Top Ten Tuesday – Pops of Red

Today’s Topic: Books I’d Give Different Titles To

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m terrible at choosing titles. I know a good one when I see it, but can’t say the same for a bad one. Not to mention I’m not any better at creating titles. So, I’m going off topic this week.

I’ve noticed a trend lately for book covers with pops of red. This always draws my eye in and I find myself wanting to read these books. So today I’m featuring covers not titles. Oops sorry, not sorry.

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Book Review -Mr. Rochester

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mr. Rochester is a book of three parts. It begins with Rochester’s emotionally desolate childhood, his education and his distant relationship with his brother and father. It follows him into adulthood and his years in Jamaica where he meets Bertha Mason and manages his father’s business interests there.

Others only get the best of us when they sense a weakness. One can never hurt a man who refuses to be hurt.

Eventually, we see his return to England and Thornfield with his now insane wife. When her presence taints the only place that feels like home, he heads to Europe where he encounters Celine Varens. Finally, he returns to Thornfield and an encounter with a plain little governess which will change his life.

Even now, when I think of Thornfield-Hall, I choose to remember what it was then—the playground of my childhood—and not what it was to become: a place of secrets and threats, of angers and fears.

You may think you know the story, but do you? Because this one belongs to Edward Fairfax Rochester not Jane Eyre. If you expect this book to be a re-telling of Jane Eyre from Rochester’s perspective, you might be disappointed. Though that part of the story doesn’t change, Jane’s presence does not arrive until the last quarter of the book. Instead, this is a comprehensive character study of a man’s life.

For my full review, please follow me over to The Silver Petticoat Review.

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Took a Chance On

Today’s Topic: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Hmm…it’s not often that I wander outside of my preferred genres or reading comfort zones. So I tweaked this week’s prompt a bit. Instead I’m sharing books that I took a chance on.

Basically, these are books that I didn’t know much about. Books I chose because I fell in love with the cover or maybe the back blurb caught my interest. Generally, they are by authors I’d never read before or I had not read any reviews about them prior to picking them up.

My choices for this Top Ten are recent reads that I really enjoyed. No sense including those that were a bust, right? Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Took a Chance On”

Book Review – In Spite of Lions by Scarlette Pike

SUMMARY

After a lifetime of abuse, Anna leaves home, but not to run away. Rather she runs towards freedom when she heads to Africa. On her journey there she befriends Mary Livingstone, the wife of missionary David Livingstone. Upon her arrival on foreign shores, she follows the Livingston family into the African interior to help with their work.

“It is necessary that you work against the pain of the body to make it stronger so that you may be a strong African woman,” she explained. “It will hurt, Miss Anna. But does that make it bad?”

However, Anna’s previous life has left her unprepared for the challenges of her new life. Though, she is accepted by the tribal chief, the villagers greet her with suspicion. While learning the basic tasks of daily survival, Anna also finds herself in the center of political conflict between the Boers and her new African family. And all the while she is still haunted by a past she hasn’t come to terms with yet.

For the full review, please follow me over to The Silver Petticoat Review.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I’d Like to Be Besties With

Today’s Topic: Characters I’d Like to Be Besties With

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Over the years, I’ve realized that my preferences for real life friends and my book character friends do not always match. But one thing is for sure, in both worlds I prefer to avoid drama prone people. And I am always drawn to someone with a good sense of humor.

Here are a few fictional people that I could see myself “clicking” with if they ever came to life. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I’d Like to Be Besties With”

Top Ten Tuesday – New Author Discoveries This Year

Today’s Topic:  Freebie

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m extremely author loyal. But I also love discovering new to me authors. One of my goals this year has been to read more by authors I’ve never read before. So far, I’ve had great success with this. So for this week’s freebie, I thought I would share some of my favorite new author discoveries this year.

Naomi StephensShadow Among Sheaves -This cross between the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz and Bronte’s Jane Eyre fascinated me. And I was impressed by how well written this debut novel is.

Scarlette Pike In Spite of Lions -This historical novel transported me to the plains of Africa and introduced me to one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever met – and it turns out he is a real life historical figure.  My Review for The Silver Petticoat.

 

Jenn BennettStarry Eyes, Anatomical Shape of a Heart  – This popular YA author is one I’m behind on discovering. I enjoyed Starry Eyes better than the latter.

Lucy ParkerAct Like It, Pretty Face, Making Up – Several people have recommended Parker’s contemporary romances, including Modern Mrs. Darcy. I devoured these three on the plane and loved them.

Melanie BenjaminThe Girls in the Picture – I loved this fictionalized story of real life female film pioneers, Mary Pickford and Frances Marion. My review.

J’nell Ciesielski The Songbird and the Spy – Though I haven’t yet read her well-received debut, I did enjoy her sophomore WWII romantic drama.

Jules WakeFrom Rome with Love, From Italy with Love – Rom-coms and Europe? This author’s books are right up my alley.

Sarah McCoy Marilla of Green Gables – As a fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, this is the book I never knew I always wanted to read. Just perfect. My review for The Silver Petticoat.

Carla Kelly The Wedding Journey – Author Rachel McMillan has never steered me wrong with her book recommendations. I enjoyed this historical about a group of vagabonds making their way across war-torn Spain.

Nadine BrandesFawkes – Too much hype often turns me off a book. It took me a while, but I finally gave this historical fantasy a chance and am so glad I did.

Dorothy Adamek Carry Me Home – This historical set on an Australian island is one of the best books I’ve read this year. My review.

Who are some authors you’ve discovered this year? Are there any you would recommend?