2017 Reading Challenge: March Update

I embarked on the reading challenge to try to find some new books, to shake up my usual taste and take me out of my reading comfort zone.  Hopefully finding some new favorites along the way.  Since I started this challenge in January, I have definitely stepped out of my comfort zone, I’ve picked up…

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

This was a hard read and even harder to actually sum up my thoughts about.  So much so I had difficulty knowing what to say at all. The basic premise is that a boarding school student is date raped and a secret society within the school called The Mockingbirds steps up to help her out. Thankfully…

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

My goodness, this is quite the read! It has everything that is usually found in a fairytale but so much more besides.  For starters, the main character Cimorene is a princess who desires to be anything but a princess and challenges her role and expectations at any given opportunity, seeking her own adventure and happy…

The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade

I have to confess something. Yes, I did find this book in the children’s section of the library.  But I am kind of glad that I did.  It was actually pretty good. The Whispering House is a ghost story mystery and has an interesting plot twist at the very end. Hannah moves temporarily to an…

The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day

You’ll need to clear your schedule for this one, I read it in just one day. Interesting, fascinating, attention grabbing from the start. I just couldn’t put it down. It’s The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day, her first novel, examining the culture of violence.  Dr Amelia Emmet was a sociology professor who taught and researched…

Our Tempestuous Day by Carolly Erickson

I have a huge soft spot for history so when I found this book at the second hand store a while back I knew I had to have it. Our Tempestuous Day is a brief history of Regency England which reads more like a novel than a history book.  It covers everything from the monarchy…

2017 Reading Challenge

I love reading but lately I have been in a bit of a rut and am wanting to branch out with the types of books I read.  In search of a little inspiration for a bit of a change I found the reading challenge for 2017 by Hannah Braime. The challenge is 52 books in a…

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

I picked up this book from the bargain section of a store while I was in Ohio, I vaguely remember seeing the posters for the movie a while back so I had high hopes for the book. I realise that being made into a movie does not actually guarantee a good book to start with…

Heaven by V.C.Andrews

I will begin this review by stating that I have a soft spot for Virginia Andrews and her stories.  They are by no means incredible pieces of literature but for long commutes on trains or late night bedtime reading they are great.  As a whole I prefer slightly more thought-provoking reads but sometimes you just…