10 books, 5 word reviews | Literary Arts | Pittsburgh


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Besides managing the music section, I’m an avid reader, writing around 20-30 books a year in addition to my full-time job as an editor for city ​​paper. (My Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020 the goal is 25 pounds, but I’ll likely exceed it through social distancing.) Since many are staying home due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, I thought of writing full reviews of the latest books I read. But then I remembered that in the age of social media, attention span is tiny. So instead, I’m bringing you a review of the last 10 books I’ve read, in a short and quick five (or six) word summary. This may help you choose your next read.
Stationery through Marjan Kamali, released in June 2019 via Gallery Books
A first love never dies.

Holy X through Alexis Schaitkin, out February 2020 via Celadon Books

The disappearance of a privileged girl changes many lives.

You’re not alone through Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, released March 2020 via Martin’s Press
Sects always pray over the humble.

Anna K.
by Jenny Lee, out March 2020, Flatiron Books
Gossip Girl meets Anna Karenina.

Race Relations in the Digital Age.

The Sunset Motel by Simone St. James, out February 2020 via Berkley

True paranormal crime over several decades.

Reinventing the cemetery The jungle Book.

wives by Tarryn Fisher, released in December 2019 via Graydon House
Mental health-tinged polyamory relationship thriller.

Breakup by Ling Ma, released in August 2018 Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Revelation with millennial solitary type protagonist.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, released October 2019 via Flatiron Books

Yale University Magical Elite Cults.


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