Genre: Fiction (British / Scottish / 19th century / Artists / Unreliable Narrator / Missing Children / Secret Identities) Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Perennial (1/31/2012) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Loved like I wanted to marry it! Did I finish?: Yes, inhaled over a matter of days. One-sentence summary: Elderly Harriet Baxter puts down in writing the events from her tumultuous time in Glasgow in the late 1880s while facing another mystery of her own. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction, Victorian
Do I like the cover?: I love it: it's striking, and kind of creepy, and reflects elements from the novel.
I'm reminded of...: A.S. Byatt, Shirley Jackson, Sarah Waters
First line: It would appear that I am to be the first to write a book on Gillespie.
Did... I get up early three mornings to have more time to read?: YES, and this was after staying up wicked late to keep reading. (Perhaps why my cold was prolonged. Ooops!)
Genre: Fiction (Historical / early 20th Century / Historical Figures Fictionalized / Paris / Edith Wharton / Marriage / Adultery / Female Friendship) Publisher/Publication Date: Viking (8/6/12) Source: The publisher
Rating: Liked, in the end, after a rough go for a while! Did I finish?: I did. One-sentence summary: Three years in Edith Wharton's life, from 1907 to 1910, in which she finds sensual pleasure, marital discord, strained friendship, and social scandal in Paris. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction, Victorian
Do I like the cover?: I actually love the cover. Even though the model isn't facing us, that feels fairly proper for Edith Wharton -- private, a bit aloof -- and while the dress might not be totally historically accurate, it gives me the flavor of the era.
I'm reminded of...: Daisy Goodwin
First line: He stands at the edge of the salon, and Edith has the uncomfortable feeling he's staring.
Genre: Fiction (Contemporary / New York City / Relationships / Writers / Time Travel) Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Paperbacks (8/23/2011) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Okay to liked at moments. Did I finish?: I did, although it was tough at some parts. One-sentence summary: A man bails on marrying the love of his life after his future self warns him not to, unleashing more unhappy future selves.
Do I like the cover?: Yes, although it gave me the impression this was more of a hipster-y novel than it is.
I'm reminded of...: Scarlett Thomas, Gary Shteyngart
First line: Q, Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, is the love of my life.
Did... I develop a bit of a crush on Q: YES. The courtship of Q and the narrator is too cute for words. Luff.
Did... I sigh, happily, at the end: YES. The last chapter was just perfect.
Buy, Borrow, or Avoid?: Borrow, I think, as it has a lovely romance at the heart of the story that's unusual and appealing.
Genre: Fiction (Historical / American / WWII / 1950s /1960s) Publisher/Publication Date: Spiegel & Grau (7/26/2011) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Liked to nearly loved. Did I finish?: Yes -- in about six hours. One-sentence summary: World War II and the aftermath is felt for decades in the lives of three women from a small Massachusetts town. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Yes -- it's a little pat WWII-ish and I wish it might have shown a telegram (referencing one of Babe's jobs), but the pictures and letters convey some of the story's bittersweet arc about communication and memories.
I'm reminded of...: Penelope Lively, Cynthia Ozick, Valerie Martin
First line: In the year and a half Babe Huggins has worked for Western Union, she has been late only once.
Did... I literally lose myself in this book?: YES. I woke up Sunday and picked this up to thumb through while waiting for my coffee to finish brewing;…