Unbecoming

UnbecomingTitle: Unbecoming
Author: Rebecca Scherm
Rating: four-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: A fascinating story which stars a complex, relatable female characters and has a satisfying, slow buildup of  tension.

At Julie’s job restoring jewelry and knick-knacks, nothing is what it seems – including Julie. In fact, her name is actually Grace and she’s not from California as she claims. Instead she’s from the small town whose newspaper she checks every night, waiting to hear that two young men who went to jail for a crime Grace planned have been paroled. Once they are, she knows it’s just a matter of time until they come for her. What she doesn’t know is whether or not they’ve forgiven her betrayal. Continue reading

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War and Peace Read-Along Week 1

war and peace read-a-long

Since I read and loved Anna Karenina, I’ve been wanting to give War and Peace a try. Although I was nervous it was going to be mostly about battles and not have any characters I could love as much as Anna, this read-along hosted by Hanna at Booking in Heels gave me the push I needed to give it a chance. So far, like everyone else, I’m enjoying this far more than I expected. Even more surprisingly, Tolstoy is reminding me of Austen in a great way. This might be me projecting my own amusement at the way the characters behave, but I feel like Tolstoy is laughing behind his hand at their antics too which is a feeling I often get when reading Austen. Continue reading

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Of Things Gone Astray

Of Things Gone AstrayTitle: Of Things Gone Astray
Author: Janina Matthewson
Source: TLC Book Tours
Rating: four-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: The style of this story was perfection – cute, whimsical, happy – but the ending trailed off in a way that made the plot unsatisfying.

“On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work. Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother’s sudden death, finds himself strangely attracted to other people’s lost things. But little does he realize that his most valuable possession, his relationship with his father, is slipping away from him.” (source) Continue reading

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Nonfiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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Fantastic Narrative Nonfiction

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At first glance, Ghettoside and The Train to Crystal City don’t appear to have much in common. Ghettoside tells the story of a detective determined to solve the murder of  a fellow officer’s son and highlights the fact that a disproportionate number of murder victims in America are young, black men. It falls squarely in the true crime genre and reads like a gritty police procedural. The Train to Crystal City is a book about our history, specifically the only family internment camp in America during WWII, home to families (including American-born children) some of whom were exchanged for American POWs against their will. What made me choose to review these books together is that they are both exemplary works of narrative nonfiction. Continue reading

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Best European Fiction 2015

Best European Fiction 2015Title: Best European Fiction 2015
Author: Enrique Vila-Matas
Source: NetGalley
Rating: four-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

 

I love unique translated fiction and wanted to add more diversity to my reading in 2015, so this collection of European fiction was the perfect first read of the year. This collection includes stories by authors from many different European countries, most of it translated and most stand-alone short stories. The few excerpts from longer works were also enjoyable and easily stood on their own. Continue reading

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The Ship of Brides

The Ship of BridesTitle: The Ship of Brides
Author: Jojo Moyes
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: four-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: This was an enjoyable read, but I didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I have in Moyes’ other books.

“The year is 1946, and all over the world, young women are crossing the seas in the thousands en route to the men they married in wartime – and an unknown future. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other brides on an extraordinary voyage to England, aboard the HMS Victoria, which also carries not just arms and aircraft but 1,000 naval officers and men. Rules of honour, duty, and separation are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young stoker. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.” (Source) Continue reading

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