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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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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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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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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