The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
This is a short fantasy novella which apparently is related to a classic book by H.P. Lovecraft (which I have never read or even heard of). It tells the story of the journey Vellitt has to take in order to find a student who has run away from the college where she teaches. If she doesn’t find her and convince her to return to the school, the school will be closed since men don’t see the point in educating women. Continue reading “(29) The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe // 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”
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
This was another one of those NPR recommended books. I was drawn to this book because it was described as a coming of age novel compared to To Kill a Mockingbird.
In this novel we follow Annabelle in a small town in America during WW2 and all the events that follow a bully coming to town. Continue reading “(26) Wolf Hollow // Bookish Blurb”
Wind Rider by Susan Williams
My grandmother gave me this book when I was in… middle school? I liked it enough that I’ve kept it all this time although I can’t remember the last time I read it. I’ve just moved and wanted to read something and this book was unpacked so I picked it up and I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting.
This book tells the story of the first taming of horses. We follow Fern as she (and her trusty dog) tames the first horse and introduces everyone else to the idea that horses are useful for things other than just meat. I feel like that doesn’t do a very good job of describing the book but it’s a coming of age story about family and change and one girl who understands horses in a way that no one else seems to. Continue reading “(24) Wind Rider // Bookish Blurb”
The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan
A few years ago my Grandparents sent this book (and the one before it) to my family since they thought someone would enjoy them. Somehow this book (the second in the series) ended up in my possession and I randomly decided to read it.
This is a book set in India where a retired police officer turned private investigator solves the mystery of a crown (and jewel) being stolen.
Overall I liked this book. I appreciated the different setting (at least different from most of the books I read). Also did I mention there’s an adorable (very smart) elephant? I love elephants. He was definitely my favorite character. Continue reading “(23) The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown // Bookish Blurb”
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
This is the fourth and final book in the original Thursday Next series. See my review of the first book here. This book takes place two years after the last one and Thursday has decided to leave the book world and return to the ‘real’ world and try and get her husband back while (as always) stopping the world from destruction. Continue reading “(21) Something Rotten // Bookish Blurb”
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
This is the third book in the Thursday Next series (see my thoughts on book one here) and in this book Thursday is taking refuge in a book (quite literally) to escape from all the people trying to kill or use her (see book two).
Like the other books, a lot of different things happen in this book. The most interesting (in my mind) was her continued struggles with her memory and her husband. I don’t know what more to say without spoilers but that was probably my favorite aspect of this book. Continue reading “(20) The Well of Lost Plots // Bookish Blurb”