The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This book kinda follows the story of Ava Lavender, a girl born with wings, but it also tells the story of her mother and her grandmother each who have experienced strange (and painful) things. This book gripped me. It pulled me in and wow. Continue reading “(8) The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender // Bookish Blurb”
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Basically this book is about a group of women (specifically five cousins) who can make flowers grow. However the men that they love are cursed to disappear and if they ever try to leave the land they live on, they will die.
Overall, I found this book disappointing. I think something about the way it was written made it hard to read I guess. I just wasn’t drawn into the book. Also it probably didn’t help that there were so many characters. Continue reading “(7) Wild Beauty // Bookish Blurb”
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
This book is about Lois who is miserable until she starts making bread with faces on it and then her life completely changes.
At first I really liked this book. It starts off fast and is very easy to read. It’s a pretty short book overall. I liked the main character but it did feel like there were a lot of characters for a book so short and some of them were only really there for a scene and then never seen from again… Continue reading “(5) Sourdough // 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”
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.
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#58 of 2017
The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
How to describe this book? This is a historical fiction book based off of reality and many Indian legends. It is basically an epic love story following the life of Mehrunnisa as she is born and falls in love with Prince Salim while her life takes her far from him. It is a story of duty and death, intrigue and war, and the idea that love will ultimately prevail. Also it is the story of how a woman gained incredible power at a time where women were not allowed any. Continue reading “(49) The Twentieth Wife // Bookish Blurb”