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Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

I spent months reading this book, which is unusual for me.  I tend to read a book straight through once I’ve started, but with this book (and maybe given the time I was reading it) I felt I needed to go slow and take…

The Vagabond Vicar by Charlotte Brentwood

Author Charlotte Brentwood sent me this book to review, which is a regency romance with a Georgette Heyer/Jane Austen feel. I hesitated, because of my recently-established rule of not reading books that are “sweet” or “heartwarming.” But then I read the first chapter, and…

Review of Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Over Sea, Under Stone is the first of five books in Susan Cooper’s classic children’s series, The Dark is Rising.  She won a Newbery award for the fourth book, The Grey King.  It’s on my Classics Club list and also counts towards the Around…

Review of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I don’t want to say very much about this book (which is hard for me) but I will say it wasn’t what I expected. Here’s what you already know: The Casual Vacancy is about the sudden death of Barry Fairbrother in a small English…

Review: Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Last week we were talking about the Man Booker nominees, and the general consensus was that the list is usually on the dull and uninspiring side.  If that’s the case, then Pigeon English must be an exception.  I absolutely loved this book. Pigeon English…

If we could visit the places in our favorite books…

This week’s Literary Blog Hop, hosted by The Blue Bookcase, asks the question “what literary setting (time or place) would you most like to visit”? There are many places I’d love to visit, like Australia or South Africa or India, but those places aren’t…

In the Middle of Middlemarch (Reading the Classics Part 1)

Reading about bloggers’ favorite books recently inspired me to pick up some classics I missed in college.  A lot of people mentioned Middlemarch as a favorite. I always meant to read something by George Eliot so this was long overdue, and I’m really enjoying…

Review: The Devil’s Company by David Liss

The Devil’s Company continues the story of Benjamin Weaver, a Jew in early 1700’s England who used to be a pugilist and now makes his living as a “thief-taker” – in other words, he tracks people down.  In this story, Weaver is blackmailed into…

Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

I greatly enjoyed the first book in this series, Soulless, primarily because of its unique voice and story. The world of fantasy these days seems to take itself much too seriously and this series was refreshing in its different view of the supernatural ,…

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