Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
This is a kinda hard book to explain given the lyrical and nonlinear way it’s written. We follow (as the title would suggest) Etta and Otto and Russell and James. The books starts with Etta (who is married to Otto) starting to walk across Canada to see the ocean. We then follow each of them while this is happening but also earlier on in their lives to see their childhoods and how they all met etc.
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The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
In this book we follow a rather dysfunctional family of kinda unhappy people. Enter their cousin Sophy who somehow is able to do everything and fix all their problems with zero repercussions to herself.
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Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
This is the same author who wrote Edenbrooke which I really enjoyed so I wanted to check this out. In this regency romance we follow Kate who is desperately trying to make something of her life and break free from her controlling manipulative mother. I realize that makes this book sound really shallow but ultimately this book is about Kate discovering love and not just the destructive kind of ‘love’ she’s witnessed most of her life.
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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
This is another one of those bookstore related ebooks that I got from the library. In this book we follow the story of (you guessed it) Nina Hill who works in a (again you guessed it) bookstore. Her life is turned upsidown by the discovery of her family and also a romantic interest.
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The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Translated by John Brownjohn (originally in German)
This is an absurd and delightful book. We follow Optimus Yarnspinner (a dinosaur) who goes in search of the author of a manuscript his godfather gifted to him at his death.
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The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
This is the final book in the Dark Materials trilogy in which Will and Lyra… save the world?
Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof
This is a book about Tom, whose wife is kinda crazy, and about the son he didn’t know he had. It’s also a bunch about alcoholism which I was not expecting.
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The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
So, I read this book and have now completely forgotten what it was about… let me go check. Oh, right.
Ok, so this book is about Martha who is a librarian and finds a book addressed to her from her grandma who died before the date written in the book. Thus she goes on an adventure to find out the truth. I think that probably sounds more exciting than this actual book.
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Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Women and How I Broke Free by Linda Kay Klein
I have so many thoughts about this book but I don’t think I’ll be able to articulate them very well and I’m nervous to actually discuss real things.
I watch a YouTuber, Hannah Whitton, and she also has a podcast which I don’t often listen to but I happened to listed to the episode where she interviewed another YouTuber (I forget her name) from the YouTube channel God is Gray (I have not actually watched this channel although YouTube likes to recommend it to me). This woman (I really should look up her name) recommended this book and since it was available as an eBook from the library I checked it out. How’s that for a convoluted explanation.
How to describe this book… it’s nonfiction following the stories of various women who were raised in the Evangelical Christian church and they way it affected their lives (specifically with regard to sexuality).
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Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior
So this is an adult book in which we follow Ellie, a housewife who stumbles upon a harpmaker, and Dan, the harpmaker who decides to give her a harp. It’s also a story about broken relationships and trying to find yourself.
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