I am thinking how I am going to spend the next year ignoring the fact that there will be any year beyond it – I will get wildly drunk whenever possible, dally with pretty girls who have foreign accents, and wake up beside Percy, savoring the pleasant kick of my heartbeat whenever I’m near him.… Read More The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
It’s difficult to criticize a book about books, the people who love them, and the amazing difference they can make in a person’s life. This story about Nina, a librarian who strikes out on her own to run a mobile bookshop and is able to find just the right book for each person, is a… Read More The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Women’s AA fiction; funny; skims the surface of serious issues.
Shades of Magic #2 Four months after the end of A Darker Shade of Magic, Lila has become part of the crew on what she thinks is a pirate ship, captained by Alucard Emery, a man with just as many secrets as Lila. In Red London, Kell and Rhy struggle with the aftermath of the… Read More A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
In Schwab’s world, there are four parallel Londons. The lands used to be connected by doors through which some people, and magic, could travel. After Black London’s greediness for magic became its destruction, the doors between lands were sealed. Kell, raised by the ruling family of Red London, does not know how he became one… Read More A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
An enormous house in Cornwall is filled with love and laughter during lazy seasons of the 1960s when Hugo Alton and his nontraditional American wife vacation with their brood: teenaged twins Amber and Toby, lively 5-year-old Barney, and the youngest, sweet and chubby Kitty. Over thirty years later, Lorna and Jon discover the nearly hidden… Read More Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
While this novel reads like literary fiction, the writing contains technical jargon and fantastical, largely-unexplained magic that readers who do not regularly enjoy science fiction or fantasy may find difficult to appreciate. If you can enjoy a story in which you don’t fully understand the fine points, All the Birds in the Sky is a… Read More All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders