Genre: Historical Fiction

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is one of those classics taught in so many English classes, and seems well-beloved by everyone I know.  So please forgive me when I say… I just don’t see the appeal.  The entertainment value of this novel is pretty low for me. It’s been a long time since group discussion in my ninth grade English class, but even now, I can see the discussion potential of this novel.  George and Lenny’s relationship, Lenny’s demeanor, the ending… it’s all ripe for a morality conversation.  For such a short book, there’s a lot intended to pull the heartstrings. […]

Posted August 1, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 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 //
Anna of Kleve:  The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Man, I really wanted to like this book. First of all, I should start off, I really like Philippa Gregory’s books.  I’ve read The Constant Princess three times.  I have both a hardcopy and audiobook edition of The Taming of the Queen, which is her take on Anne of Cleves.  I am constantly fascinated by the intrigue of the Tudor Court.  I love the way it’s a romance, a suspense, and a solidly good drama.  But it all depends on the author. And I’m the worst.  I get it.  I’m comparing authors and it’s unfair but I need to.  Because I adored Anne’s story… but […]

Posted July 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables is one of those books that I requested so fast.  I absolutely adore Anne of Green Gables – no other story has captured my heart quite so much.  So, even though I knew that Marilla’s story would be different, everything in my heart and soul needed this book. I confess – it took me a little while to get into Marilla of Green Gables.  I was immediately disappointed that it wasn’t as charming as Anne’s version of the story.  Marilla felt like a different person, and I was grumpy, and I didn’t like it.  Then enter Rachel White – to become […]

Posted June 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

This book was absolutely beautiful. I don’t typically go in for romance, but sometimes, when it’s paired with exquisitely written historical fiction, I fall head-over-heels for it.  That’s how I feel about The Orphan’s Song. I picked this book up at BookCon a couple weeks ago, and had the opportunity to meet Lauren Kate.  I’d read Fallen when I was younger and I remember very little of it except that there were parts I really liked, and parts I thought were super cheesy.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Orphan’s Song as Lauren moved from YA to adult, but I […]

Posted June 13, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //