(42) The Huntress // Bookish Blurb

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The Huntress by Kate Quinn

This is the same author that wrote the Alice Network which I enjoyed (although I didn’t totally love it) and this book has been getting a lot of love from people so I thought I would give it a shot.

In this book we follow three different story lines all interwoven with the story of “the Huntress” a German Nazi who (among other things) killed six children. The war is over, most people want to forget, but some people need to find and punish those who did wrong.

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(41) The Order of Odd-Fish // Bookish Blurb

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The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kenned

So I may have mentioned before that I’m kind of in a book club. Anyway, someone in the book club mentioned that they were reading this book so I decided to give it a go.

This is a middle grade novel following the adventures of Jo who was left with her aunt as a baby with a note indicating that she is dangerous.

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(39) The House of the Spirits // Bookish Blurb

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The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

This is a novel set in Chile following a couple generations of a family and all that they go through. I’m not totally sure how to explain this. Mostly it’s about family and the drama that happens between people. But also there are kind of like supernaturalish elements and it’s kind of ethereal. Also a lot of it is political.

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(38) The Names They Gave Us // Bookish Blurb

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Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Books and Lala recommended this book on her YouTube channel and I thought I would give it a try. I also read Girls of Paper and Fire on her recommendation but mostly she reads thrillers (which I don’t enjoy). Anyway, back to the book.

This is a teen book following the life of Lucy as her mother deals with cancer and her life feels like it’s falling apart. Instead of spending the summer with her parents at their Christian camp (where her dad is the pastor) her mom sends to be a counselor at the other camp… the camp for kids that are going through a hard time. There Lucy is forced to deal with the real issues in her life and those around her and finally make some good friends.

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(37) The Bookshop on the Corner // Bookish Blurb

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The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The library had a list of books about books which intrigued me and this was on it so I picked it up.

This is a British book following the life of Nina who leaves her life in the city and moves to a tiny town in Scotland and ends up selling books from a van. Yep, that’s basically the plot.

And this is where I would put the read more line if I only knew how…

So… I enjoyed this book overall. It was fluffy, it was cute, it was VERY PREDICTABLE. I feel like I should have been frustrated by how predictable it was but it felt almost comforting.. like everything just happened the way it should.

Another thing the author did that I quite liked was to pop in little notes about other characters that Nina wouldn’t know about (or like about their future or something) that helped you understand their perspective and add a little spice I guess. (Something kinda similar was done in Leap Day – although they are obviously very different books).

I think my biggest problem with this book was that their is a foreigner who is kind of portrayed as a bad guy. The one foreigner in the book is bad…

In a weird way this reminded me a lot of Wilde Like me and just that genre I guess. This probably also qualifies as women’s fiction. It’s just kind of fluffy character driven content. And like it’s adult without being graphic.

Ok, that’s all for now.

#37 of 2019

(36) The Lonely City // Bookish Blurb

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The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

Look, I read another nonfiction book, are you proud of me?

So I think I actually found the recommendation for this book on Instagram which is very unlike me but seems to have worked out ok.

This is a book, as the title suggests, about loneliness. It kind of merges the author’s period of loneliness with the art that helped her overcome it. Although this book is about loneliness, it’s more about lonely artists than loneliness itself if that makes sense. It seemed like the book kind of became less about loneliness and more about social issues as the book went on. Many of the artists she talked about were gay and ended up with AIDs etc.

Side note that apparently I still do not understand how these new settings work and how to use the “show more” feature anymore… if that even is a feature now. I HATE CHANGE.

I ultimately enjoyed this book a fair bit although I wasn’t quite prepared for how art history it was going to be. However in that respect I appreciated that it isn’t a self help book in any regards, it’s just a look at some lonely people and the art they created. I definitely feel like I learned about different artists (even if I cannot remember their names). I think since this book really wasn’t preachy and is just telling you about these people’s (usually pretty terrible) lives, it was actually pretty easy to read. It wasn’t dry and stiff but rather quite juicy and ….flexible(?).

I think I would recommend this book if you like learning about artists and gay issues. Warning that this book is very adult and does talk a lot about sex and sexuality and death and pain etc. But not a punishing nonfiction experience.

#36 of 2019

(34) The Forgotten Beasts of Eld // Bookish Blurb

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This is a high fantasy novel following the life of Sybel, a wizard woman who lives alone in the mountains with the magical beasts she has called. However a child is brought to her and slowly she is brought down from her snowy isolation and involved in the lives of the kingdoms below. Continue reading “(34) The Forgotten Beasts of Eld // Bookish Blurb”