Genre: Historical Fiction

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 my […]

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 red […]

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 //
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

I was on board with this book as soon as I found out it was a YA fantasy western.  I didn’t even need to know the plot – I knew I was there for the aesthetics alone and the rest would com after. I gotta tell you guys, the world Charlotte Nicole Davis built here is AWESOME.  You get hints of a western feeling world in the post-apocalyptic dystopias like LIFEL1K3 and Gunslinger Girl, but The Good Luck Girls isn’t a dystopia and the world stays constant.  I grew up watching old-school westerns with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and while YES these […]

Posted September 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The story being told in The Librarian of Auschwitz is fascinating, but the way it is being told doesn’t do it justice.  I found myself zoning out a lot during this book because of the lack of rising action.  I’ve thought long and hard about this, because the partially-fictionalized stories of the real people in this novel have a lot of potential, and I think these stories should be told, but the experience was challenging for me as a reader.  To put it frankly, I was bored. Although I enjoy history, my main interest leans toward stories older than WWII.  That […]

Posted September 7, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //