April/May Book Reviews

April/May Book Reviews

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell 5/5 StarsDue to my being extremely picky with mysteries/thrillers, I don’t read many of them. This one surpassed my expectations; I absolutely loved it. It went in a direction I wasn’t expecting and kept me engrossed the whole read. A lot of ups and downs and corners and curves. Can’t say much more without giving things away. Highly recommended. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt 5/5 StarsThis book was so great…

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A Northern Light in Provence by Elizabeth Birkelund (Early Review)

A Northern Light in Provence by Elizabeth Birkelund (Early Review)

A Northern Light in Provence was an absolutely delightful surprise. I was lost in and enchanted by the Provence of this book. I found so many aspects of this book interesting: a glimpse into the life of a translator; what it might be like to live in Greenland (definitely not for me); traveling to Provence and falling in love with life; a taste of the Provençal language; the journey of self-discovery; a book about books. Po, the poet whose book…

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February Book Reviews

February Book Reviews

The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown 3/5 Stars The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss 5/5 StarsJust as wonderful and easy to get lost in as The Name of the Wind. The second book in the trilogy picks up where the first one leaves off. I thought I’d be sad when Kvothe left the University but his adventure was just as exciting. Readers have been waiting over a decade for the third and final book in the trilogy to…

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The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown (Early Review)

The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown (Early Review)

The Book of Doors has several things going for it. It’s a book about books and I love those. There are a lot of characters in the book and they’re all different enough that it’s easy to keep them straight, which is often not the case. The important books give the owner a special power and the thought behind their powers and how they work are really interesting. However, the details of the ability of the actual Book of Doors…

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January Books Read

January Books Read

The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young 5/5 StarsThis was my first read of 2024 and it was an amazing one. I read other reviews to make sure we’re talking about this and it seems like we are: this is an absolutely beautifully written magical realism mystery time-travel-gone-wrong love story. I feel like there’s nothing more I can say that the synopsis doesn’t cover that also wouldn’t have spoilers. I love the story. Moments from it came back to…

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Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett (Early Review)

Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett (Early Review)

Book two in the Emily Wilde series. After reading and loving the first book, Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries, I was so happy to be approved to review this one as well. It’s becoming a great end-of-year tradition for me!I love the same things about this book that I did with the first: the journal format, traveling (though there wasn’t much of that here so kind of had a gothic feel to it), and the world and creatures of the…

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November Books Read

November Books Read

The Witch and the City by Jake Burnett 100/5 Stars The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods 2/5 StarsI like the idea of this book. A man (Henry) looking for a bookstore he went into once but cannot find again for some reason and a woman (Martha) building a new life after fleeing a violent relationship. There’s another timeline, Opaline’s, where we learn more about the bookstore, but her depressing story along with Martha’s are about a downer and a half…

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Summer Book Reviews

Summer Book Reviews

Incidental Happenstance by Kim DeSalvo 5/5 StarsAbout a third of the way into this book I sent it to one of my best friends because I knew she would love it as much as I was, and finishing the rest of the book didn’t disappoint at all. This is a perfect book for any (former or current) teenage girl who had a crush on a celebrity, especially if they were in a band. On Tia’s first solo social outing since…

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The Witch and the City by Jake Burnett

The Witch and the City by Jake Burnett

This book!! This book!  Here, now.  What a world. This started out as a read-at-bedtime book but I found myself thinking about it throughout the day and it became a daytime book too. This book is such a fountain of delights that I feel I need to read it again and again to appreciate it all. The more I think about it the more clever it gets. The ending a succession of fireworks.  You’ve probably already read the synopsis so…

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The Flowers of Provence by Jamie Beck (Early Review)

The Flowers of Provence by Jamie Beck (Early Review)

The Flowers of Provence is a stunning photography book reflecting Jamie Beck’s relationship with flowers during the time she has spent in France. Unlike her first book, An American in Provence, this one has very little writing; a lengthy introduction is followed by a tutorial on preserving flowers and tips for cutting and preserving flowers at home. If you’re looking for a photography book, the instructions are an added bonus. If you’re looking more for information on flowers found in…

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