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Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

This was another read for Read Harder 2018, which checks two boxes: it’s a mystery by a woman of color and it’s set in India.  It’s also a period mystery, which I love.  It’s set in 1921, the first in a series about Perveen…

The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

When I went on vacation I didn’t get to review some great reads, so I’m working on catching up.  This one was my favorite. Alderman’s novel won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017, but I was a little afraid it wouldn’t live…

Developing strong female characters: one author responds to negative reviews by writing a better book

Those of you who write book reviews, and who care about reading fiction with well-developed female characters, may find this article in Literary Hub as fascinating as I did.  Science fiction author Daniel Price writes about the response his book The Flight of the…

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

If you’re looking for a science fiction/dystopian/mystery/thriller with a strong female lead, I recommend Company Town.  I can’t say this is a perfect book.  It mashed a few too many concepts together for my taste. But it’s a fun, well-written, roller-coaster-ride story.  A perfect…

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

I liked everything this book – it’s a semi-true historical story with a strong female character, and it’s set in an interesting time. More than that, it’s a fun story full of drama and adventure. Constance Kopp lives with her two sisters on a…

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

I had heard this wasn’t Kingsolver’s best book, and I’d tried starting it a few times and it didn’t really grab my attention. I went back to it last month and I’m so glad I did. Yes, Kingsolver can be a bit preachy on…

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

I wasn’t sure I would love this book. On the pro side, it’s historical fiction about a dramatic, tragic event. It’s written by Alice Hoffman, who’s terrific. Though her books can be uneven, she definitely knows about writing strong female characters. And finally it’s…

Review: Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law by Michelle Granas

I was interested in this book for two reasons.  First, it’s sort of a historical/political novel about modern-day Poland.  I’m a quarter Polish, and visited Poland for the first time two years ago, and loved it.  We were fascinated by the country’s rich history…

Review of How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.  Historical fiction, French Resistance, female spies.  What’s not to like? In a word, WOW.  This was a Made-Me-Miss-My-Metro-Stop kind of book.  Literally – and I can’t remember the…

Review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.  It published on May 15, 2012 by Hyperion Books CH. The worst thing I can say about this book is that it was unevenly written, meaning there were times that the pacing and story didn’t…

Greatest Girl Characters: Who’s on Your List?

This week Biblibio posted on one of my favorite topics: strong female heroines in young adult literature.  The post refers to a list published by The Atlantic on “the greatest girl characters of young adult literature” which includes Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pippi Longstocking, Harriet…

My Favorite Character from War and Peace: February’s Classics Challenge

After many months of reading War and Peace, I finally finished it.  Did I enjoy it?  Absolutely, for most of the book.  I loved the way Tolstoy developed his characters.  I had a lot more trouble with the pages and pages of military strategy…

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