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2009 Books Read

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January Kerry Greenwood, Cocaine Blues: a Phryne Fisher mystery (8/10) Linda L. Richards, Death was the Other Woman (8/10) various Akashic Noir short stories collections (about 6/10) Denise Hamilton, ed., Los Angeles Noir Jarret Keene & Todd James Pierce, eds., Las Vegas Noir Peter Maravelis, ed., San Francisco Noir Aurelien Masson, ed., Paris Noir Neal Pollack, ed., Chicago Noir Mustafa Ziyalan & Amy Spangler, eds., Istanbul Noir February Kerry Greenwood, Flying Too High: a Phryne Fisher mystery (7/10) March None April Kerry Greenwood, Murder on the Ballarat Train: a Phryne Fisher mystery (8/10) May Kerry Greenwood, Death at Victoria Dock: a Phryne Fisher mystery (6/10) Kerry Greenwood, The Green Mill Murder: a Phryne Fisher mystery (6/10) Julia Leigh, Disquiet (7/10) June Henry James, Daisy Miller (7/10) July Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice (6/10) August F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and the Damned (9/10) September

Groff, Lauren - The Monsters of Templeton

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Title : The Monsters of Templeton Author : Lauren Groff Genre : Lit Fic Love/Hate? : Not hate. Rating : 4/5 Did you finish? : Yes. One-sentence summary : Spoiled gorgeous Willie returns to her small town to find herself. Why did you get this book? : The cover and I really thought it was about monsters. Do you like the cover? : The cover is gorgeous! First line from book: The day I returned to Templeton steeped in disgrace, the fifty-foot corpse of a monster surfaced in Lake Glimmerglass. Review : Even though the New York Times says that the narrator/heroine Willie Upton is "disarming and smart" and more interesting than "the elaborate events that surround her", I actually found the opposite to be true. Willie seemed spoiled and entitled and in dire need of a reality check; her mother, Vi, was maddening, and her best friend too perfect. It was like watching a rom com with the appropriately wacky supporting cast. In the end, it wasn't Willie that kept m