The Firebrand

I have a confession to make: I am afraid of fire. Honestly, if you were to ask me the way I absolutely DO NOT want to die, the answer will be “Fire” and it will probably be yelled at the top of my lungs in about point-five seconds. I absolutely hate it. So when I tell you that I picked this book up at a thrift store a while ago because I’d already read one of the other books in Susan Wiggs’s Chicago Fire Trilogy, you should know that reading the second book was a complete accident.

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American Historical Fiction You’re Not Sick of Yet

If you’re in the United States, chances are you’re recovering from Independence Day - whether from celebrating yourself or from keeping your pets/kids/self from getting stressed by others’ shenanigans. We thought it’d be fun to cover a few American Historical Fiction novels for the holiday, but we didn’t want this to become a Senior English Lit Syllabus. Here are 6 Historical American Fiction novels that aren’t part of “the canon” and take a different look at historical events than you might be used to.

The Romance of Innocent Plots and Desperate Schemes

Dear Reader, Have you ever read a book and thought, “This is not what the blurb made me think it was?” Sometimes, that’s a good thing - even occasionally a great thing - because the plot takes you on an unexpected adventure. Sometimes, though, it makes you long for the plot-you-thought-could-be, and you are disappointed…

Earth Bound

Today we are celebrating Sally Ride, the first American woman in space! In honor of her awesome achievement, I thought I'd review a book about another woman in science and engineering (although this one is fictional). Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner is inspired by the women of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and their contributions to the space race - with romance thrown in for good measure.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

April Showers bring May Flowers and since it’s May, I thought I’d review a book that’s named after a flower! I first read The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy as a sophomore in high school. Recently, the manager at one of my part-time jobs and I were discussing our favorite authors. She mentioned that she has always been a big fan of the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen. I asked if she had ever read The Scarlet Pimpernel and she hadn’t even heard of the book.

Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune confirmed my intention to read more of Allende’s work. The story was engaging, the characters realistic, and the ending left me satisfied without quite tying everything up. This is a book I would definitely recommend, especially if you like historical fiction.

Hidden Figures – Book/Movie Comparison

I watched the movie first. I know, I know - “ALWAYS read the book before you watch the movie!” And that is a good rule of thumb most of the time. But I love the actresses in Hidden Figures and the story looked awesome and I didn’t have time to read the book yet. (Yes, I know. “Excuses, excuses...”) SO, I watched the movie first. You know what? It made me want to read the book.