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A Curious Beginning – Deanna Raybourn

Despite this book being called “A Curious Beginning” I feel it could very well be a stand alone. However, that will not stop me from reading the rest of the series. This mystery novel placed in Victorian England follows a forward thinking, dare I say feminist, lepidopterist (butterfly hunter) in search of the meaning behind…… Continue reading A Curious Beginning – Deanna Raybourn

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Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of the definitive works of feminist, African-American and twentieth-century literature. The life of Janie Crawford runs rich with the daily struggles and little triumphs of every woman. Even though, in a sense, every story has already been told, it is in the way Janie tells…… Continue reading Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

I have heard Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children described as the hipster Harry Potter. While reading Miss Peregrine’s I found that I struggle to agree with this statement. Yes, both books are roughly aimed toward the same age group, Rigg’s being recommended for 13-17 and Rowling’s for 9 and up, and they…… Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

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Watership Down – Richard Adams

Watership Down is a children’s story, claimed by the author to be based upon stories he told his daughters on long drives through the English countryside. However, the sheer length of the tale and some of the themes written therein lean more towards what I would call the old masters – Tolkien and Melville and…… Continue reading Watership Down – Richard Adams

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Beauty and the Beast Lost in a Book – Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly’s book, Beauty and the Beast Lost in a Book, is not only a story that brings new light and depth to a classic fairytale, but it is also a modern lesson on the escapism such tales provide. Based on the Disney version of “Beauty and the Beast” the author begins her tale following…… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast Lost in a Book – Jennifer Donnelly