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Turn of the Screw. Jamie Fraser. David Foster Wallace. Shakespeare. Well-constructed sentences. Leonard Cohen. Captain Wentworth. Neruda. Hemingway. Chapter 21 of Jane Eyre. Clive Staples. Tolkien. Melina Marchetta. Big, fat Russian novels. New words. And honey in my tea.

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On the Island

On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves This book bored me. There was little to no suspense even from chapter to chapter. No tension. No dramatic structure. Other than the central plot line - Anna and TJ are stuck on an island for years - each chapter presented an obstacle that was resolved by the end of it. I never once doubted they would both survive or be rescued or fall in love. I felt no urgency either. After all Anna carried a seemingly impossible amount of toiletries with her, so they didn't even have to worry about not smelling like freesia. I mean, for an easy summer read, it was ok. If you can handle a "first we did this, then we did this, which led to this but was happily taken care of by this next thing" storytelling. I read it in the car on the way to Florida so it passed that time. But barely.