Author Archives: alycemsustko

About alycemsustko

Reader, writer, catmom extraordinaire

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 34

A book about race/identity, Absalom, Abasalom! by William Faulkner I have a long-lasting love affair with William Faulkner. It started back in college when I was working at the library shelving books. I caught a glimpse of As I Lay … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge: Book 33

A book that got bad reviews, Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller So technically, the book didn’t get “bad reviews,” but it was banned from the United States on the grounds that it was pornographic and indecent, so I think … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge: Book 32

A non-fiction book, Dead Wake by Erik Larson Erik Larson has an uncanny ability to take an historical event and breathe an element of life into that transfigures the event from an abstract “event” into a fully-fleshed out story, one … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 31

A book set in a place you’d visit, A Town like Alice, by Neville Shute Back in high school, I read Neville Shute’s novel On the Beach. It has haunted me ever since—literally, it haunted my dreams,—it gave me horrific … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 30

A popular author’s first book, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh Am I the only one around here who doesn’t apparently live in a 1950’s fantasy that the world is a wholesome place where nobody swears, has ill thoughts, or engages in … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 29

A recommended book, Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh “All that succession and repetition of massed humanity…Those vile bodies…” Vile Bodies has been on my to-read list for a long time, so I feel very privileged to have the time to … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 28

A book with a number in the title, One Plus One, Jojo Moyes I can summarize my feelings about this book into a single word: disappointed. Coming off the coattails of the amazing, poignant Me Before You, I expected a … Continue reading

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