Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network tells the story of two women and two world wars, connected by one profiteering villain. We meet Charlie St. Clair in 1947, newly arrived in Europe with her mother in order to take care of her Little Problem/unwed pregnancy. Charlie has her own plans though and soon escapes from her mother in… Continue reading Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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Book Review: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

First things first, I liked Rules of Civility better than A Gentleman in Moscow, Towles' first book and I think I'm in the minority in this opinion so I'll explain why. Both novels are well written and Towles clearly excels at bringing historical time periods to life, whether that's New York in the 1930s, as seen in Rules of… Continue reading Book Review: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Not a Book Review: A Boys’ Treasury of Sea Stories

I didn't read this book from cover-to-cover, nor do I expect anyone to run out and buy this exact copy, so for those reasons this isn't exactly a book review. I picked up this story collection at a thrift store but my dad later pointed out to me that we had the same book at… Continue reading Not a Book Review: A Boys’ Treasury of Sea Stories

Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I'd heard so many rave reviews of Amor Towles' second novel that I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. More than one person said it was the best book of the year for them. So it was perhaps inevitable that I would set myself up for disappointment. The book is certainly entertaining I… Continue reading Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

This collection of short stories focuses primarily on adolescent girls. The stories are compelling and readable and not at all familiar with my experience of being a teenage girl. Which isn't to say that they don't ring true but by the time I got to the end of the collection, it felt like the intensity… Continue reading Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Someone recommended this book to me and I was drawn in by the lovely cover and was excited to read this story based on Russian myth and lore. While it didn't match my high expectations, it was a readable and enjoyable story and a twist on a fairy tale that might not be familiar to… Continue reading Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I was inspired to re-read Agatha Christie's famous mystery novel And Then There Were None after reading FictionFan's book review. I'd read this short mystery story a couple of times before, years ago, but it had always stuck in my memory as one of the finest mystery novels I've read. Years ago, reading it for the first time,… Continue reading Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie