In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
This is book four in the Lady Trent series and like the previous books, I loved it.
This book builds a lot off of the previous book (with similar characters as well as the political plots building off of each other). In this book Isabella and Tom are sent into the desert to learn how to breed dragons. Once again we are introduced to a different culture and country although this time it feels like we didn’t actually get to know them that well. Instead, they spend a lof of time with their own military. Continue reading “(66) In the Labyrinth of Drakes // Bookish Blurb”
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M Valente
This is book… three(?) in the Fairyland series and I have to say I just wasn’t feeling it. Again, September gets whisked off to Fairyland and lands in a different part than before (this time the moon). Also this time she gets to take a car with her. Continue reading “(65) The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two // Bookish Blurb”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
I wasn’t loving the book I was reading (you’ll see what book next) so I went back and continued rereading Harry Potter again.
If you did not know, this is book three in the series and thus follows Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts. This year is all centered around Sirius Black, a criminal on the loose who is out to kill Harry Potter…or is he? Continue reading “(64) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban // Bookish Blurb”
Voyage of the Basalisk by Marie Brennan
This is book three in the Lady Trent series. See my review for book one HERE.
So the series has started to feel a bit formulaic. Like she goes on a trip to a new place and studies dragons and then comes home… again. That being said, so far each trip has been very different. On this journey they are on a boat most of the time. Also she brings her son with her (this was probably one of my favorite aspects of her journey – I seem to really enjoy watching her be a mother since she’s so unlike other ‘typical’ mothers). Continue reading “(63) Voyage of the Basilisk // Bookish Blurb”
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
This is a historical fiction novel following multiple generations of Koreans who move to Japan during and after WWII. This book was recommended to me my by my mom (who read it for her book club) and since she had a copy I thought I would give it a go. Continue reading “(61) Pachinko // Bookish Blurb”
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
This book follows the story of three women in Germany following the aftermath of WWII. Marianne was told to protect the women so that’s what she tries to do but finding them is not the same thing as saving them. Continue reading “(60) The Women in the Castle // Bookish Blurb”
The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
This is book two in the Lady Trent series. Book one being A Natural History of Dragons.
In this book we follow Isabella on her second expedition to learn about dragons. This time she goes with a famale companion and a man she traveled with before but now they go to the joungle instead of the mountains like last time. Continue reading “(59) The Tropic of Serpents // Bookish Blurb”
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”
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
First off I want to say I LOVED THIS BOOK! Although perhaps it’s really not that remarkable of a book, it is exactly the type of book I love and it feel very much like the type of book I tried to write in middle school (although to compare this book to my writing in middle school is quite an insult).
In this book Lady Trent tells us the story of her early years. Its starts off when she is seven and ends when I want to say she’s 20ish.
How do I explain this? So basically this is set in a world where there are dragons (and other related dragon like creatures) but they aren’t very well studied (since studying them is often very difficult give that they are super dangerous creatures and don’t tend to survive in captivity). This is also what I would think of as an ‘old fashioned’ society. Think Victorian England when women had to wear dresses and ‘came out’ and looked for husbands etc. Basically, Isabella (who later becomes Lady Trent) is a woman who is fascinated by dragons and natural history which is very unladilike etc. Continue reading “(53) A Natural History of Dragons // Bookish Blurb”
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente
I didn’t realize that this was a series but in this book we follow September as she gets whisked away by the Green Wind to Fairyland where she has adventures. Continue reading “(52) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making // Bookish Blurb”