Genre: Historical 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

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 […]

Posted December 24, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

  I know very little of Empress Elizabeth of Austria, and one of my goals in adding The Accidental Empress to my TBR was to expand my historical fiction reading out of the Tudor Court.  I am so glad I did – I have mixed luck with historical fiction because of the way it is written and I don’t often find many authors I enjoy.  I’m happy to say I will be adding Allison Pataki to my list of wonderful historical fiction authors, alongside Philippa Gregory and Anita Diamant. One of the first things I do with non-fiction is cross-check facts.  Historical […]

Posted November 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

  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 […]

Posted November 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

  I first read The Red Tent for tenth grade English.  It was a curious choice, as the protagonist is a figure from the Bible, and I don’t think it is one most other schools teach.  Despite being assigned academic reading, The Red Tent stole 15-year-old me’s heart because it was an empowering story about women in a world I was familiar with… and in a world where I had been taught only the men truly mattered. In the years since, I have found different reasons to love this book as I’ve read and re-read it.  I love the idea of the […]

Posted November 8, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain

  Did you guys know that there are four books in the Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn saga?  Well, five, if you count the unfinished story…. I think that most people have read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn here in the States, because it’s a pretty common required reading in high school English.  Pop culture (and Disney World) itself made me well aware of Tom Sawyer and his fence-painting, treasure-seeking shenanigans.  But I wasn’t aware of Tom Sawyer Abroad or the fourth book, Tom Sawyer, Detective, until earlier this year, and as a general fan of Mark Twain, I was in. Tom Sawyer Abroad […]

Posted October 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires and YA have a history.  In the early 2000s, Twilight took the world by storm and everyone and their mom was reading vampire YA.  In fact, Twilight is one of the things that helped solidify YA as a genre.  But the vampire waved burned up in the sun quickly (sparkled up in the sun?) and I think plenty of us look back on that era and cringe.  It’s been taboo ever since. Renée Ahdieh took a risk with The Beautiful. This book was well approached – if I had to compare it with any pre-existing vampire story, I’d say it comes the […]

Posted September 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //