Book Review | Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen

You have probably already heard me talk about my love for Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series. Weir writes both history books (like my favorite Queens of the Conquest) and historical fiction books. I’ve been reading her books for over a decade, and she’s one of the reasons I love Tudor history so much. This […]

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Book Review | The Illness Lesson

I really enjoy good feminist historical fiction. I think there’s a lot of opportunity for great commentary on the treatment of women. So I was definitely intrigued when I read the synopsis for Clare Beams’s The Illness Lesson. It felt a little bit Salem Witch Trial-y to me, which I am totally on board for. […]

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Book Review | Things in Jars

When I first came across the synopsis for Things in Jars, it seemed right up my alley. It sort of reminded me of The Impossible Girl or Jackaby, both of which I really enjoyed (click the links to check out my reviews). But, having not read anything by Jess Kidd, I didn’t know what I […]

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Backlist Spotlight | Historical Fiction

Sometimes, backlist books don’t get enough love. It’s totally fine to be excited over new books – as my bookshelf (fine, book pile) can attest, I do it, too – but sometimes backlist books fall to the wayside. And there are too many good ones out there. I try and read backlist books when I […]

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Book Review | Gods of Jade and Shadow

I’ve been looking for some great diverse historical fiction – because it truly is one of my favorite things to read – and was so excited when I came across Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow. This book combines so many of my favorite things, and I was a little worried it might not […]

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Book Review | Time After Time

It’s probably not a great sign that I don’t really remember why Lisa Grunwald’s Time After Time caught my eye. Maybe it was the cover, or the time-traveling historical romance. I didn’t have very high expectations for this book, but, unfortunately, I still ended up disappointing. (All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.) Synopsis (From […]

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Book Review | Pachinko

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko has been on my radar for a while. I picked up a copy a while back (I couldn’t resist the beautiful hardcover), and finally got around to reading it! Really, I saw it was the Our Shared Shelf pick for May/June and knew it would be the perfect time to finally […]

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Book Review | Where the Crawdads Sing

I’m sure you’re all aware of how often I put off reading hyped or recommended books and end up really loving them. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens fairly often. And it happened again with Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing. I was admittedly on the fence about this one. But I […]

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May Audiobook of the Month – I Can’t Get Over How Much I Loved This One

I did it. I finally read The Pillars of the Earth. Well, listened to the audiobook, but it’s basically the same. I’ve been tackling some of the most intimidating books on my TBR this year, and finishing this one felt like a huge achievement. Not just because it’s been sitting on my shelves for years, […]

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Book Review | Mistress of the Ritz

A few months ago, I read and really enjoyed Melanie Benjamin’s The Girls in the Picture. So when I got the opportunity to read her newest novel, I couldn’t resist. Like The Girls in the Picture, Mistress of the Ritz is based on a true story. Which made it all the more poignant. (All reviews […]

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