Boxing Day Bargains

The Alice Network: A NovelTranscription: A NovelThe Art Forger: A NovelWhere'd You Go, Bernadette: A NovelAny Day Now: A Novel (Sullivan's Crossing Book 2)The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)Hamilton: The RevolutionThese are all either books that I have read or would like to read.

The Alice Network got excellent reviews and is on my TBR pile.

My review of Transcription:

I have read and enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie mysteries. Life After Life and A God in Ruins have been in my TBR pile for quite awhile. When, pre-publication, I read about Transcription, I knew that I wanted to read this novel. Some of my favorite fictional subjects were in fact subjects in the novel including WWII, Britain and spies. Despite all of this, I did not enjoy Transcription as much as I had hoped that I would. Yes, the pages turned and there were some good plot twists but, somehow, I expected more given that Atkinson is so accomplished a writer. My favorite parts of the book were the parenthetical asides.

Have you read Transcription? If yes, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Another view:

This is from the Poisoned Pen Bookstore’s Newsletter: as you will see, I think that they liked the novel more than I did.

“Kate Atkinson brings the past of mid-20th century Britain so thoroughly to life that she almost seems to be reporting rather than inventing.  Her details are so rich and her hand so certain that, as readers, we are there-we are walking those streets, sitting in those smoky rooms.  And, most of all, we are completely caught up in the emotional power of the tensions and fears of that past.  With Juliet Armstrong, Atkinson has given us a remarkable addition to the canon of British spies.”

The Art Forger is another in my TBR pile.

Where’d You Go Bernadette is a quirky and highly enjoyable read about the eccentric Bernadette and her family.  You will travel to cold climes in this one.

Any Day Now: Readers who enjoy novels by this author will be happy to see this women’s fiction bargain.

The Goldfinch is a long read and perhaps a modern classic.

Hamilton:  For fans of the musical.


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