The Nightingale

By: Kristin Hannah 2015 Fiction Rating: 3/5 After hearing all the hype about The Nightingale, my grandmother gave me this book as a gift. Out of respect, I read it dutifully, though I usually steer far clear of contemporary best… Continue Reading

Master and Commander

By: Patrick O’Brian Aubrey-Maturin series Book 1 1970 Fiction Rating: 3/5   I suppose I had heard the term before, but I didn’t realize I was reading a classic when I picked up Master and Commander at first. One day,… Continue Reading

Caleb’s Crossing

By: Geraldine Brooks 2011 Fiction Subject Matter: Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck; Wampanoag Indians; Massachussetts; Martha’s Vineyard; Indian college graduates; Indian scholars; United States Rating: 3/5   I was given this book as a Christmas present a few years ago by an especially… Continue Reading


By: Diana Gabaldon Outlander Series Book 1 1991 Fiction Rating: 4/5   I’m actually very shocked I gave Outlander a four-star rating. I was given this book to read on vacation by a friend who started it but couldn’t bring… Continue Reading

The Shape of Mercy

By: Susan Meissner 2008 Fiction Rating: 3.5/5   A friend of mine gave me The Shape of Mercy to read because she knows how much I enjoy historical fiction. I had low expectations. The cover makes it look like a… Continue Reading

The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

By: Michael Shaara  Civil War Trilogy Book 2 1974 (Historical) Fiction Rating: 3/5 First of all, The Killer Angels has won the Pulitzer Prize. So obviously it’s worthy of being read. My issue is less with the style of writing or whether… Continue Reading

Storming Heaven

By: Denise Giardina (Not technically a series, but followed by The Unquiet Earth) 1987 Fiction Rating: 4.5/5 Wow. Just wow. Storming Heaven is quite the novel. Maybe it’s just because I love a good historical fiction novel, but wow. Storming Heaven… Continue Reading