Fiction, Historical

The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne

Inspiration for Reading: Historical fiction has been my genre of choice for nearly as long as I can remember. I pretty much went from reading Boxcar Children mysteries to historical fiction. And in particular, a novel about women during World War II is always sure to catch my attention. Synopsis From the back cover:New York,… Continue reading The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Sociology, STEM

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster As a book club, we are fascinated by science history and radioactivity it seems. Once I watched the HBO show Chernobyl, it rekindled my interest in the disaster. We had two Chernobyl books to choose from, and while I wanted to read Svetlana Alexievich's oral history,… Continue reading Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

Mure #1 (The Café by the Sea in the USA) It's not summer without a Jenny Colgan book! This year I'm making my way through the Mure series, set on a fictional Scottish island based on my favorite place in the world, the Orkney Islands (and the Shetlands, which I also want to visit!). Synopsis… Continue reading The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Sociology

Corrections in Ink by Keri Blakinger

I first downloaded a digital review copy of Corrections in Ink back in December and between then and getting the physical copy in January, I had forgotten that my initial inspiration for doing so was because Keri was a skater and it'd been awhile since I'd read a journalist's memoir, my favorite subgroup of memoirs. Couple… Continue reading Corrections in Ink by Keri Blakinger

Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean

Tokyo Ever After #2, sequel to Tokyo Ever After In continuing my efforts to only read new books that I'm fairly certain I'll enjoy, I'm turning once more to a sequel. I really enjoyed Tokyo Ever After last year and was doubly excited to get a physical advance copy from our publisher rep at the… Continue reading Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean

Fiction, Historical, Social Themes

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society #2 To say I pestered our sales rep endlessly for a manuscript of Bloomsbury Girls would be an understatement. As soon as I knew it was coming (summer 2020 when I did a virtual event with Natalie for the bookstore) I asked at least biweekly when I would be allowed to… Continue reading Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

Fantasy, Fiction, Historical

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

I love all things pertaining to dragons and I was immediately sucked in by the description of When Women Were Dragons. I'd heard wonderful things about Kelly's middle grade novels and her first adult novel certainly did not disappoint. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours,… Continue reading When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Biography, Nonfiction

The Kennedy Heirs by J. Randy Taraborrelli

John, Caroline, and the New Generation: A Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy In addition to being an Anglophile royalist, I also enjoy keeping up with our own "American Royalty," the Kennedys. While I've learned quite a bit about Joe Jr., JFK, RFK, Kick, Ted, Eunice, Pat, Jean, and Rosemary, I wanted to learn more about… Continue reading The Kennedy Heirs by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Fiction, Historical

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

I read this book in September of last year when I was in a "mid-century feminist fiction" mood and had just finished The Kitchen Front and Bloomsbury Girls and was looking for a book with a similar feel. This one had just come across my desk from the publisher and I hungrily devoured it in… Continue reading Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus