TCL is joining the New Release Challenge (again) for 2021!

Sign Up to Join the 2021 New Release Challenge Here! About the 2021 New Release Challenge The 2021 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which the hosts aim to read books released in 2021.  Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms and Brandee are the sole hosts of the challenge, and they are happy to have as … Continue reading TCL is joining the New Release Challenge (again) for 2021!

#NovellaNovember – Torday’s Fantastical Tale – #ShortStorySunday

Book Review for “Theo: A Novella” by Paul Torday. Summary: “John Elliott is the recently appointed vicar of St Joseph's - a dilapidated church with a congregation of sixteen and a leaky roof. Having entered the Church more by default than through any great calling, he struggles to inject some life into his ailing parish. … Continue reading #NovellaNovember – Torday’s Fantastical Tale – #ShortStorySunday

Sadly Selfish Relationships

Book Review for “The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal” by Bryn Turnbull. Summary: “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 … Continue reading Sadly Selfish Relationships

Stories to Moan About

Book Review for “Fresh Complaint: Stories” by Jeffrey Eugenides. Summary: “From the bitingly reproductive antics of 'Baster' to the moving tale of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in 'Air Mail', to the title story - the intensely topical account of a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant Indian … Continue reading Stories to Moan About

Tempest Trials

Book Review for “The Arctic Fury” by Greer Macallister. Summary: “In early 1853, experienced California Trail guide Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by a mysterious benefactor who offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: lead a party of 12 women into the wild, hazardous Arctic to search for the lost Franklin Expedition. It’s an extraordinary request, … Continue reading Tempest Trials

Smiles and a Funny Face.

Book Review for “Adele: A Novel” by Nicola Cassidy. Summary: "1905: Eight-year-old Adele Austerlitz moves from her humble home in Omaha, Nebraska, with her five-year-old brother Fred, to New York to begin training at a professional stage academy. They undertake a gruelling schedule of rehearsals and touring, setting the foundations of what will be the … Continue reading Smiles and a Funny Face.

In Their Own Skins.

Book Review for “Quicksand & Passing” by Nella Larsen. Summary: “Quicksand, written in 1928, is an autobiographical novel about Helga Crane, a mixed-race woman caught between fulfilling her desires and gaining respectability in her middle-class neighborhood. Written a year later, Passing tells the story of two childhood friends, Clare and Irene, both light-skinned enough to … Continue reading In Their Own Skins.

… Or a woman

Book Review for “To be a Man: Stories” by Nicole Krauss. Summary: “In one of her strongest works of fiction yet, Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very … Continue reading … Or a woman

Postcards from the Precipice.

Book Review for “The Berlin Girl” by Mandy Robotham. Summary: “Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. Arriving to a city swathed in … Continue reading Postcards from the Precipice.

More Fried Green Tomatoes? Yes, Please!

Book Review for “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg. Summary: “Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, with his mother Ruth, church going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town's popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide … Continue reading More Fried Green Tomatoes? Yes, Please!