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January Book Reviews

January Book Reviews

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec 5/5 StarsThis book is heartbreakingly beautiful. I love a good story about gods or ancient figures I know little about and the drama that only they can bring. I also really enjoyed the mindful, seasonal aspect, and Angrboda’s relationship with her children. I would have liked to see a little more about her past but it’s a small grievance. Highly recommended. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 4/5 StarsI like a lot about…

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Top 9 Books Read in 2021

Top 9 Books Read in 2021

In reading order: Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy The Puma Years: A Memoir of Love and Transformation in the Bolivian Jungle by Laura Coleman We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto by Alice Waters The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry Meet Me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry For The Wolf by Hannah Whitten Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder Beach Read by Emily Henry I usually do…

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December Book Reviews

December Book Reviews

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan 5/5 StarsI don’t know how I missed a book about a line of French witches for four years but here we are. I loved this book. It’s a perfect witch/magic theme and is very connected to nature. It follows five generations and feels very much like five closely connected short stories. They’re each fascinating and heartbreaking in their own way but have many common themes throughout. Some of my favorites are discovering…

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November Book Reviews

November Book Reviews

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten 5/5 StarsThis book was exactly perfect for me to read at the time that I did. In between fall and winter when all I want to do is cozy up with a warm meal and a good book. My favorite kind of fantasy book too; definitely fully fantasy but doesn’t take too long to get set up in the world. This is a delightful mix of tales (little red, sleeping beauty, beauty and the…

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Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest

Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest

I have so many good things to say about this book. It is engaging, interesting, unique, and enjoyably funny (not laugh-out-loud funny IMO, but makes heavy situations light). The premise is original; our psychic has a newly-opened travel agency and ends up helping a detective on a case after keeping him from getting on a plane that crashed. She also moonlights as the Klairvoyent Karaoke star at a friend’s bar. All of these aspects come together nicely to keep the…

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A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

I really enjoyed the audiobook for A Spindle Splintered. I love a fairy tale re-telling and even though Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favorite, it was refreshing to read one about Sleeping Beauty. Zinnia pricks her finger on her twenty-first birthday and is transported to another world: Sleeping Beauty’s. Zinnia battles trying to save Sleeping Beauty while trying to manage her own health issues and get help from her best friend back home before her phone dies. Yes,…

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Listening Still by Anne Griffin

Listening Still by Anne Griffin

Magical realism is my absolute favorite genre to read and it was a perfect background to Jeanie’s story. Jeanie inherited the family trait of being able to speak to the dead for a limited time after they die. I love that the book isn’t centered around this though; it’s really about Jeanie figuring out what she wants her life to look like, despite seeming to have it all. She has a husband who loves her and is set to have…

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September Book Reviews

September Book Reviews

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 2/5 StarsThis book has a great setting and sense of place. It really makes me want to visit Scotland for my next international trip. That’s about all that I enjoyed about the book though. I didn’t like Nina or the fact that no one in her love triangle could express anything clearly. Everyone in this book is wimpy and can’t make a decision for themselves. Nina was even forced into her big…

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August Book Reviews

August Book Reviews

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy 5/5 StarsCharlotte McConaghy has delivered another wonderful book about so much more than it seems. I absolutely loved Migrations and was eager to read Once There Were Wolves as soon as it came out. The obvious subject of this book is Inti leading a team that is rereleasing wolves into the wilds of Scotland, but it is also about family, love, civilization, trauma, and survival. What lovely pages to get lost in. I…

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The First Actress by C.W. Gortner

The First Actress by C.W. Gortner

The First Actress is an absolutely wonderful (fictional) story about Sarah Bernhardt. I had first heard of her in my high school drama class, but aside from her sleeping in a coffin I didn’t remember anything about her. While many liberties have been taken, I think the reader still has a good idea of who Sarah Bernhardt was by the end of the book. From the beginning, I was hooked. The writing flows easily and while I may not agree…

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