So many mini-reviews

Out of the following 12 books, 6 are historical fiction, 5 are non-fiction ( 1 collection of essays, 2 memoirs, 1 true-crime/narrative non-fiction, 1 psychology), and 1 contemporary romance. Where is the fantasy and contemporary YA and middle-grade? Weird.

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

Keywords: historical fiction, 1947 London, 2016 Toronto, the royal family and a royal wedding, alternating perspectives, love, mystery, embroiderers

First line: It was dark when Ann left work at a quarter to six, and darker still when she reached home.

Last line: Its creation brought me great happiness, and no small measure of peace, and I hope that whenever you see it you will be reminded of my love for your grandmother, the joy she brought to my life and yours, and the friendship I now extend to you, ma belle.
With my affectionate good wishes,

If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais

Keywords: historical fiction, 1993-1997 South Africa, a baby, poverty, love, race, sisters, brokenness, alternating perspectives

First line: A thread of smoke snakes up into the cloudless sky and serves as Zodwa’s compass needle.

Last line: She can only hope that it will be enough.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Keywords: historical fiction, 1936 Kentucky, books, hunger, love, blue skin (not fantasy-completely and scientifically real!), race, father-daughter, bravery

First line: The librarian and her mule spotted it at the same time.

Last line: My heart lifted, and I smoothed down the thick paper with my palm and penned Lovett to my signature with a hope-filled prayer.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Keywords: narrative non-fiction, biography, true crime, narrative non-fiction, crazy, Harper Lee

First line: Enough water, like enough time, can make anything disappear.

Last line: It says only “Nelle Harper Lee.”

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Keywords: historical fiction, alternating perspectives, post-World War II, justice, lies, page-turning, step-mother, detectives, Night Witches

Dedication: For my father-How I miss you!

First line: “Who is she, Dad?”

Last line: “Good flying weather.”

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

Keywords: non-fiction, psychology, fascinating, misconceptions, a second look at things

First line: In July 2015, a young African American woman named Sandra Bland drove from her hometwon of Chicago to a little town an hour west of Houston, Texas.

Last line: We blame the stranger.

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Keywords: memoir, rape, justice, suffering, court trial, the Brock Turner trial, survivor, strength, powerful, healing

First line: I am shy.

Last line: I dust myself off, and go on.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Keywords: essays, books and reading, what more do you need to know

First line: A few months ago, my husband and I decided to mix our books together.

Last line: “I bought it,” he said, “and took it home.”

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Keywords: YA historical fiction, mid-1900s Spain under dictator Franco, family, secrets, photography, love, bull fighting

First line: They stand in line for blood.

Last line: “It sets us all free.”

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Keywords: historical fiction, American depression-around World War II, Kentucky, traveling women librarians (just like in The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek!), friendship, not fitting in, marriage

First line: It was, everyone agreed, fanning themselves outside the store or passing in the shade of the eucalyptus trees, unseasonably warm for September.

Last line: She would still be thinking about it-and still trying not to smile-when they all arrived back at the library the following day.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Keywords: memoir, so interesting, the human condition, therapy, multiple storylines, again-so interesting

First line: Have compassion.

Last line: Actually, I’ve got plenty of time.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Keywords: forgiveness, firefighters, love

First line: The night I became the youngest person-and the only female ever-to win the Austin Fire Department’s valor award, I got propositioned by my partner.

Last line: I forget.

What are your favorite genres, and do you ever realize that you haven’t actually read anything from those genres for weeks? Maybe I’m just kind of fooling myself about what kind of books are my favorite.
What good books have you read recently?

And yes, I know this is my first post in a good month and a half and that it’s been long enough for my mom to comment she hadn’t read a new blog post in a while.

14 thoughts on “So many mini-reviews”

  1. guess who’s back! I’m sorry for vanishing off the internet for a while.
    I haven’t read a book in so long because of school, but now I have more free time so I can read all the books I’ve bought hahaha

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  2. My favourite genres as of right now are probably mystery/thriller, psychological thriller, and general YA? See I used to consider YA Fantasy one of my favourite genres and I guess it still is but also I haven’t read it in ages. And ooh I just started reading Talking To Strangers and I’m really liking it so far!

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    1. Danggg, you have a stronger heart than I do. I think mine would freak out and see more into the shadows than what’s really there if I read thrillers. Actually, I know it would. What are some of your favorite thrillers? I am very non-knowledgeable about this genre. AHHHH YAY. Since I’m responding to this comment so much later, I’m guessing you might’ve finished it? Please tell me your thoughts!

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      1. Yess I really liked Talking to Strangers! Definitely gonna read more Malcolm Gladwell. Hmm anything by Kelley Armstrong or James Patterson, the Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz, Fawkes and Baxter series by Daniel Cole. They’re not all dark; the two series I mentioned are more action packed then dark; I’d say psychological thrillers can be really dark though!

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        1. AHH YES. Do you by any chance know which book you will read next? I honestly feel like you can’t go wrong. The other two I’ve read are Blink and Outliers. Ohh, okay. Yes, psychological thrillers sound insane. I don’t even know what they would be like. Unreliable narrators? Or like stories about psychopaths?

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          1. Definitely unreliable narrators! And sometimes mental illness/sociopathy/psychopathy etc. They’re really interesting though. And I picked up The Tipping Point as I’m currently on holiday but not actually sure if I’ll read it before I get back, which of those two did you like more?


  3. I know what you mean about the genres you are reading not really matching up with what you say you like. I have always said that fantasy was my favorite but for the past few years I have mostly been reading and loving contemporaries and somehow I still haven’t wrapped my mind around that. Who am I, anyway?
    I like the idea of traveling librarians. 🙂 Actually I just like the idea of librarians in general.
    You keep posting things about Malcolm Gladwell and every time I think, “You know, that looks interesting, I should read one of his books sometime,” but then I never do. It is so tough to pick up nonfiction books, though I often enjoy them once I’ve started. It’s the starting that’s the tricky bit.
    Recently I have been doing a lot of rereading actually. I reread the Chronicles of Narnia, Ella Enchanted and The Wednesday Wars, and I am currently rereading Okay for Now, because I can’t get enough Gary D. Schmidt apparently. In the midst of that I also read Pay Attention, Carter Jones- which is also by Gary D. Schmidt, and that was pretty good too. And a contemporary, like I was saying earlier.

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    1. Yes, exactly! I haven’t read a fantasy in a while. I can kind of feel myself needing some soon though. I’ve been reading non-fiction recently, and I think it’s about to be time for a good story-preferably with magic. But a light YA contemporary would do as well.
      I LOVE librarians and libraries. How could you not??
      Hahaha, I think Malcolm Gladwell tends to have that effect. If this is any easier to start, he also has a podcast, Revisionist History. They’re about forty minute long episodes?
      Agh, I love Ella Enchanted. One of my favorite retelings, for sure. And as you know, I thought The Wednesday Wars were wonderful.

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