Wednesday, June 28, 2017


This week has been rough! The whole house is sick (again so soon it seems!) but most especially me, and I am doing all that I can to recover as soon as possible. Rest is high on my agenda these days. Rest includes reading books, right?

Epitaph, A Novel of The O.K. Corral, by Mary Doria Russell 

This book astounded me. I can't remember how I came upon this recommendation, but it was high praise and so even though I know nothing of what happened at the O.K. Corral and have little interest in the wild, wild west, I gave it a chance. I am so glad I did. It is a long book, about 600 pages, but it was worth every page. The author does such a wonderful job rendering everything in vivid detail and I found myself googling all the things about this real life event that I had previously known nothing about.

The Emperor's Soul, by Brandon Sanderson 

This is more a novella than a full-length novel, but I wanted to include it here because it is a great fantasy novella if you're in the market for one, or if you want a soft introduction into the world of fantasy novels. A co-worker recommended it to me (as a favorite!) and I enjoyed it immensely. It's really fun.

At Home in the World, by Tsh Oxenreider

I really loved this one. It is my favorite of her books, partly because of the subject matter and partly because I think it was her best written one yet. She describes her family's one year travel of the world, with her three children in tow, and I was with her the whole way. This is one of those books that I really didn't want to end; I especially loved her description of each country she visited. She made me feel like I was there - both the joys and exhaustion of travel - and it felt realistic and dreamy at the same time.

The Dollhouse, by Fiona Davis

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It is set in New York and it goes back and forth between 1952 and 2016, telling the story of Darby McLaughlin arriving at the Barbizon Hotel, famously also called the Dollhouse, and Rose Lewin who lives in the same building almost 60 years later. I love learning more about the history of a big city like New York City, and I was immersed as I read an engaging tale of two women's lives that converged at the end.

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