Throwback Book Review: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

I read this book in college about five years ago, and absolutely loved it! I grew up watching the 2004 BBC adaptation (which I also love) and in many ways this book is kind of a deeper version of Pride and Prejudice. But recently, since I'm doing the 5 Tomes, 5 Weeks challenge, I felt … Continue reading Throwback Book Review: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Book Review: The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

If you've been following my blog for any significant length of time, you've probably heard me mention Rhys Bowen or one of her books. I'm a great fan of hers and have read and loved both her Molly Murphy Series and Her Royal Spyness Series. In the last couple of years, she's started coming out … Continue reading Book Review: The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

Book Review: I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

I love the story of Anastasia. Since I was a child watching the 1997 animated musical of the same name, I’ve been fascinated by both Russian history and the tragic story of Anastasia. I’ve watched multiple movies and read several books on the topic. For those who are unfamiliar with the topic, Anastasia was the … Continue reading Book Review: I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

NaNoWriMo, 2018: Day 1 (Thank you, readers!)

NaNoWriMo is starting! I'm super excited but mostly terrified. Thank you for everyone who voted yesterday in my poll. I was honestly surprised how many people voted for #2, Peppermint Poison with a Pinch of Paris (it finished with about 53% of the vote). It was definitely one I did not think many would choose. In … Continue reading NaNoWriMo, 2018: Day 1 (Thank you, readers!)

Book Review: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

No, this is not a book about aliens, as the title might make you surmise. Instead, it is a historical mystery about a psychologist, known at the time as an “alienist.” I was introduced to this book through its TV series adaptation released early in 2018, starring Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, and Daniel Bruhl. I … Continue reading Book Review: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Reading Wrap-Up September, 2018

I can't believe I actually only read five books this month! I was hoping to have read more. What is even more disappointing is that they were all just 'okay' books. They weren't great, but they also weren't bad. On Goodreads, I rated them all either three or four stars. Though, I will say at … Continue reading Reading Wrap-Up September, 2018

My Favorite Books Written in the Elizabethan Era

I'm going to be starting a new blog series today, taking on each era and sharing my favorite books written during that time period. The perimeters of my selection are as follows: (1) the books must be written during that time (so no modern books written about it) and (2) usually each era focuses on an individual … Continue reading My Favorite Books Written in the Elizabethan Era

Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (a.k.a., another Rapunzel Retelling)

I read this book for two reasons. First, the cover is absolutely beautiful. Second, I am easily convinced to read any fairytale retelling even though more often than not I am disappointed with them. This book was…not at all what I was expecting…but I’ll get into that in a minute. Release: November, 2015 Synopsis: The … Continue reading Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (a.k.a., another Rapunzel Retelling)

Book Review: Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen

For reference, this is Book #12 of Her Royal Spyness cozy historical mystery series, and perhaps my favorite mystery series of all time. Rhys Bowen is certainly my favorite mystery writer (at the very least fighting for first with Dorothy Sayers). Obviously, I would recommend reading this series from the beginning and because of this, … Continue reading Book Review: Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen

Book Review: Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King

I know I just did a book review on Wednesday, but due to BookTubeAThon, expect a whole lot more book reviews in the next couple weeks (apologies, regular posts will continue soon). Anyway, this is the 15th book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes suspense series. I have been following this series since I … Continue reading Book Review: Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King