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  • Ryanne Harper

Reading Challenge: January

The Goal: fifty-two

Current Count: Five

The Firm, John Grisham. 2 stars.

Husband and I watched Innocent Man on Netflix. Then I remembered I liked the book. So, I went on a bit of a John Grisham kick. The Firm is about a bananagrams law firm. High pay, great benefits, a high roller lifestyle, but it comes at a price. Like, you get murdered if you try to leave kinda price. My biggest issue with this book was the length. Man. It was long. Way too long. The twists and turns were interesting, I just wish they had been closer together.

The Word is Murder, Anthony Horowitz. 5 glorious stars.

God bless you, Anthony Horowitz. Horowitz is one of the most clever authors out there. If you aren't reading him, do yourself a favor and pick up one of his books. Any of them. You won't be disappointed. The Word is Murder is about a writer named Anthony. He writes murder books. He's approached by a detective who would like the author to write a book about his current case. So, yeah,. Anthony Horowitz is his own main character, which I love. He's great. Read him. I just found out book two in this series, The Sentence is Death, is coming in June. Word. Sentence. I deduce a pattern, Watson.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith. 4 stars.

Oh, Francie Nolan. This was a reread for me. I read it for book club and it was just as good the second time around. ATGIB is a coming of age tale about a lonely little girl. It's sad. It's bleak. It's beautifully written. And we can all agree that Sissy is the greatest character in the book and she's my favorite Aunt. I have several actual Aunts, but Sissy is my favorite.


Lie To Me, J.T. Ellison. 1 star.

I don't really have anything to say about this book. I didn't like it at all. I love psychological thrillers and was really looking forward to this one. But I didn't care about either of the main characters, the plot, or really anything. I was unimpressed with this one.

The Nix, Nathan Hill. 4 stars.

This book is complex. It has about a million characters and almost as many story lines. At one point, I wasn't sure how or if they were all going to intersect. And then they did in the best way possible. I went from thinking this book was just okay to really enjoying it. Samuel Andresen-Anderson is a writer who doesn't write. He's a teacher at a university and he hates it. His life is dull and the only joy he has is when he plays Elfscape; which he does for many, many hours. Then his estranged mother throws a rock at a politician and his life takes a turn for the...better? Worse? It gets worse, or at least weirder, before it gets better.

This book jumps from present to Samuel's childhood in the '80s to Chicago 1968; from Chicago to New York to Iowa to Norway. This book is all over the place. But it is so much fun. One of my favorite lines is when Samuel Andresen-Anderson - can we pause to appreciate how hilarious that name is? - is talking to his publisher about a book he wants to write. Guy Periwinkle says, "Great. A six hundred page book ten people will read." It's funny because THIS is a six hundred page book Nathan Hill may have assumed only ten people would read. The Nix has been on my list since it came out in 2016. I'm so glad I finally made time for it.

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