Loner, Teddy Wayne-- Absolutely hated it. Like if JD Salinger spent all his time on Reddit.
The Tsar of Love and Techno, Anthony Marra-- Devoured this one. I loved how the characters and settings drew together slowly, I loved how fully realized the characters seemed in just brief pages, I loved the vibe. Moving right on to his other book.
An Atlas of Impossible Longing, Anuradha Roy-- This was for my "Read a book set in a different country" goal and took place over several decades in India. I loved it for that goal, but wasn't fond of the structure. The narrator switched very abruptly with no real point, and the first and second halves were very uneven. Still a very atmospheric look at India, though.
Handling The Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist-- A zombie novel where the horror is (mostly) not the zombies themselves, but the permanence of death and the nature of grief. More introspective and literary than expected. I do wish it had been longer so a bit more could have been explored in-depth, but as someone hit fairly recently by grief this was a devastating meditation on it.
The Terror, Dan Simmons-- For my 500+ page book goal, and this one is definitely immense. I'm an Arctic history nerd and a horror geek, so for me this was a fantastic combination of the two. Had some minor quibbles with his writing style, but overall really got invested in the characters and really enjoyed the scenes with the monster. He did a great job showing his research in little details without it getting dry.
I've read 28 books so far this year, so I'm on track to reach 100 by the end of the year!
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