War: How Conflict Shaped Us

War: How Conflict Shaped Us (2020) by Margaret MacMillan – Nonfiction Rating: 4/5  One of my favorite college classes was a class on WWII. Prior to college, my history classes in high school and middle school consisted of cursory glances over this time period. It was always very formulaic : a general idea of what…

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A Deadly Education

A Deadly Education (2020) by Naomi Novik – Fiction  Rating: 3.5/5 Continuing my traverse through the fantasy genre, I picked up A Deadly Education. Coming in at a doable 320 pages, the novel moves quickly and efficiently. I enjoyed it, but at times I had to put in a lot of effort to move through…

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Rebecca

Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier – Fiction  Rating: 5/5 “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  The cover I have of Rebecca states “The Classic Tale of Romantic Suspense.” I wouldn’t necessarily call Rebecca a romance novel. It isn’t horror. It’s a thriller. The thrill is a slow-build, you know it’s coming,…

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The Book of Life

The Book of Life (2014) by Deborah Harkness – Fiction  Book Three of the All Souls Trilogy  Rating: 4/5 The Book of Life wraps up Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy – an expansive story about Diana Bishop, a witch, and her husband Matthew Clairemont, a vampire. I will attempt to provide a review without revealing…

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Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom (2020) by Yaa Gyasi – Fiction  Rating: 5/5  I don’t know if there is a word for it – but Transcendent Kingdom is one of those books where nothing happens. There isn’t necessarily a plot or a villain or something to overcome. But it is probably the most beautiful book I have read…

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