Category Archives: Reason: I Like the Author

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton had a way with writing that made me actually enjoy sci-fi. He was able to explain scientific sounding things in a way that made them easy to understand. The Andromeda Strain progresses at a steady pace making you feel like you are in the lab with the scientists. Often it’ll say things like “he wouldn’t realize his mistake for two days” letting the reader know that something was missed or done wrong and there will be repercussions that you are just waiting to watch unfold. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi thrillers or is a fan of Michael Crichton’s writing.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 106
Pages Read in 2022: 37,190
Graphic Novels: 3

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Filed under Reason: I Like the Author, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Science Fiction, Thriller

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liana Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers is told from the alternating viewpoints of several people who happen to be at a health resort at the same time. I liked some storylines/characters more than others. The characters’ stories were revealed little by little and really pulled me in to keep reading and learning about them. Some parts of the book were funny, some were fascinating, and some were just ridiculous (sometimes ridiculously funny). The last few chapters telling what happened later, basically serving as a years long epilogue, were great and tied everything up very satisfyingly. I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy contemporary fiction.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 91
Pages Read in 2022: 32,392
Graphic Novels: 2

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Filed under Contemporary Fiction, Reason: Grim Readers, Reason: I Like the Author

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

As is typical with books by Karen McManus, The Cousins was filled with twists and turns and so many things I did not expect. My daughter read the book just before I did and she happened to be sitting next to me when I got to one of the big shockers and my mouth dropped open and my eyes got huge and she knew exactly what I had just read. All three points of view it alternates between have their own voice and are easily identifiable as Milly, Aubrey, or Jonah. Every question (except maybe one) was somehow answered satisfactorily by the end. This is a truly excellent book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult mysteries, especially if you like to be surprised.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 81
Pages Read in 2022: 29,204
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reason: Buddy Read, Reason: I Like the Author, Reason: Recommended by a Friend, Young Adult

A Limited Run by Karen McQuestion

A Limited Run by Karen McQuestion

I enjoyed A Limited Run so much. Lately there have been so many reunion shows and look back podcasts for old shows. This book takes that idea and goes even further by having the original cast, twenty years older, live in character (including now-adults pretending to be teens) in a recreation of their show’s setting for ten days. They are given limited directions each day, but have no idea what their castmates have been told to do. The characters are well developed and I found that I really cared what happened to them and even felt outrage at the unfairness and gaslighting one went through. I suspected some things before they were revealed, but totally missed others. One character had me totally puzzled by her actions and wanting to know what her motivation was and where her knowledge came from is largely what made the book hard to put down. I very highly recommend this book to people who enjoy those reunions shows and podcasts. It’s a very fun read!

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 78
Pages Read in 2022: 28,229
Graphic Novels: 1

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From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

From a Distant Star is an incredibly sweet book. I was sucked totally into the story and completely invested in what happened to the characters. I couldn’t put it down telling myself “just one more chapter” repeatedly. The ending is absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light scifi.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 70
Pages Read in 2022: 25,511
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Reason: I Like the Author, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Reason: We Be Book'N, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Truth is in the Darkness by Heather Sunseri

The Truth is in the Darkness by Heather Sunseri

I couldn’t put The Truth is in the Darkness down. Unfortunately this led to me staying up way too late to finish it. The ending was totally worth the loss of sleep, though. The story just seriously sucked me in. I really liked finding out more about Coop and Lil since I’d read the first and third of the Paynes Creek Thriller series so I had been introduced to them before (not sure how I missed reading the second book before I read the third but that wasn’t an issue). I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy romantic thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 57
Pages Read in 2022: 20,485
Graphic Novels: 1

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Genesis by Robin Cook

Genesis by Robin Cook

Robin Cook writes some amazing medical thrillers. I love how he builds the case little by little and keeps the tension going throughout. I had a couple guesses who the killer was pretty early on, and one of those guesses was correct. With a bit left in the book the killer was revealed to the reader and so it was quite fun through the rest of the book waiting to see how Jack (because it’s always Jack) figured out who it was. Seeing that Genesis is the 12th of 12 Laurie Montgomery/Jack Stapleton book, I must admit I was pretty sure he was going to off Laurie to end the series. I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy medical thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 42
Pages Read in 2022: 15,442
Graphic Novels: 1

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I was not surprised that I really enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star. I’ve never been disappointed by anything by the author. I was surprised, however, at just how much I enjoyed it. I could barely put it down wanting to know what happened next. I cared so much about the characters. It’s definitely a heart in a blender sort of book. So incredibly emotional. Things are not wrapped up all pretty with a nice bow. Instead, things end up much more like they do in real life. Most of the story is told from the alternating points of view of the two main characters, but every so often there’s a narrative interjected to give explanation or a side character’s story or explain why things are or aren’t the way the main characters think they are. I absolutely loved that writing choice. Those added narratives really added to the story as a whole. I very highly recommend The Sun is Also a Star to teens and up.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 35
Pages Read in 2022: 12,518
Graphic Novels: 1

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Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing is one of those books that just stays with you for a long time after you finish it. On the surface it’s a relatively lighthearted young adult novel with lots of sweet romance. But it’s so much deeper than that. It’s about how the end, no matter how things end, isn’t what’s important. It’s the journey that’s important and to enjoy it. The writing is beautiful as is typical with this author. Some chapters are just silly while others are heartbreaking, striking a perfect balance. I could barely put this book down. I very highly recommend Instructions for Dancing to everyone teens and up!

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 32
Pages Read in 2022: 11,522
Graphic Novels: 1

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Filed under Reason: Book of the Month, Reason: I Like the Author, Reason: We Be Book'N, Young Adult

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Have you ever wondered where good dreams and terrible nightmares come from? Gossamer answers that question in such a gentle, sweet, and slightly fanciful way. The triggers experienced and words used by the boy, John, were very well written and not surprising for a child in foster care who has dealt with the things he had dealt with. Thin Elderly was such a patient and kind dreamgiving character and was paralleled in the real world by the old woman who fostered John. I absolutely adore Gossamer. She’s so fun. I’d love for her to be my dreamgiver. I recommend this book to kids and adults, though be aware that parts could trigger kids who are or have been in foster care.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 93
Pages Read in 2021: 29,716

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Filed under Children, Fantasy, Reason: I Like the Author, Reason: LitHub Bingo