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 Girl He Used to Know

Rating: ✫✫✫✫/5

If you like:  Realistic fiction, learning to empathize with those with differences and struggles, historical events incorporated into the plot line, overcoming adversity, a bit of romance, books at about 300 pages

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a full review of anything I’ve been reading, but after picking up an advance reader copy of The Girl He Used to Know (through a Goodreads Giveaway, and with thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the free copy), and zooming right through it on a cold, overcast Saturday morning, I figured it was time.

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Spinning Silver

Rating: ✫✫✫✫✫/5

If you like:  Myths or fables, Russian stories and settings, a bit of magic, cold and wintry climates, small aspects of faith woven into the storyline, multiple narrators and their rotating points-of-view, books over 400 pages

August hasn’t been a really great reading month in the way of “amount of books” I’ve been able to knock out so far, but it’s been really great in “quality of books” I’ve read so far!  Spinning Silver was such a beautiful book and though I have maybe one little caveat, it fully deserves the five-star rating I’m happy to give.

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The Wonder

Rating: ✫✫✫✫/5

If you like:  Ireland, history, the 19th century, backlist books, questions of faith, questions of morality, slow-building suspense, books under 300 pages

Oh man, this book.  Based loosely on the many tragic and sometimes fraudulent stories of the “Fasting Girls” of the Victorian Era, this story is one for the books and one that I’m still working out for myself even as I write.

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