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!)
Anna didn't like children. Her greatest fear was that her prayers would get crossed with some other Catholics. Anna would get pregnant without even asking and some other woman would get a motorcycle or permission to play flag football.
I've got a new heroine addiction in the form of one Anna Blanc -- socialite, heiress, adventurer, crime fighter.
Set in 1907 Los Angeles, our heroine Anna is the daughter of a French banker and is known for being a charming, beautiful socialite. But she wants more than all that. She wants to be a police detective. Her reputation is already borderline ruined from an impetuous decision she makes in the first chapter, but she manages to juggle a handsome, wealthy suitor and a position as a police matron -- the closest thing to being a police detective she can manage. But wrangling orphans into orphanages isn't the work she wants to do, and with guts, moxie, and obliviousness, she gets to work solving murders and other crimes.
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 / 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.