I’ve gotten myself hooked on yet another mystery series. The first book in the series is A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas. The series centers around Charlotte Holmes, a female version of Sherlock Holmes. Charlotte was able to get away from her horrible parents and make a life for herself solving crimes under the name of Sherlock Holmes. The Hollow of Fear (2018) is the third book in the series. Charlotte is a unique heroine. She is smart, insightful, deductive, and unemotional, which makes her perfect for her crime-solving adventures. She has two sisters: Bernadette, who is nonverbal and needs care, and […]
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler My rating: 4 of 5 stars “The Forbidden Library” is a quasi-steampunk, fantasy novel. Alice discovers that her world isn’t what it seems when she happens to overhear and see her father talking with a fairy. This leads to some circumstances that throws her world upside down. She ends up living with her “uncle” Geryon who has a library that she’s not allowed to visit unless she accompanied by Geryon. Of course she wants to discover the place for herself and finds that books aren’t what they appear to be in this library. She […]
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Seven Days of Us” is a family drama taking place over…you guessed it…seven days. Emma and Andrew Birch are landed gentry who go to Emma’s ancestral home (apparently it is a small country home, but I question the term “small”) for Christmas each year. This year is special because Olivia, the eldest Birch daughter, is coming home from being stationed in West Africa to fight the Hague virus aka Ebola. They all have to be quarantined for seven days to make sure that Olivia hasn’t contracted it. […]
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine My rating: 5 of 5 stars “An Unnecessary Woman” is the stream-of-consciousness story of Aaliyah. We first meet in her twilight years. She’s old enough to tell us the raucous history of Lebanon while not so old that there’s no new adventures on her horizon. She was married off young to a guy who didn’t know how to be a husband. He divorces her and she ends up keeping the apartment. In the interim she works in a bookstore and there begins her own self-education. Once the book store gig is over, she turns […]
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare My rating: 3 of 5 stars “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the story of a love quadrangle gone awry. Hermia loves Lysander, but her father wants her marry Demetrius. Helena, Hermia’s best friend, is in love with Demetrius but he can’t stand Helena. Hermia and Lysander decide to escape to the forest (read green world) so they can be together. Helena is made aware of the plans but is angry with Hermia so she tells Demetrius in order to gain favor with him. Demetrius storms off after the lovers with Helena in two […]
Ahhhh CoffeeShopReader, thank you so much!! I GASPED when I opened the box, I’m so excited for this book. And tea!!! You’re the best.
Always fun to get a box of surprises, no? Instead of sending my book exchange partner to my Goodreads list this year, I just suggested that they read my reviews and send me something they think I would like. Turns out that little experiment worked out! Thanks, Black Raven! None of these books were on my radar and ALL of them sound delightful. Can’t wait to read and review them. A cup of tea and the bonus chocolate bar you sent will be the perfect complement to my cozy winter reading situation. Happy Holidays!
A book that certainly delivers upon the promise of its title. I remember a few years ago when Adelle Waldman’s The Affairs of Nathaniel P. came out and we were meant to take it as a savage takedown of fuckboi culture, and then when I read it, not only did I not think that Nate was all that bad, I didn’t see the book as a takedown so much as reading the shift in the educated, white, Liberal masculinity in urban spaces. This book is most definitely more of that takedown. I wonder if we have a case of takes one to […]