The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
I thought I would give this book a try after all the fantasy I’ve been reading but I think I’ll go back to all the fantasy.
In this book we follow Henry, a slave in Kansas who gets ‘freed’ by violent abolisionish John Brown. However somehow John , also referred to as “old man’ and “captain’ thinks he’s a girl. Thus we follow Henry as he becomes Henrietta and follow along this crazy man bent on freeing the slaves and killing anyone who gets in his way. Continue reading “(54) The Good Lord Bird // Bookish Blurb”
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
This is by the same author as A Fall of Marigolds. I never would have read this book except that I got my mom to read a Fall of Marigolds and she liked it so much that she went out and found other books by the author.
In this book we follow the Bright family as they move from their tiny town to Philadelphia where the dad becomes an undertaker. This is set during WW1 and soon after they arrive the Spanish Flu breaks out in the city. Continue reading “(28) As Bright as Heaven // Bookish Blurb”
The Girl with All the Gifts by M R Carey
I didn’t like this book. It’s well written, the characters are complex, and the plot is well thought out with an ending that made sense. None of that changed the fact that this is a post apocalyptic zombie book. How in the world did I end up reading one of those?!? No wonder I didn’t like it. Continue reading “(14)The Girl with All the Gifts // Bookish Blurb”
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
This book follows Rachel as she is diagnosed with ‘leprosy’ at the age of seven and sent to live on the island of Moloka’i. Although this is a work of fiction, it follows some very real historical events. Continue reading “(4) Moloka’i // Bookish Blurb”
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Like many of the books I read, I forget where I got the recommendation for this one. This book basically follows one family throughout a long period of time, occasionally jumping between characters or generations. Continue reading “(57) A Spool of Blue Thread // Bookish Blurb”
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
I don’t remember where I got the recommendation for this book. I think maybe I was looking at NYT best selling books (although now that I look at it, I’m not sure that it was on the list…)
There are two stories told in this book. One is set in 2011 as Taryn struggles with the death of her husband ten years before. The other is set in 1911 where Clara is haunted by the fire that killed the man she loved. These two stories are quite different yet are tied together by their need to escape and be free from the past and deal with the pain of being alive while those they loved died. Continue reading “(55)A Fall of Marigolds // Bookish Blurb”
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
This is book two in the Falling Kingdoms series (book one being Falling Kingdoms).
In the previous book, the three kingdoms (that are on the same island) went to war and King Gaius ended up controlling all three. So basically the premise of this book is that King Gaius is building a road to connect the three kingdoms while also continuing his domination of the people and proving himself supreme leader which sounds boring but I promise this book was not. Continue reading “(43) Rebel Spring // Bookish Blurb”
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
So this is actually Backman’s second book which is set right before Britt-Marie Was Here (which I didn’t realize when I started it). It follows the life of Elsa, a seven- almost eight year old girl who is different. She gets bullied in school and she’s super smart and her parents are divorced and she lives most of the time with her mom and her mom’s partner (and their soon to be born child – her half sibling- Halfie )in the same building as Britt-Marie.
Basically this book follows the events that unfold when Elsa’s eccentric grandmother dies. She was Elsa’s only real friend but when she dies she leaves Elsa with a letter which leads her on an adventure to discover the past of her grandmother’s life and also to learn more about the other people in her building. Continue reading “(38) My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry // Bookish Blurb”
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Like many books, I read this book on my mom’s recommendation. She was reading it for book club and thought I might like it. Basically this book is about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (something I basically knew nothing about) through the eyes of a seven year old girl. She starts off as the daughter of a prince and then a revolution occurs, one that wants to eliminate all remnants of the former leaders and generally create chaos. Continue reading “(31) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb”
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This is a YA coming of age story about twins Jude and Noah.
This story is about family, guilt, loss, being broken and trying to put your life back together and yet it manages to still have moments of humor and . I don’t really know how to explain this book very well without giving too much away. Continue reading “(27) I’ll Give You the Sun // Bookish Blurb”