A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Read Harder Task 7)

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray I've never been one to do a reading challenge in order, and so this year's first Read Harder book is for task #7, read a historical fiction not set in WWII. A Great and Terrible Beauty is set in Victorian England, a YA novel with some magical... Continue Reading →

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Review: My first WIT Month rec of the year! Island Beneath the Sea written by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, and read by  S. Epatha Merkerson. It is an astounding story that revolves around the life of Zarite, a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue. With a total length just under 18 hours, this is a... Continue Reading →

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Review: This is an enlightening story about what it can be like to grow up in a civil war and then to escape to another country. Or be forced out, depending on how you look at that part of it but I don't want to spoil anything either. Zagreb, 1991. Ana Jurić is a carefree... Continue Reading →

The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann, translated by Alison Layland

Review: I listened to this one, narrated by  Justine Eyre. It was about 12 hours long, but it passed by quickly with this fun read. It's not particularly deep or magical and it doesn't call life as we know it into question. It's a nice read/listen, light and intriguing for anyone in the mood for... Continue Reading →

FF – Historical Fiction with WOC protagonists

I don't know about you, but I've seen a lot more historical fiction with white protagonists than with protagonists that are women of color. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with white protagonists, but if you enjoy reading diversely and historical fiction and do not live in a country where the dominant race is not white,... Continue Reading →

Star Sand by Roger Pulvers

Review: I was intrigued by the premise and it was a pleasant story but I expected something a little more. In 1958, a diary is found in a cave on the small Japanese island of Hatoma. Alongside it are the remains of three people. The journal reveals the story of Hiromi, a sixteen-year-old girl who’d... Continue Reading →

The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds by Selina Siak Chin Yoke

Review: A fascinating story that was a incredible relatable despite the cultures and times being radically different my own. Like Chye Hoon, I am mixed caucasian and hispanic and there are only precarious places to sit when you must straddle two worlds. This is made worse by the way the passing of time shifts our footing... Continue Reading →

TTT: Top Ten Books to read if your book club loves historical fiction/period stories

Historical fiction can be a little hit or miss for me, but there have been a few that I have enjoyed. Most of these are novels that were written recently but take place in the past,  two are set in the past were written contemporary to their setting, and the last two are a little... Continue Reading →

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