Category: Historical Fiction Reading Challenges

Book Review: Esperanza Rising

Book Review: Esperanza Rising

The Good…: Esperanza Rising is a wonderful book about a young, wealthy Mexican girl whose family suffers a great tragedy as her country struggles to get back on its feet after the Mexican-American War caused dissension between the upper and lower classes. Forced to flee to California, Esperanza and her mother go from riches to rags working as […]

Book Review: The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole

Book Review: The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole

  The Good…: I read this book with my 5th grade students and they were completely sucked into the novel. So much so, that they didn’t balk at having reading for homework, and doing extensive writing about some of the novel’s themes and events. The book also helped reenforce what they’ve learned all school year […]

Book Review: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Book Review: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

The Good…: Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic is imaginative and fun! In London, England in 1866, a young girl follows a white rabbit through a rabbit hole, and discovers a magical place she never knew existed. Carroll’s characters are odd, but interesting. The Bad…: As a children’s novel the story is short. Carroll’s world is so […]

2015 Reading Challenges (UPDATED)

2015 Reading Challenges (UPDATED)

For the fourth year in a row I have decided to take part in Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. This fun, and often stressful, book challenge is a great way to make sure I pay more attention to what I read. Last year I pledged 65 books, read 99, 89 of which counted towards my goal. I […]

Book Review: The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War #6) by Philippa Gregory

Book Review: The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War #6) by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory returns to her acclaimed The Cousins’ War series with the sixth installment, The King’s Curse. This novel tells the fascinating story of Margaret Pole, Henry VIII’s cousin, and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon. Picking up years after the previous novel, The White Princess, left off, we find Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, learning of the curse […]

Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

I’ve always been enthralled by Tudor England, even as a child. Growing up in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church, Henry VIII fascinated me, because I couldn’t comprehend how a man (even a king) could break away from the Catholic Church, and form his own during a time when the Pope reigned supreme over Catholic countries. Henry […]

Book Review: The Yard (The Murder Squad #1) by Alex Grecian

Book Review: The Yard (The Murder Squad #1) by Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian’s The Yard tells the story of the twelve detectives of Scotland Yard known as “The Murder Squad.” The novel picks up on the heels of Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror over the London streets. In the wake of those heinous and infamous crimes, citizen moral is as low as their faith in […]

Book Review: The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paullina Simons

Book Review: The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paullina Simons

“Alexander, were you looking for me?” “All my life.” ― Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman Paullina Simon’s epic and monumental love story of Alexander Belov and Tatiana Metanova begins in The Bronze Horseman and continues to its conclusion in the third book The Summer Garden. Their story begins when Hitler’s armies attack Russia causing Russia […]

Book Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book #2)

Book Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book #2)

The second book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy is titled, Shadow of Night. The book picks up where A Discovery of Witches left off with Diana and Matthew traveling back in time to 1590. Hoping to get their hands on the manuscript before its been spelled, the lovers soon discover that the past may […]