Reading Challenge #18: A Book You’ve Read Before that Never Fails to Make You Smile

  Title: The Night Circus Author: Erin Morgenstern How it fulfills the challenge: The Night Circus is one of those books that uses its imaginative and fantastical powers to charm and delight. The circus Morgenstern creates is one that I would love to experience. It's a book that made me happy the first time I read it, and … Continue reading Reading Challenge #18: A Book You’ve Read Before that Never Fails to Make You Smile

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 2016 Releases I’m Really Excited About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is all about what 2016 releases we really meant to get to, but weren't able to read for whatever reason. My reading is almost always at least a year (if not a century) behind, so I actually like waiting … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 2016 Releases I’m Really Excited About

Top Ten Tuesday: 7 Great Books My Mom Recommended

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is all about book recommendations. I've read lots of great books that people suggest to me, so I wasn't sure how to narrow down this topic until I thought about the one person with whom I … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 7 Great Books My Mom Recommended

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Historical Periods

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature brought to you by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is a rewind--we're supposed to pick a past topic that we wanted to do but couldn't (or from a time when we weren't yet blogging). A while back there was a topic about … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Historical Periods

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite 2016 Reads Set Outside of the US

Just realized this post did not go through last week! My apologies. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This is an awesome topic because, speaking as an American, so much of the content we consume is U.S.A. centric, and features mainly white, male characters. So this is a … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite 2016 Reads Set Outside of the US

Women Writers Reading Challenge #57: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth's book is an interesting look into the history of fairy tales themselves. The book focuses on Charlotte-Rose de la Force who is the author of the first written account of Rapunzel in Louis XIV's France. She is told the story by a fellow nun, when she is forced into exile at an abbey. … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #57: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Women Writers Reading Challenge #56: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

I've had this book on my radar for quite some time. On an Amazon wish list to be exact, and it fell into obscurity. But when I suddenly rediscovered this book, I knew I had to read it. For what could be better than taking two interesting, fantastical creatures from different worlds and putting them … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #56: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Women Writers Reading Challenge #49: Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison

The only image in my mind that goes with "Rasputin" is from the animated movie, Anastasia, which features him as a (mostly) undead man read: zombie, with a talking bat and a creepy reliquary he sold his soul to. That is the beginning and the end of my knowledge of him--the "holy" man that brought down … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #49: Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison

Women Writers Reading Challenge #42: And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

This historical fiction was highly enjoyable, filled with interesting characters and not a little intrigue. As Tasha Alexander comments at the back of the book, Lady Emily enjoys an interesting place in society. As a widow, she's as free from outside influence as she could possibly be. Since she hardly knew her husband, she doesn't … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #42: And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

Women Writers Reading Challenge #32: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Hemingway has become more myth than man to modern readers, but Paula McLain's book offers an intriguing glance into the man and the (first) woman who married him. McLain manages to capture Hemingway's charm as well as his rougher, more cruel traits, as well as what it's like for his wife, who doesn't consider herself … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #32: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain