The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★
Source: Goodreads Giveaways
“Electric light is our future. The man who controls it will not simply make an unimaginable fortune. He will not simply dictate politics. He will not merely control Wall Street, or Washington, or the newspapers . . . No, no, no. The man who controls electricity will control the very sun in the sky.” (16)
It’s 1888, New York City. George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison, both genius inventors and owners of their own electric companies, are suing each other for the rights to claim that they were the first to invent the light bulb. Paul Cravath, who we follow throughout the story, is the young lawyer of George Westinghouse.
Paul has both successes and failures, all while learning just how corrupt and deep the battles between the dueling electric companies go.
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I’ll start this post by confessing something: I spend almost as much time reading book reviews as I do actually reading books.
If a book has a rating of 3.7 or lower on Goodreads, I don’t even bother. Which is probably insane because I’m sure I’m missing out on some books that would be 5 stars for me, but aren’t for others.
So basically, I read a lot of good, highly-rated books. There are a lot of good books I’ve read, but I’ll tell you just my favorites today.
These are my star ratings for the 32 books I’ve read so far this year:
The 5, 4, and 3 star reviews are exactly even, which I definitely didn’t plan.
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ★★★★★
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
“I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me” (279).
Vasya lives with her family in wild, frosty northern Russia. She is a fierce, precocious girl who loves hearing the stories her elderly nurse tells about the spirits who protect their home and lands. She has a connection to these spirits like no one else. That is, until her father gets remarried to Anna, a woman whose entire life is driven by fear. As Anna discourages her new family and town to spurn these primitive spirits, she does not realize the danger she is bringing to their doors: a danger that only Vasya can save them from.
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Very often, Hollywood big wigs adapt a story from a book and turn it into a movie. Sometimes they’re great, sometimes they’re not.
But even more often, I feel like you can feel the emotions of a story so much deeper if you’re immersed in the story through a book. So I’m here to suggest some movies/TV shows to be turned into books. I would expect names and probably characters to be changed, of course. Authors, get those idea notepads out!
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Pines by Blake Crouch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ★★★★★
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Horror
And the base emotion underlying it all that was getting harder and harder to ignore.
The strengthening sense that something was very, very wrong.
Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up in a hospital in Wayward Pines, Idaho, after a terrible car accident. His phone and wallet are missing and despite his injuries, he attempts to contact his boss and family. All of his attempts fail and right away, he feels like something very wrong is happening in Wayward Pines. Everyone is friendly, but the town is eerily quiet and picturesque. Danger amps up around every corner, along with an endless number of confusion. And far more questions than answers.
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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ★★★
Genre: Historical, WWII
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Emmy is a teenage girl living in WWII-era London. Emmy and her little sister, Julia, have been raised by their single mother, who is often gone long hours in order to feed and clothe her daughters. Emmy wants nothing more than to design wedding gowns, which is unrealistic in wartime London, but she’s hopeful.
Her dreams of fashion stardom are (kind of?) dashed when she and her sister are evacuated from the city to foster homes in the countryside. But she doesn’t want to give up her dream of being a world-renowned fashion designer just yet…
Everyone knows someone like Emmy. She is, for lack of a better description, a turd. She is one of those people who is selfish, snotty, and ungrateful. You don’t like them, but you still ask your mother or mutual friends about their latest antics. Because they are that train wreck that you secretly enjoy watching?
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I found this neat little weekly challenge from Emma at Emma’s Bookish Corner, who found it from Kathryn at Book Date. I doubt I’ll do it every Monday, but I still plan to do it often. I love this idea because as Kathryn says, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!”
Here we go!
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