Genre: Fiction

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

I respect what Julie Mayhew was trying to do with this book, but I don’t think it worked. Mother Tongue is a fictional account of the family of one of the victims of the Beslan school siege in 2004.  I will admit my ignorance – before reading this book, I was entirely unfamiliar with the event.  Also, I was 14 and admittedly not following the news.  The Beslan school siege was a three-day siege at a Russian school where approximately 1200 people were held hostage on the first day of school for three days.  Over three hundred people were killed, […]

Posted July 31, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Woah. I am honestly still just reeling from that unexpected ending. This book was NOTHING like I thought it was going to be and it far exceeded my expectations.  I should also note – I did listen to the unabridged version.  Definitely listen to the unabridged version!  There are so many hints and clues.  After reading the blurb, I really expected Rebecca to be a sort of sweeping, sappy romance.  For a lot of the book, the reader is led to believe this is true.  But then everything shifted and it was a murder mystery and there was plotting and so help me […]

Posted July 28, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Oh Anne Rice.  I have a difficult time understanding why I loved your books so much when I was in high school. Honestly?  Interview with the Vampire is just plain boring.  It is told in interview format, but 95% of the book is just Louis talking.  For as poetic a speaker Louis may be, telling your entire story in dialogue means description is sparse.  And the way Interview With the Vampire is told, it is in first person past tense so everything was reflective.  When something exciting or terrifying was happening to Louis, Lestat, and Claudia… I was just bored.  Because Louis […]

Posted July 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

It has been far too long since I’ve read a Discworld novel. I read Pratchett’s Dodger a couple years ago, but that one fell short for me – the humor and absurdity I love so much in Discworld was not there.  I’ve been meaning to read more of this universe for the last couple years… but The Light Fantastic in particular?  It’s been on my TBR since I read The Color of Magic in my senior English class.  It’s been on my TBR longer than I’ve had an official, trackable TBR.  So it’s about time I read it.  I’d like to take a […]

Posted July 26, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Although I have seen some shining reviews for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, this book landed on my TBR because of a album by folk singer S.J. Tucker.  Folk music can be really hit or miss, and I feel like those who enjoy it particularly latch on to certain artists and I love S.J. Tucker.  So first of all, if you like the Fairyland series, check out her album Wonder, which is inspired by the series and created with Cathrynne M. Valente’s blessing.  My particular favorite song on the album is “Ask Me Anything”. Okay! […]

Posted July 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63 by Stephen King

I was first introduced to 11/22/63 in its mini-series format a few years ago.  I remember being intrigued, and not at all realizing it was a book.  I liked the show – watched it over the course of about a week – and only vaguely recalled seeing it was written by Stephen King.  I figured it was probably a short story.  Foolish me. 11/22/63 is a whopper of a book.  It comes in at about 31 hours of listening time.  The book really needs that time to become established.  King has to get you attached to Jake Epping / George Amberson.  You […]

Posted July 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //