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dorking around with old books for work and reading new books for fun | you can find me most places as wynkenhimself | she/her

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2023 Reading Goal

38% complete! sarah has read 19 of 50 books.

Last White Man (2022, Penguin Publishing Group) 3 stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of Exit West, a story of love, loss, …

white people feelings

3 stars

I don’t know what to do with this book. Some aspects were great. Some were really infuriating in ways I can’t decide if he meant to be. Maybe I just don’t want to read a book that’s about white people’s feelings about not being white, which is what the vast majority of this is.

Made for Love (Paperback, 2018, Ecco) 4 stars

Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and …

funny and v dark

4 stars

honestly had to look this up to refresh my memory of it, and now that it's coming back, yeah, "funny and v dark" was my original mini-review on insta and it still sums it up

The Marriage Portrait (Hardcover, 2022, Knopf) 4 stars

Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure …


3 stars

Content warning This was tolerable until it became clear how the tension was going to resolve and then I was furious.

Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery (2020, Tin House Books, LLC) 4 stars

The “splendid genre-pushing” (People) Vera Kelly series returns in full force as our recently out-of-the-spy-game …

Vera Kelly can have me with a snap of her spy fingers

4 stars

What's not to love about a Cold War lesbian spy who is trying so hard to navigate so many disasters and also find a good girlfriend? The whole series is great.

Sense and Sensibility (AudiobookFormat, 2006, Naxos AudioBooks) 4 stars

When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son …

perfect reader, perfect book

5 stars

Juliet Stevenson really is the queen of reading Austen. So much nuance in both her narration and in Austen's prose. I listened to this mostly while riding a bus around New Zealand, zero notes, would do it all again.

Hamnet (2020, Headline Publishing Group) 4 stars

Drawing on Maggie O'Farrell's long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare's most enigmatic play, …

quiet accumulation of grief and wonder

5 stars

Fucking hell. I put this off for years because I wasn’t sure I was ready for its sustained grief (and because as a one-time Shakespeare professor, I usually stay away from fiction about him). The grief is hard and circles everything. It’s not easy, but it’s beautiful and I’m glad I read it and I’ll be thinking about it for a long while.

Bookish People (2022, HarperCollins Focus) 4 stars

A perfect storm of comedic proportions erupts in a DC bookstore over the course of …

fun enough!

4 stars

It’s a very bookish book written by someone who actually knows bookstores and events and authors. It was a fun read! Did it stick with me in any sort of way? Nah, but it didn’t need to.

Mistakes Were Made (Paperback, 2022, St. Martin's Griffin) 3 stars

When Cassie Klein goes to an off-campus bar to escape her school’s Family Weekend, she …

fun but oogey

3 stars

I read it and I enjoyed it but I also judged it hard. Power play can be a fun dynamic but actually fucking your daughter’s best friend while they’re in your house and without telling your kid is just wrong. But you might feel differently if you don’t have young adult kids.