Bite Size Reviews: June 2017

June 9, 2017 Bite Size Reviews 6

Hello You Beautiful Bookworms!

I have been doing all the reading and none of the blogging. It’s a pattern lately. But, you know. There were flowers to plant and a baby to grow and books to read. But I’m here to talk about some books today. Wahoo! These are going to be quick little Bite Size Reviews, and they were supposed to be published in May. It’s a good thing I’m not accepting many books for review from publishers right now because I have no schedule of any kind. I’m just flying by the seat of my maternity pants.

ONE: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier- Over the years I’ve enjoyed many a Tracy Chevalier novel. She typically incorporates a historical personage or piece of art at least tangentially in the narrative, and this was no exception. Historical fiction about an apple orchard would be incomplete without mention of John Chapman AKA Johnny Appleseed, no? The fellow himself indeed makes a cameo or two, but the bulk of the narrative focuses on the plight of the Goodenough family. It’s an enjoyable read, if you like melancholy historical fiction sent in log cabin era America.

TWO: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella- Oh Sophie Kinsella. You are just an utter delight. It took me ages to pick up one of her books, but they’re always quirky and fun, if implausible. They’re the perfect “I need to read something adorable” book to cure the “If I read another sad book I’m going to lose my marbles” feeling. Career girl trying to make it in London slowly comes to realize that her rural roots aren’t anything to be ashamed of. Plus love and silliness and glamping. It’s one of her most recent offerings, and one of the best of hers I’ve read.

THREE: The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig- Okay, you guys. TIME TRAVELLING PIRATES: THE SEQUEL. Remember all my squawking about how much I loved The Girl from Everywhere (review)? This is the followup, and I kid you not, it is EVEN BETTER. I love, love, loved it. Do yourself a favor and get them both, okay?

FOUR: Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery- I was running low on Kindle books so I decided to pull up the third installment of Anne of Green Gables (review). Will Anne ever not be a delight? Despite their having a chaperone and, you know, having to do old timey housekeeping, this book reminded me so much of my college days. Specifically, the two years I spent living with roommates in an apartment, playing at being grown ups. Anne and company’s shenanigans were minimal compared with ours, but that cozy feeling of chilling with your besties and putting together a jigsaw puzzle? Palpable in this novel. Plus, you know. The whole Gilbert affair. Swooooooooooon.

I think that’s quite enough for now, don’t you? Tell me, Bookworms, what is on your summer reading list?

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6 Responses to “Bite Size Reviews: June 2017”

  1. Michelle

    I’ve always been partial to Anne of the Island if only because of those ending scenes with Gilbert. About time, I say!

  2. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Woohoo, Ship Beyond Time was indeed extremely good! I didn’t expect it to introduce whole new ethical and emotional issues and then it DID and I LOVED it and there were so many good relationships and things. Excellent business.

    My summer reading list right now is the massive pile of books I insanely checked out from my library before going on a long London vacation and now I have to read them really fast or they’ll be due, and then the other massive pile of books that I bought while on my London vacation. Ha ha I am a mess of a human woman.

  3. Rhian

    Summer is 6 months away here (sob). Books I’m reading at the moment are The Good People by Hannah Kent and Nexus by Ramez Naan. If you like cyberpunk with intrigue then the latter is excellent (so far).

  4. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    I don’t really remember reading the Anne series… I vaguely remember the tv show? I need to read them sometime soon!

  5. mwgerard

    I’m lucky enough to have been to PEI and to LM Montgomery’s house a few times. It’s every bit as lovely as you think.

  6. A.M.B.

    Yes, Anne will always be a delight! That series is one I revisit often, whenever I’m in the doldrums. My Samira is reading Anne of the Island now. We read Anne of Green Gables together (before writing Anusha of Prospect Corner), but I want my girls to explore the rest of the series on their own. I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to “share” Anne with MY mother (as lovely as my mom is)!

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