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  • My Roommate is a Vampire Book Cover

    My Roommate is a Vampire


  • Fever House Book Cover

    Fever House: A Novel

    Author: Keith Rosson

    Rating: 2 out of 5.
  • Very Punchable Face Book Cover

    Very Punchable Face

    Author: Colin Jost

    Rating: 2 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    Like most memoirs by comedians, parts are good and other parts are not so good. The chapter on his family’s relationship to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was a bit jarring amidst the mostly light tone of the rest of the book.

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    The Soul Feud

    Author: Juniper Jackson

    Rating: 2 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    I was intrigued by the premise: an owner of a soul food restaurant in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood falls in love with the man who might put her out of business. At the same time, that man is in the process of stepping away from his previous life of privilege. A romantic comedy featuring gentrification, inter-racial relationships, discussions of privilege? I thought I would enjoy it but instead it ended up being pretty improbable, even for an already improbable genre.

  • Graffiti Girl

    Graffiti Girl

    Author: Kelly Parra

    Rating: 2 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    This is a young adult book about a young woman who gets interested in graffiti and ultimately joins a graffiti crew. I’m generally a fan of books that encourage teenage rebellion, but there was too much moralizing about vandalism. It’s portrayals of the subculture also felt very surface level.

  • The Rom-Com Agenda

    Author: Jayne Denker

    Rating: 3 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    This was a quick and largely enjoyable read. The cast of characters was reasonably diverse for the genre and it had references to a lot of classic romantic comedy movies.

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    Gaming Masculinity: Trolls, Fake Geeks, and the Gendered Battle for Online Culture

    Author: Megan Condis

    Rating: 3 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    This was an interesting academic book about gender and video games. Where else can you read about video games and Judith Butler?

  • Digital Fortress

    Digital Fortress

    Author: Dan Brown

    Rating: 4 out of 5.
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    What Stalks Among Us

    Author: Sarah Hollowell

    Rating: 3 out of 5.
  • Just My Type

    Just My Type

    Author: Falon Ballard

    Rating: 2 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    I wanted a light read and this book definitely filled that need. It was a basic romance/comedy novel. The premise of former lovers being reunited to compete for a job promotion at the website (through a series of article-based challenges) was unique, but also improbable. The characters weren’t very interesting.

  • Invincible Summer

    Invincible Summer

    Author: Alice Adams

    Rating: 5 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    I selected this book randomly after reading its description on the Libby app. The book begins with a group of four friends at the end of high school and tells the story of how their lives changed over the next twenty-five or so years. It was an unexpectedly reflective and somber read dealing with how lives change and how people move in and out of each others lives. I really ended up enjoying this one.

  • Beware the Woman

    Beware the Woman

    Author: Megan Abbott

    Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Little Brother

    Little Brother

    Author: Cory Doctorow

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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    Author: Sara Shepard

    Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Romantic Comedy

    Romantic Comedy

    Author: Curtis Sittenfeld

    Rating: 5 out of 5.
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    You Will Know Me

    Author: Meagan Abbott

    Rating: 3 out of 5.
  • ChatGPT for Dummies

    ChatGPT for Dummies

    Author: Pam Baker

    Rating: 2 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    This book provides an overview of ChatGPT and similar AI language models (with detours into a few other tools). It’s a very basic introduction to the topic in a broad way – probably ideal for someone who has no idea what ChatGPT is and who has missed the discussion around it. It covers how it works, ethical considerations, and how to get the most out of the tool. I was most interested in that last part, but the book doesn’t give that many practical tips for using ChatGPT. The author also tends to repeat similar points over and over.

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    Beach Read

    Author: Emily Henry

    Rating: 4 out of 5.
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    Didn’t See That Coming

    Rating: 2 out of 5.

    Author: Rachel Hollis

    Quick Review

    I came across this book (full title: Didn’t See That Coming: Putting Life Back Together When Your World Falls Apart) without any awareness of the controversy around the author’s statements. Her comments comparing herself – a privileged white woman struggling to build a business – with Harriet Tubman were ridiculous. I can’t say that I’m too surprised; it seems like it fits in with some of the “pull your self up by your bootstraps” talk that permeates parts of the book. It’s too bad in a way because while the pop psychology aspects of this book aren’t the best, it does at time offer some helpful advice for navigating the “hard seasons” of life: death and grief, divorce, and job loss. As is the case in many books in this genre, parts seem helpful while others make me cringe.

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    Always Time to Die

    Author: Elizabeth Lowell

    Rating: 1 out of 5.
    Quick Review

    This thriller sounded promising to me. A genealogist (Carolina “Carly” May) is hired to do a family history by an eccentric aunt of the governor of New Mexico. The family’s history stretches back to the days when New Mexico was a part of Mexico. Eventually, it becomes a story of corruption and the blending of two families, the Castillos and the Quintrells. I had a hard time following the various threads of the plot and keeping the histories of the two families straight. Additionally, the will-they-won’t-they romance between Carly and one of the family members had a lot of tedious banter. By the end, the story was pretty confusing and came to a rather abrupt – and disturbing – end involving incest and murder.