Tag: Historical Fiction

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

How Goes It, Bookworms? I’m doing well, you know. Reading and thinking and whatnot. I’ve also been bridesmaiding. Since the bride in question lives a couple of hours from me, I’ve had lots of time to check out audiobooks and podcasts whilst road tripping to various pre-wedding events. Thank heaven for that because holy heck, I just finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and frankly, I’m surprised my head did not… Read more »

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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Salutations Bookworms! I’ve been summering hardcore, so I haven’t been in a “let’s sit in front of the computer” sort of mood lately. I mean, there are hummingbirds in my yard to stare at. Hummingbirds, you guys! But, just because I haven’t been in a computery mood doesn’t mean I haven’t been in a book mood. I am up to my eyeballs in books I’ve experienced and just haven’t told y’all… Read more »

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The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

How Goes It, Bookworms? There’s no set formula that’s going to guarantee I pick up a book, but pitching me a book that’s historical fiction about a troupe of sisters performing a Vaudeville acrobatic act is about as close as you can get. Needless to say, when I was approached about The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay, I couldn’t say “YES PLEASE” fast enough. (I always say “please” and “thank… Read more »

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The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Happy Monday, Bookworms! The things I like about Mondays are extremely limited, but they’re greatly improved when I get a chance to discuss historical fiction. Yay for books, saving all the days of the week from abject horribleness! Today we’re heading back to WWI England, or, perhaps more specifically, the summer before WWI. Hence the title of Helen Simonson’s new book, The Summer Before the War. *I received a complimentary… Read more »

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Greetings, Bookworms! You’ll probably recall my giant rant about Scribd changing up its audio book program. As a result, I scoured my library for the oodles of expiring titles and prioritized those I simply couldn’t live without hearing before they turned into pumpkins. I’ve been meaning to read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton for quite a while, and I’m so glad I decided to check this one out. Not only… Read more »

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The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry

The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry

Good Day, Bookworms! It probably says troubling things about my character that I love hooker books so ding dang much, but I do, I so so do. The circumstances that lead young women into lives of prostitution are endlessly fascinating, and it’s a profession that transcends time and culture. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, this revelation comes as no surprise. If you’re new here, I really… Read more »

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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

Greetings Bookworms, If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll probably know that I have a penchant for what I lovingly refer to as “hooker books.” That’s right, kids, I love a good book about prostitution. Not in a pornographic way, but a historical fiction way. I find them absolutely fascinating to the point where I made a list of them while discussing the brilliant Emma Donoghue’s book,… Read more »

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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Bring Out Your Dead, Bookworms! Monty Python jokes never, ever, ever get old, I tell you! Seriously though, the bubonic plague was NO JOKE. I just finished reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and it was plague-tastic. Y’all know how much I love me some plague, right? That sounds almost as bad as my love affair with “hooker books.” I’m beginning to worry about myself… It’s 1666 in a… Read more »

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The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

Ahoy Bookworms! One of my favorite things about reading, particularly when I read historical fiction, is learning new things. I mean, you THINK you know all there is to know about WWII and its aftermath and BAM. Something new. Did you have any idea that enough Australian women married British service members to necessitate a post-war trip hauling 650+ war brides to England in an aircraft carrier? And that was… Read more »

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