The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
This is a Nonfiction book (Which I didn’t realize when I started it) following the life of the ninth duke of Rutland and the secrets he tried to hide from his life.
Basically the author went to where this duke used to live and discovered that he had removed documents from certain periods in his life and she went about trying to figure out why this might have been.
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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
So this was another book club book and this I guess this author created Moomins.
Basically this book tells short snippets of the story of grandmother and her granddaughter and time they spend together on the island (also the father is there but we don’t follow him).
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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
In another saga of “old man deals with grief of losing wife” we follow Arthur Pepper whose wife has died. When he finally decides to go through this wife’s old things he finds a charm bracelet that leads him on a journey to discover there was much more to his wife than he ever imagined.
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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
This is technically the third book in this series (idk what the series is called). The first book was Every Heart a Doorway (which I highly recommend) but I wasn’t super interested in the second book (which I think is kind of a prequel) so I went ahead and read the third book (which was totally fine btw, they’re interrelated but all stand alone as far as I can tell).
So this book follows the daughter of someone who died in Every Heart a Doorway. Only she died way too young to have a daughter so her daughter is rapidly disappearing (kind of back to the future style) and needs her mother to not die.
Thus this is a quest to bring her mother back but not just back from the dead (that’s the easy part).
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When We Collided by Emery Lord
I read The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord and really enjoyed it so I wanted to read her other books. I was guessing that this book would also be hard hitting and I was right.
In this book we follow Vivi and Jonah and the summer they get to spend together. But this is not just a teen romance. This is also the story of each of their struggles to deal with what life is throwing at them.
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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Tom Hazard is four hundred and thirty nine years old. He looks about 41. This is his story.
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On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
This is Carrie’s first fiction book and after reading Louise Pentland’s books I realized that I could read other youtuber’s books.
I’ll admit that I went into this book with fairly low expectations. I just wasn’t expecting it to be that good. I’m glad to report that I was wrong.
We follow Evie Snow who has died but needs to let go of her past in order to get to ‘heaven’ and as we follow her we learn about her past.
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Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
This was another one of those books involving books… book. In this… book, we follow June who inherits her great aunt’s bookstore and quits her stressful bank job to try and save it.
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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
I believe this book was also on that ‘feel-good book list’ from the library. This is a contemporary novel following the life of Major Pettigrew in a small town in England.
This book was so sweet. It’s kind of a love story but it’s so much more than that. It’s about family and community and acceptance. The book deals heavily with racism and anti-immigrant topics. Especially the idea of second-generation immigrants who aren’t really foreigners but people treat them a certain way if that makes sense.
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Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
This is a novel following two people who end up writing letters to each other as they process grief and their lives so far.
I know that was a terrible description.
I really enjoyed this book.
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