Review: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Verdict: Buy Borrow Bypass

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant, which, finally, she does, but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

My Thoughts:

This story will give you all the feels. Yejide and Akin experience such a rollercoaster of emotions and situations, and Adebayo brings you right along for the ride. While many couples struggle with infertility, Stay With Me tells the story of a couple willing to do whatever it takes to conceive. And in Nigeria, “whatever it takes” has a whole new meaning. Both Yejide and Akin make sacrifices for one another’s happiness, and these sacrifices brought their own challenges. This story is told so beautifully that the reader cannot help but empathize with this young couple and want nothing more than their happiness. This plot has quite a few surprises along the way, which just made the novel more impactful and interwoven.

I really enjoyed learning so much about Nigeria. Adebayo is Nigerian, and she writes so beautifully about the culture and lifestyle in Nigeria in the 90s. I always love reading a book by an #OwnVoices author, which means that a writer is writing about a community and way of life of which they’re a part. I learned a lot about the political climate during this time, as well as customs and traditions that are meaningful to this community.

I loved the title of this book, Stay With Me. At the end of the day, that’s exactly what every single character wanted and, ultimately, I think that’s what everyone wants. No one wants to be alone. And in this story, ‘stay with me’ was said by husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers, and friends. ‘Stay with me’ is also the name of a character in this story, which really drives this theme home. Connection can disappear in so many ways, and sometimes, ‘stay with me’ is a plea, a command, and a wish all in one.

Wrap Up:

Clearly, I loved this book. I was astonished at how quickly I became engrossed in the story and felt all of the feelings for these characters. I love reading stories about the inner workings of a family, and this book absolutely delivers. I cannot recommend this book enough, especially if you’re looking for a story that really zeros in on one particular family.

This book is…


beautifully written


a quick read


Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Genre: fiction

Page Count: 260

ISBN: 0451494601

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5 Articles I’m Reading

Here’s why Mary Wollstonecraft deserves her own statue.

I think the title says if all: 5 Writers Who Should Be Feminist Saints.

It’s almost spring, which means rainy weather is coming! Book Riot has some great recommendations for rainy day reading.

The Times is recommending fifteen contemporary books by women for women’s history month.

Who else is excited for the news about Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere?!

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching


Baby Driver


A Wrinkle in Time

3 New to Me Books

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (out March 20)

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (out April 3)

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

Reading People by Anne Bogel

1 Quote

“We all live in a kind of continuous dream,” I told him. “When we wake, it is because something, some event, some pinprick even, disturbs the edges of what we’ve taken as reality.” – Jeff VanderMeer

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Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Verdict: Buy Borrow Bypass

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:

– They will be husband and wife by night only.

– No lights, no kissing.

– No questions about his battle scars.

– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:

– They will have dinner together every evening.

– With conversation.

– And unlimited teasing.

– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

My Thoughts:

Even though it’s cheesy, this story really gets off on the right foot with its unusual meet-cute. It felt a bit like the pilot episode of Friends, when Ross whines, “I just want to be married again,” and in walks Rachel in a wedding gown! From there, Tessa Dare really capitalizes on surprises, charm, and witty banter. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of intrigue, mayhem, and plots occurred in this story! Both protagonists are allowed to state their desires and learn to work with one another, not against the other. I thought this story had some fun twists on the “bodice ripper” genre, especially with Ashbury’s perfunctory rules about sex. It was wonderful to watch Ashbury and Emma tear down one another’s walls and fall in love.

Ashbury and Emma are a delightful pair! I appreciated that Ashbury, who is quite the brooding romantic hero, is given very real reasons for his grouchy demeanor. I loved reading about Ashbury’s attempts to keep his growing affection for Emma in check and his determination to stay away from prying eyes. And then Emma somehow manages to be courageous, determined, and kind-hearted all at the same time. I found her backstory to be believable and heartbreaking, and all I wanted was for her to be happy. And when Ashbury and Emma are happy together? Fireworks appear.

Wrap Up:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! This was a charming read from start to finish. You’ll be grinning like an idiot and chuckling to yourself the whole way through! This is also a very quick read and is a great book to pick up over the weekend or in between heavier and more emotional stories. I would highly recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for a good place to start with historical romance.

This book is…

laugh out loud funny

a quick read




Publisher: Avon

Genre: romance

Page Count: 271

ISBN: 006269720X

Available here from Book Depository.

Have you read The Duchess Deal? What romance novel would you recommend?

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St. Patrick’s Day Recommendations

Hi, readers!

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day! Are you celebrating? I’m not exactly a party person and would instead much rather stay indoors and read. Which is likely how I’ll spend this weekend! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing three books set in Ireland and three authors whom you may not have known were Irish. I certainly didn’t!

Now, onto the books!

Books Set in Ireland

Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

Currently, there are six stories in this mystery series. I’ve only read two so far, In the Woods and Broken Harbor, but the rest are on my TBR list. This series follows a group of detectives in, you guessed it, Dublin. These books are dark, twisty, and well written. They do not need to be read in order. I highly recommend these books, especially if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers and mysteries.

Evening Class by Maeve Binchy

This is a beautifully written story about an Introduction to Italian class and the assorted adults who take the class. Everyone’s stories intertwine in fascinating ways and the book ends with a class trip to Italy. This is a heartwarming story and definitely a good choice for a cozy weekend indoors! Binchy has written a number of books, so if you enjoy this one, be sure to check out her backlog.

The Good People by Hannah Kent

This is a dark and moody story based on true events involving purported witchcraft. It follows three women as they struggle to care for a young child who is rumored to be a changeling. While this book wasn’t for me, I know a number of other people who enjoyed it, which is why it’s included on this list.

Irish Authors

C.S. Lewis

If you’re looking for a good reason to reread The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, this is your sign. In addition to his famous middle grade series, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis wrote a number of books about Christianity. You can find more of his books here.

Bram Stoker

While most famous for Dracula, Stoker wrote a handful of other books, including some short stories. I read Dracula for the first time in college and was surprised at how well written it is. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already. The story is shocking, engaging, and probably slightly different from the Dracula story we’ve come to know in popular culture. You can find his books here.

Oscar Wilde

Wilde wrote a number of plays and stories. My personal favorite is his play, The Importance of Being Earnest. It’s fast paced, witty, and uproariously funny. Wilde famously lived an outlandish lifestyle and his love for all things aesthetic make his writing absolutely delightful. You can find his books here.

That’s it for today! Have you read any of these? What are your St. Patrick’s Day plans?

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Review: Still Life by Louise Penny

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Verdict: Buy Borrow Bypass

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

With this award-winning first novel, Louise Penny introduces an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces–and this series–with power, ingenuity, and charm.

My Thoughts:

This is a slow moving mystery but also a very engaging one. It moves so quietly and with key clues coming at just the right times, that this book is impossible to put down. The mystery itself is quite compelling, as it’s unclear as to whether or not this death was an accident. There are a number of red herrings, which quickly tricks the reader into suspecting everyone. I was pleasantly surprised at how much the solution depended on how well the villagers knew one another. Ultimately, Gamache puts all the pieces together himself, but he is still very dependent on what he learns from the people who know one another so well.

I really enjoyed getting to know Chief Inspector Gamache. He reminds me a bit of Agatha Christie’s famous detective Poirot in that both men are set in their ways, excellent at observing people, and determined to follow their instincts. Gamache is a charming man and I enjoyed reading his attempts to interact with the curious townspeople to solve the murder. The other villagers behave exactly the way I expect they would in a quirky small village. Everyone knows everything about everyone and it was remarkable to read about their devastation when a beloved resident is found dead. The singular character I did not enjoy was Agent Yvette Nichol, who gets her first crack at a homicide case with Gamache. I found Nichol to be shockingly idiotic and rude, although she did provide an excellent foil for Gamache. I’m curious to see if she’ll appear in subsequent novels.

Interestingly, I learned a lot about the dynamics between the French and the British living in Canada. I was not aware that there was a long and difficult past between the two groups and that the British often felt oppressed. I hope Penny continues to explore this tension within the rest of this series. With regards to other representation, there was a singular black woman and one gay couple in the village. But that was it. It was great to read about so many women in this story, including working as detectives, coroners, and lawyers. But the amount of diversity could definitely increase. I realize that this story takes place in a small Canadian village, but as it’s fiction, this story could easily better represent the Canadian population. I hope that this improves this series.

Wrap Up:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Louise Penny had been on my TBR list for such a long time and I’m so glad I finally picked this up. Now is actually a great time to start reading Penny, as she has quite a few books out now that your reading list will be easily filled! This is a very engrossing read and I read almost the entire book in one sitting. I loved it so much, in fact, that I bought the sequel the very next day! I highly recommend this book, especially for fans of Agatha Christie and the television show, Midsomer Murders.

This book is…



slow burning

well written


Publisher: Minotaur Books

Genre: mystery

Page Count: 312

ISBN: 1250000645

Have you read Still Life? What book did you read this weekend?

Currently Reading: March 2018

Hi, readers!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was pretty quiet, which is always nice. I did a lot of reading and flew through the book See What I Have Done, which is a creepy and well written story about Lizzie Borden. On a far less eerie note, anyone else see A Wrinkle in Time? I did and really enjoyed it! It’s not getting great reviews but I thought it was a fun kids’ movie. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Today I’m sharing what I’m currently reading. I typically read several books at the same time and I do this for a few reasons. It ensures that no matter what kind of reading mood I’m in, I always have a book to pick up, which means I’m reading pretty frequently. Also, there are some books that I’m much more likely to read in just a few sittings, as opposed to a book that I will pick up and set down and read over a longer period of time.

Here’s what I’m currently reading…

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

I only just started this book yesterday. This is the March pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club. It’s about a young woman named Nikki who starts to teach a creative writing class in order to help support her family financially. But there’s a mixup and she ends up teaching her students basic literary. And when they start to write their own stories, they end up being much sexier than expected! This promises to be a heartwarming and fun read and I’m really enjoying it so far! I expect this to be a pretty quick read.

Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts

This is definitely one of those books that I like to read slowly. It’s a nonfiction read that applies a black feminist lens to the ways in which black women’s bodies are controlled and oppressed. This book is difficult to read at times in terms of content, but I think that just makes this book that much more necessary to read.

The Odyssey as translated by Emily Wilson

And here’s another slower book for me! I read The Odyssey in high school but didn’t love it. I’ve always been interested in Greek mythology, though, and am really enjoying Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey. This is such a long book and it lends itself well to multiple reading sessions. I’m reading this book as part of my Tome Topple Project, which you can read more about in this post.

Reading People by Anne Bogel

Here’s another nonfiction read! This is a fun little book by the creator of the blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy. It’s a great take on a variety of personality tests and how to use your personality types to interact better with your friends, coworkers, and significant others. I’m really enjoying this book and have already learned a lot about myself! This is a great read for me right now because I can read a chapter, and set it down for a few days without forgetting any story details.

That’s it for today! What book(s) are you currently reading?

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Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Verdict: Buy Borrow Bypass

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

My Thoughts:

What a great story! This book has everything: heroes, villains, magical creatures, time travel, and a quest to save the world. This book is short and pretty plot heavy, which really keeps the story moving forward. I appreciated that while there was science involved, it wasn’t too complicated and L’Engle explains it well. It’s important to remember that this is a middle grade book, meaning the target audience here is about 8-12 years old. I also enjoyed that L’Engle chose to emphasize that the gifts that make us all unique can save the day. Each of the main characters in this story had something helpful to contribute as they tried to save the world, and they were able to help because they were allowed to be themselves.

I found the characters in this book to be very compelling. The three Mrs. Ws are an absolute delight! I enjoyed how they mysteriously guided the children and supported them in their own curious ways. But of all the characters, I found Charles Wallace to be the most unbelievable. Frankly, I find that funny considering all the other characters we meet in this story! Charles Wallace not only has a ridiculous name, but he’s beyond wise and precocious for his years. Given his age, I found his behavior to be absurdly unrealistic. I believe L’Engle wrote him this way for some comedic relief, but even so, his actions and word choice were a bit jarring at times.

I was pleased to see the three children tasked with teaming up to save the day, and that Meg, the only young girl, is our protagonist. Personally, I think she could have been a bit more hands on with the world saving, and I hope the new movie expands her role. I loved that Meg was good at science and math, and enjoyed doing those things and especially enjoyed working together with her father. I would have liked to see a little more of that interaction with her mother, as well. And speaking of her parents, the book does not address how Meg’s father came to be the one on the mission instead of her mother. It’s made clear that they are both scientists and worked together on projects. I’m hopeful that the new movie will expand Meg’s mother’s role and allow the audience to see her more engaged with science.

Wrap Up:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I breezed through it and had a great time, making me wish I’d read this when I was younger! This book was 4 stars for me because of the underlying Christianity message and some of the 1960s gendered stereotypes. I’m eager to see how the new movie adaptation tackles some of these elements. I think this would be a great read aloud with children and a great series to introduce younger readers to science fiction.

This book is…





a quick read

Publisher: Square Fish

Genre: science fiction

Page Count: 256

ISBN: 1250153271

Available here from Book Depository.

Have you read A Wrinkle in Time? What do you think of the new movie adaptation?

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Review: The Mothers by Brit Bennett

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Verdict: Buy Borrow Bypass

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

My Thoughts:

At its heart, The Mothers is a coming of age story for three teens. But it’s about growing up when you’re not sure of yourself, your choices, or what could have happened. This novel does some interesting things with choices and regrets. Decisions that one person makes can have serious ramifications for others, and Bennett does not shy away from exploring these painful moments. Every character in this book is still processing events in their past and learning to live with the reality of their pain.

“Oh girl, we have known littlebit love. That littlebit of honey left in an open jar that traps the sweetness in your mouth long enough to mask your hunger. We have run tongues over teeth to savor that last littlebit as long as we could, and in all our living, nothing has starved us more.”

I found the characters in this book to be very compelling. Through the omnipotent Mothers, we learn so much about almost every character, and I really enjoyed this use of dramatic irony. Bennett does a great job of exploring the ramifications of decisions and its interesting to watch it all play out. It was these moments that felt incredibly real to me. As human beings, we can never truly predict all possible outcomes of our decisions, and sometimes we must learn to live with our actions. And that’s what the characters in The Mothers do. I also enjoyed the changing relationship dynamic between Nadia and Aubrey. Their lives remain parallel for a long time before finally overlapping and it was interesting to see how their friendship changed because of that.

“We see the span of her life unspooling is colorful threads and we chase it, wrapping it around our hands as more tumbles out. She’s her mother’s age now. Double her age. Our age. You’re our mother. We’re climbing inside of you.”

I found Bennett’s use of the Mothers compelling. Throughout this book, there is a group of elderly women from the church who are referred to as the Mothers. And they function as an almost all-knowing Greek chorus. But the title of this book also refers to Nadia, Aubrey, and their own mothers. Through this book’s title, Bennett is establishing a rhythm of life and a comfortable track for these women to follow, which also lends weight to the book’s central themes of decisions and regret.

Wrap Up:

Overall, I loved this book. I flew through it and found myself frequently pausing to appreciate the language better. This book is lyrical at times, and I found the central themes to be relevant to my life, and I’m sure many others. I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy quiet stories about the dynamics and relationships between a set group of people.

This book is…




character driven


Publisher: Riverhead Books

Genre: fiction

Page Count: 288

ISBN: 0399184511

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Have you read The Mothers? Do you think the “what if” can be more powerful than real life?

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Graphic Novel Recommendations

Hi, readers!

I hope the first week of March is treating you well. Spring is starting to, well, spring here in Colorado and it’s been nice to enjoy some outdoor reading time. I’ve also picked up some really great books this week that I’m excited to share with you in the next few weeks!

Today, I’m sharing some graphic novel recommendations with you. Are you a fan? I think graphic novels are a fantastic medium for storytelling and provide a great opportunity for one or two talented people to collaborate on a project. I have five books below that I’ve read and loved and I think you will, too!

Americus by M.K. Reed & Jonathan Hill

This is a great middle grade read about a young boy fighting for his right to read his favorite book series. When conservative locals try to ban his favorite books, Neal works to prevent the ban. This is a great introduction to politics, activism, and the importance of standing up for yourself. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

This is a smart, witty, and surprising young adult fantasy about Nimona, a shapeshifter. Nimona teams up with Lord Ballister Blackheart for some hilariously villainous deeds. Nimona is unpredictable and delightful! I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi & Mattias Ripa (translator)

This is a moving and powerful memoir about a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution. Hauntingly depicted in black and white, this is a unique coming of age story full of grave situations and plenty of love. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This is a heartwarming middle grade story about two friends, Astrid and Nicole, who do everything together, until they take different summer camp classes. Astrid falls in love with roller derby and learns about changing friendships, role models, and being true to yourself. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

This story follows two teens, Rose and Windy, over the course of one summer as they deal with their parents, boys, peer pressure, and more. The illustrations are beautiful and this coming of age story takes realistic themes and presents them for more of a young adult audience. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

That’s it for today! Do you enjoy reading graphic novels? Which ones would you recommend?

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An Introduction to Margaret Atwood

Hi, readers!

A few months ago I published a blog post introducing Jane Austen, which you can read here. I’m finally continuing this series and I’m sharing some Margaret Atwood with you today! Atwood has written many, many novels and short story collections. I’ve only read a few but am hoping to read more this year. Her work tends to blur genres, and she often works within science fiction, fiction, and historical fiction. Atwood is also known for writing about gender, women, and violence against women in powerful ways that call attention to injustices in our world. I really enjoy her work and I know you will, too!

And now, onto Atwood!

Works I’ve Read

*Note: her novels are listed here in alphabetical order

Alias Grace

This was the very first Atwood I ever read! This story is mostly told in flashbacks and memories, making the truth very hazy. I found this book to be remarkable and unique, and Netflix did a fantastic job with its miniseries based on this book. Alias Grace is a fascinating look at how women can support, trick, and ruin one another, all while still catering to the whims of men. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

The Blind Assassin

This book is fascinating as it’s really a story within a story. The Blind Assassin is also told in memories and the truth ultimately comes out in the end. I thought this was an interesting look at the dynamics between two sisters and the means through which they had to survive. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Dancing Girls and Other Stories

This is the first short story collection I’ve read of Atwood’s. Much like her full length work, these stories are eerie, complex, and ominous. While a few stories really stand out, I spent much of my time reading this collection hoping they would be full length works. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The Handmaid’s Tale

If you read any Margaret Atwood, start here. This is a must read for every person. This book is haunting, horrifying, and based on true events. The Handmaid’s Tale is told via diary entries from one Handmaid. You’ll want to throw things while reading this book, which is exactly the point. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

And that’s it for Margaret Atwood! I will update this post in the future as I read more of her works. Have you read any Margaret Atwood? Which one is your favorite?

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