The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I found this book strangely addictive despite the fact that it isn’t the sort of thing I usually read.
I appreciated that this book (although heavily romantic) was not purely (or even necessarily mostly) a romance novel. It was an adventure novel with complex characters who each have their ‘issue’ that society doesn’t like. Continue reading “(6) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue // 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”
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
In this book we follow the stories of Eve Gardiner who becomes a spy during WW1 and Charlie St Clair who goes in search of her sister who went missing after WW2 despite the fact that she is a young pregnant woman.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. There’s a lot about women and how awesome they are despite all the stupid people in the world who tell them they aren’t. There is also a bunch about war obviously and what that does to you. Continue reading “(1) The Alice Network // Bookish Blur”
Hello! and Welcome! to all the books I read in 2017. I read a total of 64 books (Yay me!) and here’s a list of links to all of them. They are somewhat organized by genre but I find that it is often hard to put books (like everything) into nice little boxes. The numbers correlate with the order in which I read them if you are curious. I wish I could attach a picture of all these books but I get most of my books from the library so I don’t actually have copies of any of these books (with a few exceptions being the books I read on my Kindle). Also hopefully soon I will have my top books of 2017. I really enjoyed looking back at all the books I read. Continue reading “Books I read in 2017 (by genre ish)”
Caroline by Sarah Miller
I believe I found this book through the library’s list of top books of 2017. This book is a retelling of the Little House stories but making the mother the main character instead of the daughter. Thus we follow Caroline as she struggles to be a good mother and fallow her husband who is full of wanderlust as they head west. Continue reading “(61) Caroline // Bookish Blurb”
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
This is a historical fiction book set back in nineteenth century China. Our story follows the life of Lily. Her feet get bound, she gets married and has children, but the most important thing that happens to her is that she is chosen to have a laotong, a same, another girl who will be her best friend throughout her entire life. It is this friendship we follow as they write to each other using the secret nu shu language that only women write.
This is not necessarily a gripping book but it is a beautiful and interesting book. It does a very good job of explaining the customs and reasons why things happen the way they do. A lot of what this book does is just explain every day life for Lily. Yes, big events happen but mostly it is about what her life is like and how she and Snow Flower continue to communicate (or not).
I’m not really sure what else to say about this book. It is very peaceful despite the terrible things that happen and I definitely felt like I was surrounded by a different culture without feeling confused or overwhelmed by it.
I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it. Yes, it is technically an adult book and some of the situations are not something I would want children to read about but this is not necessarily an adult book more of just a mature book. I did really enjoy learning about nu shu and all the ways women were able to try and reach out of the boxes they were put in and ultimately the power they sometimes did have despite what the men around them might have wanted.
If you want to read a book about women, friendship, and China then I would say give this book a try.
Also apparently they made this into a movie which actually seems very different from the book.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on Amazon
#58 of 2017
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”