Genre: Fiction (Historical / 16th century / South American) Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Perennial (7/1/2007) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Liked a great deal. Did I finish?: Yes. One-sentence summary: The life of a 16th century Spanish girl, who rose from poverty to riches following the conquistadors of Chile. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Yes but it's not my favorite among the various editions (the 2006 hardcover is stunning).
I'm reminded of...: Laura Esquivel, Sandra Gulland
First line: I am Inés Suárez, a townswoman of the loyal city of Santiago de Nueva Extremadura in the kingdom of Chile, writing in the year of Our Lord 1580.
Did... I feel a bit uncomfortable with the wholly pro-conquistador plot line?: YES, but the perk of these P.S. editions is the extras. This book includes an NPR interview with Isabel Allende who talks about keeping Inés' voice authentic to the era and having to, essential…
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Review copy for Audiobookworm Promotions Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
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For 2019, I did two reading challenges: Historical Fiction and Read Harder.
Read Harder changed my reading life.
I had initially rolled my eyes at about a fourth of the requirements, but in the end, every book I was "forced" to read was ultimately really wonderful. I ended up learning something, enjoying more than I anticipated, and was introduced to new authors and ideas. Many of my favorite reads for 2019 were due to Read Harder -- now I feel like I 'get' reading challenges and I'm hooked!
So I'm pretty excited for Read Harder 2020. If you can recommend anything that fits one of these 24 options, let me know! I'm still developing my list.
Read Harder 2020
1) Read a YA nonfiction book An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People
2) Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color Beloved by Toni MorrisonOne Thousand and One Nights by Hanan al-ShaykhTender by Sofia Samatar
3) Read a mystery wh…