Since The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is one of my all-time favorite books, I was beyond excited to find out that she would be publishing another book in the series this year. Thick as Thieves was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. The strange thing is, once I finally got a copy of the book from the library, it sat on my nightstand for weeks. I think I was afraid to start. What if it couldn’t stand up to the rest of the books I’ve loved for years? Continue reading
True confession time: I’ve never read Anne of Green Gables or any other of the Anne series by L.M. Montgomery. I grew up watching (and loving) the Megan Fellows version, but I have a weird thing about reading books after I see the movie. It’s not that I won’t do it, it’s just that those books never seem to make it to the top of my list without a push. I decided to dip my toe in the water with Emily of New Moon instead. Continue reading
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a book I’d heard about but probably wouldn’t have read if it weren’t for book club. (Are you noticing a trend? I say that about a lot of the books I read, which is just one of the many reasons I love my book clubs.) As with most books I put off reading, however, I was glad I finally got to this one once I made it a few chapters in. Continue reading
Long before I knew about Goodreads and before I’d even figured out how to place holds at the library (it’s hard to remember those dark days), people kept recommending the same book. Not just people, actually. Women. Women I knew at church, women in my book club, friends who knew I liked to read were all recommending The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Like so many recommendations, I fully intended to read the book, but it never quite made it to the top of my list at any given time. When a friend picked The Red Tent for book club last month, however, I was thrilled to finally see what all the fuss was about. Continue reading
I mentioned earlier this week that I was nearing the end of The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I actually finished it that very same day, but it’s taken me until now to figure out what I want to say about it. I haven’t read a book like it in a long time (if ever).
First, the basics. A golem (that’s fable speak for clay man [or in this case, woman]) stranded without a master and a jinni recently released from the flask where he spent the last thousand years meet on the streets of New York one night at the turn of the 18th century. As the golem (Chava) and the jinni (Ahmad) form an unlikely friendship, their respective immigrant communities get caught up in the same story. It’s fable, fantasy, and historical fiction wrapped up in one. Continue reading