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The incomparable @johsjournal tagged me in this fun challenge, and I love that it is both reflective of the reading year and also looks to the future, so here we go! (Also I tend to give away books I’ve read. Hence why they’re not pictured. Acts of Desperation was a library book.) A BOOK THAT….

SURPRISED ME: Acts of Desperation. I knew I would like this book, but I just didn’t realize how much of it would stay with me. I think going into it I thought it was going to be a pretty typical exploration of relationships, but I found it more about her relationship with herself. And that was compelling. It is by no means an easy book to read, but it was powerful. Megan Nolan is definitely an author I will read from again.

DISAPPOINTED ME: Klara and the Sun was disappointing. I thought I was going to love it, but I was honestly just kind of bored. I thought a lot of it didn’t really make sense, but not in a good way. Like what the hell was up with cooting’s machine? Whatevs. I’ll definitely read other books by Ishiguro, but this was not my favorite.

5 STAR PREDICTION: Portrait of a Thief sounds so good. I am pumped to read it, I love a good heist story! Daughter of the Moon Goddess sounds so good too! Definitely ones I’m excited for.

PEOPLE LOVE & UNSURE I WILL LOVE: I don’t really know. I tend to withhold judgment until I have read it myself. If anything there are books I thought I would love that I didn’t, more so than me entering a book with trepidation. I’ll give any book a chance. (well almost any) One of the many reasons why I love #bookstagram is because I love seeing everyone’s differing opinions on books. It’s great, and weirdly sometimes if people don’t like a book or find it polarizing it makes me want to read it more so I can inform my opinion.

#Bookstagram #LosAngelesReader #FiveStarPrediction #ReadMoreBooks #YearlyReflection #yearendwrapup

amari and the night brothers by b.b. alston
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