71. Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman
I generally like Laura Lippman’s books, but this book of short stories didn’t do much for me. I struggled to make my way through it. I liked a couple of them, but overall I wasn’t into it. That’s partly just my dislike of short stories in general though. If you like short stories your mileage may vary. I give it a 5 out of 10.
70. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
Three children go searching across the part of India searching for their missing classmate, but as they search even more children go missing expanding the mystery and their search. I could not get into this book at all. It seemed repetitive to me. I also admit I wasn’t in a great head space when I was trying to read this book and it was hard for me to concentrate, which was made even more difficult by all the unfamiliar to me terms used by the author. Pro tip if you do decide to read the book, there is actually a glossary at the back of the book. It would probably have been super helpful as I was reading, but I didn’t discover it was there until I was done with the book. The book was also made a little more heavy by the note at the end explaining that the story was based on real issues with poor children going missing in India all the time. Ultimately, I don’t think knowing any of these things at the outset would have made me really like the book though. I give it a 4 out of 10.