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Recent Reads | legendborn, 5 star reads, and dislikes

Do you ever read so many amazing books but really only recommend like 2 or 3 of those books all the time?? I find that recently I have read a lot of great books BUT when it comes to telling people what books they should read or posting on my IG… I tend to focus on just a couple of them!

I mean, its not possible to talk about like 100 books at once but I really need to throw some of my favs out there more often! So during my post today, I am going to share some of my top favs from my most RECENT reads!

I would love to hear about your fav reads too!! Share with me in the comments 🙂

ALSO!! I am including my own pictures in this post (I don’t know why I haven’t done this in the past??). Anyways, if you’d like hit me up on IG: thecomfyreader 🙂


Legendborn – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ OKAY so Legendborn was so amazing! I would say that this is probably my all time fav for 2020. I know… like who am I just deciding on ONE BOOK??? I don’t even know. However, I will say that I was very surprised by this book and loved every second of it. I received this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway and wow am I happy I did!!!

What I loved:

First off… this is a King Arthur retelling WHICH MEANS, I obviously loved it! The characters in this story were very relatable and I felt that each character had a purpose. All the main characters have a solid story line and I felt like they developed well.

I think Sel was my fav character. SEL ❤ – if you know, you know.

The magical elements were well done. I want to say this gave me some HP vibes mixed in with Hunger Games. There are trials the characters need to go through and then with the added magic and school based setting, it was just overall really good!

The Black culture represented in this story was so amazing. There was talk about history, racism, slavery… I felt that it was done tastefully and educationally. It added a special element to the book, especially because this story centers around King Arthur and the Round Table (all white men doing their white men things, ya know?).

What I didn’t like:

NOTHING IT WAS ALL GOOD


Clap When You Land – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was such a different style of book than I normally read! I was not 100% sold on it being written in verse but once I started reading it I was really into it!

What I loved:

The characters were so well written and I felt that I knew them personally. I loved the story about the father and his hidden lives. I felt the story was overall really touching and while the focus of the story was actually quite sad, the story turned out to be hopeful!

What I didn’t like:

There was no info on the girls after they found each other and go on with life… I kind of wish we would have seen them being sisters and seeing how that relationship grew. So much time was spent on the past and the father and the negative feelings… I just didn’t get what I wanted from the ending!


Get A Life, Chloe Brown – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you have read this then you probably feel like me and wonder where the heck Chloe Brown has been all my life?? This was such an unexpectedly fun story!

What I loved:

Chronic pain representation is huge in this story which is not a norm in stories and I really enjoyed it! I found Chloe’s character to be refreshing and new. The “real life” feel of this story was relatable. I loved how Red’s character comes across and this rugged and “manly” character with no feelings but as we get to know him we also learn his insecurities. Therapy is made normal in the story! I just feel this book took some many normal things that are never talked about and put them on full display!

What I didn’t like:

Not much….. the only thing is Chloe’s mom lol I found her to be too much and I just felt so cringy reading her parts!


Throwaway Girls – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This feels like its going to be an underrated book. I read it from Netgalley and let me tell you – this gets to the real societal issues around women, drug use, and low-economic status. Its a good read that gets you thinking and takes you on a hell of a ride!

What I loved:

The story has some real depth to it. The story is about finding a missing girl. However, there are lots of other missing girls that no one is looking for because of their families, upbringings, class… I found the writing to be well done and the mystery around the missing girl is WOW. I didn’t see the ending coming and like damn, its not an easy ending but its real.

What I didn’t like:

I was a little confused with the flipping back and forth between characters. You don’t find out until the end of the book who the 2nd perspective even is. I had my guesses but still it is unclear and part of the mystery unfolding. It wasn’t bad but it just added a little confusion.


Big Summer – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Typical me goes into a book without actually knowing anything about it! I just saw it on IG and everyone was saying it was good and then next thing you know my BF bought it for me so I was like yup okay Ill read this! Its great though so yay!

What I loved:

Everything. The story was amazing! A plus sized IG influencer who is a strong and independent woman? Yes please! Also, I liked the friendship aspect of the book. The whole losing a friend because of a falling out but then coming back together is something people experience everyday! ALSO, its a murder mystery so like that was great! The mystery was well done. Some people say they knew the “bad guy” right away but I sure didn’t!

What I didn’t like:

Nothing, I really enjoyed it!!


The Paris Model – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I am a sucker for historical fiction so when I saw this I knew I needed to read it! I am not a huge fashion person but I have to say that I try to be somewhat fashionable and I do like following the trends. This book was such a fun historical fiction with a lot of unexpected elements!

What I loved:

Christian Dior! How cool is it that the main character is a model in Paris for Christian Dior just after WW2 when he was basically the God of fashion! I loved all the fashion parts because it was interesting imagining what life would be like during that time. Also, I liked the family drama that Grace was dealing with from overseas. And of course, the spy/undercover story line that occurs as well. I just got so many different things from this story!! It was fab!

What I didn’t like:

There is mention of rape and unpleasant sexual experiences. I found these parts to be uncomfortable and I kind of wish they were not included (but I do also see the relevance to them so its fine but yeah, could be a negative factor for some).


What have you read recently? Has September been a good or bad reading month for you?

Chat with me in the comments 🙂

Historical Fiction Books I Want To Read

Hello everyone!!

Happy Tuesday 🙂 I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

This weekend was just a long weekend for me (Labour Day) and I can say that I feel I need a few more days… or maybe weeks? Lol I am just so over working and want to relax and have no worries.

BUT the good news is, I am going on a little mini vaca next week! Me and my BF are jumping on the ferry and heading to Vancouver Island for a couple days. We are so excited to just be away from home and have some time off work!!!! Literally so excited!

Anyways, that’s my little life update but lets get to why you are here which is HISTORICAL FICTION!

If you are like me, you love some historical fiction. I find that I always talk about this genre and have a million books on my tbr but when it actually comes to reading them I don’t get to them as much as Id like to!

So I figured if I could narrow it down to a smaller list then I could actually work towards reading them. Crazy idea right?? Lets see if it actually helps me lol if nothing else here is a list of some historical fictions I really want to read!


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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

A group of people from very different walks of life come together to save Jane Austen’s legacy. It is supposed to be a very heartwarming story and is set just after WW2!

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

A female spy is recruited to the real life Alice Network in France during WW1. An American socialite is searching for her cousin in 1947. These two women are brought together to go on a mission to truth finding, both for their own reasons and will do whatever it takes to get it.

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The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

A story about everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during WW2. The project is never explained to the women and they don’t know exactly what they are working on. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth of the project, the women have to confront their ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war.

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All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

Two women connected across time by the city of Paris, a journal, and a lot of secrets. Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memories. Slowly she regains pieces of her life and comes across a mystery from decades prior. Celine lives in Nazi-occupied Paris and ends up being a mistress for a German officer in order to keep her family safe. These stories intersect when Caroline finds Celine’s diary tucked away in her apartment.


These are just 4 from a list of many! Maybe I will do another post like this once I actually read some of the historical fictions I have listed here!! Keep myself accountable!

Ill leave a couple historical fictions I have read and enjoyed as well, just in case you need some more to read!

📖 The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

📖 The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnball

📖 The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel


Hope you all have a lovely day!

Happy reading 🙂

August 2020 Wrap Up

Hey bookish peeps!

Here I am again, apologizing for my HORRIBLE posting lately. Seriously, August feels like it just happened in a blink of the eye. I have missed posting on here. I haven’t had a ton of free time and I didn’t want to post something just for the sake of it ya know?

I figured I would hop on here and mention that A) I’m still here, B) I’ve been reading!, & C) I am way more active on IG (so if you want to follow me over there I promise ill be a better bookish friend lol).

I want to do my AUGUST wrap up! I did read some great books and some ARCS and overall, I feel happy about my reading for the month! I think I could have fit 1 or 2 more books in there but I got a little lazy mid August and then picked up again towards the end of the month hahaha anyone else do this??

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So lets start with all the books I read for August – I read 6 books!

  • Big Summer – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Clap When You Land – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Love Sold Separatly – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Throwaway Girls – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Grave Secrets – ⭐⭐⭐

Big Summer was my fav of the month by far! Don’t get me wrong – I LOVED Chloe Brown… but Big Summer was just a really good story with mystery and IG influence life. I just really loved it.

If you haven’t read Big Summer…. GO NOW, READ IT MY GRASSHOPPER.


As for my fav things around the blog…. I have been a bad bad book blogger you guys. I have fallen off the book blog world. I don’t have much to share, simply because, I didn’t really read any blogs at all in August. Like I said, August went by SO FAST and I just couldn’t keep up. SORRY FRIENDS.

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But I will say, I have watched like 500 million hours (not quite, but like maybe) of BookTube. I’m obsessed. I don’t know what to say – i’m not really proud of how much I’ve been watching but also BACK OFF, let me do what I love. My heart wants BookTube and that’s just the way its going to be.

So, let me share some BookTubers and some specific videos I really loved this month:

Kayln Aridged – she is literally so cute omg

Jesse The Reader – just so entertaining all the time

I especially enjoyed his video “Talkin Bookish Things In Bed” he posted recently!

Hailey In Bookland – LOVE HER

I could probably post all of her videos here but if you want to listen to her talk about all sorts of books in detail – go watch her Books I Read in Quarantine videos!!


That is all for now everyone! I will try to be more active on here like I really want to be! I think I need to figure out the posts that make me excited and just want I most want to share with you all!!

For now, I shall leave you with a QUESTION:

What was your fav read of August?

New Releases – August 2020

Anyone else finding so many amazing books this year?? I feel like my TBR just keeps growing with all these new books. I also have been finding that I NEED the new books like asap haha. Anyone else feeling like this?

I know that August is going to have so many good releases and I just cannot wait! I wish I could show literally all of my anticipated releases but then we would be here ALL DAY and I know you important people have things to do SO we will look at 10 new releases I am excited about 😊

Lets go!!


Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

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This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?

Pub date: August 4, 2020


The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

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Beyah comes from a life of poverty and neglect; Samson from a family of wealth.
When the two find themselves spending the summer as neighbors, they soon realize money is one of the few things they don’t have in common.

Their bond is too intense to ignore, but with only ten weeks separating them from the start of their new lives on opposite ends of the country, Beyah and Samson decide to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling.

What they don’t realize is that a rip current is coming and it’s about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

Pub date: Aug 27, 2020


The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

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It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life–her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village’s new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club–a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she’s forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she’s wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie’s running begin disappearing from the library’s famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage–truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library’s history. 

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


The Heatwave by Kate Riordan

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When Sylvie Durand receives a letter calling her back to her crumbling family home in the South of France, she knows she has to go. In the middle of a sweltering 1990’s summer marked by unusual fires across the countryside, she returns to La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma in tow, ignoring the deep sense of dread she feels for this place she’s long tried to forget.

As memories of the events that shattered their family a decade earlier threaten to come to the surface, Sylvie struggles to shield Emma from the truth of what really happened all those years ago. In every corner of the house, Sylvie can’t escape the specter of Elodie, her first child. Elodie, born amid the ’68 Paris riots with one blue eye and one brown, and mysteriously dead by fourteen. Elodie, who reminded the small village of one those Manson girls. Elodie who knew exactly how to get what she wanted. As the fires creep towards the villa, it’s clear to Sylvie that something isn’t quite right at La Reverie . . . And there is a much greater threat closer to home.

Pub date: Aug 18, 2020


Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

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Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .

Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.

With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis

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Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.

Lizzy wants nothing more than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts. When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s name.

But to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her.

Pub date: Aug 1, 2020


The Wedding Disaster by Avery Flynn

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Hadley Donavan can’t believe she has to go home to Nebraska for her sister’s wedding. She’s gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least her bestie agreed he’d man up and help. But then instead of her best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.

If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst―even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.

Ten times worse? Hadley’s buffer was supposed to be there to keep her away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs them up for every. Single. Thing.

Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? She’s in. She can’t wait to take this guy down a notch. But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, their bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

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After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.

After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had. 

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry

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Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak.

Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?

They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community.

With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, and the dangers of living double lives.

Pub date: Aug 18, 2020


Any of these on your tbr?

I think I am most excited for The Lions of Fifth Avenue! Love me some historical fiction!

Chat with me in the comments!

July 2020 Wrap Up

Hey friends!

Where did July go???? Like actually this month went by quicker than any month this year. I have been a busy bee and just feel like there isn’t enough time to do everything I want to do, so this month was not long enough!

Updates on me: I am still working from home. This makes it about 4 months now which is seriously crazy, it hasn’t felt that long! I don’t know how much longer Ill be working from home but I am soaking it up the best I can. I’m finding that it is different and I do miss being social, but I’m also loving it and find that I’m quite productive when I get to be in my home office, Its more relaxing to me and therefore I get more done! I know that isn’t the case for everyone, but its working for me!

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Also – I kind of just stopped posting blog posts for the last couple weeks. I went to Kelowna around the middle of the month and ever since coming back I just found myself to be insanely busy. I just haven’t found the time to sit down and properly focus on writing posts and because I wasn’t fully concentrated I didn’t want to put something out that was half assed. So, I’m really hoping to get back into a schedule for August! I think Ill be posting a little less just so I can keep up and post quality content for you all!!

Reading updates: I was able to finish 5 books this month! I started off slow with reading. I finished The Heir Affair and then went into a bit of a book hangover haha I just didn’t feel like reading and couldn’t get into anything. But, I got over that and I started reading again and finished 5 books so I’m happy with that!

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What I Read This Month:

  • The Heir Affair
  • Bookish and the Beast
  • The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts
  • The Unhoneymooners
  • Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas

My Favourite Books of the Month:

  • The Unhoneymooners – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Heir Affair – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favourite TV Shows/ Movies:

Cursed (Netflix) – Omg if you haven’t watched this yet please do! It is fantasy full of magic and action! I loved it so much! It only has 1 season so far but it was such a fun show! Its also a King Arthur retelling and has so many cool characters!

Favourite Songs/ Artists:

  • Stunnin – Curtis Waters
  • Popstar – DJ Kalid
  • Taylor Swifts who album Folklore
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My Most Popular Posts for July:

Ancient History Book Tag

New Releases – July 2020

Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Favourite Book Reviews

Prose and PancakesThe Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

Books Over Everything Keep My Heart in San Fransisco

The Bursting BookshelfTwice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Birdie Bookworm The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Favourite Blog Posts:

Foxes and Fairy Tales – Top Ten Contemporary Books

Upside Down Books Favourite Authors

Paws and PaperbacksLets Talk Bookish: What Makes a Book YA?

Annie Likes WordsBook Recs For Your Enneagram type


What was a highlight for you this month?

Did you read as much as you hoped?

Chat with me in the comments!!

ARC Review: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

This novel is the fictionalised story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.


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Title: The Woman Before Wallis

Author: Bryn Turnbull

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: July 21, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale—even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales.

In a twist of fate, her marriage to Duke leads her to fall headlong into a love affair with Edward. But happiness is fleeting, and their love is threatened when Thelma’s sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications. As Thelma sails to New York to support Gloria, she leaves Edward in the hands of her trusted friend Wallis, never imagining the consequences that will follow.


MY REVIEW:

The Woman Before Wallis was a beautiful story about life, love, and heartbreak. I will start this by saying I enjoy a good historical fiction. I really respect the author for writing such a fantastic story and for making such a grand effort to have all the details from the actual story correct.

Thelma, is the main character of this story. She is a wonderful woman. Truly special. For her time she is independent, motivated, and just wanted something different for herself than what was the expectation. Her character took me on this whirlwind of an adventure that at times filled me with happiness and at other times filled me with sorrow. I would say I am a sucker for a love story and if you think this is going to be a love story – you are mistaken. There are relationships and yes, some love, but this is far from a love story. It is rather heartbreaking actually, but in a beautiful way.

Thelma is a divorcee, which during this time, is not well received. She then gets lucky and marries a new man (Duke Furness) and becomes part of the “high society” in England. Lucky lady, indeed. Throughout the rest of the story, Thelma is constantly fighting for happiness. While she marries a lovely man, she cannot stay happy. The instability of marriages during this time was unbelievable. Having affairs was more accepted than getting divorced. This part especially hurts Thelma. This leads to her meeting and ultimately, to her relationship with the Prince of Wales. Again, lucky lady! Again, she struggles with this relationship and many events occur throughout the rest of the book that are full of love and happiness and as well, full of sadness.

To be honest, I didn’t know whether or not I was even enjoying this book until I got about half way through. I was getting confused trying to keep up with the characters and the names. I had a hard time remembering the family names and keeping track of this “social map” of people. I can only imagine how stressful this would be in real life. It was exhausting keeping up. I found at the half way point it became easier and I started to feel very attached to some of the characters.

I was so drawn into the story. I read this book in 2 days. It sucked me in. I loved the fancy life of English royalty and upper class. It made me want that life. However, as scandals came up throughout, it made me realize that is NOT the life I want. I really did enjoy that part though. It was so fun to read about the fancy parties and events that these people had on a regular basis. I loved reading about the extravagant dresses and outfits as well. It was so dream like.

When it came to the end of the book I felt so mixed! I truly loved this story. Thelma has a special place in a heart. She was so strong and while at times did not make the best decisions, she sure stuck to her heart and that is very respectable. I wish it would have ended differently for her. It was a sad ending in my opinion, but not everyone gets a fairy tale ending. The only reason I did not rate this as 5 stars was simply because the ending left me asking questions and wanting to know exactly what happened. Of course, I understand that filling in the gaps would probably be an entire other book, but I felt almost cheated not know exactly the events that led to Wallis and David. I’m actually not too sure my heart could take it now that I’m thinking more about it!!

Overall, this was a fabulous book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction in its truest form. It was a beautifully written story.


Do you like historical fiction?

Chat with me in the comments 😊

Ancient History Book Tag

If you have been following me for a little while on here or my IG you would know that I LOVE historical fiction. The reason for that love is mostly due to my huge interest in history in general. I love love love me some history.

I always thought this made me a nerd (and many people made sure to tell me this) but honestly history is so important and to me, I think it is so interesting and I just love learning.

My favourite time period/ places to learn about is definitely WW2 Europe and also Victorian England. I am open to other histories and I totally understand that Europe is only a sliver of worlds history but I am DRAWN to it. I cant help it!!

Drop some historical fiction book recs in the comments please ⬇⬇⬇

SO, ANYWAYS – Lets get on to another book tag I wasn’t tagged in (really shouldn’t be a surprise anymore 😂)


I saw this tag on Matfiction‘s blog! This book tag was originally created by Books Michelle. Go check out there answers to this tag 😊

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The Stone Age: one of the first books you remember reading

I can’t be certain which books I actually remember reading first lol but I know that I started reading Junie B Jones books and The Magic Treehouse books around the same time! Those really sparked my interest in reading when I was just little 😊

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Ancient Greece: your favorite myth-inspired book (doesn’t have to be Greek mythology), or retelling

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Bidgid Kemmerer

So, I haven’t read this one but it is on my list of books to read and I remember when I first saw this one I was super excited about it because it was a retelling! I really don’t read that many books that are myth inspired or retellings but I want to get on that and read some!!

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The Roman Empire: a book featuring an impressive empire or kingdom

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

So, I haven’t read this and I’m not sure if it has a kingdom or empire… BUT there is talk of an emperor and an army for girls so that intrigues me! This has been on my radar for a while!

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The Middle Ages, (or the Dark Ages): a book that is an absolute bummer

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

This book was a big ole MEH from me! I’ve used this book in like every book tag that asks for a book I didn’t like or a let down or whatever! This is a bummer let me tell you! I did not enjoy it very much. It had SO MUCH potential to be a really awesome story but for me, it didn’t work.

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The Renaissance: a book that you’ve learned a lot from, or that made you think

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

This story was really sad and the ending actually killed me but it really made me think about the importance of friendship and not taking things for granted!

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The Industrial Revolution: a book featuring an invention or concept that you would love to have in your own life

Terraformer by Colleen Houck

So, this is more of a concept that I think would be cool! The main character, Astra can communicate with plants (and also has some other abilities which I will not disclose haha). I think that is pretty cool! The story is actually really fun and I loved it so everyone should check it out 😊

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World War I & II: your favorite historical fiction book about the World Wars (or if you don’t have one, your favorite historical fiction book in general)

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

This is a great read about the American Library in Paris, France! It follows a Jewish woman who has to flee because of the Nazi take over of Paris. She works at the American Library as a librarian. The book tells the story of how the people at the American Library saved a lot of the books from the Nazi’s who were going to destroy them. It is a powerful read!

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Present day: a book everybody should read in present day according to you

I don’t know if I have a single book but I think that everyone should read some historical fiction! I like them because they give you a snap shot into an event that really happened but its made more entertaining because you follow a character instead of just random events!

I think that everyone should read these because they are a tool for learning and also they spark empathy and understanding for people who are different than you are! I think that historical fiction (and books in general) have played a huge role in my level of empathy!

A few historical fictions I enjoy are:

⭐ The Paris Library (mentioned above)

⭐ The Book of Lost Names

⭐ Home Front Girls


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If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this one… YOU are tagged 😊


What do you think about history? Do you like it? Is it boring? Chat with me in the comments!

TBR Tour #1 | Cute Little Romances

I cannot believe how long it took me to discover and love contemporary romances! I LOVE a good chick-flick when it comes to movies. I tend to shy away from true romances because my heart can’t handle the sadness and honestly if I am going to watch a movie for my enjoyment, I don’t want to be sad and crying the whole time. I feel the same way about books. I do not want to read a story that is going to kill me several times over. I do not find that fun lol. Sorry to everyone who loves true romances, but I just can’t do it.

SO when I discovered the book versions of a chick-flick…. I was IN. It was a life changing moment for me. The book that changed me was “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Mhairi McFarlane. Little back story: I received a Kobo ereader for Christmas last year from my lovely boyfriend. Obvs the first thing I did was look at the Kobo store and see what books I could buy for cheap to get me started. The first book I saw that was very cheap (like I think it was actually $1.00 lol) was Don’t You Forget About Me. I didn’t even second guess it.. just clicked “buy” and figured for a dollar if I don’t like it, who cares!!

Well I’m sure you all figured it out.. I LOVED IT. I thought it was so cute and adorable and funny but also had romance and heartfelt moments. I did end up crying at the end but it was from happiness! So, I fell in love with contemporary romances and I never looked back.


TBR Tour is a weekly meme created by Deanna @ The Comfy Reader. TBR Tour will be posted every Friday with a different theme or genre 📚😊

So for my first TBR Tour I am going to share some of the cute little romances on my TBR at the moment and why I am excited to read them!!


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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This is the ultimate summer read in my opinion! I have had this book sitting on my shelf for months and I have been holding off BECAUSE I just knew I would feel this in the summer.

We have: A tropical setting, a honeymoon gone wrong, fake dating/ fake marriage trope, bad luck left right and center, an unexpected romance?!?!?!

I think it also goes without saying that anything written by Christina Lauren will be fab!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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A woman who plans kids birthday parties? Sure, lets do this!

I have to say I enjoy how many renovation puns there are in just the synopsis so I sure hope the whole book is like that 😂 AND fake dating trope! This book honestly has everything that makes a fun and cute romance. I cannot wait to read it.

Also, it is the first of a series and I am ALL for it!

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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So this one has been on my tbr for SO LONG. It looks like it will be cute and funny but also will break my heart. Right off the bat I knew I needed to read this because the love interests meet at a wedding and I love that trope.

I also feel like this will have some friend drama which is always interesting! I also look forward to this one because of that forbidden romance type feeling. Kristen knows she might not be the best fit for Josh but their romances grows regardless. I feel like it will keep me on the toes!

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

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This book just seems so cute! Graham lives in Alaska and owns a diner. He doesn’t seem too thrilled with all of the tourists and just puts up with them. Zoey goes to Alaska to fulfill her bucket list but then doesn’t want to leave because a) she thinks the Alaskan town is amazing and b) she meets a cute guy (aka Graham)!!!!

I really like these kinds of tropes! I love when the characters have an instant connection and all sorts of cute things happen between them! I always enjoy a growing romance.

I’ve seen such good reviews for this one and the cover really caught my eye initially!


What do you guys think of my first TBR Tour? Do you have any of these books on your tbr?

What other genres/ themes do you want to see for TBR Tours?

Chat with me in the comments!!

ARC Review: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


Based on the true World War II story of the American Library in Paris, an unforgettable novel about the power of books and the bonds of friendship—and the ordinary heroes who can be found in the most perilous times and the quietest places. – Simon & Schuster

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Title: The Paris Library

Author: Janet Skeslien Charles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: February 2, 2021


SYNOPSIS:

Paris, 1939. Odile Souchet is obsessed with books and the Dewey Decimal System, which makes order out of chaos. She soon has it all – a handsome police officer beau, an English best friend, a beloved twin, and a job at the American Library in Paris, a thriving community of students, writers, diplomats, and book lovers. Yet when war is declared, there’s also a war on words.

Montana, 1983. Widowed and alone, Odile suffers the solitary confinement of small-town life. Though most adults are cowed by her, the neighbor girl will not let her be. Lily, a lonely teenager yearning to break free of Froid is obsessed by the older French woman who lives next door and wants to know her secrets.

As the two become friends, Odile sees herself in Lily – the same love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. The Paris Library’s dual narratives explore the relationships that make us who we are – family and friends, first loves and favorite authors – in the fairy tale setting of the City of Light. It also explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, and what happens when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us.


MY REVIEW:

The Paris Library was an outstanding book. I fell in love with every piece of it! I loved the characters, the setting, the drama, and all the love.

First off, the book is interesting because it not only shifts between characters but it also shifts between time. Some chapters are in WWII Paris and some are in 1980’s Montana. I loved it! The story was serious and kind of sad at times but there was sprinkled in humor too!

Odile is the main character. She is a strong young woman who works in the American Library in Paris. I enjoyed her absolute love for books and the library. Lily, is a young girl living in Montana next door to Odile as an old woman. Lily experiences loss and Odile ends up being the person that helps her through it. I really enjoyed the characters and how different but similar they were. I liked how the author flipped back and forth and intertwined the stories so it all fit together like a beautiful masterpiece.

When I put the book down I couldn’t help but reflect on my own life. It opened my eyes to things I’ve done and things I’ve overlooked because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I feel that if a story makes you reflect so deeply it must be an amazing book written by an outstanding author. That is what this book was. It was amazing, heartfelt, full of despair and hope, eye opening, and thoughtful. I loved this book with all my heart as I knew I would when I read the synopsis originally. Odile and her friends are the type of people I wish I knew and aspire to be. This story reminded me that not everyone is as they seem and that people change and grow throughout their lives.

The setting of the American Library is the best. It felt like home and it was a home to the characters in the book. I loved that part. Every time the library is mentioned or Odile was working there it just felt so whimsical and full of wonder. It’s a place I would love to see. Something from a dream.

I have always been interested in history which is a reason I was excited for this book! I found the writing to be so good that when the first bombs were dropped and I was reading about the peoples fear and uncertainty, I too felt that way. My heart rate increased, I was holding onto every word, I could not stop reading. This story opened my eyes to the struggles of war. How people had to do things they didn’t want to or thought were wrong just so they could survive. How people turned on each other. How there was so much hidden racism and discrimination! Odile is such a hero throughout the book. Living during that time is unfathomable. Unreal.

Finally, this story is full of love and loss. Odile suffered much loss throughout her life and Lily is lucky to have such a role model. Lily suffered loss as well and in the end it was very heartwarming that they were able to help each other and have such a great relationship! I sure enjoyed the romance and true love expressed in this book. It filled my heart many times. This story is worth the read. It is really something special that I thoroughly enjoyed!

** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!


Do you like historical fiction? Chat with me in the comments!

8 Mystery Books I Want To Read

I am a huge mood and seasonal reader! Anyone else out there like me?

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I love to match the types of books I read to the type of weather that is outside haha I don’t know if this is common or if I am just crazy…. but for me, the weather influences a lot! I tend to read happy, romantic, light books during the summer. I love to read thrillers and mysteries in the fall. During the spring I read more intense fantasy and sci-fi books. Winter I like to read holiday themed stories and cute romantic books. Obviously, I am up to read anything but those are what I seem to go to during those times!!

So, I am already thinking ahead to September and into fall because time is FLYING BY ME and I figured I should maybe think about what Ill be looking forward to reading! I already have a long list of books for the summer and I’m trying to catch up with my Netgalley books so for the most part my summer is planned!

I thought if anyone else is like me and goes for more mysterious, spooky, and thrilling stories in the fall, you may like this list and maybe even add some to your fall reading list this year 😊


First on my list is Mydworth Mysteries by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello. So this is a series of mystery books and they just look fabulous! These mysteries push together 2 of my favourite genres (historical fiction and mystery) so really this is a must read for me! The first book is called ‘A Shot in the Dark’ and takes place in 1929 England… NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT TIME!

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Synopsis: Sussex, England, 1929. Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But things are about to liven up there, when young and handsome Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his diplomatic posting in Cairo, with his beautiful and unconventional American wife, Kat. No sooner have the two arrived, when a jewel robbery occurs at Harry’s aunt’s home – Mydworth Manor. The police are baffled and overwhelmed with the case. But Harry and Kat have an edge in the hunt for the dangerous culprit: not only do they have certain useful “skills” they’ve both picked up in service of King, President and Country, they also have access to parts of English society that your average bobby can’t reach …


Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson!!! I’m a little late to the game with this one but it has been on my TBR for so long! Since. It. Was. Released. What is wrong with me you might ask? I wish I knew. I need this book in my life you guys. So many people have loved it and the reviews are great!

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Synopsis: The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?


Felicity Carrol Mysteries by Patricia Marcantonio – so there are currently 2 books and I’m hoping there will be more because they seem fantastic! Not only are the covers very pretty and intriguing, but the stories are again twisted with historical fiction!! Te first book is called ‘Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit’ which just sounds so fun!

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Synopsis: Felicity Carrol is interested in everything—except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, Felicity took refuge in science and education after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money.

Felicity has other ambitions—but her plans shudder to a halt when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft, where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit. As the killer sets his sights on a new victim—a charismatic duke who has captured Felicity’s imagination—the stakes rise to impossible heights.


Countess of Harleigh Mystery series by Dianne Freeman. Okay so maybe it’s clear there is a theme to the types of mysteries I feel like reading right now lol. This is ANOTHER mystery with historical fiction. I am so drawn to these!!

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Synopsis: Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York—for her first London season.

No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance. The Metropolitan police receive an anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husband’s death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but she’s also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggie’s demise. As fate would have it, her dashing new neighbor, George Hazelton, is one of only two other people aware of the full story.

While busy with social engagements on Lily’s behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of mysterious burglaries plaguing London’s elite. The investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst, perhaps even among her sister’s suitors. And Frances must unmask the villain before Lily’s season—and their lives—come to a most unseemly end . . . 


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Sooooooooo, again, I’m really late to this one and need to read this one AND the second one! So much reading to do!! When I heard this is like Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars I was like YUP say no more I need that!

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Synopsis: Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens! I just came across this one when I was watching a booktuber (cannot remember who because all I do now is watch all these booktubers lol). I love me a good mystery where everyone ends up being involved!! So juicy!

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Synopsis: The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?


This is a Bookstagram made me do it pick!! The Guest List by Lucy Foley is HIGH on my list of mysteries I need in my life. I have seen this book everywhere and it wasn’t really on my list at first but then I just decided I needed to jump on the bandwagon and now here we are!

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Synopsis: The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. TALK ABOUT A GOOD MYSTERY! This has everything you need. I love a good amateur sleuth type mystery and I love when the main character is a suspect of the mystery! Always SO interesting!

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Synopsis: Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects—and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.


What are some other mysteries I should check out?? Are there any on this list you want to read too? Chat with me in the comments!