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I really enjoyed this book. Jessie Ann Foley has a way of capturing what it was like to not oCopy provided courtesy of GoodReads First Reads Program.
I really enjoyed this book. Jessie Ann Foley has a way of capturing what it was like to not only be a teen, but a teen in the 1990's. The main character Maggie comes of age at the height of Nirvana's popularity, and finds herself uprooted and taken to Ireland.
This book rang so true for me. Her feelings and angst were just spot on for someone battling their way to adulthood. Foley also did a great job of taking you back to the '90s. No cell phones or computers, a "simpler" time. Yet Foley did not bring a sense of false nostalgia, which could have happened so easily. There is a grit and a reality that she achieves in her writing.
I think this would be a great book for people who liked High Fidelity or Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Books that use music as the framework for a very personal and introspective tale.
Grunge music, Ireland, and first love - what more can you ask for? ...more
While ambitious and full of heart, The Woman Who Would Be King is not the book that I thought it wouldCopy provided by GoodReads First Reads program.
While ambitious and full of heart, The Woman Who Would Be King is not the book that I thought it would be.
Much of the book is spent in speculative history, which is not surprising, but does make the book have more guesses than hard facts. I don't especially take points off of an author for this, but I felt that quite a bit of the book was imagining what Hatshepsut's life MIGHT have been like and not what is WAS like.
Due to the scant evidence of what her daily life was like, it isn't a surprise, but it does beg the question - who is this book for?
It was wonderful to read about a strong woman of the past, but ultimately it left me wanting to know the one thing we can't know: what she was really like. Her life must have been hard, she must have either had a strong grasp of politics or very skilled advisors, and she must have been a force to deal with for some time.
I think that this book would be great for people who have a deep interest in ancient Egypt as well as those who like to see women in power and how they ascended into their positions....more
This was the perfect book to snuggle under the covers with for the entire afternoon. I got up only toCopy provided by GoodReads First Reads program.
This was the perfect book to snuggle under the covers with for the entire afternoon. I got up only to replenish my tea and to make a bit of risotto. The risotto and tea made it back in to bed with me so I could continue reading in ultimate comfort.
I think that First Impressions is a love letter to devoted bibliophiles. You get a mystery of a literary nature, love, and of course, the dream of almost any book reader: the inheritance a flat in London and a magical job at a used book store.
Charlie Lovett has written a charming novel about a girl who loves Jane Austen and a mystery that falls into her lap. It is not a challenging read, but one that you enjoy on a train ride or in a coffee shop on a cloudy day. It is a wonderful autumn read.
You do not need to be a Jane Austen enthusiast to enjoy First Impressions, but it does help to be very interested in books and old things. It reminded me of the pleasure of getting a letter in the mail and I will perhaps write one just for the fun of it. Or, I will start selling old books and hope for a mystery.