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Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

“We sat under the tall limbs tree that day, with no idea these were the last days of paradise.”

Genre:Historical Fiction – US / African History 

Number of Pages: 480

Date of Publication: 28 April 2022

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A beautifully written, heartbreaking story

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.

💭THOUGHTS💭  

When this came up as a Blog Tour I decided to go for it as it was something a bit different to what I would usually read. The cover drew me in too, with it’s bold colours. I am so glad that I got accepted onto the tour because I absolutely loved the story. It was a strange one because it was so heartbreaking, yet you just wanted to keep on reading. It was so well told and it will stay with me for a long time. 

The writing was amazing. It was gripping, informative and unforgettable. The way that the two characters lived in different ages, yet were treated the same, was definitely an eye opener. I loved how well the story weaved together and how the story was gradually built.

The points of view of the characters was cleverly written in that at the beginning you really felt the innocence and confusion of the main character, who was just a child. As he grew so his outlook and point of view changed and hardened. With the other character, you got less of the innocence, but there was still sadness and childhood emotion there. 

Going on to the chapters they were fairly long and every so often would change character and time period. You got good chunks of each time period which gave suspense to the story because just as you were getting into the story you were moved on to the next time period. This made me want to keep on reading to see what eventually happened.

There were two main parts to the story with then the chapters which were clearly named and had dates so you always knew where you were. The story never dragged and there was an excellent pace to it.

The characters were great. It was interesting to see how their similar experiences affected them in later life. No other character was able to understand what they had gone through. The whole story was on a sensitive topic that has definitely opened my eyes up to a period of history that I wasn’t overly familiar with, plus issues that some people have to deal with in their day to day lives even in this age. 

Lastly the settings. The house with the attic was an excellent backdrop. The settings were described throughout, but the main focus was on character thoughts, feelings and actions. You could really feel the characters pain through the storytelling and so you didn’t need a lot of extra details. 

Overall I loved this story. It was beautifully written and whilst it broke my heart the epilogue gave me closure. I highly recommend reading this book!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Book Review – The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The perfect couple…or the perfect lie?

A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.

After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.

But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?”

Fast Forward To Today:

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads

“Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.”

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.”

As you can see I have moved on from Thriller to Chick Lit/Mystery and Historical Fiction. There is an element of mystery in all of them though so my current reads aren’t too far from what I was reading last year!

I remember that I bought The Perfect Couple with some of my birthday money – a whole 99p! Finlay Donovan Is Killing It was a Mother’s Day present and The Attic Child is a Blog Tour Book.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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Wednesday Night Reading

My little evening reading updates are back! I’ve had a few late, late nights which have resulted in me going to sleep straight after reading!

This evening I’ve had a good couple of hours and have focussed on two books; Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano and The Attic Child by Lola Jaye.

I read a couple of chapters of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It whilst wearing one of those sheet face mask thingys. I like to make the most of my reading times and having one of those on certainly adds something to the evening! I therefore didn’t spend a lot of time on reading this book (the facemask said to wear for 15 minutes but I left it on for 20 as I wanted to finish the chapter I was reading!) as The Attic Child is my next Blog Tour book which I need to finish. I am slightly panicking about it, but I do have until 17th (well 16th really as I like to finalise the review the night before!) so there is still plenty of time.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Tomorrow it is Time Travel Thursday and as I have finished a couple of books I have reviews coming out!

✨Time Travel Thursday is a weekly meme that I host so feel free to join in and add your links to your post in the comments section!✨

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – New To Me Books

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is New To Me Books. I am lucky enough to paticipate in Blog Tours for books that have recently been published or are soon to be published, so I have decided to pick 5 of those that have recently been published and that I have reviewed (and rated 5 star):

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Mirror Game by Guy Gardner Published 28 January 2022

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey Published 1 March 2022

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Sparks and Shadow by Ceara Nobles Published 4 March 2022

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Shadow Flicker by Gregory Bastianelli Published 29 March 2022

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Welcome To Your Life by Bethany Rutter Published 31 March 2022

What books are new to you?

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WWW Wednesday!

It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

What I am currently reading:

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moments, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from award-winning Elle Cosimano.”

I am still only halfway through this book. I have too many other books to get through to go any faster, but the main thing is that I get to enjoy a bit of it every evening!

Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin

Book Description From Goodreads:

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson.

I am nearly halfway through this one and am really enjoying it. It is a nice light read and I look forward to reading it each day.

Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan

Book Description From Goodreads:

They haven’t spoken for 12 years.

Can they fall in love in 12 days?

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?

I have only read a couple of chapters, but I am enjoying it. I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 13 May so keep an eye out for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

What I have finished reading:

Book Review – Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto – #bookreview #romcom (click for my book review)

What I am reading next:

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

Book Description From Goodreads:

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.”

I am on the Blog Tour on 17 May for this book, so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Happy WWW Wednesday!

What are your 3 W’s

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Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Moonlight and The Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook

“Eliza has never seen a land that looks so very much like blood. From the deck of the steamer it glistens, stretching wide in a lazy, sun-blurred smear.”

Genre: Historical Fiction

Number of Pages: 304

Date of Publication: 3 March 2022

Publisher: Mantle / Pan Macmillan

Rated: 4/5

My Review Summary: A great historical fiction mystery.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

For readers of The Light Between Oceans and The Island of Sea Women, a feminist adventure story set against the backdrop of the dangerous pearl diving industry in 19th-century Western Australia, about a young English woman who sets off to uncover the truth about the disappearance of her eccentric father.

Western Australia, 1886. After months at sea, a slow boat makes its passage from London to the shores of Bannin Bay. From the deck, young Eliza Brightwell and her family eye their strange, new home. Here is an unforgiving land where fortune sits patiently at the bottom of the ocean, waiting to be claimed by those brave enough to venture into its depths. An ocean where pearl shells bloom to the size of soup plates, where men are coaxed into unthinkable places and unspeakable acts by the promise of unimaginable riches.

Ten years later, the pearl-diving boat captained by Eliza’s eccentric father returns after months at sea—without Eliza’s father on it. Whispers from townsfolk point to mutiny or murder. Headstrong Eliza knows it’s up to her to discover who, or what, is really responsible.

As she searches for the truth, Eliza discovers that beneath the glamorous veneer of the pearling industry, lies a dark underbelly of sweltering, stinking decay. The sun-scorched streets of Bannin Bay, a place she once thought she knew so well, are teeming with corruption, prejudice, and blackmail. Just how far is Eliza willing to push herself in order to solve the mystery of her missing father? And what family secrets will come to haunt her along the way?

A transporting feminist adventure story based on Lizzie Pook’s deep research into the pearling industry and the era of British colonial rule in Australia, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is ultimately about the lengths one woman will travel to save her family.

💭THOUGHTS💭 

I love a mystery and have recently enjoyed some historical fiction books, so with both of those boxes ticked I thought that this would be a good book to sign up for! In addition to that the inspiration came from events in Australian history that I knew nothing about, so that added to the intrigue. I was not disappointed!

The writing was interesting with lots of different bits being added in throughout the story. When reading them, they seem to be random, but as you get through the story you start to realise their relevance. It was very cleverly done and made for a great story. I did not see the end coming!

Right away the story opens with mysterious and detailed language which draws you in. The story follows the main character Eliza and it was clear by the language used that she was not entirely happy with being in Australia. The description of places were often harsh and uninviting and made you wonder why anybody lived there! It was a clever technique to get the tone of the story across. 

The chapters at the beginning were dated and had place names. This then disappeared as you got into the swing of the story. Each chapter had a picture of a pearl in a shell at the top which was quite nice. 

The chapters were fairly short, with longer chapters being clearly split. You then had a couple of very short (2 pages long), italic chapters detailing a man on the run from the police. There were also diary entries dotted around which made for interesting reading and their relevance didn’t come to light until later in the book. The short chapter technique with lots of bits being dropped in kept my interest and gave a good pace to the story. The detail was excellent and I enjoyed the harsh words used to describe the places that Eliza found herself in/surrounded by. 

What I also quite enjoyed was the main character reminiscing about the past. It was a great tool to use to gradually build up a picture of the main character’s past and also made us question the people around her. There were lots of clues and mysteries scattered around the book that were cleverly tied together at the end. 

The characters were excellent. There were some harsh characters that really highlighted what a terrible place Eliza had been forced to come to. I loved the fact that Eliza was a strong female and she was the one who managed to solve the mystery. She was brave and focussed throughout, and using her past experiences she was able to get the end result that she wanted. 

Lastly the settings. The description used was excellent. The words were well chosen and really gave a sense of displeasure at having to live in Australia. There was a good balance of setting and character description. You could get a good sense of where the character was without it being too overbearing and taking your attention away from the story. 

Overall an enjoyable story and one that I would recommend to mystery/historical fiction fans. 

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Book Places

Books can transport us anywhere and not just to one place. In my February monthly wrap up I named the main places where my books took me, but what about all those places in-between? This ad hoc post is all about highlighting those little places.

I am currently reading Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook and I am in a Pearler’s shed in Bannin Bay in Australia, full of what appears to be illegally sourced Pearls and tools which are used to punish divers. The owner of the shed has just come in and found the main character…

Based on what you are currently reading where are you?

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Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Book Description From Goodreads:

“.. Rue Morgue” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in “Graham’s Magazine” in 1841. It has been recognized as the first modern detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his tales of “ratiocination,” his concept of analyzing a fictional crime to find the resolution. Brand new idea in its day.

Poe’s amateur detective, C. Auguste Dupin, takes an interest in the murder in Paris of two women. It was terribly brutal but difficult to categorize; there appeared to be no robbery or sexual assault, no obvious reason for the crimes. The newspapers carried sensational headlines. Dupin gets involved because the man arrested for the crimes, Monsieur Le Bon, had previously done him a favour. It becomes a challenge to Dupin.

Get set for a step back in the history of detective fiction that leaves the impression that it was written just a short while ago.”

My review from Goodreads:

I read this as part of a Future Learn course. It is seen as the original murder mystery story with the super intelligent detective. Whilst it is a short story it kept my interest with little bits of information being added throughout. It has a Holmes, Watson vibe, however the ‘answer’ at the end is surprising and not something that I would expect from a modern day murder mystery. It was interesting to read a murder mystery written by an early 19th Century author.

Rated 4/5

Fast Forward To Today:

A Gallery of Mothers by J S Latshaw

I was asked by the Author to read this second book in the series. I am enjoying it so far!

Crow Court by Andy Charman (click for Goodreads)

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 1 March 2022 so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

As you can see very different genres. From Classic Murder Mystery to Fantasy/Dystopian and Historical Fiction! I have enjoyed reading a wide range of genres since starting my blog back in June last year.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?

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Book Review – The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner


📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them – setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course. 

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman. Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.

One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose – selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.

In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate – and not everyone will survive.

💭THOUGHTS💭

I had seen this book around and decided to try it for myself. There seemed to be a lot of positive reviews so I was quite excited to get started! 

I really enjoyed this book. I was gripped from the beginning. The writing style was easy to read and yet interesting in the way that you hopped from past to present. Sometimes jumping back and forth can be a bit of a problem, but this was seamlessly done without much effort from myself as the reader. 

The chapters were fairly long so you got a good chunk of each part of the story before you were transported to the other time. I liked this as you could really get immersed in what was happening before swapping to the other time and story. 

I liked the characters and despite the fact that the apothecary was an accessory to many murders you could feel her pain and understand her reasoning. It was quite a sad and emotional story at times. 

I loved the relationship between Nella and Eliza. That was really heartwarming. The relationship between Caroline and Gaynor was also lovely. The relationship between Caroline and her husband wasn’t the best and really emphasised that some things don’t change over 200 years!

I loved the time period chosen seeing as it isn’t a time period that I’m overly familiar with, so it was nice to experience that. I also enjoyed the setting. It was nice to read about a place fairly local to me (well an hour’s ride away!) as again a lot of the books I have read recently aren’t set near me. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to those of you who like historical fiction.

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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Time Travel Thursday

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It’s Time Travel Thursday again! For my second post I looked back to November 2020 and found that I was on the same book as last week, so for this week I have travelled all the way back to 2019…

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The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE. But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive. Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further. Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to resurface, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power.”

My Review On Goodreads:

I have read a few Kate Mosse novels before and enjoyed them, so I decided to try this new series. It was well written with never a dull moment. Questions were left unanswered so I will have to wait for the next book! I loved the main characters and the descriptions of their lives. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series where hopefully some questions will be answered.

Rated 5/5

Fast Forward to today 10 November 2021:

The Threat Below by J S Latshaw

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Three hundred years ago, something terrifying arose and pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Now, a small remnant – the descendants of the few survivors who were able to escape the massacre below – lives above the clouds, on the top of a Mountain.

When they discover that their water supply is being poisoned Down Below, an expedition, including seventeen year-old girl Icelyn Brathius, must descend and face the monsters, the Threat Below, that wiped out civilization centuries ago.

Icelyn quickly learns that all is not what it seems as she uncovers secrets hundreds of years old and struggles to stay alive in a world where no human is fit to survive.”

The Lottery And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. “Power and haunting,” and “nights of unrest” were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, unites “The Lottery:” with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson’s remarkable range–from the hilarious to the truly horrible–and power as a storyteller.”

As you can see there is a bit of a difference from Historical Fiction in 2019 to Fantasy and Fiction Short Stories in 2021. I have to admit that I am enjoying The Threat Below but I am struggling a bit with The Lottery and Other Stories. Just as I start to get into a story by Shirley Jackson it ends and I am just left wondering what happened. I am honestly thinking about giving up on it.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?

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