shmandanas's reviews
34 reviews

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

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adventurous funny tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

This was incredible and there's no other way to put it. I just had so much fun all throughout this book. I didn't want to put it down.
Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami

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dark emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

For as loved as this book is by others, I just didn't connect with it in the same way. Some of the writing was beautiful and the book was emotional but I thought it was just... Fine.
The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna

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adventurous slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

1.0

The plot was interesting and by the climax of the novel I was quite invested. But I absolutely could not get past the writing. It was infuriatingly heavy handed and slow. Every revelation was was explained three times with no new insight passed as the explanation continued, just repeated.
How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith

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challenging informative reflective medium-paced

5.0

This book gave me context to things that, for my whole life, I assumed I had context for. Highest recommendation to literally anyone.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy

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hopeful inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

I think this book did what it set out to do, it just wasn't the message I need to hear right now so it didn't really resonate.
A Good Man Is Hard To Find: Short Story, by Flannery O'Connor

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funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Weather, by Jenny Offill

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hopeful reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A good book for a bad brain day.

Reminded me of No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood in both narration style and some of the themes, but I personally found this much more digestible than Lockwood's.
The House in the Cerulean Sea, by T.J. Klune

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funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This whole book felt like a hug. Definitely cheesy, and read like a fanfiction at times, but I deeply enjoyed it and will be thinking about it for a long time.
Unsettled Ground, by Claire Fuller

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challenging mysterious sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I have many feelings about this book. It was very good, but if I had to pick one word, I would choose "ouch"
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, by Cherie Jones

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.5

This book just felt unfinished to me. I had a hard time with the switching narrative and jumping timelines, and then the ending came absolutely out of nowhere and didn't resolve in any sort of satisfying way.