Book Review: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak 

Title: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange WorldAuthor: Elif Shafak Publisher: VikingPage Count: 312Publication Date: 2019Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Family, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Turkish Culture, WomenGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.09)My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5) ‘In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the … Continue reading Book Review: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak 

Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Title: The Secret HistoryAuthor: Donna TarttPublisher: VintagePage Count: 559Publication Date: 2004Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Family, Adult Fiction, Myster, Thriller, ContemporaryGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.11)My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.0) Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Book Review: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Title: Bridge of ClayAuthor: Markus ZusakPublisher: DoubleDayPage Count: 464Publication Date: 2018Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Family, Adult FictionGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.80)My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.0) The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with … Continue reading Book Review: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Title: Once Upon a RiverAuthor: Diane SetterfieldPublisher: Atria/Emily Bestler BooksPage Count: 464Publication Date: 2018Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Magic Realism, Mystery, Adult FictionGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.95)My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.0) On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while … Continue reading Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Book Review: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Author: Patrick SüskindPublisher: PenguinPage Count: 263Publication Date: 2010Category/Genre: Fiction, Classics, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, European LiteratureGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.02)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift: an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he … Continue reading Book Review: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

October 2020 Reading Challenge: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Title:  How We Disappeared Author: Jing-Jing Lee Publisher: Hanover Square Press Page Count: 350 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, War, Cultural, Asia, Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.18) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child. In … Continue reading October 2020 Reading Challenge: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

September 2020 Reading Challenge: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Title:  The Bird King Author: G. Willow Wilson Publisher: Grove Press Page Count: 403 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.75) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) New from the award-winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson Set in 1491 during the reign of … Continue reading September 2020 Reading Challenge: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Book Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Title: The Museum of Extraordinary Things Author: Alice HoffmanPublisher: ScribnerPage Count: 368Publication Date: 2014Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.74)My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.8) Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional … Continue reading Book Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

August 2020 Reading Challenge: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Title:  A Long Petal of the Sea Author: Isabel Allende Publisher: Ballantine Books Page Count: 336 Publication Date: 2020 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Hispanic, War, Romance Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.08) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of … Continue reading August 2020 Reading Challenge: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Book Review: The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Title:  The FamiliarsAuthor: Stacey HallsPublisher: Mira BooksPage Count: 344Publication Date: 2019Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Witches, GothicGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.89)My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.8) Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again. None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor’s … Continue reading Book Review: The Familiars by Stacey Halls