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historical fiction

328 books.

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First Light (A.D. Chronicles, #1)

by: Bodie Thoene
Ave. Rating: 4.29
Pages: 450
Year Published: 2004 (2003)
Date Read: 08/02/2007
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Magnus

by: Sigmund Brouwer
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 571
Year Published: 1994
Date Read: 08/12/2008
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Out of Darkness

by: Ashley Hope Pérez
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 402
Year Published: 2015
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Leopard at the Door

by: Jennifer McVeigh
Ave. Rating: 4.03
Pages: 404
Year Published: 2017
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Cane River

by: Lalita Tademy
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 522
Year Published: 2002 (2001)
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"A fascinating and engrossing story based on the author’s research into her own lineage. The book is filled with pictures and other primary sources documents that completely transported me. I studied each picture, so interested in these real people and their similarities and their dreams and their loves.

This book is a novel but is clearly formed around a framework of real events. The women in this family!! Goodness. Flawed, but so strong.

One note: it is very interesting to read this book so soon after reading The Vanishing Half. Both deal with colorism and make complimentary reads. TVH kind of picks up where this book left off time-wise. I found the town in TVH hard to believe- but after reading this real story, it’s easier to understand."
- katelynn
07/30/2020

Here Be Dragons (Welsh Princes, #1)

by: Sharon Kay Penman
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 704
Year Published: 1993 (1985)
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What I Saw and How I Lied

by: Judy Blundell
Ave. Rating: 3.52
Pages: 284
Year Published: 2008
Date Read: 12/31/2018
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Jamie MacLeod: Highland Lass (Highland Collection, #1)

by: Michael R. Phillips
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 349
Year Published: 1987
Date Read: 05/12/2012
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Human Acts

by: Han Kang
Ave. Rating: 4.2
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2017 (2014)
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A Bride Most Begrudging

by: Deeanne Gist
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 350
Year Published: 2005
Date Read: 07/01/2020
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Wonderland Creek

by: Lynn Austin
Ave. Rating: 4.24
Pages: 385
Year Published: 2011
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A Single Shard

by: Linda Sue Park
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 192
Year Published: 2003 (2001)
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Big Lies in a Small Town

by: Diane Chamberlain
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 391
Year Published: 2020
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Things We Lost to the Water

by: Eric Nguyen
Ave. Rating: 3.77
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2021
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What the Wind Knows

by: Amy Harmon
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 406
Year Published: 2019
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A Dry White Season

by: André Brink
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 316
Year Published: 2006 (1979)
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The Clockmaker's Daughter

by: Kate Morton
Ave. Rating: 3.73
Pages: 485
Year Published: 2018
Date Read: 11/29/2018
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Days Without End (Days Without End #1)

by: Sebastian Barry
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 259
Year Published: 2017 (2016)
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by: Mary Ann Shaffer
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 277
Year Published: 2008
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"Wish I could give more stars - so fantastic! History and funny characters and romance."
- katelynn
10/30/2013

The Only Harmless Great Thing

by: Brooke Bolander
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 93
Year Published: 2018
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The Secret Keeper

by: Kate Morton
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 484
Year Published: 2012
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"Although a little slower paced than Morton's other novels, it delivers the same depth of character and twisting plot lines I love so much. The ending was also very heartwarming, compared to the other endings of her novels which are generally tragic in nature."
- katelynn
08/05/2014
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The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry, #1)

by: Sujata Massey
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 401
Year Published: 2018
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"This was such an interesting read. It definitely immerses you in the culture and delivers a fun, twisty mystery. The heroine was plucky and intelligent and easy to root for!"
- katelynn
03/17/2020

Passing by Samaria

by: Sharon Ewell Foster
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 382
Year Published: 1999
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The Terror

by: Dan Simmons
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 769
Year Published: 2007
Date Read: 01/06/2019
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The Secret Life of Bees

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 302
Year Published: 2003 (2001)
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Set the Stars Alight

by: Amanda Dykes
Ave. Rating: 4.44
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2020
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"This story had everything I look for: historical fiction about a time period I don’t know much about, mystery, good twists, charming/immersive setting. It also had wisdom about faith delivered in a way that wasn’t overt or preachy. It was perfectly done! This is Christian fiction at its best."
- katelynn
12/18/2020

Haven Point

by: Virginia Hume
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2021
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by: Elizabeth George Speare
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 256
Year Published: 1978 (1958)
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"This book is exactly what I love in historical fiction. I wish I had read it in middle school - I would have adored it!"
- katelynn
02/21/2018
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The Gilded Years

by: Karin Tanabe
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 379
Year Published: 2016
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The Pull of the Stars

by: Emma Donoghue
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 295
Year Published: 2020
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Before We Were Yours

by: Lisa Wingate
Ave. Rating: 4.37
Pages: 342
Year Published: 2017
Date Read: 07/31/2018
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Betty

by: Tiffany McDaniel
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2020
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Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord

by: Louis de Bernières
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 352
Year Published: 1998 (1991)
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Salt to the Sea

by: Ruta Sepetys
Ave. Rating: 4.33
Pages: 391
Year Published: 2016
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So Big

by: Edna Ferber
Ave. Rating: 4.03
Pages: 272
Year Published: 2000 (1924)
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The Name of the Rose

by: Umberto Eco
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 536
Year Published: 1994 (1980)
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Time After Time

by: Lisa Grunwald
Ave. Rating: 3.72
Pages: 401
Year Published: 2019
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The Henna Artist (The Henna Artist, #1)

by: Alka Joshi
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2020
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"3.5"
- katelynn
01/16/2021
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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

by: Katherine Rundell
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2014 (2011)
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"I absolutely loved this little heroine! The descriptions of her life in Africa were so beautiful; I feel like they describe so much of what I'd love to give my children in their childhood.

When she arrived in London, the book started to drag - I just wondered when it would all start to turn up for her again. It certainly ended well though."
- katelynn
06/11/2018
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The Kite Runner

by: Khaled Hosseini
Ave. Rating: 4.31
Pages: 371
Year Published: 2004 (2003)
Date Read: 10/20/2007
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In West Mills

by: De'Shawn Charles Winslow
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 272
Year Published: 2019
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What Could Be Saved

by: Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 450
Year Published: 2021
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The Good People

by: Hannah Kent
Ave. Rating: 3.81
Pages: 386
Year Published: 2016
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

by: Kim Michele Richardson
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 309
Year Published: 2019
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The Book of Lost Friends

by: Lisa Wingate
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 388
Year Published: 2020
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Light Changes Everything

by: Nancy E. Turner
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2020
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Beautiful Ruins

by: Jess Walter
Ave. Rating: 3.67
Pages: 337
Year Published: 2012
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The Kitchen House

by: Kathleen Grissom
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 369
Year Published: 2010
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"This was one of those stories that made it difficult for me to live my life - I wanted to abandon all my responsibilities and just keep reading! I read it walking and brushing my teeth and cooking... Oh boy. It was hard to read - often tragic and disturbing. But the relationships were beautiful and the character development was so rewarding."
- katelynn
03/19/2018

Passage West

by: Rishi Reddi
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 429
Year Published: 2020
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The Lake House

by: Kate Morton
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 495
Year Published: 2015
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"This book was perfect until the very end. There was one detail that I would have left out - it was too kitschy. But I still give it 5 stars for the reading experience and for having such a well-crafted story. So many interesting twists and secrets - I was guessing until the end. One facet that I didn't appreciate that's also been in some of her other books is the way she manipulates your emotions to be absolutely fine with infidelity. It's not something that's beautiful and tragic - it's never good in any way.

Overall, fantastic book that I'm sure I'll read again and recommend to all!"
- katelynn
11/06/2015

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

by: Juliet Grames
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 445
Year Published: 2019
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One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)

by: Rita Williams-Garcia
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2010
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These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)

by: Nancy E. Turner
Ave. Rating: 4.33
Pages: 384
Year Published: 1999 (1998)
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Madman

by: Tracy Groot
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 316
Year Published: 2006
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"This is one of my favorite books of historical biblical fiction. It's dark and mysterious – keeps you gripped until the last page."
- katelynn
02/01/2007
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Forgotten Country

by: Catherine Chung
Ave. Rating: 3.49
Pages: 296
Year Published: 2012
Date Read: 12/11/2012
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Island Beneath the Sea

by: Isabel Allende
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 457
Year Published: 2010 (2009)
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The House of Mirth

by: Edith Wharton
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 351
Year Published: 2006 (1905)
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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

by: Fannie Flagg
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2002 (1987)
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Julie

by: Catherine Marshall
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 381
Year Published: 2001 (1985)
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The Satapur Moonstone (Perveen Mistry, #2)

by: Sujata Massey
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 360
Year Published: 2019
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"I liked this one even more than the first! The setting was EVERYTHING. I felt completely transported and obsessed with scenery, food and clothing descriptions. And as with the first book, the heroine is fantastic!"
- katelynn
05/05/2020

Call Your Daughter Home

by: Deb Spera
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2019 (2018)
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The Downstairs Girl

by: Stacey Lee
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 05/06/2021
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Shadow Country

by: Peter Matthiessen
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 892
Year Published: 2008
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When the Moon is Low

by: Nadia Hashimi
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2015
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A Thousand Splendid Suns

by: Khaled Hosseini
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 372
Year Published: 2007
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"A beautiful, tragic, yet hopeful story. I love books that broaden my perspective and inform me about history while carrying me along with a great story and great characters."
- katelynn
10/13/2015

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

by: Lisa See
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 269
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
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Two Crosses (Secrets of the Cross Trilogy #1)

by: Elizabeth Musser
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2012 (1996)
Date Read: 05/15/2014
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Becoming Leidah

by: Michelle Grierson
Ave. Rating: 3.52
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2021
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Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

by: Rae Carson
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 436
Year Published: 2015
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Mudbound

by: Hillary Jordan
Ave. Rating: 4.03
Pages: 328
Year Published: 2008
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The Color Purple

by: Alice Walker
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 295
Year Published: 2004 (1982)
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Sparks Like Stars

by: Nadia Hashimi
Ave. Rating: 4.34
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2021
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"3.5"
- katelynn
06/28/2021

The Twenty-One Balloons

by: William Pène du Bois
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 180
Year Published: 1986 (1947)
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My Cousin Rachel

by: Daphne du Maurier
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2013 (1951)
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The Murmur of Bees

by: Sofía Segovia
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 476
Year Published: 2019 (2015)
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The Salt Garden

by: Cindy Martinusen Coloma
Ave. Rating: 3.78
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2007 (2004)
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Possession

by: A.S. Byatt
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 555
Year Published: 1991 (1990)
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A Tangled Mercy

by: Joy Jordan-Lake
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2017
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A Piece of the World

by: Christina Baker Kline
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2017
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Pachinko

by: Min Jin Lee
Ave. Rating: 4.28
Pages: 490
Year Published: 2017
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Necessary Lies (Necessary Lies, #1)

by: Diane Chamberlain
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2013
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The House at Riverton

by: Kate Morton
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 599
Year Published: 2007 (2006)
Date Read: 12/31/2012
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This Lovely City

by: Louise Hare
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2020
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Heart of Darkness

by: Joseph Conrad
Ave. Rating: 3.44
Pages: 188
Year Published: 2003 (1899)
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Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House

by: Kathleen Grissom
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 365
Year Published: 2016
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A Tangled Web

by: L.M. Montgomery
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 257
Year Published: 1989 (1931)
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Lucia, Lucia

by: Adriana Trigiani
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 305
Year Published: 2005 (2003)
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Hour of the Witch

by: Chris Bohjalian
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 406
Year Published: 2021
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The Mountains Sing

by: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Ave. Rating: 4.32
Pages: 342
Year Published: 2020
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An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion, #2)

by: Francine Rivers
Ave. Rating: 4.61
Pages: 461
Year Published: 1994
Date Read: 08/24/2007
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Wish You Well

by: David Baldacci
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 432
Year Published: 2007 (2000)
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Water for Elephants

by: Sara Gruen
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 335
Year Published: 2007 (2006)
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"It hooked me from the start. I loved the setting - I'm always excited to read historical fiction during times or in places I don't know much about. This was a fascinating peek into circus life in 1930 - I loved reading about the animals. The plot was gripping and the characters were great. Would have given 5 stars except for a few smutty scenes that were a bit too graphic for me. But the smut was not pervasive and it was easily skipped over so I would still recommend it!"
- katelynn
05/22/2015
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Once Upon a River

by: Diane Setterfield
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2018
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"This book was wonderful.
Just enough gothic, just enough fairy tale, just enough adult/complex relationships and struggle - this will be a favorite. I love the language, sense of place, and story-telling themes.

Now we need a movie, please and thank you."
- katelynn
03/05/2020

Let Me Hear a Rhyme

by: Tiffany D. Jackson
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2019
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And the Mountains Echoed

by: Khaled Hosseini
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 404
Year Published: 2013 (2012)
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Go Tell It on the Mountain

by: James Baldwin
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2001 (1953)
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Winter Garden

by: Kristin Hannah
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 394
Year Published: 2010
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"I loved reading about a time / period / place I know nothing about: 1930s/40s Russia and the siege of Leningrad. It was a truly harrowing moment in history.

Unfortunately, that was only about 2/5 of the book. The rest was a modern story framework setup to allow the telling of the other story. It felt weak and unnecessary. I'd rather have focused in on the historical story, even if it was super grim, than be dragged along with modern characters I never came to care for."
- katelynn
02/04/2019

The Gold Bug

by: Edgar Allan Poe
Ave. Rating: 3.74
Pages: 124
Year Published: 2007 (1842)
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Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)

by: Chinua Achebe
Ave. Rating: 3.71
Pages: 209
Year Published: 1994 (1958)
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

by: Anthony Marra
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 402
Year Published: 2013
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"This book is a work of art, truly. A work of art that completely wrecked me multiple times. It's both a beautiful and heart-breaking read. From beginning to end the writing is poetic and thoughtful.

The way the author tells the stories (there are so many stories) is like he's painting a painting starting in the middle and moving outward in a spiral until the picture makes sense. Left to right in the painting is past to future. I've rarely seen the use of third person omniscient POV used so skillfully and effectively.

It goes in the same category of books for me as The Kite Runner. Will I recommend it? Absolutely, emphatically. Will I read it again? I don't think I can handle it a second time."
- katelynn
02/19/2018

Circling the Sun

by: Paula McLain
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 366
Year Published: 2015
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A Fall of Marigolds

by: Susan Meissner
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 370
Year Published: 2014
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Lincoln in the Bardo

by: George Saunders
Ave. Rating: 3.75
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2017
Date Read: 04/10/2020
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Glittering Images (Starbridge, #1)

by: Susan Howatch
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 446
Year Published: 2010 (1987)
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Calypso

by: David Sedaris
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 273
Year Published: 2018
Date Read: 08/03/2018
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The Bird King

by: G. Willow Wilson
Ave. Rating: 3.75
Pages: 403
Year Published: 2019
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How to Be Both

by: Ali Smith
Ave. Rating: 3.66
Pages: 376
Year Published: 2014
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The Space Between Us

by: Thrity Umrigar
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 321
Year Published: 2007 (2006)
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"Good. Grief. Talk about compulsively readable literary fiction! I couldn't put this down. I was so invested in each of the characters. They were all flawed - which made for a more complicated read.

The writing was so reflective. The atmosphere and setting were so rich. I felt fully immersed, which I love.

This was a hard, but mostly satisfying read. It felt very real."
- katelynn
03/29/2020

Prayers for Sale

by: Sandra Dallas
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 305
Year Published: 2009 (1997)
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The Age of Innocence

by: Edith Wharton
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 293
Year Published: 2004 (1920)
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The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)

by: Caleb Carr
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 498
Year Published: 2006 (1994)
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World's Fair

by: E.L. Doctorow
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 304
Year Published: 1996 (1985)
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His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

by: Graeme Macrae Burnet
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 280
Year Published: 2015
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A Fine Balance

by: Rohinton Mistry
Ave. Rating: 4.34
Pages: 603
Year Published: 2001 (1995)
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"This one hurt to read... really. It was sweet and beautiful, but at the same time tragic and ugly. It was very long, but I never felt like it was dragging. I loved being able to peer into a different culture - even into different sub-cultures within a larger culture. I loved all of the relationships that grew.

I hated what happened. But I feel like part of being an adult (and really the point of the book) is looking at life as a balance between good and bad. You can't just take the good.

Overall, it's incredibly well-written, absorbing, disturbing and beautiful. I wish I was in a book club that could talk about it - because I tend to see the trees and not the forest. Why did certain characters take certain actions? I don't get it. I'm sure there's a ton of symbolism I'm missing too. "
- katelynn
05/26/2017

The Moor's Account

by: Laila Lalami
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2014
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The Revenant

by: Michael Punke
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 262
Year Published: 2015 (2002)
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A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1)

by: Connilyn Cossette
Ave. Rating: 4.54
Pages: 323
Year Published: 2018
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"I've swung and missed so often the last few years with Christian fiction that I've come to have really low expectations. But not here! This was well-written and absorbing. I felt fully immersed in the ancient time period and wrapped up in the trials of the heroine. I felt edified and challenged by the faith elements of the story - it's been so long since I've gotten that from fiction!

There were definitely some corn-ball moments. I could've done with less of the romance. Oh how the times have changed!"
- katelynn
11/13/2020

The Muse

by: Jessie Burton
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2016
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

by: Susanna Clarke
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 1006
Year Published: 2006 (2004)
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The Stranger

by: Albert Camus
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 123
Year Published: 1989 (1942)
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A Confederacy of Dunces

by: John Kennedy Toole
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 394
Year Published: 1994 (1980)
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The Hawk and the Jewel (Kensington Chronicles, #1)

by: Lori Wick
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 347
Year Published: 2004 (1993)
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The Sympathizer

by: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 371
Year Published: 2015
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Let the Great World Spin

by: Colum McCann
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 351
Year Published: 2009
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The Widow of Rose House

by: Diana Biller
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2019
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Cluny Brown

by: Margery Sharp
Ave. Rating: 3.77
Pages: 276
Year Published: 1982 (1944)
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Cold Comfort Farm

by: Stella Gibbons
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 233
Year Published: 2006 (1932)
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The Devil in the White City

by: Erik Larson
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 0
Year Published: 2003
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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

by: Adam Gidwitz
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 363
Year Published: 2016
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Half of a Yellow Sun

by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 433
Year Published: 2006
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Winter Passing

by: Cindy McCormick Martinusen
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 392
Year Published: 2000
Date Read: 10/06/2007
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Doc

by: Mary Doria Russell
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 417
Year Published: 2011
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

by: Alix E. Harrow
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2019
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"The book was SO GOOD. I love historical fiction fantasy - it's so fun to get both! This was definitely "fantasy lite". The emphasis was on the characters and themes and not the world-building. Which is what I prefer in fantasy.

The two heroines of the story were so inspiring! I loved them like I love Anne of Green Gables, Hermione and Christy."
- katelynn
02/01/2020
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The Last Sin Eater

by: Francine Rivers
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 332
Year Published: 2007 (1998)
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The Stars Are Fire

by: Anita Shreve
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2017
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The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus

by: Jaime Jo Wright
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 393
Year Published: 2020
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The Orchardist

by: Amanda Coplin
Ave. Rating: 3.78
Pages: 426
Year Published: 2012
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"I waffled back and forth for a while about whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. The book as a whole was undoubtedly a 5, but the ending... Do I give it a 4 because I don't like how it ends or a 5 because it ends as it should? This books is equal parts romantic and realist. So, SO beautifully written. Other reviews call it "sweeping" - which I think is a fitting descriptor.

Overall I feel confused about it - because I didn't love the story. But I loved the book."
- katelynn
04/27/2017
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The Distant Hours

by: Kate Morton
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 562
Year Published: 2010
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"Unlike other reviewers, I liked this book just as much if not more than Morton's other novels. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Such a great mystery - so many great reveals! I had no idea how it would end which is rare and refreshing."
- katelynn
11/30/2013
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans, #4)

by: Mildred D. Taylor
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 288
Year Published: 1991 (1976)
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Spoonbenders

by: Daryl Gregory
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 399
Year Published: 2017
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The Help

by: Kathryn Stockett
Ave. Rating: 4.46
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2009
Date Read: 09/06/2012
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A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)

by: Deanna Raybourn
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 339
Year Published: 2016 (2015)
Date Read: 11/29/2018
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Redeeming Love

by: Francine Rivers
Ave. Rating: 4.49
Pages: 479
Year Published: 2007 (1991)
Date Read: 06/01/2012
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Missing Isaac

by: Valerie Fraser Luesse
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2018
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Molokai (Pacific Classics, No. 4) (Pacific Classics, # 4)

by: O.A. Bushnell
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 539
Year Published: 1975 (1960)
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The Women in the Castle

by: Jessica Shattuck
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 356
Year Published: 2017
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The House by the River

by: Lena Manta
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 546
Year Published: 2017 (2007)
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March

by: Geraldine Brooks
Ave. Rating: 3.74
Pages: 280
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
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As Bright as Heaven

by: Susan Meissner
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 387
Year Published: 2018
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Clara and Mr. Tiffany

by: Susan Vreeland
Ave. Rating: 3.81
Pages: 401
Year Published: 2011 (2010)
Date Read: 07/28/2013
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The Night Watchman

by: Louise Erdrich
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 453
Year Published: 2020
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Jane of Lantern Hill

by: L.M. Montgomery
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 274
Year Published: 1989 (1937)
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My Name Is Resolute

by: Nancy E. Turner
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 608
Year Published: 2014
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In the Market for Murder (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #2)

by: T.E. Kinsey
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 270
Year Published: 2016 (2015)
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The Forgotten Kingdom (The Lost Queen Trilogy, #2)

by: Signe Pike
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 496
Year Published: 2020
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"4.5"
- katelynn
11/13/2021

Magic for Marigold

by: L.M. Montgomery
Ave. Rating: 3.77
Pages: 274
Year Published: 1989 (1925)
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The Moonstone

by: Wilkie Collins
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 528
Year Published: 2001 (1868)
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The Yearling

by: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 513
Year Published: 2001 (1938)
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The Four Winds

by: Kristin Hannah
Ave. Rating: 4.34
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2021
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Edenbrooke (Edenbrooke, #1)

by: Julianne Donaldson
Ave. Rating: 4.32
Pages: 264
Year Published: 2012
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Beyond the Sacred Page: The Tyndale Translation

by: Jack Cavanaugh
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 0
Year Published: 2003
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"Second time through this one and it held up! I love that. The first time I read it was probably 7th or 8th grade, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This author is actually really good at telling historical stories in an interesting and informative way - which is what I enjoy about historical fiction. This is a story about the struggles of Bible translators (and readers) during the time of Henry VIII. Overall it was well-written and didn't simplify complex issues. I walk away with a greater appreciation of my religious freedoms and gratitude for the sacrifices of others that have given me these freedoms. The ending was a little trite, but the rest of the book was great."
- katelynn
03/07/2017
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As I Lay Dying

by: William Faulkner
Ave. Rating: 3.72
Pages: 288
Year Published: 1991 (1930)
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The Stationery Shop

by: Marjan Kamali
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 322
Year Published: 2019
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"I was swept away by the picture of this culture - one I’ve never had close contact with before. It was rich and vivid. I learned so much history, but I still feel like there’s so much I don’t understand.

At first I found myself rolling my eyes at the dramatic and all-consuming nature of the love story - it felt just very YA to me. But then, isn’t that just being young and in love? Once I let go of my cynicism and suspend reality a bit, I could appreciate the ROMANCE of this life-long love story. Especially the ending - I listened to beautiful Persian music and got all melty!

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I was even more fascinated with the adult characters - the Stationery store owner and Bahman’s mother. Their story was fully of so much human brokenness and tragedy. It was paralleled by the beautiful and pure love story of our main characters. The tragedy of the first story lead to the tragedy of the second. Mr. Fakhri - his sins, loves, heartbreak, and attempts at redemption - are worthy of a very long book club discussion.
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The ending was just lovely. I went up to five stars because of that ending. And don’t miss the acknowledgements!!! They left me crying in a Starbucks."
- katelynn
01/18/2020
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The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds (Malayan #1)

by: Selina Siak Chin Yoke
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 474
Year Published: 2016
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Lady Susan and Other Works

by: Jane Austen
Ave. Rating: 3.73
Pages: 359
Year Published: 2013 (1871)
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The Poisonwood Bible

by: Barbara Kingsolver
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 546
Year Published: 2005 (1998)
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Maude

by: Donna Foley Mabry
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 498
Year Published: 2014
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"I read this book so fast - it was enthralling. This story of a woman's life from the late 1800s through the 1960s wouldn't be something that would usually keep my interest. But the protagonist was so relatable and honest, it was so easy just to slip into her shoes and live her life alongside her. I was moved with the heartbreak and the small joys she experienced. I came away grateful for the way I can live, with modern technology and a culture that lets me pursue my dreams and marry who I want. I am also grateful for my family and the support I have from parents and in-laws. But I am also reminded that nothing is forever and to be thankful for and cherish every moment. I am challenged to not be afraid to remake my life into what I want if there is something I can do to stop unhappiness (for me or my loved ones).

It would've gotten 5 stars from me, but the ending was SO despairing - there was nothing redeeming at all. She looked back on her life and only saw sadness and regret and no reason to continue living. But I guess it's supposed to be a "real", not sugar-coated story."
- katelynn
12/31/2016

The Strays

by: Emily Bitto
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2017 (2014)
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Beloved

by: Toni Morrison
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 324
Year Published: 2004 (1987)
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The Water Dancer

by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2019
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The Island of Sea Women

by: Lisa See
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2019
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"Wow, I do not usually go for multi-generational stories, especially in another culture, but this was perfect. It’s a beautiful and tragic story about friendship and loss. The setting and culture were completely immersive and FASCINATING. The author never sacrificed plot or characters but I learned so so much!

This is incredibly well done historical fiction. Where the history is just a background framework for an amazing story of love and forgiveness. "
- katelynn
09/05/2019

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by: Betty Smith
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 496
Year Published: 2006 (1943)
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Lilli de Jong

by: Janet Benton
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2017
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Bitter Orange

by: Claire Fuller
Ave. Rating: 3.58
Pages: 317
Year Published: 2018
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The Passion of Artemisia

by: Susan Vreeland
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 315
Year Published: 2003 (2001)
Date Read: 06/01/2007
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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

by: Kelli Estes
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 391
Year Published: 2015
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"This was a moving story throughout. I was especially affected by the mother / son stuff at the end - so many tears. There was some cringe moments - mostly in the modern portion (the romance, the way she talked about money). I have very little grace for modern stories - they have to be perfect for me to not roll my eyes all the time.

I wish I had read this book instead of listening to the audio - it might have been a 5 star for me. I think I lost some of the emotion gravity through audio. Regardless, it was a great story."
- katelynn
03/05/2018
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Christy

by: Catherine Marshall
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 512
Year Published: 2001 (1967)
Date Read: 06/12/2012
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Lady Audley's Secret

by: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Ave. Rating: 3.77
Pages: 455
Year Published: 1987 (1862)
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The Blood of Flowers

by: Anita Amirrezvani
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2007
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The Sleeping Dictionary

by: Sujata Massey
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 528
Year Published: 2013
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Loving Eleanor

by: Susan Wittig Albert
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 306
Year Published: 2016
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The Summer Country

by: Lauren Willig
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2019
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The River Within

by: Karen Powell
Ave. Rating: 3.48
Pages: 272
Year Published: 2020
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The Henna Artist (The Henna Artist #1)

by: Alka Joshi
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 366
Year Published: 2020
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Love Comes Softly (Love Comes Softly, #1)

by: Janette Oke
Ave. Rating: 4.24
Pages: 188
Year Published: 2003 (1979)
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Yellow Crocus (Freedman/Johnson, #1)

by: Laila Ibrahim
Ave. Rating: 4.29
Pages: 253
Year Published: 2014 (2010)
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Fireflies in December (Calloway Summers #1)

by: Jennifer Erin Valent
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 344
Year Published: 2009 (2008)
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"Interesting and at times gripping plot. Definitely a lot like To Kill a Mockingbird. At times the dialogue seemed a little forced."
- katelynn
06/22/2016
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Mr. Rochester

by: Sarah Shoemaker
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 453
Year Published: 2017
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Intertwine (House of Oak, #1)

by: Nichole Van
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 300
Year Published: 2014
Date Read: 03/10/2017
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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

by: Damian Duffy
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2017
Date Read: 12/07/2019
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Simon the Fiddler

by: Paulette Jiles
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2020
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The Lions of Fifth Avenue

by: Fiona Davis
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 354
Year Published: 2020
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"4.5

Great and slightly heartbreaking ending brought it up that last half-star. I loved the subject-matter so much it helped smooth over slightly clunky/awkward writing. The setting helped me immerse and the plot kept me turning the pages."
- katelynn
10/10/2020
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The Forgotten Garden

by: Kate Morton
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 648
Year Published: 2008
Date Read: 11/11/2012
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A Desperate Fortune

by: Susanna Kearsley
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 528
Year Published: 2015
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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

by: V.E. Schwab
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 442
Year Published: 2020
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The Victory Garden: A Novel

by: Rhys Bowen
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2019
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A Star for Mrs. Blake

by: April Smith
Ave. Rating: 3.54
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2014
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Silence

by: Shūsaku Endō
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 212
Year Published: 2017 (1966)
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Gutenberg's Apprentice

by: Alix Christie
Ave. Rating: 3.47
Pages: 406
Year Published: 2014
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"Ugggggg this book! I would've quit it 50 pages in if not for book club. This was a chore to read. I certainly learned a lot about the story of the first printing press and medieval politics but at what cost! Blegh. The writing wasn't even that good - I would have no idea what was going on simply due to poor sentence structure."
- katelynn
06/15/2019

The Flight of Gemma Hardy

by: Margot Livesey
Ave. Rating: 3.61
Pages: 443
Year Published: 2012
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My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)

by: Cynthia Hand
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 512
Year Published: 2016
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"4.5 - This concept could have been super lame and hokey, but the authors pulled it off but not taking it too seriously. I laughed so much! This was pure fun from beginning to end."
- katelynn
11/16/2019

Sacred Hunger (Sacred Hunger #1)

by: Barry Unsworth
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 630
Year Published: 1993 (1992)
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The Strength of His Hand (Chronicles of the Kings, #3)

by: Lynn Austin
Ave. Rating: 4.55
Pages: 331
Year Published: 2005 (1996)
Date Read: 03/18/2007
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Moloka'i (Moloka'i, #1)

by: Alan Brennert
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 405
Year Published: 2004 (2003)
Date Read: 05/28/2020
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A Sitting in St. James

by: Rita Williams-Garcia
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2021
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A Long Petal of the Sea

by: Isabel Allende
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 318
Year Published: 2020 (2019)
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A Quiet Life in the Country (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries, #1)

by: T.E. Kinsey
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 278
Year Published: 2016 (2014)
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"What fun! This was a light-hearted mystery with a great cast of characters. The two protagonists were so charming and interesting, and their relationship is so funny. Their attitude towards social/gender norms of the day (and other people's reactions to these attitudes) were modern to the point of being anachronistic. But I didn't mind - it made them more relatable. I'll allow it!"
- katelynn
08/12/2018
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The History of Bees (Klimakvartetten, #1)

by: Maja Lunde
Ave. Rating: 3.81
Pages: 353
Year Published: 2017 (2015)
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Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

by: Julie Kibler
Ave. Rating: 3.66
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2019
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The Disappearances

by: Emily Bain Murphy
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 388
Year Published: 2017
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"This story had all the elements to be something I'd really like. And I did enjoy a good bit of it. For me, the "YA-ness" kind of ruined it. It took me out of the setting (the dialog felt too modern) and broke the atmosphere.

Overall though, it's an enjoyable, interesting mystery with some good character relationships."
- katelynn
01/22/2020
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The Architect's Apprentice

by: Elif Shafak
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 432
Year Published: 2015 (2013)
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)

by: Alan Bradley
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2009
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"Such a fun read! One I can't wait to share with my children. The narrator is a strong, smart, scientific girl that I want my daughters to emulate! The story is engaging and funny and heartwarming."
- katelynn
03/10/2015

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)

by: Jacqueline Winspear
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 292
Year Published: 2004 (2003)
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Cloud Atlas

by: David Mitchell
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 509
Year Published: 2004
Date Read: 03/28/2013
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Flight of Dreams

by: Ariel Lawhon
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2016
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Mariette in Ecstasy

by: Ron Hansen
Ave. Rating: 3.74
Pages: 180
Year Published: 1991
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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

by: C Pam Zhang
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2020
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Corelli's Mandolin

by: Louis de Bernières
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 437
Year Published: 1995 (1994)
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"Great romance, interesting history, complex characters. Definitely takes you through a range of emotions. Some of the history stuff is slow but it's easy to breeze past :)"
- katelynn
12/31/2013
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The Shape of Mercy

by: Susan Meissner
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 307
Year Published: 2008
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"Another book about the Salem witch trials - that's two since January! This one was very thoughtful and a little more wrenching than the YA one I read earlier this year. The author really put you in the mindset of the Puritan girl. The modern story was interesting, but I had trouble relating to the main character's struggles. There was some kitschy-ness but overall, I had fun listening to it."
- katelynn
04/07/2018

The Last Runaway

by: Tracy Chevalier
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 305
Year Published: 2013
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English Creek

by: Ivan Doig
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2005 (1984)
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Hadassah: One Night with the King

by: Tommy Tenney
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 351
Year Published: 2005 (2003)
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"This is my second time through this one and although I didn't enjoy it as much as the first time, it was still great! It's a beautiful portrait of how to approach marriage and general trials of life. It also really makes you think about the story of Esther and all that she went through and how faithful God is! "
- katelynn
10/08/2015
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The Heather Hills of Stonewycke (Stonewycke, #1)

by: Michael R. Phillips
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 520
Year Published: 2002 (1985)
Date Read: 10/30/2006
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Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York

by: Francis Spufford
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 303
Year Published: 2017 (2016)
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Bride of the Sea

by: Eman Quotah
Ave. Rating: 3.62
Pages: 312
Year Published: 2021
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The Makioka Sisters

by: Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 530
Year Published: 1995 (1948)
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The Question of Red

by: Laksmi Pamuntjak
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 537
Year Published: 2013 (2012)
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Ross Poldark (Poldark #1)

by: Winston Graham
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 379
Year Published: 2015 (1945)
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Song of the Silent Harp (Emerald Ballad #1)

by: B.J. Hoff
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 412
Year Published: 1991
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When the Future Comes Too Soon (Malayan #2)

by: Selina Siak Chin Yoke
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 322
Year Published: 2017
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The Book of Negroes

by: Lawrence Hill
Ave. Rating: 4.41
Pages: 512
Year Published: 2015 (2007)
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Fall on Your Knees

by: Ann-Marie MacDonald
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 672
Year Published: 2002 (1996)
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Native Son

by: Richard Wright
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 504
Year Published: 2005 (1940)
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A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell, #2)

by: Deanna Raybourn
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 338
Year Published: 2017
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"The second book in a series with a great protagonist. Veronica is so much fun and this book was a breeze to get through. Very engaging and interesting, but not at all believable. I found the sexual discussions just gratuitous and dumb - there for shock value only. And there was just so much of it! Here's to hoping Book 3 gets better - I'm holding out for Veronica's sake!"
- katelynn
06/15/2019
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The Chaperone

by: Laura Moriarty
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 367
Year Published: 2012
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"Very interesting story and great characters, but the worldview/moral stances taken made me sad."
- katelynn
04/23/2016

The Sandalwood Tree

by: Elle Newmark
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 360
Year Published: 2011
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I Capture the Castle

by: Dodie Smith
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 408
Year Published: 1998 (1948)
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Cranford

by: Elizabeth Gaskell
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 257
Year Published: 2005 (1853)
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Miller's Valley

by: Anna Quindlen
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 257
Year Published: 2016
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Where the Lost Wander

by: Amy Harmon
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 343
Year Published: 2020
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Jubilee

by: Margaret Walker
Ave. Rating: 4.33
Pages: 516
Year Published: 2016 (1966)
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Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, #1)

by: Bodie Thoene
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 461
Year Published: 2005 (1989)
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A Woman Is No Man

by: Etaf Rum
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 339
Year Published: 2019
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"Oof. This was rough. A lot of the writing felt pretty basic, in terms of women’s rights discussions. (Just lots of overused phrases). “You’re just as good as a man, follow your dreams, don’t let anyone hold you down, etc.” But the story was anything but basic - it was complex and real and hard.

A great followup to this would be Melinda Gates’ book: The Moment of Lift."
- katelynn
12/31/2020
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The Heiress of Linn Hagh (Detective Lavender Mysteries, #1)

by: Karen Charlton
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 270
Year Published: 2015 (2012)
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Kristin Lavransdatter (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1-3)

by: Sigrid Undset
Ave. Rating: 4.29
Pages: 1144
Year Published: 2005 (1920)
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Far From the Madding Crowd

by: Thomas Hardy
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 433
Year Published: 2003 (1874)
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When Christ and His Saints Slept (Plantagenets #1; Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1)

by: Sharon Kay Penman
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 784
Year Published: 1996 (1994)
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The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)

by: Oliver Pötzsch
Ave. Rating: 3.73
Pages: 448
Year Published: 2010 (2008)
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The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic, #0.2)

by: Alice Hoffman
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 369
Year Published: 2017
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The Weight of Ink

by: Rachel Kadish
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 592
Year Published: 2017
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Song of Redemption (Chronicles of the Kings, #2)

by: Lynn Austin
Ave. Rating: 4.5
Pages: 349
Year Published: 2005 (1995)
Date Read: 02/18/2007
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Commonwealth

by: Ann Patchett
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 322
Year Published: 2016
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Salt Houses

by: Hala Alyan
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 312
Year Published: 2017
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The Physician (Cole Family Trilogy, #1)

by: Noah Gordon
Ave. Rating: 4.37
Pages: 714
Year Published: 2001 (1986)
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When Mountains Move (Into the Free #2)

by: Julie Cantrell
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2013
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The Devil and the Dark Water

by: Stuart Turton
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 463
Year Published: 2020
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Pat of Silver Bush (Pat of Silver Bush, #1)

by: L.M. Montgomery
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 278
Year Published: 1988 (1933)
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Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings, #1)

by: Lynn Austin
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 317
Year Published: 2005 (1995)
Date Read: 01/18/2007
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Kindred

by: Octavia E. Butler
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 264
Year Published: 1997 (1979)
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"Wow, this 5 star was ... unexpected. It starts off really simple. I was not impressed with the initial setup of characters and the time travel theme. But, boy, does Butler ratchet up the tension and complexity! I ended completely overwhelmed. There's so so much to consider and discuss. She does not back down from any difficult ideas or grey areas. She faces them head on, showing human brokenness and defending dignity."
- katelynn
12/04/2019
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My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale #1)

by: Elena Ferrante
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 331
Year Published: 2012 (2011)
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The Girl You Left Behind

by: Jojo Moyes
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2014 (2012)
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The Great Believers

by: Rebecca Makkai
Ave. Rating: 4.24
Pages: 421
Year Published: 2018
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Conjure Women

by: Afia Atakora
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2020
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The Invention of Wings

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2014
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"Wow. This book has challenged me deeply. I have so much to chew on about purpose and priority. Shoot. Both inspiring and convicting."
- katelynn
12/21/2015

The Lost Apothecary

by: Sarah Penner
Ave. Rating: 3.78
Pages: 301
Year Published: 2021
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The Miniaturist (The Miniaturist, #1)

by: Jessie Burton
Ave. Rating: 3.61
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2014
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"I wish I could give this book more stars. This was everything that historical fiction should be: it gives you a glimpse into another time and another culture without sacrificing characters or story. The plot was so intriguing and the heroine was just superb. I chose to read this book because the cover made me curious, knowing nothing about it. What a pleasant surprise! I'll look for more from this author."
- katelynn
11/12/2015
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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

by: Sheila O'Connor
Ave. Rating: 4.32
Pages: 348
Year Published: 2018
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Between Before and After

by: Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Ave. Rating: 3.76
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2019
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Cloud Cuckoo Land

by: Anthony Doerr
Ave. Rating: 4.38
Pages: 640
Year Published: 2021
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A Prayer for Owen Meany

by: John Irving
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 637
Year Published: 1990 (1989)
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A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1)

by: Francine Rivers
Ave. Rating: 4.55
Pages: 520
Year Published: 1998 (1993)
Date Read: 08/16/2007
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The Vagrants

by: Yiyun Li
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2009
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One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

by: Olivia Hawker
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 493
Year Published: 2019
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Jane Steele

by: Lyndsay Faye
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 432
Year Published: 2016
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Brideshead Revisited

by: Evelyn Waugh
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 351
Year Published: 1982 (1945)
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The Bombay Prince (Perveen Mistry #3)

by: Sujata Massey
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 360
Year Published: 2021
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"I think part of my issue with this book is user error - I didn't listen to the audio and I didn't take the time to get as immersed in the setting as I did with the last two. But also the writing felt stilted and awkward.

I don't think I'm giving up on Perveen yet, but we'll see."
- katelynn
07/09/2021

Malibu Rising

by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2021
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The Power of One (The Power of One, #1)

by: Bryce Courtenay
Ave. Rating: 4.32
Pages: 544
Year Published: 1996 (1989)
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The Unseen

by: Katherine Webb
Ave. Rating: 3.74
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2012 (2011)
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The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy, #1)

by: Katherine Arden
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 319
Year Published: 2017
Date Read: 05/05/2018
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The Road to Yesterday (Anne of Green Gables)

by: L.M. Montgomery
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 403
Year Published: 1993 (1974)
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The Kingdoms

by: Natasha Pulley
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 448
Year Published: 2021
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Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

by: Hazel Gaynor
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2017
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Hamnet

by: Maggie O'Farrell
Ave. Rating: 4.29
Pages: 310
Year Published: 2020
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Orphan Train

by: Christina Baker Kline
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 278
Year Published: 2013
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Pollyanna Grows Up

by: Eleanor H. Porter
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 330
Year Published: 2013 (1915)
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Romanov

by: Nadine Brandes
Ave. Rating: 3.77
Pages: 337
Year Published: 2019
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Cold Sassy Tree

by: Olive Ann Burns
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 391
Year Published: 2005 (1984)
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"My overall impression of the book place mild. I was hoping for something big in the end but it never came. The characters were complex and the relationships were interesting, but overall the plot was a bit slow."
- katelynn
02/14/2014

The Bluest Eye

by: Toni Morrison
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 216
Year Published: 2005 (1970)
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The Gown

by: Jennifer Robson
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 371
Year Published: 2018
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"3.5

I enjoyed this read and was interested in learning about the topic. But overall it wasn’t anything particularly new or interesting. Kind of a classic dual plot line historical fiction novel.

I also felt like the violent scene was so out of place and graphic compared to the tone of the rest of the book. The detail completely took me out of the story."
- katelynn
03/29/2021

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

by: Winifred Watson
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 234
Year Published: 2008 (1938)
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The Red Tent

by: Anita Diamant
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 324
Year Published: 1997
Date Read: 03/10/2018
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The Diary of Mattie Spenser

by: Sandra Dallas
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 229
Year Published: 1998 (1997)
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"The first 3/4 of the book were just ok. Probably a 3 star. But it picked up enough at the end and I was rooting for the protagonist so much it bumped up to a 4 star. Overall the plots points were a bit predictable but it was well-written and an enjoyable read."
- katelynn
05/17/2019

Us Conductors

by: Sean Michaels
Ave. Rating: 3.67
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2014
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Middlemarch

by: George Eliot
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 904
Year Published: 2004 (1871)
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The Girls

by: Emma Cline
Ave. Rating: 3.48
Pages: 355
Year Published: 2016
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Escaping Dreamland

by: Charlie Lovett
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 300
Year Published: 2020
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As Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion, #3)

by: Francine Rivers
Ave. Rating: 4.4
Pages: 520
Year Published: 1995
Date Read: 09/04/2007
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Into the Free (Into the Free #1)

by: Julie Cantrell
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 329
Year Published: 2012
Date Read: 06/16/2017
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An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier

by: Karl A. Bacon
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2011
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The Bombay Prince (Perveen Mistry, #3)

by: Sujata Massey
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 360
Year Published: 2021
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