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Pronouns: he/him Reading is my escape. Books are my love language.

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36% complete! Rainer has read 11 of 30 books.

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The Glass Hotel (2020, Knopf) 4 stars

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip …

I was originally hesitant to read this book because it's review scores were substantially lower than Station Eleven, but I am so glad that I did. Emily St. John Mandel is a British Columbian treasure and New York is lucky to have her.

The Glass Hotel (2020, Knopf) 4 stars

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip …

Sad, Poignant, Beautiful

5 stars

This book is so beautiful, so insightful, and so sad. This story is a deep-dive into the different worlds that we can often fall into. It's an examination of wealth, poverty, addiction, guilt/shame, stealing to get by, making art for art's sake, making art for ambition's sake, greed, dread, and so many more things.

As someone whose family was significantly impacted by the 2008 financial crisis (and let's be honest, whose wasn't), I found that entering back into the world of watching white collar criminals squirm was like a warm blanket. There are a few scenes in the book where various financial criminals are overtaken by waves of dread and it felt like such a balm to my soul to experience their suffering as a reader and then to remove myself back into the cozy world of my own little reading nook.

The Glass Hotel is not a feel-good book, …

Someone in Time (2022, Black Library, The) 4 stars

Anthology of inclusive tales of people through time looking for one another and for ways …

A Heartwarming Collection of Intriguing Stories

4 stars

This book was at times a delight, and at other times a slight burden. I really enjoyed all of the stories that were included in this book, and there are so many talented authors who contributed to this wonderful collection.

The stories made me cherish the relationships in my life. It's really a celebration of love in all its many forms. While some stories focused on romantic love, others focused more on the love that exists between family members.

The one thing that made this book feel like something of a burden at times is that each new story brings with it a large amount of world-building. Stories about time travel have a lot of context to establish in order to make the plot points seem believable. In a larger single-narrative story, much of this work would be done at the outset and then the reader could enjoy the development …