Genre: Historical Fiction

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

Posted March 25, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I did not think I was going to like this book?  Right off the bat, I’m not saying it’s the best book ever, but I requested this ARC on a whim because I like the publishing house and I haven’t really read much about the ’60s.  A lot of the reviews leading up were talking about the focus on drugs and for some reason I thought there was going to be a lot of focus on Woodstock. While the drugs were a constant presence, I think Summer of ’69 was mostly about the fear of the future in a time where […]

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Posted March 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

The Secret Life of Bees is one of those modern classics that is so good in so many ways from cover to cover, I’m not sure I can really do it justice in a basic review. It tells the story of Lily Owens, a little girl who killed her mother when she was a toddler and is living with the weight of that accident heavy on her heart.  Her father, T-Ray, blames her for the loss of his beloved wife and finds it impossible to love her.  So when the only person who has ever shown Lily a little bit […]

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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

Posted March 7, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

This book is hilarious.  It is also immensely sacrilegious.  Lamb looks at the story of Christ and acknowledges that there’s not a lot of conversation about the time between infancy and adulthood.  Have you ever noticed that nobody talks about that part of Jesus’s life? Levi-who-is-called-Biff takes the task into his own hands.  There’s swearing, a lot of sexual references, nods to other active religions from the time, and a lot of times that things surprised me into laughter. Anyway.  The thing to know about Lamb is that… if the idea of reading a humorous, crude, retelling of Jesus’s teenage-hood through the eyes […]

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Posted February 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I could read The Help again and again and again and it holds up every time.  I love this book. Of course, I’ve gone the very backwards way about reading this one.  I swathe movie first… I saw the movie about five times before I listened to the audiobook back in 2016 and I’m finally picking up the hardcopy now.  At first, the dialect threw me – this book starts in Aibileen’s point-of-view, and it’s written in a stereotypical Southern dialect.  It took me a hot minute to settle into the writing, but once I did, it just flowed.  I’m not […]

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The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

Posted February 14, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of all that is romantic, I bring you a book review about a grisly viking YA. Haha, okay, not that grisly.  And there is a romantic plot line that is sort of epic and sweet.  The Half-Drowned King tells the story of Ragnvald Eysteinsson and his sister Svanheld.  The two are being raised by their greedy stepfather on the land that once belonged to their grandfather, a king.  Olaf, the stepfather, has no intention of letting Ragnvald inherit the land, so he contracts a petty king to have him murdered. When the assassin – the […]

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