Becky Boer

Books, Reviews

State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

I’ve said this before, and it’s still true: the more I like a book, the harder it is to review it. I don’t know what it is, exactly, about State of Wonder that I liked so much, but what I do know is that once I started it, I couldn’t put it down, and even when I wasn’t actively reading, I was often thinking about the characters. The characters in this book are interesting and intricate, and not all of them are entirely likeable. I did quite like Marina; she was  ...

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The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

I finished reading The Rosie Project yesterday while I waited for Lance to come out of an appointment. I think I might have been the last person on the planet to read it. 
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I liked reading Don’s lists and I really loved his own take on social interactions. His response to Phil’s “tell me something I don’t know” had me laughing out loud in the doctor’s office. I also loved Don’s relationship with Rosie. I wish I knew more about her, but I guess that might  ...

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Let Me Tell You, Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson will always be the queen of quiet horror in my mind, and this posthumous collection of Shirley Jackson stories and essays is fantastic.The majority of these stories have never been published. I’m finding that I prefer the Library of America collection of novels and stories, but I’ve still enjoyed all of these so far. Almost every one of these stories features Jackson’s particular brand of uncanniness, creating a strong sense of unease in the reader. I’ve thought many times  ...

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My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent

This is a beautiful book. It is devastating and heartbreaking and maddening, but it is beautiful. When I picked it up, I had a feeling that I would love it. I didn’t start reading it right away, because I wanted to finish something else first, but I kept being drawn to it. Something told me it would be amazing, and it was.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (This book is also potentially super triggering: there is emotional abuse and manipulation, there are rape scenes, and there’s quite a bit of violence, so be  ...

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