The Starless Sea by Erin MorgensternPublished by: Doubleday BooksPublish Date: 2019Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, LGBT, Books About BooksHB&W Rating: 3View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon: Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, … Continue reading The Starless Sea
The title of the book is Educated, and while education is definitely a central element to the story, the story isn't even about that. It's about abuse in its many and varied forms, the effects of mental illness, and discovering the truth about the world and yourself FOR yourself.
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka JoshiPublished by: Mira BooksPublish Date: 2021Genre(s): Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural - IndiaHB&W Rating: 4View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon: Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis It’s the spring of 1969, and Lakshmi, now married to Dr. Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik has finished his private … Continue reading The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
I had nothing but good feelings toward Hoover going into reading this book, but I also had reservations because...her books are...angsty. But this book, while an angsty romance, has motherhood and parent-child relationships at its core, and that was enough to draw me in.
The inspiration behind this story was the reimagining of the author's mother's life had she not wed at 18 and had 3 children by age 22, had she been able to choose her own path instead of uphold the cultural responsibilities of her sex. The vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells really took me to India and had me dreaming of it for days after finishing.
Nature v nurture, the age old debate. What makes a good mother? If your mother was a no-show in your life, did that mean you were doomed to be a bad mother? Blythe’s mom left her and her dad when she was a little girl, and when her husband, Fox, starts talking babies, Blythe is doubtful about motherhood, but is desperate to keep Fox happy. Motherhood is hard, anyone will tell you that, but is it supposed to be THIS hard? And when tragedy strikes the family and the blame game starts, lines are drawn and sides are taken, for better or worse.
This was my first book by the sister writing duo publishing under the pen name Liv Constantine. Their earlier book, The Last Mrs. Parrish, received rave reviews and that was enough for me that when my mom asked me if I wanted to borrow this one, I said absolutely! The book opens strongly, with a woman gasping for breath in an inferno, struggling to make it to safety. It pretty much goes downhill from there. Why? Well, several things actually.
This book brought up soo many emotions...fear, anger, betrayal, frustration, guilt, empathy, and so many more I can't put words to right now. How do all of these emotions resonate with me as a reader? Easy, I'm a woman, and this book tells my story.
I'm not sure any other thriller thoroughly creeped me out the way this one did. I had this perpetual skin-crawling sensation the entire time I was reading this book, and I'm not really sure if it was in a good way or a bad way.