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Sonia Gensler

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November 2009


I am a former high school teacher turned full-time writer living in Oklahoma with my husband and my cat.

My books include THE REVENANT (Knopf 2011), a ghostly mystery set at a Cherokee girls' school, THE DARK BETWEEN (Knopf 2013) a Gothic murder mystery set in Cambridge, England, and GHOSTLIGHT (Knopf 2015) a contemporary MG mystery about a haunted house film project.

PLEASE NOTE: I'm not assigning stars to book reviews anymore. I'm really not writing reviews, either. Mostly I'm just tracking my reading, and rest assured that if a book shows up on my Goodreads list, it was a worthwhile read.

Tea with Miss Emily & a GIVEAWAY

There’s a new picture book about Emily Dickinson and it is marvelous. (Thank you, Best of Books in Edmond, OK, for shipping it so quickly!) This book written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Becca Stadtlander is beautiful, inspirational, and quite poignant–I confess to crying a bit while reading. (In a good way!) Before I […]
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Published on May 20, 2020 07:13
Average rating: 3.67 · 4,640 ratings · 928 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Revenant

3.62 avg rating — 964 ratings — published 2011
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The Dark Between

3.40 avg rating — 593 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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3.77 avg rating — 316 ratings — published 2015 — 5 editions
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3.74 avg rating — 2,811 ratings — published 2014 — 12 editions
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Fletchers' End by D.E. Stevenson
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A more rambling and twee story than Bel Lamington, but nice to see everyone “sorted.” The house was my favorite character.
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Bel Lamington by D.E. Stevenson
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Sweet and simple and cosy.
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Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
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I’m now a fangirl for Katherine Center. Could NOT put my kindle down and then bought a PB copy for my husband to read. ❤️
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I never would have read this if I hadn’t seen it on a list of comfort reads (from Modern Mrs. Darcy). What a lovely discovery! A funny and, at times, sexy book about grief, letting go, and moving on. I enjoyed every word of it and look forward to the ...more
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The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
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Reminiscent of I Capture the Castle but set in the 50s and much more focused on society life and pop idol obsessions. I enjoyed reading but it wasn’t as cosy or moving as Dodie Smith’s story. I didn’t connect with the heroine as deeply.
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The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
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Charming premise--hard to put down and so delightful!
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The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
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Another absorbing mystery featuring Ruth and the Gang. Thank goodness there are still 5 more to read (and more, hopefully, after that?).
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Caldicott Place by Noel Streatfeild
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Not my favorite Streatfeild, but still cozy and uplifting.
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Remembrance by Theresa Breslin
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First of all, I love these Imperial War Museum editions. I have two already and might just collect them all!

If you've read or seen Vera Brittain's Testment of Youth, this will be familiar territory. At first I found it hard to connect to the characte
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“What about that graveyard just down the road? Are all the Hilliards buried there?"

"Just the dead ones.”
Sonia Gensler, Ghostlight


What book should we read in October?

You may write in titles, provided the book is a 2016 Newbery contender and already published.

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Goodbye Stranger (write-in)
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Crenshaw (write-in)
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Chasing Secrets (write-in)
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Ghost light (write-in)
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Firefly Hollow (write-in)
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“On the day the tree bloomed in the fall, when its white apple blossoms fell and covered the ground like snow, it was tradition for the Waverleys to gather in the garden like survivors of some great catastrophe, hugging one another, laughing as they touched faces and arms, making sure they were all okay, grateful to have gotten through it.”
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“When she bought the cats her mother asked her straight out if they were 'baby substitutes'. 'No,' Ruth had answered, straight-faced. 'They're kittens. If I had a baby it would be a cat substitute.”
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Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Dear Sonia,

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :)
I am looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,

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