Friday Reads: The Silence of the Girls

This weekend, I’m reading another book on the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. This is a retelling of The Illiad, told from the perspective of Briseis, one of the women who is forced into slavery during the Trojan War.

 

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Friday Reads: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Although I’m already looking ahead to next weekend’s Deweys 24 Hour Readathon, I’m excited to finish this reading month on a high note, with the second book in the Winternight Trilogy: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden.

 

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Friday Reads: The Far Cry by Emma Smith

My first read for the Persephone Readathon #2 is: The Far Cry by Emma Smith. It’s a coming-of-age novel about a teenaged-girl who is uprooted from her home in England by her father, who takes her to India to avoid his ex-wife gaining custody. Teresa and her father have a complex and awkward relationship, but this colorful and enchanting new country manages to capture her heart and bring her out of her shell.

 

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Friday Reads: Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

Coming Home has been on my TBR for a while now, and I was determined to pick it up as part of my #20BooksofSummer reading. With Tome Topple in full swing, it’s the perfect time to finally dive into this cozy coming-of-age novel.

I’m taking this with me to the river for the long Fourth of July weekend. I’m writing this ahead of time, so hopefully by the time this post is published, I’ll have sped through several chapters while soaking up the sun.

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Friday Reads: Romantic Outlaws and Testament of Youth

This month, I’m participating in two lovely nonfiction read-alongs. I’m reading Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon with Juliana from [the] Blank Garden (and the Tales & Co Goodreads Group); and Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain as part of the #cctestament read-along hosted by Jillian from In Her Books.

Both books are wonderfully written and quite lengthy. I’m hoping to get a lot of reading in over the weekend, so that I can be on track to finish them on time.

 

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Friday Reads: Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart

Happy [Memorial Day/Bank Holiday] Weekend!!

Hope you all have some lovely plans. I’ll be heading to my family’s place at the river, and I’ll be bringing books by two of my favorite authors with me. I always over-estimate the amount of time I’ll have free for reading, but hopefully I can squeeze in some time with The King’s General and My Brother Michael. 

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Friday Reads: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

All the buzz surrounding the recent release of Circe has caught my attention, and I’ve been wanting to give Madeline Miller’s writing a try. When I saw the Kindle deal for her debut, The Song of Achilles, I couldn’t resist any longer. I read the first few pages and was immediately hooked.

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