Once Upon a River

Rating: ✫✫✫✫✫/5

If you like:  Myths or fables, stories about stories, a bit of magic, atmospheric language, one narrator who narrates from multiple perspectives, a bit of mystery, historical fiction, real life places connected to the past


The best sign of a five-star read is if it keeps me up long past my bedtime. And I think I might have a new favorite author, and her name is Diane Setterfield. Oh my goodness, this book.

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The List

It’s hard to create a list of favorite books of all time when I’ve read so many good books. Throughout the process of creating The List, I added a few books at a time, then second-guessed myself and took them away, ultimately to only put them back on the list again. All the books listed, more fiction than nonfiction, speak to my soul in some way and many are books I’ve connected with through personal experiences and memories and people I’ve known and loved. For each of these books, I can provide you with a snapshot image of a moment in time when the book was opened between my hands; I can describe what I was doing, where I was, and the thoughts tumbling around in my head … but I’ll save those stories for a different time.

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July Reading Recap

Total Books Read:  Nine  (5 audio, 4 paper)

Favorites this Month: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows) and As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride (Cary Elwes)

My July recap is short and sweet.  I get down to the basics of each book in just 5 key points and you can decide for yourself whether or not it’s worth picking up!

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