Outlandish

I’ve been (re) reading Outlander by Diana Gabalson lately. It’s slow going since it’s such a long book and I’ve been reading other books as well. I first read it about 5 or 6 years ago and I wasn’t impressed with it then. I blame it on not knowing that it was more romance than […]

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (Review)

Title: Victoria Author: Daisy Goodwin Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 401 Summary: In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been […]

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5 Books About the Holocaust I Want to Read.

A topic that I always find myself reading about is the Holocaust. It’s a horrible time in history, and yet I’m always drawn to these books. Even though the subject matter is dark and disturbing, there is always great resilience and hope to overcome the trauma. Here are some new(er) books about the Holocaust that […]

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Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Review)

Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak Author: Robert Beatty Publisher: Disney Hyperion (2015) Genre: historical/fantasy/mystery Pages: 291 Brief Summary: Serafina is growing up in the bowls of Biltmore estate. Her father is the mechanic for the boiler room and Serafina traps and kills rats. Except that she isn’t to be seen by anybody who lives […]

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My Favorite Books #4: Atonement by Ian McEwan

Title: Atonement Author: Ian McEwan Published: 2003 (Anchor Books) Brief Summary: In 1935, 13 year old Briony Tallis witnesses an act between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner, the son of one of the servants. Innocent of adult choices and intents added with her gift of writing, she spins a tale that has unintended […]

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Book Haul: The Witches: Salem 1692

I have a love/hate relationship with owning books. I don’t like owning them because they take up a lot of room and sometimes I don’t get to the books that I’ve got as I go out and buy other books or bring some home from the library. They get put to the back burner, so […]

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