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Book of Books: An ebook of
books read, reviewed or
skipped from 1999 through
2018
Book of Books
This bookshelf lists all books reviewed by Steve Hopkins at http://bkrev.blogspot.com during 2018 as well as books relegated to the
Shelf of Reproach or the Shelf of Ennui. You can click on the title of a book or on the picture of any jacket cover to jump to amazon.com
where you can purchase a copy of any book on this shelf.
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****
I like it
***
It’s OK
**
I don’t like it
*
I hate it
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Give Me Your
Hand
Abbott, Megan
9/12/18
Friendship. In her novel titled, Give Me
Your Hand, Megan Abbott presents the
relationship between two women, Kit and
Diane. Just when we begin to think we
understand these women, things are not as
they appear. Secrets have great power, and
ambition can be a powerful force in life.
Rivalry takes many forms. Abbott weaves all
that together in ways that will remind all
readers that life never proceeds in a straight
line, and what you think is going on might be
far from what’s happening.
Enigma Variations
Aciman, Andre
Shelf of Ennui 2018.
Dark at the
Crossing
Ackerman, Elliot
6/2/18
Disoriented. Most elements of Eliot
Ackerman’s novel titled, Dark at the Crossing,
are disorienting. Protagonist Haris Abadi is a
confused man, an Arab American trying to
cross the border from Turkey into Syria to
fight the regime. His plans are disrupted when
he is robbed, and he finds that crossing the
border is not that easy after all. His darkness
increases after a husband and wife, Amil and
Daphne, take him in, and he questions his
allegiances. Borders are physical and
psychological, and Ackerman explores longing
and loss with great skill in this finely written
novel.
Win Bigly:
Persuasion in a
World Where
Facts Don't Matter
Adams, Scott
2/2/18
Technique. Dilbert creator Scott Adams
predicted early in the 2016 presidential
campaign that Donald Trump would win. In
his book titled, Win Bigly: Persuasion in a
World Where Facts Don't Matter, Adams
explains why. The basic premise of the book is
that Donald Trump has mastered the
techniques that are proven successful at
persuasion. Adams explores many different
techniques that Trump uses successfully and
explains why those techniques work.
Stay with Me
Adebayo, Ayobami
3/9/18
Children. The emotional range of the
characters presented in Ayobami Adebayo’s
debut novel titled, Stay with Me, will
penetrate the defenses of the hardest hearted
reader. There are losses and joys that reach
the depths and heights of human experience.
The centrality of children to the narrative will
make this novel an ideal choice for a book club
comprised of parents. The power of cultural
expectations can be overwhelming, and
Adebayo draws us into Nigeria and the
expectations of that culture on those who live
there. Fans of literary fiction are those readers
most likely to enjoy reading this finely written
novel.
Children of Blood
and Bone
Adeyemi, Tomi
9/5/18
Magic. Why did I wait months before I read
the debut novel by Tomi Adeyemi titled,
Children of Blood and Bone? I spent several
delightful hours immersed in this story of a
fight for the restoration of magic and a way of
life. There are well-developed interesting
characters, and a plot that maintained tension
for over five hundred pages. I loved the
characters and the story and look forward to
the second book in this series.
That Kind of
Mother
Alam, Rumaan
9/24/18
Understanding. The finely written prose of
Rumaan Alam’s novel titled, That Kind of
Mother, is one reason for fans of literary
fiction to pick up this book. I recommend the
novel for those readers who enjoy the
discovery of psychological insight and gaining
understanding of human behavior. For a male
writer, Alam shows remarkable understanding
of women, especially protagonist Rebecca.
The novel delves into class, race, parenting
and how we bridge differences and gaps in
understanding.
The King Is
Always Above the
People
Alarcon, Daniel
Shelf of Ennui 2018.
Fascism: A
Warning
Albright, Madeline
7/12/18
Virulent. Former United States Secretary of
State Madeline Albright examines the spread
of fascism in the 20
th
and 21
st
century and
rings an alarm bell for readers in her book
titled, Fascism: A Warning. While in many
places, democracy beat fascism in the 20
th
century, a variety of factors have caused a
reduction in democracy around the world,
allowing elements of fascism to infect politics.
Russia and North Korea are prime examples
of what Albright describes. While she doesn’t
call Trump a fascist, she takes some shots and
expresses concerns about some aspects of
behavior that should alarm citizens. Readers
interested in world affairs are those most
likely to appreciate this cogent book.
The Princess of
Herself
Allen, Roberta
Shelf of Ennui 2018.
In the Midst of
Winter
Allende, Isabel
6/2/18
Maturity. Any day is a good day to read
about the redemptive power of love. In her
novel titled, In the Midst of Winter, Isabel
Allende draws three dissimilar characters
together to tell each other their personal
stories. Experiences in Latin and South
America about human trafficking and
immigration bring them together, and the
care they show each other becomes a driving
force in the plot. Allende explores how
maturity can deepen the love that can develop
between people approaching the sunset of
their lives.
Endgame
Altan, Ahmet
Shelf of Ennui 2018.
Boom Town: The
Fantastical Saga of
Oklahoma City, its
Chaotic
Founding... its
Purloined
Basketball Team,
and the Dream of
Becoming a
World-class
Metropolis
Anderson, Sam
10/12/18
Thunder. I had no particular reason to pick
up a copy of Sam Anderson’s book titled,
Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of
Oklahoma City, its Chaotic Founding... its
Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of
Becoming a World-class Metropolis. I have
little interest in Oklahoma, and no interest in
professional basketball. I followed the
recommendation of a reader with that same
incuriosity and I’m glad I did. Sam Anderson
is a great storyteller and he alternates among
a variety of story lines throughout this finely
written book. Whether he is writing about the