April Mini-Reviews

I’ve read 17 books so far this year. For the month of April, I focused primarily on reading library books. Bellevue Public Library started the 2018 Adult Library Program and I wanted to participate. It’s been fun trying out different books and authors.

The following reviews will cover what worked well in the books. If you wish to discuss what didn’t work in the books—or better yet, your own reading goals for the year—I’d encourage you to comment on this post.

Without further ado, here are the mini-reviews for this month. (Mild spoilers may follow.)


Palaces

Palaces by Simon Jacobs

Before I began reading library books in earnest for the month of April, I decided it was time to read another Two Dollar Radio book. Palaces by Simon Jacobs caught my eye right away with that startling black, white, and red cover. After reading the synopsis, I decided to give the novel a try.

Synopsis from the Two Dollar Radio website:

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Novelizing my Notes in November: NaNoWriMo Round 2

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I have a story I want to tell you.

First, however, I need to write it.

Are you ready for National Novel Writing Month? I sure hope I am, because I’m participating again this November.

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Why I’m Happy Reading Dystopian Novels

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No, I’m not a cruel robot propagating the idea that humans should be subservient to machines (OR AM I?). Simply put, reading dystopian novels makes me happy. Before you judge me, hear me out.

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Lacking Joy: Pandemic and Abandonment in Laura van den Berg’s Find Me

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If Lewis Carroll’s Alice was plucked from Wonderland and deposited into a post-pandemic, near future America, then you would have the story of Joy Jones in Laura van den Berg’s first novel, Find Me. Tricks, labyrinths, indecision, and absurdity plague Joy’s life. Abandoned by her mother, she was raised in a series of foster homes and orphanages. As a young adult, she self-medicated on stolen cough syrup from the grocery store she worked at until the pandemic.

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