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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

One-Line Book Reviews: Fall/Winter 2015

I'm back with another round of one-line book reviewing.  This time, it's the Fall/Winter 2015 Edition.  It's an eclectic mix that includes books read for class, some personal picks outside my typical range, and, of course, the usual haunts.  Oh, and Patrick Ness.  Because we get a little excited about Patrick Ness around here.  

Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Briggs Myers

Yes, I read the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator classic.  Yes, this INTJ nerd loved it.

Rating: 4/5

Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown

This one was handed to me (quite literally) with no explanation other than "Italy.  Terrifyingly real villain."  While the writing style leaves something to be desired, the plot is fascinating.

Rating: 4/5

Read this for my Fiction Writing class.  It's unlike every other writing book I've ever read (in a good way).

Rating: 4/5

City of a Thousand Dolls (Bhinian Empire #1) by Miriam Forster

Flat characters and halfhearted worldbuilding make this one to pass over.

Rating: 3/5

Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries by Ander Monson

It's possibly the most pretentious thing I've ever read, but also strangely compelling.  Also, I met Ander Monson in September, and he gave a great reading of excerpts of this.

Rating: 4/5

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo lives up to the standards she set in her Grisha trilogy, and might have even surpassed them.

Rating: 4/5

St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russel

Read this for my Writing Fiction class.  It's strange and whimsical, yet each story gets darker and darker.

Rating: 3/5

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

While it didn't slam me with feels like Ness' other books, it's innovative and poignant and, of course, proves once again that Patrick Ness knows how I think.

Rating: 4.5/5

Intentional Dating by John R. Buri

I'm not one for self-help books, especially dating ones, but there's a story behind why I read this particular one that won't fit in a mini-mini-review.  I will say this: it's a complete game-changer and eye-opener in the best way possible.

Rating: 5/5

Soundless by Richelle Mead

I have little to criticize, but nothing about this story compelled me to immerse myself in it, either.

Rating: 3/5

What have you been reading lately?  What have you loved/hated lately?
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