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What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 17)

As I have mentioned previously, I have been very reluctant to read any books by new authors during this pandemic, sticking instead to those who I know are reliable. But recently, either because of Amazon’s seductive emails offering discount prices … Continue reading

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The Poppy War and the Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 16)

Over the years I have read many fantasy books but I have never found a series that uses Asian history to such good effect as The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang. Using 12th century China as a back drop, … Continue reading

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Inland by Téa Obreht (Books to Read During a Pandemic part 7)

After six weeks of offering multiple books, genres and series to keep you occupied during a pandemic, today I am returning to my regular format of offering one book that I have read recently. I read Téa Obreht’s The Tiger … Continue reading

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His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

I did not read Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy when they were first published starting in 1995.  It wasn’t until HBO recently started advertising its new series based on the books that I became interested. Although marketed as young adult … Continue reading

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The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or, On the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King

Fan fiction seems to be a trend lately. It fills the gap between the release of a new book in a series by providing the back story behind some reference to a historical event  referenced in the novel, completes the … Continue reading

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

During WWII, the men left for the war leaving behind the women and children behind.  Although many books, both fiction and non-fiction, have been written about the heroism of the men fighting at the front, the stories of the women … Continue reading

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Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

It is a dark winter’s night. All the locals are gathered at the old inn telling stories, and exchanging news, when suddenly the door swings open letting in the cold wind and rain. A stranger stands in the doorway holding … Continue reading

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Improvement by Joan Silber

How do our decisions reverberate across space and time? What happens when we choose one course of action over another? Do our decisions even matter? Joan Silber explores these questions and more in her award winning book, Improvement, and her … Continue reading

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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Andrea’s mother Laura is a pillar of the community of Belle Island. As speech therapist she has helped many in the community find their words and be able to communicate fully. Andrea admires her mother and her quiet strength, her … Continue reading

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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

I share my Kindle account with my daughters and sometimes books that I never ordered appear mysteriously on my Kindle.  When Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs made a surprise appearance I was intrigued and as soon as I started it, I … Continue reading

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