Murder in Paris: Aimee Leduc Investigations

ParisAimée Leduc Investigations
by Cara Black

Earlier this summer a fellow book blogger shared that she was reading Murder on the Quai (the most recent release in the series). I was instantly intrigued as I had recently finished all the books in the Tana French Dublin Murder Squad series and was aching for a new mystery. It didn’t hurt that the scene for Murder on the Quai was Paris. My interest in all things francophone was piqued.

Months later and three books down, I have become smitten with Cara Black’s mystery series. Read more

The Group — Mary McCarthy’s novel of 1930s women

Mary McCarthyThe Group
by Mary McCarthy

Reading Challenges: 20 In Your 20s

The Group by Mary McCarthy follows eight girls through the experiences of adulthood, marriage, and careers in Depression-era New York City. The upper-middle class women each have their own vignette played-out over various chapters. One woman is the focus of each chapter even though various characters pop in and out of the narrative. Read more

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

To Kill A Mockingbird

to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Reading Challenges: Read Like Rory

 

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is assigned reading in most middle schools and high schools. I can still recall sitting in 8th English talking about Scout and Atticus Finch. As I aged, these memories stuck with me and Scout, Atticus, and Boo Radley were recognizable names. Their personalities and stories, however, were replaced by other characters and other memories.

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Anthropology of an American Girl

anthropology of an american girl

Anthropology of an American Girl
by Hilary Thayer Hamann

 

When I first picked up “Anthropology of an American Girl,” I approached it with sarcasm. A friend of mine had joked about developing an American Studies class about the elusive American Girl. My response to him was that Hilary Thayer Hamann’s book could potentially be the textbook. After reading Hamann’s work, though, I am flabbergasted and regret my prior scoffing. Read more

Misdirection (Rusty Diamond Trilogy)

Misdirection (Rusty Diamond Trilogy)

Misdirection

Misdirection
by Austin Williams

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*This post is the 2nd stop on the Misdirection blog tour.

Austin Williams’ first book in the Rusty Diamond Trilogy is aptly named. At every turn of the plot there is a sleigh-of-hand misdirecting the reader from Rusty’s next move.

As a thriller and crime book centered around an ex-magician I thought Misdirection was too far outside of my genre comfort zone. However, as with magic, this book took me completely by surprise! Read more

Outlander Review: Romantic History

Outlander Review: Romantic History

Outlander

Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

 

In lieu of the Scottish vote yesterday on the independence referendum it seemed appropriate to replace today’s Friday Findings with the review of Outlander. Although current Scots chose to remain a part of the United Kingdom, the Scottish in Outlander have far less sympathy for their English neighbors. Read more

20 Books To Read In Your Twenties

20 Books To Read In Your Twenties

20 books to read in your twentiesA few weeks back the book list “11 Books to Read Now that You’re a College Grad,” was brought to my attention. Although I’ve been out of college (though not school) for the last two years, a lot of the list’s themes appealed to me. I began to wonder whether a more apt title for the list would have been “11 Books to Read In Your Twenties.” Read more