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pyrajane’s review #54: Arcadia by Lauren Groff

ArcadiaI finished it before 2013, but I didn’t write the review on time.  But it still totally counts!

I really liked this book and it was a great one to end the year on.  If you believe in free love, drugs and communes while at the same time knowing that things can’t end well, hop on over to my blog and check things out.

While you’re there, I’ll be diving in to my first book of CBRV.

pyrajane’s review #53: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

OliveOlive Kitteridge has a very interesting structure.  Everything takes place in a fairly small town in Maine and each chapter is told from a different resident’s point of view with Olive connecting the stories and characters together.  Olive herself gets more than one chapter of her own, but she always passes through the other chapters.  Sometimes it might be one sentence, other times she is a major character, and in other stories she’s there long enough for the person telling the story to reflect on.  I found myself looking forward to spotting her, especially when I saw that she wasn’t going to play a major role in the story.


Read more about Olive and why I’m not entirely sure I’d like her over on my blog.

pyrajane’s review #52: Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

I almost can’t hear myself typing over the sound of FIFTY TWO BOOKS IN 2012!!!

Awwwwwwwwww yeah!


Layout 1I liked this book very quickly and realized it was going to be hard to review.  Trying to describe the plot is either going to simplify it and not do it justice or will cause people to make a confused face and back away slowly.

It is so good!

Instead of plot, I’m going to talk about characters.  And a little bit of plot.

Clicky McClick Click over to my blog for a look at a book that has no business working and does so beautifully.  Love and math.  Logic and emotion.  A wonderful book.


Oh, and did I mention that this is book 52?

pyrajane’s review #51: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates


This is a brilliant book.  Oates’ writing is simply stunning.  Sometimes her words twirl and spin slowly like honey being drizzled into hot tea.  Descriptions and moments spill silkily across the pages.  It is especially breathtaking when she does this during the darkest moments of the book.  Her descriptions of ugliness, pain and fear follow staccato beats, pulsing into your mind.  It’s poetry in prose form and as I read I had to pause from time to time to simply enjoy the rhythm of the book and reread the art of her writing.  I have a feeling I’m going to gloriously devour more of her books over the next few months.

Please stop by my blog to read the whole review, including my adoration of Oates.

pyrajane’s review #50: The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

If you haven’t read the series, there are about to be spoilers.  You have been warned.


The tl;dr review: Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy continue on the Beam to the Tower.  They need to protect the Rose in NYC but can’t figure out how to get there and back.  The Beam brings them to a township that needs help.  Father Callahan from Salem’s Lot has Black Thirteen which will take them to NYC.  While they are in the town they need to help save the children.  Susannah is pregnant with a demon child and doesn’t know because her mind has created a new personality to protect the Chap.

The full summary with a few thoughts thrown in can be found over on my blog.

pyrajane’s Review #49: Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch by Haywood Smith

Queen Bee


This book was not written for me, but I didn’t hate it.  I’m sure there are lots of people who rated it much higher than I did, but I’m just not the target audience.

Read more about Southern bitches, life after fifty when you’re divorced and pissed off, and how to behave properly and use your manners when everything around you is falling apart.

pyrajane’s review #48: Switch by Carol Snow

Are you in the mood for some light paranormal YA?  Switch is one of those couch reads that you can breeze through quickly on some lazy day.  It’s not the kind of book that stays with you, but it’s an interesting premise.

Switch over to my blog for more.  (Get it?  Switch???  I’m clever!)

pyrajane’s review #47: On the Road by Jack Kerouac

This book exhausted me.  Writing this review exhausted me.

I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it.  It’s not my bible, but I understand why other people worship it.

If you’re in the  mood to read an enormous review of my thoughts about a book’s reputation and then read about the book itself, make sure you’re super comfortable, and then head on over to my blog.

For those of you who love this book, I welcome you to comment and explain why I’m an idiot.  For those of you who hated it, add your comments as well.  Let’s get into a book fight!

pyrajane’s review #46: A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

I wanted to love this book, but I didn’t.

I do love that it’s about synesthesia and I like the descriptions about what it’s like to have it.

I just didn’t love the story.

Read more about synesthesia, mango cats and friendship.

pyrajane’s review #45: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

What?  Another review of The Night Circus?  Has anyone not read this book yet???

That’s not fair.  I’m sure lots of people haven’t read it and aren’t interested in it.  It’s cool. You like what you like and don’t listen to people trying to tell you who you have to be.

I liked the book and I’ll tell you why over on my blog.

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