Reading Challenge: Classics 2016

Happy new year! I thought that I’d start out with a book post, of course.

Last year, I rolled through my first 2/3 of the classics reading challenge, but as I fell sick, I didn’t continue to pursue the last few books. However, I am ready to redeem myself with this year’s Back to the Classics Challenge 2016!

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I’m also in the middle of my two year Classics Challenge, where I am reading 50 classic books by THIS Christmas Eve. You can join up any time. You can read my projected list of novels and learn more about joining here.

If you want to join the Back to the Classics Challenge 2016, click here for more information and the link up!

For this year’s classic’s challenge, these are my picks (picks are subject to change)!

Classic Book Picks:

A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.

The Warden, Anthony Trollope, published 1855.

A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1966.Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later.

Bath Tangle, Georgette Heyer, 1955

A classic by a woman author.

Evelina or the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World, Fanny Burney, 1778

A classic in translation. Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language.

Candide, Voltaire, 1759

A classic by a non-white author. Can be African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc.

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

An adventure classic – can be fiction or non-fiction. Children’s classics like Treasure Island are acceptable in this category.

The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain, 1875

A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Dystopian could include classics like 1984, and children’s classics like The Hobbit are acceptable in this category also.

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, 1937

A classic detective novel. It must include a detective, amateur or professional. This list of books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction is a great starting point if you’re looking for ideas.

N or M?, Agatha Christie, 1941

A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. It can be the name of a house, a town, a street, etc. Examples include Bleak House, Main Street, The Belly of Paris, or The Vicar of Wakefield.

Washington Square, Henry James, 1880

A classic which has been banned or censored. If possible, please mention why this book was banned or censored in your review.

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemmingway, 1926

Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). If it’s a book you loved, does it stand the test of time? If it’s a book you disliked, is it any better a second time around?

Persuasion, Jane Austen, 1817

This one is a big chore for me, since I hate rereading novels; however, I didn’t read Persuasion until Brit Lit II in college, so I’ve only read it once. Plus, Austen novels aren’t bad a second time!

A volume of classic short stories. This must be one complete volume, at least 8 short stories. It can be an anthology of stories by different authors, or all the stories can be by a single author. Children’s stories are acceptable in this category also.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, This audible novel includes 12 Stories: “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” “A Case of Identity,” “The Boscombe Valley Mystery,” “The Five Orange Pips,” “The Man with the Twisted Lip,” “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb,” “The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor,” “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet,” and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.”

What are your thoughts? Any suggestions for better picks? What do you plan to read this year?

Don’t forget to add me as a Goodreads friend as I try to tackle 200, instead of 150 books this year!

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The Lake House: Kate Morton Book Review

 

the lake house review

the lake house

Verdict: A must read for all Kate Morton fans!

The Lake House isn’t just for Kate Morton fans. Morton really increased the complexity and fell out of some of her predictable patterns that regular readers could easily figure out in advance during this novel. Overall, she stepped up her game. Anyone who love a fast paced, cold case mystery (although those two seem to be at odds, right?) will not be able to put this novel down.

The novel was extremely long, which makes is hard to summarize succinctly. Overall, the narrative jumps among generations of people during both world wars, the present, and times in between. The narrative focuses on a current detective and a retired detective. It focuses on a mystery writer and a missing baby. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

While there was a subplot or two that I would have loved to read more about, it would have required the almost 600 page tome to reach gigantic proportions, so I’m ok with the possible editing. I know that Morton has never written a sequel, but the main character, Sadie Sparrow, would make an excellent detective for a second novel, in my opinion. I found her to be a fascinating character who would have more to offer.

I think readers will agree that Morton brings numerous plots and subplots together, brilliantly, at the end, in a way that keeps the reader guessing right up until the main character herself pieces it together! It is a long, but brilliant masterpiece that won’t waste the time of fiction fans, mystery fans, or Kate Morton fans. In fact, it has to be the best Morton novel to date!

I cannot recommend the novel highly enough, if you like fiction. I couldn’t put it down. So, wait until you aren’t busy to read it!

You can check the novel out on Goodreads here to add it to your To Be Read list and you can add me as a friend on Goodreads here!

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel.

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Pretending to Dance Review

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pretending to dance review

Verdict: An average fiction book aimed at women.

Per the publisher:
Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She lives in San Diego with a husband she adores, and they are trying to adopt a baby because they can’t have a child on their own. But the process of adoption brings to light many questions about Molly’s past and her family—the family she left behind in North Carolina twenty years before. The mother she says is dead but who is very much alive. The father she adored and whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison’s Ridge. Her own birth mother whose mysterious presence in her family raised so many issues that came to a head. The summer of twenty years ago changed everything for Molly and as the past weaves together with the present story, Molly discovers that she learned to lie in the very family that taught her about pretending. If she learns the truth about her beloved father’s death, can she find peace in the present to claim the life she really wants?

Pretending to Dance Review:

Pretending to Dance follows Molly during the summer when she is 14, during the 1980’s, as well as her late 30’s, during our contemporary time. As the adult Molly and her husband attempt to adopt a baby, we learn about the summer of Molly’s life that changed her world forever. As you can imagine, there are obvious parallels between adult Molly’s situation and child Molly’s situation, and there are some clever parallels that the reader doesn’t find out until later into the novel. On the whole, it’s a fiction novel. No more and no less. It’s not really a coming of age story; it’s not a thriller; and finally, it’s certainly not a mystery.

I really enjoy novels that have narratives that go back and forth between time. I liked this one a lot because most novels that I read that employ the technique, like Kate Morton novels, jump 50 to 100 years. This novel, however, had a shorter jump, and followed the same woman. I found myself wishing that story would follow the older Molly more, though. The summer that Molly was 14 made her who she was, essentially, but I still liked the chapters about her life in San Diego and the adoption process.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend that you run out and put this novel at the top of your To Be Read list, but it’s not a bad book. And, if you happen to be a Diane Chamberlain fan, then definitely read it. It caught my attention enough that I will definitely be reading more novels by her soon.

You can add Pretending to Dance to your TBR list here on Goodreads. Don’t forget to add me as a Goodreads friend, if you love books, too!

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel.

 

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Girl Waits With Gun


Girl Waits With Gun: Book Review
Girl Waits With Gun

Verdict: I wanted to like this book more than I did.

Girl Waits With Gun is supposed to be about the first female sheriff; however, it tells the story of her life leading up to that event, so I felt that the publisher’s synopsis was misleading. I probably wouldn’t have picked up the novel if I had known the true plot.

The novel about a family of first generation Americans who live in a rural area outside of New York City and find themselves, specifically the two older sisters and the much younger sister, alone and without male protection, which was odd for their time period. The women had the misfortune of having their horse and buggy hit by a mobster/generally bad guy’s car. The main character then sets out to seek payment for repairs, but instead incurs his wrath. The novel follows that storyline, among others.

While I didn’t hate the book, it wasn’t one that I just had to pick up or couldn’t put down. I dutifully read 30 minutes every day until I finished the novel, so it took me almost 2 weeks, which I thought was sad because I anticipated devouring the novel. Contrast that with the next novel that I picked up, which was similar in length and style, but I finished that in 3 days.

In hindsight, I can’t put my finger on anything particularly wrong with the novel, other than maybe I just didn’t like the characters. They were supposed to be quirky, but they felt forced and just weird. I didn’t feel any particular empathy for them. I wished that there was a romantic component to the novel because that would have probably kept me reading, but the repetitiveness of the plot was tedious. There are only so many times that I can read about the main characters not listening to the sheriff. It might be true to history, but it doesn’t make it interesting.

My honest assessment of the book is don’t bother reading it. If yo don’t u do want to read it, I wouldn’t push it up high on your reading list or pay for it. The library would be the way to go. I honestly couldn’t stand to read it, so I ended up using an audible credit to listen to it, even though I am reviewing it for Netgalley. It was a waste of a credit, but I wasn’t going to be able to force myself through it, otherwise.

So, history buffs may find it extremely interesting since it was a good look at life at the time, but for someone who is looking for a compelling fictional story, this isn’t it.

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel.

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What I Read Last Month: October 2015

What I Read October 2015

So, I kicked last month off with the last published novel in my favorite series, (it took me 10 days to start reading, though). After that, though, I kicked off a huge spree on another series, so bear with me! Then I didn’t read very much because I totally dragged my feet on a final book.

Contemporary

A Dangerous Place

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Verdict: Maisie has a lot going on in her life.

A lot happened between the book before A Dangerous Place and A Dangerous Place. Her life was completely altered, so she was getting it back together. It was interesting and full of new characters, so it wasn’t the same old, same old. But, part of me longed for a book about what happened in between or the same old, same old that I get whenever I pick up a Dobbs novel.

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Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3) 

Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #4)

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Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #5) 

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #6)

 

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Heirs and Graces (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #7) 

Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #8)

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Malice at the Palace (Royal Spyness #9) 

So, I sure read a ton of these novels last month! Really, a lot of them. I liked the first two that I read, but I was really caught up in the Maisie Dobbs series. Once I finished those, I had to pick up Her Royal Spyness again. The romance in them kept me reading and reading. I can’t wait for the next release!

Summer Secrets

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Verdict: Average summer novel

Not much to say other than I learned a little bit about alcoholism and addiction. I listened to the novel read by the author. I wouldn’t recommend that you rush and put this at the top of your TBR list.

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3)

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Verdict: A great 3rd novel in the series!

I enjoyed this novel a lot more than the second novel in the series. I loved the first one, but the second one bothered me. It was all sorts of weird. It takes a lot to weird me out. This one was released at a great time, right before Halloween!

So, I spent many, many weeks reading another novel, so I never got to more novels. Plus, pain had me watching more TV than normal. I meant to read some classics… oops!

read these

The Royal Spyness Series

if you have time

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3)

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Summer Secrets

What I Read: Round Up of Monthly Reads

You can read my past monthly round ups:

September 2015 


August 2015
 


July 2015
 


June 2015
 


May 2015
 

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Did you read anything good last month? Are you participating in any challenges? What should I be reading? 

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I’m a Really Bad Blogger…


Bad Blogger Update (1)
So, I haven’t really been blogging. I haven’t been using Co-Schedule for Twitter. I haven’t been reading much, either. However, I do love to snap a photo, so I’ve been keeping up on Instagram. So, don’t forget to follow along! Since I’ve been away, I thought that I would do a little round-up.

I know that it seems like I take a long break and do this a lot, but this where my health has left me right now. I sincerely miss the day of having so many post ideas, photos ready, and posts planned for each day. I miss sharing my feelings and ideas. I miss reading posts. I miss editing photos. I miss being inspired. I hope this “coffee date” round up will suffice until I can blog regularly again!

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At the beginning of the month, I went to Texas for a Cervical Dystonia conference. It was amazing! My husband learned how to tape my neck, which relieves a significant amount of pain, I connected with a ton of wonderful people, and finally, I got to visit with my dear, dear friend from college, and her husband (also a college friend) and her kids!

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I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to read. I finished watching all of Angel and started several other TV shows. I keep running out. I’m going to have to watch Gilmore Girls soon! Right now, I’m watching the wildly historically inaccurate Reign.

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Before I started binge watching TV, I read the rest of the A Royal Spyness series. I think I am sensing a pattern!

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Fall Frolic

Brian and I went to the Fall Frolic at our church. It hurt to get dressed and cleaned up, but it was worth it. I didn’t get to curl my hair, but the ponytail worked!

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Coloring:

I tried to take up coloring after I read that it was meditative and I hate sitting still. However, when I was younger, I hated coloring. I think it was because it hurt my hands. It hurt hands terribly this time, too. I had cramping and numbness within minutes, but it was addicting and fun. I have to set timers to make sure that I don’t hurt myself! Once I start something, I don’t quit!

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I picked up these nicer pencils in hope that they would ease my pain!

Fall is Here!

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We made s’mores!

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I updated the table for fall!

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South Carolina in the fall.

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My painting. Thank goodness for some man muscle!

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And the Fall foliage in North Carolina on the way to my doctor’s appointment.

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I got some fun stickers for my planner!

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We went to a deli and they stamped this as “paid.” I had to laugh a lot.

Fall Fashion/Some Selfies:

Well, I haven’t had my husband take any photos recently, so I had to take a some selfies. My favorite thing about the weather getting cooler is wearing Fall clothing! Vests, fuzzy socks, and leggings, oh my! It’s kind of funny because I don’t dress up often.

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Pardon the boxes in the back, but this sweater is THE BEST. It is an open, handkerchief-like cardigan, but you can button each side and close it up, making it look more dressy. It also has thumb-holes, which you can never beat. It’s made by Cuddl Duds, which I always associated with my mom’s long underwear growing up, so I was really happy with with purchase. It’s lightweight and amazing for layering. It also feels great with my plaid “jogger” pajama pants that you can just see at the bottom of the picture!

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This vest is my new favorite vest! I picked up a few this year, since I’ve lost such a substantial amount of weight that I went down three pants sizes… This one from Lands End is my favorite. It’s the perfect weight. I’m not sure why I chose pink, since I don’t own a ton of pink, but I think it will compliment all my other clothing well!

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My husband and I are showing off our shoes! These are some new favorites that I picked up. I always gravitate towards flats, but with my arch problems, something with a little bit of heel actually does a better job. As long as I won’t be doing a ton of standing or walking, these are supportive and stylish!

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This is the ultimate selfie. I did my hair one afternoon (I was trying to decide if I needed to get a haircut) before we went to our community group at church, but it turned out ok. So, I think I’ll let it grow for now! I like that I can get a real ponytail for my endless PT.

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This picture is a bit messy, like the rest of my life, but I had to share this fun and cozy sweater. It’s not as heavy as it looks (it’s from the Junior’s dept. so the weave is open and not super great), but it works. I figure that it’ll work for the season or two that I need it!
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Finally, this necklace was my favorite find of all. It’s a necklace that symbolizes a lot to me.

Dogs:

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Baby Molly passed away in August of last year, and I miss her every time I see a photo of her, but I also love her because without her, I never would have gotten my silly little ones!

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What I Read Last Month: September 2015

What I Read September 2015

Well, I really didn’t read as much as I wanted to last month, plus this post is much later than I expected it to be! I only read a few, and by read, I mean listened to books! My symptoms are getting really bad, so I’m burning though TV shows and movies like crazy. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen that I went to a cervical dystonia conference at the beginning of October, so, the end of September was spent slowly packing and then watching more TV.

So, as my health deteriorates, I watch more TV and read less. I hope that October’s report will have a few more books. I am hoping to get better treatment soon.

Contemporary

The Sisters of Versailles

The Sisters of Versailles

Verdict: I was glad to read something other than British historical fiction…

I wrote an entire post, which you can read here!

Leaving Everything Most Loved

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Verdict: Another great addition to this series

This novel won’t stand alone, but if you are a fan of this series, then I would recommend it!

The Rose Garden

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Verdict: A different kind of time travel.

This novel was another Kearsley novel centered around the Jacobites (so far, both novels that I’ve read by her were written about that time period), but her twist on time travel made the romance novel suspenseful and fun.

We Never Asked for Wings

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Verdict: For people who like good books.

I don’t write that verdict lightly. You can read my full review here!

Everybody Rise

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Verdict: I cringed a lot.

I don’t know if the cringing was because the writing was really good, so I could feel the embarrassment for the character, or if the scenarios were like an I Love Lucy episode, minus the punch line. There was nothing funny about this book, but I did like the ending. A+ on the ending.

The Royal We

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Verdict: A lot more involved and complex than I thought it would be!

I really liked this novel, honestly. I thought it would be light-hearted and fun, but it was more complex and long. The novel was a coming of age story that dealt with things like class, money, and trust in relationships. It was really more of a relationship complicated by royalty than a fairy tale, which I liked. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, but it was still good, and I would still recommend it.

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress

Verdict: An interesting narrative non-fiction piece!

I love narrative non-fiction novels. I don’t want to give anything away, but I loved the way that everything came together in the end. The story was so intriguing, and the fact that it is based on real life, since it seems so fictional, makes it even more sensational!

An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford #2)

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Verdict: An average second installment of another World War mystery series.

I don’t love and I don’t hate Bess Crawford mysteries. They are pretty vanilla with tons of loop holes. Like, how does this lay person, just a nurse, happen to stumble across so many mysteries and solve them? If I worked for the police, she’d be my suspect!

The Ashford Affair

The Ashford Affair

Verdict: For fans of Kate Morton

I haven’t read a ton of Lauren Willig’s novels, but this particular one should be a hit with Kate Morton fans! I enjoyed it.

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Why Shoot the Butler?

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Verdict: Mystery + Love Story?

I won’t lie, I had higher hopes for this one. As a huge Heyer fan and a huge mystery fan, I thought this would be perfect. However, unlike her Regency novels, which can be downright hysterical, this one was cold and a bit scary. I have another mystery novel that she wrote that is part of a different series (with a different investigator) that I will try out, before I write her mystery novels off all together.

read these

We Never Asked for Wings

if you have time

The Ashford Affair

The Royal We

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress

don't bother smaller

The Sisters of Versailles

Everybody Rise

What I Read: Round Up of Monthly Reads

You can read my past monthly round ups:

August 2015
July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

Also, you can find other individual book reviews, tips on saving money on Audible books, book recommendations  based on genres and all things related to literature here!

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Did you read anything good last month? Are you participating in any challenges? What should I be reading? 

Will be linking up with The Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick-Lit!

 

 

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The Sisters of Versailles: Book Review


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The Sisters of Versailles

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King. Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France’s most “well-beloved” monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.

Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.

Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters: Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne, four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.

Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot – and women – forward. The King’s scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters:sweet, naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne, will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.

My Thoughts:

This novel was interesting because I do like historical fiction, plus this was a time period with which I wasn’t familiar. It was definitely on the racy side, but I had never read about this king or the court lifestyle. Otherwise, I didn’t find the book that interesting.

While the book wasn’t poorly written and the characters were well imagined, it felt like a lot of other historical novels. There was a ton of backstabbing and bickering among the sisters. I guess it was probably true to the time period and kings with ambitious mistresses, but a person can only read so many of those novels.

So, overall, the only thing that made this stand out was the fact that it took place in the French court with a king that I hadn’t read about before. So, if you are looking for something new this could be the novel for you. The novel, which was told from the view points of several narrators, covered the girls’ lifespans, so I am interested to see what the rest of the trilogy could possibly cover.

I wasn’t impressed with the novel, as a whole, but I did finish it. I am not looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy… in fact, I will probably only read the synopsis to see how the author even makes it a trilogy.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of the novel to review.

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Fall Reading List: 10 Books I Can’t Wait to Read


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I know I always think of Summer reading lists because they’re light, fun, and great for vacation. However, there is nothing more fun than having a list of books to dive into on a rainy fall afternoon, sitting on the back porch while the weather is just right,  or a story to capture your imagination while you drink your coffee in your cozy flannel pajamas.

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I haven’t read any of these (so, don’t blame me if any are bad…), but here is what I’m planning on reading this Fall!

Girl Waits with Gun

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

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A modern-day Gatsby tale of forbidden love, family secrets and the true price of wealth.

The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last

A new novel from Margaret Atwood must be read, of course!

Named of the Dragon

named of the dragon

I have read two Kearsly novels recently and this one seems a bit different, so I am ready to try it!

After You

after you

The sequel to Me Before You… enough said.

The Killing Kind

the killing kind

A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

The Lake House

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A new Kate Morton novel is a must-read!

The Crossing

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The newest Harry Bosch novel. I just can’t say no! Fall seems to be the season of book releases. I already have this on preorder to arrive as soon as it is released!

The Nightingale

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This novel isn’t new, but it’s been on my list for so long that it’s time for me to tackle it! Not only are the reviews good, but if I’m going to judge a book by its cover, I’d pick this one, too.

Did You Ever Have a Family

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This debut novel and Man Booker short-list caught my attention the moment a read a synopsis. I can’t wait to dive in!

 

What are you going to read this fall?

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The Best Season: Fall Give Away!

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Fall is my favorite season! It always has been. I loved going back to school (nerd alert!), the clothes are the most comfortable and cozy, and they food is delicious! Now fall includes my husband’s birthday, my anniversary, and my dog’s birthday. Living near Charlotte means tons of festivals, access to Ashville, Montreat, and Greenville, South Carolina. There seems to be bluegrass music and a warm drink around every corner.

I’m teaming up Jenna from A Savory Feast plus a lot of other wonderful bloggers to celebrate fall over the next week with fall themed posts. We’ll be linking up our posts so that you can celebrate with us. I participated last year and couldn’t have had more fun! So, check out the giveaway below and stick around for the rest of the posts!

It’s fun to see each blogger apply the theme of “Fall” to their niche!

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We are so excited about the arrival of Fall, so we are celebrating with a giveaway! Enter to win this fun prize pack filled with all sorts of Fall-themed goodies and a Starbucks gift card. Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Fall Welcome Week Hosts
To Travel and Beyond // The Beauty Section // Back to Carolina //

Yellow Dog Pink Pig // Natasha Byrd // Glitz & Gritz // Set Free // Mandy Living Life

Wetherills Say I Do // Life w/ Mrs. G. and the Artist // The Gift of Gab

Sustaining the Powers // Bright Green Door // A Savory Feast // No Small Life

Giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. Entries will be accepted via the Rafflecopter below from 9/23/2015 to 9/30/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be randomly selected and will be verified. Winner will be emailed and must respond with a mailing address within 48 hours to claim their prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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