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Rating: Enjoyable

Here’s how I feel about each book listed here:

  • On a scale of 1 to 5: I’d give it a 4.
  • My reaction, in a nutshell: I really liked it. I had one or two minor issues, but overall, a great book.
  • Would I recommend it? Yes. I would not hesitate to recommend it to most people.

I became a Sandra Gulland fan years ago, when I read her Josephine B. trilogy. It remains one of my favorite works of historical fiction. I’ve had Mistress of the Sun on my shelf for a while now and finally decided to pick it up. We first meet Louise de la Vallière — known as… [keep reading]

I put Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel on my TBR Pile Challenge list because, well, it’s been on my TBR list and then shelf since it came out! It always sounded a little scary to me, somehow, and it took the challenge — and finding the audio version at my library — to get me to… [keep reading]

I never read Room. I know it’s supposedly wonderful, but I couldn't get past the subject matter. I was curious about Emma Donogue, though, so when I found the audiobook version of Frog Music at my library, I decided to give it a listen. Blanche Beunon is perfectly happy with her life in San Francisco, where… [keep reading]

I’ve been on a Gregory Maguire binge lately. Not so much because I’ve been loving his books, but more because they've been taking up space on my shelves and I wanted to know if they deserved their place! I recently tore through the Wicked Years series, then listened to Mirror, Mirror (which I didn’t like… [keep reading]

I’ve been collecting John Irving’s better known novels since I read The Cider House Rules in high school. I finally got around to reading (well, listening to) one of them. T.S. Garp’s mother wanted a child, but she did not want to give her life to a man to get one. So, she conceived her son… [keep reading]