I decided to kick off January with a few re-reads, both The Silkworm and the first three books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. This month was a 50/50 split between fiction and YA, let’s do this thing.
- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith // Silkworm was very happy a re-read for me as it is penned by my second mom, J.K. Rowling aka Robert Galbraith. I love the Cormoran Strike novels (three so far, more on the way) and would highly recommend them to mystery fans, fictions fans or just anyone who appreciates fantastic writing. J.K. is a literary genius and everything she writes is pure magic. 5 out of 5 stars.
- Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney // LBTAW was in my most recent Book of the Month box and I LOVED IT. It was light while still keeping a great pace and it flipped back and forth between present day and the 1930s. The plot revolves around Lillian Boxfish, a poet and copywriter for Macy’s in the 30s. She bounces the narration back and forth between her current life as an older woman and her youth in Manhattan. I found Lillian to be extremely intelligent, witty and a fierce feminist at a time when that was not the norm. She was an inspiring story to fall into and I could not recommend LBTAW more. 5 out of 5 stars. (PS while Lillian is a fictional character, she is loosely based on Margaret Fishback, a poet and copywriter in the 30s. I loved the use of Margaret’s actual poems throughout the novel so much that I found a used copy on Amazon.)
- The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis // The Dollhouse is another historical fiction that bounces back and forth between the past and present. The plot revolves around two main characters, Darby McLaughlin and Rose. Darby’s story takes place primarily in 1952 and details her time at the Barbizon Hotel for Women in Manhattan as she trains as a secretary. Rose is a journalist in 2016 that starts researching a story about the Barbizon and the women who used to live there. Rose and Darby’s story are interwoven in more ways than one as the novel plays out and while I found the pacing to be slow in the beginning, it finally picked up after the first 100 pages. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket // I first read the ASOUE books as a child and fell in love with Violet Baudelaire as one of my young female role models. When Netflix announced the first four books would be turned into an eight episode series, I knew a re-read was in order to fully appreciate the page to screen adaption. (Note: I know there was a movie made a few years ago that combined the first three books but it was so horrible that I choose to believe it never happened.) TBB is the book that started it all and re-reading it made me realize how scary some of the plot points really are for kids. That being said, the books are insanely creative and very fun to read again as an adult. 4 out of 5 stars.
- The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket // TRR is the second installment in ASOUE. Uncle Monty is the children’s guardian and he remains one of my favorite in the series. The visuals of Uncle Monty’s lab and the children’s clever antics remain my favorite parts of the story. 4 out of 5 stars.
- The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket // TWW is the third novel in the ASOUE series. After Monty is poisoned, Aunt Josephine becomes the Baudelaire’s guardian. Josephine is a very timid woman and is very hesitant with the children. While not my favorite book of the series, I still really enjoyed TWW as the whole. 3.5 out of 5 stars.