Monthly Archives: January 2020

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Mañanaland is a gentle story with an almost dreamlike quality to it. The imagery as well as the division into yesterday, today, and tomorrow are quite lovely and effective. I read it to my 11 and 13 year old boys and the 11-year-old, especially, loved it. I highly recommend it as a family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 4
Pages Read in 2020: 1734
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***This book will be released March 3, 2020***

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Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand

Set during Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor with Clara as his companion, Shroud of Sorrow all the inhabitants of the earth must be saved from the final stage of grief. Occurring right after JFK’s death, the Shroud attempts to bring everyone to acceptance of grief, which would be too late. Including a trip through a wormhole and a planet of clowns, this book is excellent for any Doctor Who fan.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 3
Pages Read in 2020: 1483
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Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley

Scarlett is really long, but in a good way. Even though it is written by someone other than Margaret Mitchell, the author captured the essence of Scarlett O’Hara perfectly. The book follows Scarlett as she meets more of her family in America, goes to Ireland, and finally grows up. I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Gone With the Wind.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 2
Pages Read in 2020: 1224
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The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The tone of The Forest of Enchantments was kind of mystical. The narrative moved very slowly and sometimes really dragged. From pretty much the start the main male character was kind of a jerk, yet the narrator still adored him which was frustrating. The book attempted to be some sort of girl power thing in the end, but it seemed rather contrived. Overall, I liked parts and I disliked other parts. It was really rather a “meh” sort of book.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 1
Pages Read in 2020: 372
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Filed under Fantasy, Reason: LitHub Bingo