Book Review: The Red Necklace by Susan Gardner

Finally! I have never felt more accomplished finishing a book. For some reason this book took me a while to complete, not for lack of interest, but simply due to finding the time to go back to it while trying to read/finish library books. This novel takes place in one of my favorite eras toContinue reading “Book Review: The Red Necklace by Susan Gardner”

Book Review: Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Contemporary romances are not what I am usually drawn to or even like to read for that matter, but for some reason, I’ve been in the mood to read contemporary romances that have a Hallmark-like air about them. Summary. Teenage Sophie wants nothing more than to leave her small country town and go to designContinue reading “Book Review: Maybe This Time by Kasie West”

Book Review: The King’s Witch, by Tracy Borman

Introduction. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while after listening to Tracy Borman talk about it and her other books on Tudor’s Dynasty Podcast with Rebecca Larson. I’ve read a lot about the witch trials in America as well as books about the Tudors, but nothing in between, so this was a gemContinue reading “Book Review: The King’s Witch, by Tracy Borman”

Book Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Being the fan of Rebecca that I am, I thought I’d check out another one of du Maurier’s books. And this one did not disappoint! While we never see or hear the story’s subject in Rebecca, we get the complete opposite in My Cousin Rachel. Like Rebecca, we see only Rachel from the protagonist’s pointContinue reading “Book Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier”

Series Review: Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory

Changeling Summary: A young woman named Isabel strives to reclaim the birthright of her family estate from her conniving brother. She and her Saracen servant Ishraq embark upon a journey to do so and run into a young novice-in-training, the “changeling” of our story, named Luca and his trusty scribe. They are a part ofContinue reading “Series Review: Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory”

Book Review: Rebecca (Abridged Version)

I can’t believe it took me this long to finally read this classic gothic tale (one that is so short, yet so captivating), but I’m happy I finally did…especially in time for the Netflix film adaption coming out this month! I would like to delve into the unabridged version eventually…but I hope I won’t beContinue reading “Book Review: Rebecca (Abridged Version)”

Book Review: The Lady and the Highwayman, by Sarah M. Eden

“…One did not treat an author poorly without consequences.”

Book Review: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe

Overview The amazingly detailed cover drew me in and once I read the blurb, I was intrigued. How fortuitous that I stumbled across this find at a thrift store a mere month or so after returning from my trip to Salem, Massachusetts. I had always been fascinated by the history surrounding the Salem Witch Trials,Continue reading “Book Review: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe”

6 Graphic Memoir Recs for Middle School World Lit

Hi Teachers! Below are some of the recommendations I have for those of you designing middle school curriculums for units that may or may not include memoir-writing, world literature, global awareness, cultural connectivity, etc. As always, please be sure to read these books before incorporating them into your curriculum as some of them may notContinue reading “6 Graphic Memoir Recs for Middle School World Lit”

Book Review: The Bone Houses, by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Let’s be honest, one of the main reasons I was drawn to this book was because of its cover…Wow! Although this was initially a book that was down at the bottom of my TBR’s, I am impressed by how quick of a read it was (once I finally sat down and read it!). Due toContinue reading “Book Review: The Bone Houses, by Emily Lloyd-Jones”