September 2021 Reading Wrap Up

September 29, 2021

September 2021 Reading Wrap Up

September Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

How was your September reading?

September was an OK reading month for me. One long book affected my total book count (average month is 8-10). Why can’t these long books be worth three?!
Out of seven books, I had one 5-star reads (if I round the 4.5 up), three 4-star reads, three 3-star reads (and no 2 or 1 star reads or DNFs for the win!).
I’ve now read 86 books towards my year end goal of 100. Do you set a year-end goal?

My favorite reads of the month are Cloud Cuckoo Land (for its ambitious, creative, and complex story telling) and The Day the World Came to Town (for its memorable and inspirational content).


Did we read any of the same books?

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Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

4.5 Stars (can easily be rounded up to 5). (ARC) Historical fiction, science fiction, contemporary fiction, myth mashup. Ambitious and complex storytelling. My review of Cloud Cuckoo Land here.


The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede (cover) Image: a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) stand with their back to the camera watching a jetliner land

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede

4 Stars. Narrative nonfiction. Inspirational and poignant. Review coming in November.


Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith (cover) Image: a bblack and white image of a young man and woman sitting on steps reading books

Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith

4 Stars. Historical fiction. Inspiring optimism. My favorite Smith is still A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Not reviewed.


Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies (cover) Image: a woman stands with her back to the camera in a field with trees and a house on a hill in the distance

Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical fiction. Compelling story of three sisters living and surviving during WW11. Review coming on November 16.


The House Swap by Jo Lovett

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary women’s fiction, rom-com. Quick, easy, and enjoyable. My review of House Swap here.


The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (cover) Image: a darkened pine tree with burst of colors radiating outward from behind it

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

3 Stars. Detective, mystery, police procedural, crime fiction. #17 in the Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series. A good story but I’ve enjoyed others in the series more. Great cover though! My review of Madness of Crowds here.


Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (cover) Image: black and white text on a rd background

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

3 Stars. Nonfiction, memoir. Mother/daughter relationship and cancer content is too sad for me. Ended up skimming. Not reviewed.



QOTD:

What was your favorite September read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?



ICYMI:

September Blog Posts:

Ten Books that Live Up To Their Hype
Cloud Cuckoo Land
The House Swap
The Medallion
Top 5 Stand Alone Books of Summer 2021
Fall 2021 TBR
Do Hype, Book Buzz, and High Expectations Affect Your Readng Experience?
The Dearly Beloved
The Madness of Crowds
The Only Plane in the Sky
Other Words For Home
If you Want to Make God Laugh
10 Books to Put a Smile On Your Face
The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
The Vanished Bride
Bloomsbury Girls Cover Reveal



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August 2021 Reading Wrap Up

August 31, 2021

August 2021 Reading Wrap Up

August 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers)

How was your August reading?

August was a productive reading month for me.
Out of eleven books, I had three 5-star reads, six 4-star reads, one 3-star read, and one 2-star read.
I’ve now read 81 books towards my year end goal of 100. Do you set a year-end goal?

My favorite fiction read of the month is Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.


Did we read any of the same books?

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Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (cover) Image: two young women holding promotional materials and wearing hats stand next to a railing on an ocean liner

Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

5 Stars. Historical Fiction. Two sisters restore a relationship. My review of Three Words For Goodbye here.


Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga (cover) Image: the profile of a young girl wearing a headscarf

Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga

5 Stars (Middle Grade). Heartfelt refugee story. Not reviewed.


Jaber Crow by Wendell Berry (cover) Image: white text on a maroon background plus the graphic picture os a wide river cutting through rolling hills

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

5 Stars. Literary Fiction. Not reviewed.


Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst (cover) Image: red and blue text over a seaside landscape

Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst

4 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Poignant multigenerational story. My review of Our Italian Summer here.


The Funny Thing Aboout Norman Foreman by ???? (cover) Image: a man wearing a red t shirt and brown pants stands at the beginning of a yellow path

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

4 Stars. Contemporary Fiction. Quirky and humorous. Mother/Son. Not yet reviewed.


The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson (cover) Image: white block text on a blue background....the letters represent three bookshelves holding books and scenes from the library

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson (ARC)

4 Stars (ARC). Heartfelt book about books/libraries/librarians. My review of Last Chance Library here.


Snowflakes Over the Starfish Cafe by Jessica Redland (cover) Image: a young man and young woman sit at a table outside a rustic cafe that overlooks a cove and a lighthouse....there is snow on the ground and a dog nearby

Snowflakes Over the Starfish Café by Jessica Redland (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Romance. My review of Snowflakes Over the Starfish Cafe here.


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July 2021 Reading Wrap Up

July 30, 2021

July 2021 Reading Wrap Up

July 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

How was your July reading?

Overall, July was a satisfactory reading month because of the variety of reads.
Out of eight books, I had two 5-star reads (one rounded up), four 4-star reads, and two 3-star reads.

My most compelling fiction reads of the month are a tie between Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and  The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. They are very different so it was difficult to choose a favorite.


Did we read any of the same books?

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (cover) Image: white text over the background picture of a large tree growing on a green lawn

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

5 Stars. Literary Fiction and Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Award (2005). Reflective and poignant. My review of Gilead here.


The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (cover) Image: the profiles of two native american young People (man and woman) in cultural dress

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

5 Stars (4.5 rounded up). Page-turning Historical Fiction and Family Drama. My review of The Firekeeper’s Daughter here.


Tokyo Ever After by Eiko Jean (cover) Image: white text and the grahic image of a young asian girl holding flowers and wearing a small crown against a blue background

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

4 Stars. Young Adult Contemporary Fiction. An interesting story. Not yet reviewed.


Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe (cover) Image: a young woman with long blong hair stands under the leaves of a magnolia tree

Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe

4 Stars.  (ARC) Family Drama, Coming of Age. My review of Under the Magnolias here.


The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (cover) Image: a young girl peers out the window of a house at the red roses growing in the garden

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

4 Stars. Family Drama with an unreliable narrator. My review of The Good Sister here.


Pride by Ibi Zoboi (cover) Image: purple text on a brown background

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

4 Stars. Diverse read. Pride & Prejudice retelling. Not yet reviewed.


A Place Like Home by Rosamunde Pilcher (cover) white text on a dark blue background....large blossoms of light colored flowers fill center right of cover

A Place Like Home: Short Stories by Rosamunde Pilcher

3 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading short story collection. My review of A Place Like Home here.


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June 2021 Reading Wrap Up

June 28, 2021

June 2021 Reading Wrap Up

June 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

How was your June reading?

Overall, June reading was mostly satisfactory.
Out of ten books, I had one DNF, one 5-star read, three 4-star reads, and four 3-star reads, and one 2-Star read.

My favorite fiction read of the month is the AUDIO version of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.


Did we read any of the same books?

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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (cover) Image: an astronaut floats in space tethered to a gold and black object

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (AUDIO)

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Compelling science fiction. My review of Project Hail Mary here.
Audio HIGHLY recommended.


the Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan (cover) Image: a young woman dressed in a red blouse and a white apron holds a recipe book close to her chest

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

4 Stars. Historical Fiction (England, WW11). My review of The Kitchen Front here.


The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Murray (cover) Image: a young woman in a long red dress stands against the railing of a grand staircase holding a small stack of books to her chest

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Murray

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction (Gilded Age, New York City). My review of The Personal Librarian.


The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler by E.L. Konigsburg (cover) Image: two young children walk up the red carpeted steps into a museum

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler by E.L. Konigsburg

4 Stars  Well-loved Middle Grade. (reread).


One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin (cover) Image: white lettering and two yellow roses against a blue background

One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

3.5 Stars. Heartwarming and Poignant Contemporary Fiction. My Goodreads review.


The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett (cover) Image: a young woman holding a medical bag walks next to a harbor

The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett

3 Stars. Light-reading, character-driven contemporary fiction. Not reviewed.


A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett (cover) Image: A young woman stands on a bluff overlooking a small seaside village

A Summer Wedding For the Cornish Midwife (ARC) by Jo Bartlett

3 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading contemporary fiction (sequel to The Cornish Midwife). My review of A Summer Wedding here.


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May 2021 Reading Wrap Up

May 31, 2021

May 2021 Reading Wrap Up

May 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers over a floral background)

How was your May reading?

Overall, May reading falls into the “mixed bag” category.
I had three DNFs, two 5-star reads, one 4.5-star read, and four 3-star reads, and one 2.5 Star read.

My favorite fiction read of the month was tied between The Invisible Husband of Frick Island and The Forest of Vanishing Stars….two very different reads.


Did we read any of the same books?

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Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (cover) Image: coral and blue text....individual waves wrap randomly around the text

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Quirky contemporary fiction. My review of Frick Island here.


The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel (cover) Image: the back view of a woman wearing a red coat overlooking a landscape with planes flying overhead

The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Compelling Historical Fiction (WW11). Author of The Book of Lost Names. Review coming on July 6, 2021.


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

Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

4.5 Stars. Historical Fiction (Afghanistan) Author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. Review coming June 4, 2021.


Yours Cheerfully by A.J. Pearce (cover) Image: 2 young women sit on a low wall reading one newspaper

Yours Cheerfully by A.J. Pearce (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Light Historical Fiction (WW11, London). Author of Dear Mrs. Bird. Review coming August 10, 2021.


The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (cover) Image: white text in the sky over a large house surrounded by green lawn and trees

The Penderwicks (#1) by Jeanne Birdsall

3.5 Stars  Light-hearted Middle Grade family drama. Not reviewed.


Haven Point by Virginia Hume (cover) Image: blue text over a background of a house on the point of a shoreline

Haven Point by Virginia Hume (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading, character-driven family drama. Historical Fiction. My review of Haven Point here.


Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra (cover) Image: pink lettering on a seafoam green background....graphic images of several young women (walking a dog, playing guitar, walking, etc)

Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading contemporary family drama (sequel to Meg & Jo). Review of Beth & Amy here.


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April 2021 Reading Wrap Up

May 2, 2021

April 2021 Reading Wrap Up

April Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers listed in post)

How was your April reading?

My April was a brilliant eleven-book reading month: five 4.5-5 Star reads; three 4 Star reads; three 3-3.5 Star reads.

My favorite fiction read of the month was The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.


Did we read any of the same books?

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a woman dressed in a rose dress stands with her back to the camera overlooking a balcony and a gold wall

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

5+  Stars. Page-turning and unputdownable WW11 historical fiction.


The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer (cover) Image: a girl and a boy walk down a set of railroad tracks away from the camera

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

5 Stars. (ARC) Compelling Historical Fiction (WW11). Review coming on June 1, 2021.


Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (cover) Image: a head shot of a young blond haired girl (in blue tones)

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

5 Stars. Middle-Grade Historical Fiction (WW11). Not reviewed.


The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (cover) Image: a young woman in a long white dress stands next to a railing looking out over a harbor

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). (ARC) Interesting Historical Fiction (late 1800s Cuba). Review coming on May 3, 2021.


The Social Graces by Renee Rosen (cover) Image: four women in old fashioned dresses and large brimmed hats stand with their backs to the came looking at an arch in the distance

The Social Graces by Renée Rosen

4.5 Stars  (ARC) Entertaining Historical Fiction (Gilded Age).


Birth and Other Surprises by Kimberly Davis Basso (cover) Gold fancy writing on a white cover

Birth and Other Surprises by Kimberly Davis Basso

4 Stars. (Instagram book tour) Light-reading humorous essays on birth and parenthood.


Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala (cover) Image: colorful graphic of a girl seasoning a pot of ethnic ifood

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala

4 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading Contemporary Cozy Mystery. Review coming May 6, 2021.


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March 2021 Reading Wrap Up

March 31, 2021

March 2021 Reading Wrap Up

March 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers)

How was your March reading?

March was a great fourteen-book reading month. Because I read several Middle-Grade books for Middle-Grade March, I’m dividing my list between adult and middle grade.

My favorite fiction read of the month is Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman closely followed by The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray, and my favorite nonfiction was Open by Andre Agassi. My favorite middle-grade read was Ghost by Jason Reynolds.


Did we read any of the same books?

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

Radar Girls (ARC) by Sara Ackerman

5  Stars (ARC). Page-turning and unputdownable WW11 historical fiction.
Pub Date: 7/27/21 Review coming July 27, 2021.


The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray (cover) Image: a woman kneels down in an archway to speak with a young girl

The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). (ARC) Compelling Historical Fiction (French Revolution, WW1, and WW11). My review of Women of Chateau Lafayette here.


Open by Andre Agassi (cover) Image: a head shot of Andre Agassi

Open by Andre Agassi

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5). Nonfiction, Memoir, Sports. My review of Open here.


The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett (cover) gold text on a royal blue background

The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett

4 Stars  Light-reading Cozy Mystery featuring Queen Elizabeth. My review of Windsor Knot here.


Hana Kyan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin (cover) Image: black text over an outline of a girl with a microphone on a bright blue background

Hana Kahn Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

4 Stars. (ARC) Light-reading Contemporary Fiction, Rom-Com. Muslim. Inspired by You’ve Got Mail.
Pub Date: 3/13/2021. Review coming April 13, 2021.


Love at First by Kate Clayborn (cover) Image: white text on purple background....a drawing of buildings at the bottom margin and white stars sprinkled over the purple background

Love at First by Kate Clayborn

3.5-4 Stars. Light-reading Contemporary Fiction. Women’s Fiction. Romance. Not reviewed.
Pub Date: 5/4/21 Review: 5/3/21


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February 2021 Reading Wrap Up

February 27, 2021

February 2021 Reading Wrap Up

February 2021 Reading Wrap Up (Image: a collage of book covers)

How was your February reading?

It feels like February was a short book-reading month: I had zero five-star reads, six four-star reads, one three-star read, and one two-star read. Find all my February reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One-star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan followed closely by The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee.

Did we read any of the same books?

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Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan (cover) Image: a woman stands against a rail with her back to the camera overlooking a harbor

Surviving Savannah (ARC) by Patti Callahan

4.5  Stars (rounded to 5) (ARC). Compelling and unputdownable historical fiction.
Pub Date: 3/9/21 My review of Surviving Savannah here.


The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (cover) Image: a teenage Asian girl wearing a fancy hat in an 1890s style

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

4 Stars. (YA) Engaging Historical Fiction (non WW11). My review of Downstairs Girl here.


Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson (cover) Image: a picture of a plus size Black girl surrounded by four smaller images of the same girl and her boyfriend

Love Is a Revolution by Renée Watson

4 Stars. (YA)  Contemporary Fiction. Review of Love Is a Revolution here.


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (cover) Image: white text with a maroon top and bottom border and branches with white blooms

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

4 Stars  Historical Fiction (classic).


Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West (cover) Image: a young woman stands in profile against a pink, orange, and yellow background

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

4 Stars. Contemporary Fiction.


The Woman With the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff (cover) Image: a tight focus on a pair of red shoes and a drawing of the Star of David on a cobblestone path

The Woman With the Blue Star (ARC) by Pam Jenoff

4 Stars. (ARC) WW11 Historical Fiction.
Pub Date: 5/4/21 Review: 5/3/21


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January 2021 Reading Wrap Up

January 31, 2021

January 2021 Reading Wrap Up

January 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers)

How was your January reading?

January was an eleven book reading month: I had zero five-star reads, seven four-star reads, three three-star reads, and one two-star read. I also had one DNF. Find all my January reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One-star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is the Great Escape From Woodslands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell (contemporary fiction) closely followed by The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck (WW11 histfic).

Did we read any of the same books?

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The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell (cover) Image: a tree, a bench, and a dog....black text on white background

The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell

4.5  Stars. (ARC). Heartfelt contemporary fiction. Quirky, mature characters.
Review of The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home here.


The Invisible Woman (ARC) by Erika Robuck

4.5 Stars. (ARC)  Histfic WW11. Pub Date: 2/9/2021. Review of Invisible Woman here.


Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

4.5 Stars  Contemporary YA fiction. A gentler The Hate U Give with similar themes. Review coming soon.


Inside Out & Back Again y Thannha Lai (cover) ....a girl holding onto a tree trunk with one hand on a breezy day

Inside Out & Back Again by Thannha Lai

4.5-5 Stars. Middle-Grade histfic (Vietnamese refugees). This is a reread and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. My brief review of Inside Out & Back Again can be found in this post.


The Answer Is…Reflections On My Life by Alex Trebek

4 Stars. (NF) Memoir. Candid reflections on his life by beloved game show host of Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek. Review of The Answer Is… here.


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December 2020 Reading Wrap Up

December 28, 2020

December 2020 Reading Wrap Up

December 2020 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers)

How was your December reading?

December was a twelve book reading month, but it weighed in heavily on the “meh” side with only one five-star read, four four-star reads, six three-star reads, and one two-star read. Find all my December reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One-star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is The Girl From the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat (histfic).

Did we read any of the same books?

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The Girl From the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat (cover) Image: a young woman stands next to a bicycle in a field overlooking a small village as airplanes fly overhead

The Girl From the Channel Islands (ARC) by Jenny Lecoat

5 Stars. (ARC). Compelling and memorable WW11 histfic.
Pub Date: 2/2/2021 Review coming soon.


The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (cover) Image: blue-toned picture of a woman and young girl holding hands and walking down railroad tracks with backs to camerai

The Nature of Fragile Things (ARC) by Susan Meissner

4.5 Stars. (ARC.)  Histfic (San Francisco Earthquake)/Suspense/Mystery/Family Drama mashup. Pub Date: 2/2/2021. Review coming soon.


The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (cover) Image: a woman sits on a wall with her back to the camera overlooking the Eiffel Tower in the distance

The Paris Library (ARC) by Janet Skeslien Charles

4 Stars (ARC). WW11 histfic featuring the American Library of Paris. A book about books. Pub Date: 2/9/2021. Review coming soon.


the Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little (cover) Image: a tight shot of a woman's downcast face wear red lipstick, a white beaded bracelet and white feather trimmed hat....the Eiffel Tower in the background

The Chanel Sisters (ARC) by Judithe Little

4 Stars (ARC). Interesting imagined story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel from her sister’s perspective. Pub Date: 12/29/2020. Review coming soon.


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