. Go for it.

The Storyteller (Hardcover, 2021, Dey Street Books) 4 stars

Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a …

Review of 'The Storyteller' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Oh rock (auto)biographies, I thought I broke it off with you. “I want to read more intellectually challenging material” I said to myself. ”I need to grow and change as a reader, as a person”. “All these rock (auto)biographies are the same, I’m done.” I asserted. But, rock (auto)biography, it seems I just can’t quit you. I saw this at the library and, I know, I know, I should have just walked on by. But no, I picked it up and read the inside flap and Dave Grohl said something like “I measure my life in musical increments” and I thought “So do I! I do that too!” so against my better judgment, not being a particular fan of Dave Grohl’s music, I took this book home with me.

The book is not bad. It’s just not the book I wanted to read. I thought Dave Grohl was going to …