The Unseen World by Liz Moore
This book follows our main character, Ada, who lives with her highly intelligent yet socially odd father. He is her entire world (he raised her on his own and teaches her everything) and when he starts to fall apart so does her world and everything she believes to be true. The majority of the book is set in the 1980s when Ada is just becoming a teenager but then there are periods in the book that go both forwards and back in time. Continue reading “(44) The Unseen World // Bookish Blurb”
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
This is a teen fantasy story set in a world where humans and dragons coexist. We follow Seraphina as events unfold that attempt to destroy the peace between them.
The dragons in this book were really interesting in that they could take almost human form and thus remain among humans (although there are various reasons that make you realize that they are not human. To dragons emotions are unacceptable, especially love. Love makes you do irrational things and is far too human for dragons to feel. Continue reading “(42) Seraphina // Bookish Blurb”
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
After reading Eat Pray Love I wanted to read everything else that Gilbert has ever written. This book takes place a few years after Eat Pray Love ends and is all about marriage. Specifically, it is about Elizabeth trying to understand what marriage really is as she tries to pep herself up for her upcoming wedding after deciding that she would never remarry after her failed first marriage. Continue reading “(41) Committed // Bookish Blurb”
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
This books follows the life of Madeline Whittier who has a disease that makes her allergic to the world so she lives in her house and never goes outside. Then Olly moves next door and brings the world to her. Continue reading “(40) Everything Everything // Bookish Blurb”
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
When a new person moves into his building, a chain of events unfurl that force Monsier Perdu to come to terms with his broken heart and embark on a journey down the river in his book barge to visit the woman who broke his heart 20 years ago.
This book was filled with quirky interesting characters (Perdu included) who are all affected by love in various ways (aren’t we all…). There are people in and out and lost in love. Also Perdu kind of learns what it is like to love someone like a son as well as the love of friends so I guess it’s not just about romantic love. Continue reading “(39)The Little Paris Bookshop // 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”
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I had been meaning to read this book for a while especially after I read The Invention of Wings and realized that it was written by the same author. I knew I needed to read this book. In this book we follow 14 yr old Lily Owens as she escapes the horrors of her existence and tries to find out more about her dead mother. It is about race and strong women who have lots of hardship. Continue reading “(26)The Secret Life of Bees // Bookish Blurb”
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I’m trying to remember how I heard about this book but I think I might have found it on some NYT bestseller list. This is a YA novel about Lina and her family in Lithuania during WW2. Continue reading “(8)Between Shades of Gray // Bookish Blurb”