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”
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
This book is by the same author as Uprooted which I read last year and really enjoyed (I think it was even in my top 10 list from last year).
In a similar vein from Uprooted, this book is losely inspired by various folk tales. Pleople said that this was inspired by Rumplestiltskin but don’t let that turn you away. Really the only similarities is that things are turned into gold and names hold power.
In this book we follow three women: a Jewish moneylender’s daughter who takes up her father’s trade when he fails at it, a peasant girl who ends up working for her, and a lord’s daughter who gets married to the tsar. Did I mention we’re in Russia? Continue reading “(51) Spinning Silver // Bookish Blurb”
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
This is by the same author as Seraphina and Shadow Scale which I really enjoyed so I was excited to pick up this book even though I knew very little about it. Continue reading “(49) Tess of the Road // Bookish Blurb”
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
This book concludes the All Souls Trilogy. See Book 1 and Book 2.
Matthew and Diana are back from the past and must carry on with ‘real’ life. This involves many people trying to kill them and their family. Continue reading “(46) The Book of Life // Bookish Blurb”
Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
This book follows the lives of two friends in Italy. We follow their first days in school, the death and violence all around them, up until one of them gets married. This is the first part in a series which I’m assuming continues to tell their story. Continue reading “(39) My Brilliant Friend // Bookish Blurb”
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
This is a YA historical story of Dolssa, a girl who talks to her beloved and performs miracles through him; the priests who want her to burn as a heretic; and the sisters who shelter her from them. This is also the story of so much pain and death and yet peace and joy inbetween. Continue reading “(38) The Passion of Dolssa // Bookish Blurb”
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
This is the second book in the Lady Sherlock series and sequel to A Study in Scarlet Women. At first I wasn’t going to continue reading the series but then I did.
Again this is a retelling of Sherlock Holmes except Sherlock is Charlotte in a world where women are supposed to sit there and be pretty. Continue reading “(36) A Conspiracy in Belgravia // Bookish Blurb”
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
This is a book of poetry that my friend gave me (thank you friend!).
I don’t read a lot of poetry but this book did make me want to read more. Although it’s a bit hard to describe, this is basically a collection of feminist poetry specifically based on women overcoming trauma and the way women are treated (primarily by men). Continue reading “(34) Wild Embers // Bookish Blurb”
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
This is mystery series inspired by Sherlock Holmes except that Sherlock is actually Charlotte, a very intelligent woman in a man’s world.
The book started off very adult which I wasn’t quite prepared for and in some ways it stays that way the entire book. Charlotte does the unspeakable in order to not have to get married and the scandal shatters a number of families. Then death ensues and her family are the prime suspect. Although her behavior was very rational (despite the fact that it goes against every social code) she now must figure out the real killer in order to get her family off the hook. Continue reading “(31) A Study in Scarlet Women // Bookish Blurb”
Love and Other Consolation prizes by Jamie Ford
I got this book recommendation from a list of NPR book recommendations. This book is by the same author as Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet which is a really good book so I thought I would give this one a try. In this book we follow Earnest who gets raffled off at the Seattle World’s Fair and ends up living at a gentlemen’s club. Continue reading “(30) Love and Other Consolation Prizes // Bookish Blurb”