Monday, December 9, 2019

Book Review Part II

Honestly one of the reasons I'm able to read as many books as I do is because of library cards and ebooks. If you have a library card, but don't have the time to pick up and drop off books, public libraries now have an app called Libby where you can check out ebooks and read them on your mobile devices. This is how I was able to read Michelle Obama's amazing biography and the books that I reviewed below.

1. Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline 

This book was actually part of a stack of books recommended  and loaned to me by a friend and honestly I'm obsessed with it. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. This story is set in the present time with flashbacks to the orphan train period. The story starts with a young girl named Molly, who is currently in the foster system and has made a few mistakes in her past. She agrees to help clean out an attic for an elderly lady named Vivian as part of her community service. As she begins to go through and organize Vivian's stuff, she begins to learn more about Vivian's past and how they aren't as different as she thought they were. If anyone is a historical fiction junkie, like myself, I HIGHLY recommend this book.

2. Romanov Empress - C. W. Gortner 

Growing up I was obsessed with the Romanov family, especially with Anastasia. I remember being in elementary school and reading The Princess Diary series with Anastasia as the topic. So one can image how excited I was when I saw this book at the bookstore a while ago. This book is a historical fiction novel on the life of Anastasia's grandmother, the dowager empress. What's interesting about her story is that she was in the palace for three tsar's - her father-in-law, her husband and her son. This is one of my favorite historical fiction novels in the protagonist's point of view. If you read this book and love it, I also highly recommend The Last Tudor by Phillipa Gregory who writes in a similar style.

3. The List - Siobhan Vivian 

This book is a good YA novel that is easy to read. It's similar to most young adult novels set in high school for the female audience. It has drama, popularity, the "food chain" of the school and is a great vacation book. The main plot of this novel is that at a public high school, a list comes out listing the prettiest and ugliest girls in each grade. The list is published anonymously and follows the eight girls that are selected for the list and how the publication of the list affects their lives, both at school and personally.

4. The It Girls - Karen Harper 

This is another historical fiction book set in the early 1900s. It follows two sisters as they navigate through life from children to young adults having their own children. They both believe they are destined for bigger things than just being a housewife and set out to be their own entrepreneurs, one sister owning a fashion label and the other being a published novelist and pushing the limits of what is considered acceptable for women during the time period. Throughout the book, it also highlights the struggles that the sisters go through individually and with each other with jealously of the other ones success at certain points. This is a great read for anyone who loves historical fiction set in the 1920s.


1 comment

  1. Hi Melissa,

    I really love your blog amongst others, and I'm gonna read IT Girls with any one of my sisters over the holidays who'll agree to book club with me during our break!
    As much as I love your blog, I do forget to come back and read it because I'm so forgetful , but there's a new blogging platform Bawler ( , where I follow my fave book bloggers, and it makes it easier for me to remember to read! Can you create an account and notify me, so that I can follow you, and be updated on when you post!


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