10 Books I Read in 2019 – Part 2

The saga continues! Here is the latter half of the ten books I’ve read in 2019 thus far. Missed the first half? Click here. 6. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien The first time I read the Lord of the Rings series, I think I was too young to appreciate it. I was probably 11Continue reading “10 Books I Read in 2019 – Part 2”

Spoooooky Reads

Claire and Marshall of Halloweens Past Happy Halloween, friends! In honor of the spookiest holiday, I thought I’d give you a list of some of my favorite chill-inducing books, at varying levels of scariness. The Exorcist by William Blatty If you’re looking for a truly horrific read, this is a great place to start. TheContinue reading “Spoooooky Reads”

Postmortem: Six of Crows

“Some people see a magic trick and say, “Impossible!” They clap their hands, turn over their money, and forget about it ten minutes later. Other people ask how it worked. They go home, get into bed, toss and turn, wondering how it was done. It takes them a good night’s sleep to forget all aboutContinue reading “Postmortem: Six of Crows”

Postmortem: Three Books I Read on a Plane

The one saving grace of international flights is this: uninterrupted reading time. I’m finally back on track with my Goodreads challenge, and it’s all thanks to being stuck in a flying tin can for twelve hours. Instead of doing a long post for each of these, I decided to do one post with three quick responses.Continue reading “Postmortem: Three Books I Read on a Plane”

Book Review: Lilac Girls

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is natural that such an earth-shaking event, a piece of history that revealed the deep capacity for evil that lies within human nature, would inspire a seemingly bottomless well of responsive art. As a lover of historical fiction, I have read a fair few books about World War IIContinue reading “Book Review: Lilac Girls”

One Published Year

A year ago today, Across the Formidable Sea became available for purchase on Amazon. In the year since it’s earned 22 reviews on Amazon with an average 4.6 stars. On Goodreads, it has 30 and an average 4.37. It’s been purchased over 500 times in more than 3 countries. My words. My ideas. It’s utterly humbling.

Postmortem: Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell managed the rarest of feats: she made us root for an utterly unlikeable character — a female character at that. Throughout Gone with the Wind Scarlett struggles with the fact that she lacks many of the traits most desired in women of her time: humility, docility, and gentleness of spirit.  Though we pride ourselves today on embracing “strong female leads”, even the most independent of female heroines are usually still kind at heart, reaching toward the greater good, kind to children and animals, and ultimately feminine. Scarlett is cutthroat, grasping, and selfish, and worst of all, unapologetic, but you still find yourself wanting her to succeed. 

Postmortem: My Name Is Leon

Leon is eight and three-quarters, and he has a new baby brother. Though Leon’s age, living arrangements, attitude, and size change throughout the book, his name and his love for his brother do not. Kit de Waal’s My Name is Leon tells the story of a young black boy in 1970’s England whose life untilContinue reading “Postmortem: My Name Is Leon”