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The Forgotten Seamstress
Liz Trenow
The Likeness
Tana French

Wake: A Novel

Wake: A Novel - Anna Hope Rather disappointing. I wish it wasn't written in the present tense

A Murder at Rosamund's Gate

A Murder at Rosamund's Gate - Susanna Calkins Very pleasantly surprised.

The Other Typist

The Other Typist - Suzanne Rindell rather ho hum with characters that left me ambivalent.

Burial Rites

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent If I could, I think I'd give this 4.5 stars.


Freeman - Leonard Pitts Jr. Such a wonderful thought-provoking book


Longbourn - Jo Baker Usually get annoyed at all the different takes contemporary authors out on P&P but this does look interesting. Got it as an ARC from my husband's store

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, Anna Quindlen Read in high school
Want to read again

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands - Natasha Solomons Nervous about this because the story sounds interesting but I didn't like Tyneford

The Sweetest Hallelujah

The Sweetest Hallelujah - Elaine Hussey What a disappointment. I found this to be so unrealistic and SO predictable. People previously mad at each other (with good reason, mind you) become the best of friends? In the age of Emmett Till and the KKK, the reader is supposed to believe a white woman legally adopts a black child effortlessly? We're supposed to believe that two women who loved the same man become best friends? The dialogue between these two groups of people is so so sweet it gave me a cavity and not in a good way.

This book had such potential but fell very short.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green Meh

Very. Disappointed

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley I'd give this 2.5 stars if I could

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis Dr. Taylor below asked me my reasoning for two stars so I shall try my best to state why

I guess I should be forthright: I'm not someone who enjoys an anthology of short stories. I have a hard enough time saying goodbye to my characters after having just finished a 400page book. While I knew that this would be separate vignettes about each of Hattie's children, I thought it would be better connected. The stories, to me, had little to do with one another and I have to say that I didn't see myself even liking many of these characters. Was it because she spent about forty pages on them? Perhaps.

Not only did this book lack any kind of connection between characters, it lacked understanding, for me at least, between relationships as time progressed. You'll read a story about one of her sons set in the 30s where little to nothing is mentioned of their siblings. The following chapter is set in the 40s and you're suddenly jolted into another sibling's life, trying to think about how this new person relates to the person you just read about in the previous chapter and often, there would be little connection.

I was disappointed by this book. I had started reading The Warmth of Other Sons, which I really ought to revisit and thought this would be a nice, shorter and fictionalized read, especially given Wilkerson's review of the Twelve Tribes of Hattie in the NYT Book Review. I just ended up disappointed, wanting more.

Me Before You

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes All the feeeeeeeeeeels

His Majesty's Hope

His Majesty's Hope - Susan Elia MacNeal Wonderful third book in a series for which I anxiously await the fourth book!

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein I'm having a really hard time caring.

Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear I wish I could give 4.5 stars because this was simply wonderful. Nice mixture of history, back story and mystery :-)