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”
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”