#ENDTABLEBOOKREVIEW is a hashtag created by Justin for all the Instagram posts about books he’s just finished reading. Yes, he participates in the Drunken Book Review, but Justin also reads a lot outside the podcast.
While we haven’t included all of them, we’ll include most of them as he posts them. Or, just follow Justin on Instagram and Twitter @bookbeansandbooze.
Pretty interesting story. Makes me want to hike. I will say after doing a very easy hike in North Georgia last week I would definitely need to up my fitness and gear to be able to even remotely set out on something like Strayed went out on. Cheryl has a hell of a time on the Pacific Coast Trail and she writes it out well. For me, personally, some of the book drug on and felt unnecessary but I can see how this book fits more of a motivational life story than just a hiking tale. I just felt like I kept getting to the end and then it wasn’t the end ha. Enjoyed the book and look forward to watching the movie rendition soon. 3.5 out of 5 beers.
Page turner. I got through this book with ease. Satyal has a smooth writing style. Lots of characters introduced throughout the book. Had a hard time deciding who was the main character I was supposed to be keeping up with. But the common factor among them was literally name pronunciations… all the characters had surprisingly hard names for me to pronounce. A fairly uplifting story with serious issues meshed in. I really enjoyed this book and have a new author I will enjoy following. 4 out of 5 beers.
While I had a hard time not imagining Abby as Jessica Jones the whole time, it really was ok because they seemed so similar it gave me good ground for the main character. The build-up in the book was definitely better for me than the resolution. Good book and quick read. I will be following Ritter’s work from now on for sure. 3 out of 5 beers.
Probably one of my favorite books of the year and maybe in a long while if we’re being honest. Cool story, cool characters, and an ease of reading that makes it fun but with a real connection to the characters and their struggles. We definitely spoil this book on the Drunken Book Review! Read this and tell Mr. Rosson about it and then go listen to our podcast to hear more of my drunken review. 5 out of 5 beers!
This book was pretty intense. And by intense I mean a lot of content. It was like a version of The Truman Show written by Denis Johnson. The reality show theme of drug addicts competing to get clean sounds like something that could definitely be real on TV. You do become immersed in the story and the way the book is constructed makes you feel repeatedly like you are reading a nonfictional account of a real person. Also may need to read The Odyssey and The Iliad soon. 3.5 out of 5 beers!
Go get this book and enjoy a great mystery with a funny and mostly drunk aunt. I really loved this book. It’s been awhile since I read a murder-mystery / crime-mystery story and this really hit the spot. I also learned some Italian along the way. It’s a dense read but it’s broken up well so you keep with the flow of the book and it keeps you turning the pages throughout. 5 out of 5 beers!
Not a normal day for finishing a book. Woke up, finished reading Everything, Everything, and then went downtown and met Nicola Yoon and her autograph my book 🙂 On to the review! Great book! Really love the easy feel and read of the book. Been reading so many dense reads lately that it was nice just to enjoy a story. Felt very much like a John Green book. SPOILER ALERT: The twist in this book changes the whole read almost. And it’s amazing that it doesn’t kill the whole story. I won’t go into too much of what it is but it probably could have made this book even longer and even made it a different genre. Pick this book up for sure, though. This is a good nice day book. Go to a park and sit for a few hours with it. You will probably finish it in one sitting. I struggle with rating it because I think I loved it more for how simply it read and the ease of which I blasted right through it… that aspect gets a 5 out of 5 but I think I’m going to give it… 4 out 5 beers!
This book, like so many business books, was a bit generic at times, but I did appreciate how Greg kept it coffee shop centered nearly all the way through. The writer definitely sounded more proficient in business than actual coffee and that hurt my rating of the book a bit. And the actual audiobook was read by the author, Greg. While the book was about saving money and making it, I think Greg could have splurged on a seasoned voice actor / reader. That aside, some of the techniques, while seemingly outdated, made me want to really put some things in action at Spring Park Coffee. 2.5 out of 5 beers.
Good book. After reading The Martian I was pumped to get another book by Weir. This one was definitely not edge-of-the-seat suspense like The Martian but had plenty of thrills. The idea of a moon civilization was a great setting. It gave Weir a place to let his scientific work shine. This book was more mainstream than his previous story but still had some hurdles for my small mind to comprehend. Listening to Rosario Dawson read it to me was great and she embodied Jazz Bashara perfectly. 4 out of 5 beers.
Pretty interesting read. Again, I feel like I’m missing something. This easily could have just been Jesus’ Son 2 for me and just like that book I found the material only so-so. I know I am in the minority about this. I also don’t care. I read each story hoping for the next one to be better. That’s not good, right? I really enjoyed the last story about Elvis and stuff. And I even liked the title story. It’s real. Some of it was good. None of it was really bad. Just okay. So with that it gets just an okay score from me. 3 out of 5 beers.
What an out of the ordinary book! Not often does a funny Native American story fall into my lap. And by funny I mean as humorous as tragedy can be. The book shows a struggle none of us will ever know or seldom think about. It’s about a young boy (Arnold Junior) struggling to find his identity in a white world while living half his time on his tribe’s Spokane Indian Reservation and half outside of it through his high school. Great illustrations and heartwarming moments make the book incredibly easy to read. It bridges age barriers. Anyone 10 to 100 could read this book. 5 out of 5 beers!
A story that flashes back between summer camp and life in the present for five girls who have their own unique story. I enjoyed reading this book but kind of got lost midway through. SPOILER. I thought the stories would interconnect more in present time after the summer camp trauma but it was really just a “where are they now?” thing… you really start to love the characters and definitely wish more time could have been spent on them being lost and fighting for survival. The characterization was amazing though… you get lost in them. I just wanted more of a connection to the main lost kids theme, ya dig? My favorite was Andee. Going to read more of Kim’s books in the future. 2.5. our of 5 beers.
First, go buy this and all of Steph’s books. Get them now. They will be sought after reads as she continues to move up the ranks in literature. Lightwood reads like the best of thrillers and had the gritty feel of southern hometown drama. Living only an hour from the setting in this book it really had a powerful feel. The bad guys are bad and the good guys sort of bad… makes for tricky scenarios and leaves you kind of guessing who will come out on top. SPOILER. Judah seems to be the main protagonist but is almost overshadowed by Ramey. That may be my only critique of the book. She seemed genuinely more of a boss than Judah. Meanwhile… Tulah was the perfect bad lady and pretty pumped her terror seems to be alive in the end. Excited for more Post! 4.5 out of 5 beers!
Let’s hope the future is not as terrifying as I think it will be. Let’s hope tech just brings people together and some level of privacy can be retrained. Chances are this will not be the case. This book examines what our next ten years will be like with VR becoming the standard and a gradual switch to glasses instead of handheld devices. I totally agree. I couldn’t really handle the narrator’s voice in this audiobook, or maybe it. was just how the writers wrote the book. I want to read about tech but not feel the level of condescension that comes with that, haha. If you don’t know how big a deal VR is you should get this book. It will probably be old news if you are all about that virtual and augmented reality world. I liked that they are calling this new generation the Minecraft Generation, that’s cool. 3.5 out of 5 beers.
I really wanted to like this book. It had all the trappings of a book that would terrify and keep me in suspense but it fell kind flat as I progressed. The terror of losing our female population to a coma-inducing cocoon was such a great premise and I had all these ideas of what could happen next, but sadly what happened was not quite as impactful as I would have liked. That’s just me. I see how and what they were going for but I just wanted something more brutal. There were also 800 characters and I had a really hard time connecting to a single one or giving a shit if they lived or died. That’s become way more important to me as I keep reading things. Still a King fan, son or father, so I will keep picking these books up. This was just not a favorite. 3 out of 5 beers.
Damn. Lots of throwbacks to It with this one. Not sure if it was intentional or not, but I felt kind of at home reading it. Creepy. This book has just a bit uncomfortable the whole time and beautifully unlike It it’s not 1,300 pages long! The pacing is great and keeps you in suspense while still providing a relevant story. Thanks C.J. for this book. Hope for many more! 5 out of 5 beers!
What a great book. Took me a while to get into it but I really enjoyed the message this book offers. If you love weird languages and some dystopian future lifestyles, this book is for you! I love seeing writers find their way and get published. This book is very deserving of that honor. And hell yeah to Barrelhouse for seeing this books potential. 5 out of 5 beers!
This table looks like a happy accident! if you love painting or Bob Ross or motivational quotes… this book is for you. Got this for Christmas and really enjoyed reading it while watching Bob Ross paint on Netflix. Thanks to my little sister for the great gift. The biography alone was great. I learned so much about Bob and he references stuff on the show constantly from it. Hope everyone had a great Christmas or holiday or whatever you celebrate. May all be merry! 5 out of 5 beers!
So I started this book thinking I would crush it in two days. Nope. More like two weeks. Not the book’s fault. I just had lots of stuff going on. Anyway… this was gritty and sad and hard-edged. Kind what I thought it would be. Short stories are typically sad or cruel or filled with dissatisfaction. I mean this in the best way. But for real, there are not very many happy short story collections. Please let me know if you have one I should read. The book was hyped up a lot and with his recent death, I saw it promoted quite a bit more. I felt like a lot of these characters could be easily placed in a good Chuck Palahniuk book… which is really cool. But I don’t know if I personally enjoyed the book so energetically as some. Like anything of real literary merit though, this book may need some rereading and discussion with people who know of it. 4 out of 5 beers!
What an intensely scary collection of stories. Sci-fi scares me. The future is a scary place. This book gives some pretty possible scenarios for the future. Whether it be alien invasions or AI taking over this book will have you worried about our technological advancement. 5 out of 5 beers!
Wow! A terrific book! I know I get plenty of grief for listening to some of my books but this book on Audible was amazing. Narrated by Stephen Hogan I felt such a great connection to the story with his wonderful voice. The story was incredibly enjoyable. I have been reading and listening to a lot of challenging life stories lately and this one is a great view into Irish society and living life as a gay man in a world that didn’t approve. I love how the book comes around on so many different things and while tragic so many times it’s uplifting for the majority. Can’t wait to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas now! Boyne has a new fan! 5 out of 5 beers!
What an emotional book this is. This makes me really appreciate the life I was born into. The struggle of feeling trapped has never been an issue in my life. This memoir of Tova Mirvis is heartbreaking and so hard to even comprehend how difficult making her decisions must’ve been. I loved the message this book gives. I hope that it is taken more in a positive light than a negative. Like… in a “you can change your life” sort of way. You have to live in what you believe and jeez… I can’t imagine a more difficult life change than the ones gone through in this book. Really glad I got to catch this book right off the bat and glad Taryn Roeder threw it my way! 5 out of 5 beers!