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

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

Fiction, Historical

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

In an effort to read more of my advance reader copies that I'd been hoarding on my shelves, and to continue with my mid-century feminist historical cozy fiction kick, I picked up The Kitchen Front last September. (I'm publishing the review now because the paperback is out on Tuesday here in the States). Synopsis From… Continue reading The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

I love Ruta Sepetys books so much and when I found out her latest book would be set in Romania during the fall of communism, I was immediately intrigued - once again she would be introducing me to a time and a place I knew very little about. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Romania, 1989. Communist… Continue reading I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Fiction, Historical, Social Themes

Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce

The Emmy Lake Chronicles #2, sequel to Dear Mrs. Bird This summer, when I was desperately struggling to find a book to lose myself in, I turned to sequels of my favorites because I knew they wouldn't disappointment. Yours Cheerfully is a very fitting and enjoyable follow up to Dear Mrs. Bird. Synopsis From the… Continue reading Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce

Fiction, Historical, Romance

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Bridgertons #1 While quarantining in Miami before seeing my niece and nephew last week, my mother in law suggested we watch Bridgerton on Netflix together. Now I had heard about some scenes that would make most uncomfortable at the prospect of watching with an in law, but mine is pretty darn cool. But I insisted… Continue reading The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

Fourth Book Published in the Verity series Code Name Verity will forever and always be one of my all time favorite books. Whenever Elizabeth Wein has released a new book in the series (none of which follows the other directly but all are related) I immediately want to read it. And while none has thus… Continue reading The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

Comic Monday, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical

Sara by Garth Ennis & Steve Epting

Recently I went to my local comic shop (New Wave Comics in Skippack, PA) to pick up an absurd number of comics they'd been holding for me. Of course, as usual, I had a poke around the trade paperbacks that they have in as they often differ from the ones we carry at the store,… Continue reading Sara by Garth Ennis & Steve Epting

Fiction, Historical, Romance

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

The League of Extraordinary Women #1 I know they say to never judge a book by its cover, but I was pretty much sold on this one when my sister showed it to me while I visited her at the Towne Book Center in Collegeville, PA. I had not really delved into the world of… Continue reading Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore