Do You Love a Book Series? #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge #WOYBC

May 21, 2022

Do you have a book series on your bookshelf?

Books in a Series (white text over a tall stack of hardback books

Today for the May #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge I’m focusing on Books in a Series.

First, I do love a good series. I love revisiting characters and their imaginary worlds. When you find a series to follow, it’s good fun to look forward to the next installment.

My love for a series most likely started with my love for Nancy Drew installments!

Nancy Drew 10 Book Collection

For this post, I’m taking a look back at several series I’ve enjoyed (some have ended and some are continuing). I love books in a series that can be read as stand-alones; however, reading the books in order of publication always provides a richer reading experience. (I’ll mention in the blurb if it’s important to read in order.)

***Hot Tip for GoodReads Users: Did you know that when you bring up a book that is in a series, you can click on the greyed-out text under the title to bring up an ordered list of all the books in the series? (see screenshot below….and note blue arrow and highlight)

Goodreads screenshot example

I’m only listing series with more than 2 installments for this post.

In addition, this might be a good time to confess that I’m a strict “read-in-order” person!

Do you have a favorite book series?
Do you enjoy a book series?
Do you read a series in order?

***Titles in this post are Amazon affiliate links for the first book in the series.


Series I’ve Enjoyed

(in no particular order)

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache “Three Pines” Series by Louise Penny

As the title indicates, this is a mystery/detective series with generous sides of literary fiction, family values, morality, and ethics. Most of the stories take place in the quaint, fictional village of Three Pines located in Canada. In the stories, Three Pines is a symbol of a safe haven.

I’ve read all 17 installments in the series (usually released in August of each year). Some I’ve enjoyed more than others, and they range in Star rating from 3-5 (except The Cruelest Month which wasn’t to my taste at all and rated 2). Three favorites are A Trick of the Light, Glass Houses (review includes an overview of the series), and All the Devils are Here.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith

I’ve read all 21 installments! Overall, the books fall into the literary fiction genre, are heavily character-driven, and are solid 3-star reads. Some installments are more plot-driven than others (especially the earlier installments). The lovely setting of Botswana, the charming characters, the gentle themes, and thoughtful musings have kept me engaged in the series. Each installment is a pure comfort read. One of my favorites is The House of Unexpected Sisters.

The Moonlight Harbor Series by Sheila Roberts

This series can be categorized as chick-lit (women’s fiction) with thoughtful and substantial themes. Perfect beach reads. So far, this is a 6 installment series and I’ve read them all (best read in publication order). Beachside Beginnings (#4) is my favorite (not reviewed). It might be my favorite because I inadvertently jumped into the series here (breaking my strict “read in order” rule) and had to quickly read the previous installments the next weekend.

The Vicarage (The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite) Series by Kate Hewitt

What a LOVELY, gently written women’s fiction series! I’ve read all 4 installments and have enjoyed each one (equally) for its thoughtful family and sisters-supporting-sisters themes (and sides of closed-door romance). The first installment is actually a novella, so it’s one you could read quickly and evaluate for likability. These are solid 3.5-4 Star reads in the (light) women’s fiction genre.

The Hedgehog Hollow Series by Jessica Redland

So far this is a 5 book women’s fiction series. A bit more intense thematically and content-wise than the Vicarage series but still a closed-door romance. My favorite is Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow (#1) because it’s where we meet Samantha and Josh (main characters) and the setting is established. Each installment after the first is a spinoff (with some Sam/Josh storylines). Overall, the series falls into my 3.5-4 star range.

The Gilead Series by Marilynne Robinson

This is a loosely connected 4 book series…..I think of them as “companion reads.” I’m currently reading #4 (Jack). I categorize these books as beautifully written Literary Fiction because they are character-driven,  reflect on the meaning and purpose of life, and address important themes. Gilead (#1) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

Ghost (Track) Series by Jason Reynolds

Ghost is a Middle-Grade contemporary fiction 4 book series that I adore! The series is best read in publication order because there’s a little cliffhanger at the end of each read which is resolved in the first chapter of the next book. This is a 4 to 5 star series.

The Cornish Midwife Series by Jo Bartlett

This is a 4 book women’s fiction series and I’ve read all the installments. They can be read as stand-alones, but reading in publication order adds a richer context to the stories. Thoughtful themes (some intense content) that run through the stories include friendship, women supporting women, childbirth, and community. Of course, there are generous sides of romance as well (all closed door). The only one that I’ve reviewed on the blog is A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife.

The Dakota Series by Debbie Macomber

This is a 4 book loosely connected women’s fiction series set in North Dakota. I noticed this series because the first book is called Dakota Born and I’m Dakota (South Dakota) born and it’s always fun to read books set in familiar locations! Each story focuses on individuals in the same small, rural, interconnected community and falls into my 3-star range. If you are a small town or country girl you might appreciate the setting. Reading in order provides a richer context for each story.

The Flower Series (I call it!)

A 3 installment very loosely connected historical fiction series includes Lilac Girls, Lost Roses, and Sunflower Sisters. Each book can be read as a stand-alone and goes back in time to tell the story of previous generations in the same family.



QOTD: Do you have a favorite series?



 I’m linking up with Deb @ Deb’s World and Sue @ Women Living Well After 50Donna @ Retirement Reflections, and Jo @ And Anyways…. for the May installment of #WhatsOnYourBookShelfChallenge. (***Sliding in under the wire with this post #betterlatethannever)

Whats On Your Bookshelf Challenge



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Adult Assembly Required [Book Review]

May 20, 2022

Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman

Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman (cover) Image: a graphic picture of several young adults work on "assemgling" the block letters title

Genre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, RomCom, Mental Health, Los Angeles

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

Thanks #NetGalley @BerkleyPub #BerkleyWritesStrongWomen #BerkleyBuddyReads for a complimentary eARC of #AdultAssemblyRequired by Abbi Waxman upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Laura arrives in Los Angeles hoping to start over but as a result of an apartment fire, she finds herself homeless after one week. Fortunately, she meets Polly and her friends including Nina (The Bookish Life of Nina Hill) and impossibly handsome Bob. Polly takes her in and invites her to rent a room at the boarding house where she lives. Laura joins a trivia team, struggles with PTSD (from a tragic car accident), finds courage, and appreciates support and encouragement from her new “found family.”

My Thoughts:

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Bloomsbury Girls [Book Review] #BlogTour

May 17, 2022

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner (cover) Image: three women walk towards the camera arm in arm....a bookstore in the background and a large floral blossom in the foreground

Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction (post-WW11), Book About Books, London, Bookshop

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

Welcome to my stop on the Bloomsbury Girls Blook Tour. Thanks for the invite #AustenProsePR and thanks #Netgalley @StMartinsPress for a complimentary eARC of #BloomsburyGirls by Natalie Jenner upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Bloomsbury Girls Blog Tour Graphic

Bloomsbury Girls is a spin-off of The Jane Austen Society but can be read as a stand-alone. The story takes place in an old bookstore in post-war London. Bloomsbury books is run by men and the staff is dedicated to following the general manager’s fifty-one rules; however, the three women working there have their own ambitions and dreams. Because it’s the 1950s and women have been thrust into the workplace while men have been at war. women are often taking leadership and asserting their own ideas which may differ from the way things have always been done. At this very traditional bookshop run by men, stylish and creative Vivian, hard-working Grace, and scholarly Evie join forces to shake things up a bit, add their own flair, introduce new ideas and procedures, and chase their own dreams. As a bonus, there is plenty of name-dropping of (their) contemporary literary legends.

My Thoughts:

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Bomb Shelter [Book Review] and I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet [Book Review] #Essay #Memoir #MentalHealth

May 13, 2022

Two Memoirs/Essays: Bomb Shelter and I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet #MentalHealthWeek

Memoir Reviews (collage of two covers)

Two reviews today!

My favorite memoirs/essays are ones where I can glean something useful for my own life….where I can make a connection….where I can acquire insight and understanding of particular challenges and struggles. I think these two titles are perfect for sharing during May’s focus on Mental Health Awareness. While one (I Haven’t Learned That Yet) mentions faith, both are poignant, transparent, and honest reflections on life’s challenges.

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott

Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott (cover) Image: yellow text and a large turtle against a pinkish red background

Genre: Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay, Self-Help, Self-Reflection, Anxiety, Humor

My Summary:

Mary Laura Philpott is a self-proclaimed “optimistic worrier” or “anxious optimist.” This tendency intensified when she became a parent and believed that if she cared enough, she could keep her loved ones safe. One day, her teenage son experienced a seizure and she began to worry about what else could happen? How do you keep going and continue loving and caring when you don’t know what will happen next?

My Thoughts:

I imagine most of us have experienced that feeling of helplessness and anxiety and worry over the ones for whom we are responsible. I know I have. In fact, if you are a fan of the NBC drama This is Us, a scene in one episode touched me profoundly. Randall is at the cabin working and has visions/imaginary conversations with Jack about his anger toward Rebecca for keeping the truth about his bio father from him…..Jack encourages Randall to see the situation from Rebecca’s perspective. Through the window, Randall glimpses a frantic Rebecca closing and locking all the windows and doors in an effort to keep her family safe. So moving. A perfect picture of how I felt as a parent of a growing family…..so many worries and dangers to keep at bay.

“It’s true. There will always be threats lurking under the water where we play, danger hiding in the attic and rolling down the street on heavy wheels, unexpected explosions in our brains and our hearts and the sky. There will always be bombs, and we will never be able to save everyone we care about. To know that and to try anyway is to be fully alive. The closest thing to shelter we can offer anyone is LOVE, as deep and wide and as in as many forms as we can give it.

Philpott shares honestly how her anxiety was triggered as a parent. Isn’t it helpful knowing others have felt the same? Experienced the same? I think the book is relatable for parents or anyone who experiences episodes of anxiety or worry.

Philpott’s writing style and reflections are conversational, engaging, mostly light-hearted, and sprinkled with humor.

Recommended for anyone who experiences anxiety and/or worries.

Content Considerations: epilepsy, anxiety

My Rating: 4 Stars.

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I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working by Shauna Niequist

I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet by Shauna Niequist (cover) Image: colorful text against a white background

Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essays, Self-Help, Self-Reflection, Grief, Faith, New Beginnings

My Summary:

Shauna Niequist’s carefully and thoughtfully cultivated life as she knows it falls apart after her fortieth birthday. What do you do when your entire life has revolved around your father’s church and your life-long, close-knit community of family and friends all collapse when your father is accused of inappropriate behaviors at his mega-church and resigns (not detailed). What happens when the happy and secure life in the mid-west you’ve dreamed of and carefully built falls apart around you? Well….you might move to Manhattan and rethink everything.

My Thoughts:

I suspect most of us can relate to a life that isn’t at all what we expected or dreamed about. We may face unexpected financial problems, toxic relationships, family disappointments, broken friendships, health concerns, etc. What then? What happens when all you want to do is quit? Does everything fall apart or can we learn to live in a new way, make adjustments, gain new perspectives, forgive, show compassion, navigate heartbreak and grief, and accept unknowns? Can we rebuild, refocus, and retool?

“…Life is…interconnected and multifaceted. We carry around our whole selves…our past and our parents, our loves and our limitations our dreams and our grocery lists, and our wounds.”

I need to note:

  • Not all of us have the option of relocating and starting a new life, have access to vacation homes, or can take a year off work to pull ourselves together. Nevertheless, she has some good things to share!
  • Some readers are frustrated that Niequest never shares the nature of the issue with her father and the church that motivated her memoir. Her intentional vagueness is out of respect for her father’s privacy….and really the issue is her dad’s to write about….she’s sharing how her life changed and how she adjusted to those changes as a result of what happened. I had followed the news story when it came out, so her vagueness didn’t bother me. He’s easy to google if you’re interested (Bill Hybels).

Recommended for anyone who is facing a life change.

My Rating:  4 Stars

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Meet the Authors, Mary Laura Philpott and Shauna Niequist

Author Mary Laura PhilpottMary Laura Philpott is the author of I Miss You When I Blink, the nationally bestselling memoir-in-essays, as well as Bomb Shelter, forthcoming in 2022. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and also appears in such outlets as The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Paris Review Daily, O The Oprah Magazine, and Real Simple. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

For more information, visit http://www.MaryLauraPhilpott.com

Author Shauna NiequistShauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine, Savor, and Present Over Perfect.

She is married to Aaron, and they live in Manhattan with their sons, Henry & Mac.

Shauna is a bookworm, a beach bum, and a passionate gatherer of people, especially around the table.



QOTD:

Do you love memoirs? Are these titles on your TBR or have you read one or both?



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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The Last Train to Key West [Book Review] #ThrowBackThursday

May 12, 2022

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
#throwbackthursday

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton (cover) Image: a young woman in a blouse and skirt stands on a Florida beach looking into the distance

Genre/Categories/Setting: Romantic Historical Fiction, 1935 Hurricane, Florida

Welcome to Throwback Thursday where I highlight an older review or post a current review of an old read. Today, I’m re-sharing a suspenseful romantic historical fiction, The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton.

I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

Key West is a popular destination for tourists. In the 1930s, it is also an opportunity to forget the economic depression. The three women in The Last Train to Key West have very different reasons for finding themselves in Key West on Labor Day Weekend, 1935: Elizabeth travels to Key West from New York City and is desperately searching for a WW1 veteran who is rumored to have been sent to work on the railroad; Key West native, Helen, wants to escape an abusive marriage; Mirta comes to Key West from Cuba for her honeymoon. Rounding out the weekend is an FBI agent, a kind friend, an abusive husband, a secretive groom, and the destructive 1935 Labor Day Weekend hurricane.

one holiday weekend + three women in danger + a hurricane….

Continue here for my full review of The Last Train to Key West..



QOTD:

Have you read The Last Train to Key West or is it on your TBR?
Have you read other books by Chanel Cleeton?
Also Reviewed: The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

The Guide to Gratitude [Online Course Preview] #MentalHealth #GuestPost

May 11, 2022

What tops YOUR gratitude list?
Do you keep a gratitude journal?

  • A baby’s first smile just for you
  • Spring flowers in every bold and gentle color
  • Gentle rain that covers the earth like a blessing

Guest Post: The Guide to Gratitude by Jake Kneeland

The Guide to Gratitude: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life (Image: white text over a mountain vista)

 Self Help, Mental Health, Online Course

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links

The Guide To Gratitude

Are You Feeling Completely Overwhelmed?

We’ve all been there. After all…life is BUSY.

We run to and from school, work, our families, friends, and repeat it the very next day. If we even come close to a moment with ourselves four other things seem to come up that need our attention. No wonder we’re so anxious all the time! Every day can begin to feel like one endless loop and before we know it – months, even years, pass by. How do we change this? A simple shift in perspective.

The Guide To Gratitude is just that – a roadmap to help you identify the moments we take for granted – and start to appreciate them deeply.

Gratitude Reciprocates

What we put out into the world – whether it be kindness, energy, compassion, positivity, or something negative – is what we draw to ourselves. When we show more appreciation we create an abundance of things to cherish in life. When we are able to show more, we are able to receive more – gratitude reciprocates.

“The depth of our joy can be measured by the height of our gratitude.”
~Jake Kneeland

Step-By-Step

The Guide To Gratitude is a practical step-by-step framework to get you back to you. It will help you identify, focus on, and deeply appreciate the best parts of life – the moments in between.

Once you grab the Guide you not only get a video introduction and the full online course, but you also receive Jake’s Mental Health Toolkit and Daily Affirmation Guide for FREE!

Let’s begin to deeply appreciate the simple gifts of everyday life. After all – we only have one go at this thing. Make It Count!

Order the Gratitude Course here

Related: The Seven Day Gratitude Challenge

The 7 Day Gratitude Challenge by Jake Kneeland (cover) a person sits on a boulder overlooking a valley surrounded by mountains

Meet the Author, Jake Kneeland

Author Jake Kneeland

Jake Kneeland was born and raised in rural South Dakota where he learned to embrace the little things and simple pleasures in life. Through his travels, Jake has cultivated a passion for deep conversations and identifying what energizes others. That passion has led to a greater understanding of time and the importance of who we surround ourselves with. Jake believes that when we simplify the events, circumstances, and people in our lives we form a deeper level of appreciation for those very things. The little things in life become the big things.

When he’s not spending time with those closest to him you can find Jake enjoying his two passion projects – itsjustjake.com and The Little Things Podcast.

***Full Disclosure: There is a family connection and Jake is my (second) cousin.



Book Cover and author photos are credited to Amazon or an author’s (or publisher’s) website.

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10 Memorable Bookish Characters #TopTenTuesday #BooksAboutBooks

May 10, 2022

10 Memorable Bookish Characters

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I’m linking up today with #TopTenTuesday: That Artsy Reader Girl: Bookish Characters.

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

Memorable characters make books memorable!

I LOVE wonderful, memorable characters! And I especially love the opportunity to talk about bookish characters and share them! Books about books and books, bookshop and library settings, and bookish characters are my favorite subgenre.

If you are looking for a wonderful summer read, consider one of these titles!

In no particular order, here are 10 of my most memorable bookish characters…I love each one!

(Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links.)

Cussy from The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Cussy is a pack-horse librarian in the mountains and hills of Kentucky and a determined, compassionate literacy advocate and difference-maker.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (cover)


Mukesh from The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

Mukesh discovers the joys of reading and makes an unexpected friend.

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (cover) white text overe a graphic image of scattered open books


Grace from The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

Grace falls in love with reading and meets the love of her life in a dusty old bookshop during WW11.

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin (cover) Image: a young woman stands near shelf lined books next to a window holding an open book


Madeleine from The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

Madeleine finds a fresh beginning and new friends as the new owner of her beloved aunt’s bookshop.

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay (cover)


Emilia from How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Emilia returns to her seaside home to save her late father’s beloved bookshop.

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (cover)


Dita from The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Real-life Dita Kraus is a daring and feisty teenager who bravely risks her life to bring literacy to the children of Auschwitz.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonia Iturbe (cover)


Fikry from The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Quirky and opinionated, Fikry is changed forever by an abandoned baby and a sales representative. 

 The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (cover)


 Juliet and Dawsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Juliet and Dawsey and the book club members become found family. (epistolary)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society y Mary Ann Shaffer (cover) Image: black text on a postcard....a woman dressed in a red coat stands at a railing overlooking the ocean


Helene and Frank from 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

This is actually a memoir revealing a true bookish (long-distance) friendship. (epistolary)

84, Charing Cross Road by Jelene Hanff (cover) Image: sepia toned picture of a London bookstore


Evie from The Jane Austen Society

A quiet young woman, Evie plays a crucial role in the preservation of Austen’s work and is a member of the first Jane Austen book club.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (cover) Image: five people (backs to camera) walk with arms linked


There are sooooo many more, but these are the first 10 that came to mind. If bookish characters could recommend books, they would certainly highly recommend each of these!



QOTD:

Who is one of your most memorable bookish characters?



Happy Reading Book Worms

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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The Jane Austen Society [Book Review] #ThrowBackThursday

May 5, 2022

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
#throwbackthursday

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Janner (cover) Image: a grooup of five people (backs to camera) walk arm in arm; flowers edge the border

Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction, Classics, Books About Books, England, Post WW11

Welcome to Throwback Thursday where I highlight an older review or post a current review of an old read. Today, I’m re-sharing a heartfelt tribute to a beloved classic author, The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner.

I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

A love of writing and timeless stories draws people together….

Jane Austen’s final home was located in Chawton, England. In this imagined story that takes place shortly after WW11, a number of devoted Austen fans band together to preserve the home and her legacy. A local doctor, a young widow, a young farmer, a descendant of Austen’s, a young maid, and a movie star are among the group, and the story is told through their unique perspectives. Although they are very different from each other, they each share a deep connection with and a great love for the works of Austen.

charming and heartfelt….

Continue here for my full review of The Jane Austen Society..



QOTD:

Have you read The Jane Austen Society or is it on your TBR?

 

Black Butterflies [Book Review]

May 4, 2022
Star Wars Day
(May the 4th be with you!)

Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris

Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris (cover) Image: white text over a background of colorful graphic shapes

Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction, Diverse Reads, Siege of Sarajevo

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

Thanks @BookSirens and the author/publisher for a complimentary eARC of #BlackButterflies upon my request. All opinions are my own.

In the spring of 1992, fifty-five year old Zora can’t imagine that the Siege of Sarajevo will last long. Her husband and elderly mother leave for England, and she stays behind to continue working as an artist and teacher. The situation deteriorates quickly and Zora has waited too long to leave. The places she loves are destroyed and black ashes float around. Zora joins with her friends to survive the days, offer comfort to each other, and find reasons to hope.

“Everything is better when done together. The taste of food and water, the touch when they hug each other hello. They’ve made it through one more day, each reunion a confirmation that they’re still alive.”

My Thoughts:

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One Word Reviews of 10 Five Star Fiction Reads #TopTenTuesday

May 3, 2022

One Word Reviews of 10 Five Star (adult) Fiction Reads

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I’m linking up today with #TopTenTuesday: That Artsy Reader Girl: One Word Reviews.

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

This prompt calls for one word reviews of your last 10 reads….however, I have a few duds in my last 10 reads and I don’t like to draw unnecessary negative attention to books that haven’t been to my taste because no two people read the same books and you might love one that I disliked.

So….for this prompt I will spin the topic to give you one word reviews of my last 10 five star (adult) fiction reads. I tried not to overthink it otherwise I would end up with a phrase or paragraph! My one word is simply the first word that came to mind. Titles are links to my reviews. (listed in order of date read and not by date reviewed)

A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke

“Compelling”

A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke (cover) Image: a young woman viewed from the waist up stands with her back to the camera and arms held behind her waist.

The Book Woman’s Daughter (The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek #2) by Kim Michele Richardson

“Pageturning”

The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson (cover) Image: old work boots sit atop a stack of books

I Must Betray You (YA) by Ruta Sepetys

“Sobering”

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (cover) Image: grayscale image of a man standing outside a building holding a blue/yellow/red torn flag

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (reread) by Gail Honeyman

“Surviving”

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

“Misunderstood”

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (cover) Image: white text over a multicolored graphic shapes background

Sisters of Night and Fog: A WW11 Novel by Erika Robuck

“Harrowing”

Sisters of Night and Fog by Erika Robuck (two women wearing hats and business suits walk away from the camera in a field of low fog)

Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack

“Heartwarming”

Love and Lavender by Jose S. Kilpack (cover) Image: a woman in a long dress and bonnet stands alone in a field of lavender

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

“Reflective”

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (cover) Image:

Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

“Frightening”

Gold and Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi (cover) Image: white text against a dark blue background

The Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman

“Supportive”

Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman (cover) Image: two girls sit on a wing of a plane



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