Genre: Fiction

Mini Reviews! The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Graveyard Book, & Anne of Green Gables

Mini Reviews! The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Graveyard Book, & Anne of Green Gables

Posted December 24, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Time for another round of mini reviews!  The following three books are all books I’ve read before and have reviewed before on the blog, but they’re still good books and deserve a little time in the spotlight. These reviews are short and sweet, with a handful thoughts and impressions but nothing too deep. So, these are a little more spread out than the last time I did a mini review bundle.  Both The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Graveyard Book were actually read in October.  I’ve been putting the bits about the books I’m reading in this post as I read […]

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Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Posted December 16, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  This book was deliciously unexpected. I’ve had mixed experience with Gail Carson Levine – growing up, I remembered reading Ella Enchanted and disliking it (although an adult reread inspired me to reform my opinion) and as such, I didn’t really seek out her books the way may others did.  Somehow, I never put together that one of my childhood favorites – The Two Princesses of Bamarre – was also written by her.  So by all rights, Ever is a book I should have read many years ago, because I would have loved it. And as an adult, I did love it.  The writing […]

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Posted December 13, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Watership Down is one of those books that was required reading in high school, and thus has a bit of stigma attached to it for that reason alone.  I’ve been thinking about rereading it for a time – for me, this was Freshman English in 2003, half my lifetime ago!  I didn’t remember much about it other than a lot of discussions about allegory and metaphors, and Richard Adam’s supposed conversations about politics and society within the rabbit communities. All that made me chuckle, because re-reading it, it opened with a note from Adams about how Watership Down came about, and […]

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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

Posted December 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  So, this book is fun and quirky and has a lot of diversity and fun characters.  It’s even a bit memorable in its way, so I’d have to say that… generally?  I liked it! There are a lot of good talking points in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.  First of all, there is the voice it’s told in:  the voice has that dry, fun wit that I relate to a lot of British science fiction writers.  I really like that voice, because it catches me by surprise and makes me laugh with its subtlety and pointing out […]

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The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

Posted November 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I totally unexpectedly really, really enjoyed The Madwoman Upstairs. There’s a couple things immediately that should have turned me off this novel.  First of all, the romance.  I am never interested in a student/teacher sort of tryst.  Not my cup of tea. Secondly, there’s all the focus on the Bronte sisters.  I don’t talk about it a lot, but I actually despised reading Jane Eyre… to the point where I haven’t touched it or anything like it since.  Disliking Jane Eyre led me to skipping Wuthering Heights, and also all the Austen novels. So how in the world did The Madwoman Upstairs end up on […]

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