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April Book Review

April 30, 2017

Even though my review writing is behind, my reading is not. I cut out a couple that were not even worth mentioning. 21/60

Stories of Your Life and Others – A book of short sci-fi stories that  was easily the best read in the last couple months. This book includes the short story Arrival was based on, and it was infinitely better than the movie.

We should all be Feminists – This book is what it is. I was a little disappointed because I wanted more, but that’s not so possible in less thna 100 pages.

Notorious RBG – There’s nothing not to like? Justice Ginsburg is an incredibly inspiring figure. This is a nice intro biography to her life and influence. Easy to digest and appreciate.

Boy Meets Boy – Easy YA fiction about high school relationships. Compelling characters in a totally bizarre but wonderful high school.

Born to Run – Liked this book surprisingly more than I expected. Ultra-marathoners are pretty amazing athletes and this book has a lot of good stories.

Dark Matter – Sci-fi about the existence of multi-verses. Fast paced story. But I generally find parallel universes in the same boat as time travel – at some point it gets really complicated and there’s not a good way to get your story back.

The Help – I’m about 8 years too late in reading this book. It is as great as everyone said and made for a very quick read.

American Born Chinese – I thought this was a nice graphic novel about being Chinese American. I found it a refreshing subject, view and medium of storytelling.

The Hike – I was not that into this book. I could not get past the feeling that this came out of those creative writing exercises where you’re given a bunch of unrelated objects and you need to write a story that includes them all.


The Partly Cloudy Patriot – a book of essays that were mostly unmemorable to me. I didn’t find them compelling or very relatable.


MaddAddam (Oryx and Crake #3) – Third book in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake series. I liked this story better than the second, but still nowhere near as good as the first. It’s difficult to read the same story a third time, just from a new perspective.

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) – Not much to say about the third book in J.K. Rowling’s detective series. I still like the characters and I’ll read more when they come out.

Symbiont / Chimera – Books #2 and #3 in the Parisitology trilogy. I didn’t love them. The plot moved along in both books but I kept feeling like there could be more. Still an interesting zombie book idea.