This is a wonderful way to start my reading year, and if you enjoy historical fiction or clean romance, I think you will enjoy it, too.
New Release Review & Spotlight: Once I Knew by Victoria Lynn
"Loyalty cannot be bought, and integrity should not be sacrificed at the hand of tyranny."
Book Review: Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan
Reviewing my final five-star novel from 2021! Here my love of historical fiction, C.S. Lewis, and beautiful writing are all found.
Children’s Book Review: A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
Celeste is not your average mouse. She lives alone, quietly weaving baskets with creative flair under the floor boards of the Oakley Plantation. However, Celeste’s world turns upside down with the arrival of the great naturalist John James Audubon and his assistant Joseph, who have come to study and paint the birds of the Louisiana bayou...
Book Review: A New Day Dawns by Terry Lister
A New Day Dawns by Terry Lister is a travelogue about another of his trips through several countries in Africa.
Children’s Book Review: Luciana by Emily Teagan
The book review I'm sharing today is over a children's book I picked for the "series" section of the children's literature class I am currently taking. It's a contemporary story from the publisher of the largely historical AmericanGirl books. If you keep up with children's literature in the USA, this character was the 2018 "Girl of the Year." She's friendly, artsy, and knows a lot about space and moon rocks - this introductory book is a fun summer story perfect for just about any chapter book reader.
Book Review: Fanny’s Hope Chest by Sarah Holman
Good morning, Readers! Today's book review covers a book that I read a few weeks ago, and which I have sat with the contents of ever since. It's one of those right-time books; it won't be for everyone or be a perfect fit for someone in every stage of their life, but for me and this summer, it's just right.
Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Today's book review covers a fascinating science fiction books which I totally did not see coming! Piranesi by Susanna Clarke is the summer book club pick for a podcast I sometimes follow, Speaking with Joy. I trust Joy's taste in books and have enjoyed listening to her summer book club podcasts for the last two years even though I did not read along either time. This year, despite my busy work and school schedule, I decided to try to read the book as well. Thankfully it's a fairly short book at just a little over 200 pages. Because Piranesi is science fiction, I was initially unsure about it. I expected it to be weird, predictable, and somewhat boring while engaging to some extent with meaningful topics. Instead, I entered an incredible world filled with mystery, awe, drama, and miracles. I was hooked by the second section, and I think if you are open to science fiction you will be, too.
Duology Review: Meg & Jo and Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra
We're starting this week off with a double feature: a combined review of two books, Meg & Jo and Beth & Amy which make up the March Sisters duology by Virginia Kantra.
Mini Book Review: Mirror’s Edge by Scott Westerfeld (Impostors #3)
Happy Friday! I managed to read this book shortly after my spring classes, and boy does it pack a punch. If you're a fan of action, this book has plenty of it. Westerfeld's books are vastly different from what I usually enjoy, but somehow they always manage to sink in so that my mind is always thinking ahead, generating theories, and speculating while I'm reading. I'm usually not right when I try to anticipate, but it's a fun process nonetheless!