My Favorite 2016 Read (So far): A Gentleman in Moscow

Special thanks to NetGalley and Viking Publishing for sending me an advanced galley of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 


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Y’all, this book couldn’t have come across my doorstep at a better time.  Just as I was researching for my trip to Eastern Europe and immersing myself in the history of post-World War I socialism and communism, I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Amor Towles’ new novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. And guess what this tome’s plot is about? Why, the Bolsheviks and the house arrest of former aristocrats in post-WWI Russia!

I was sold merely by the title, but did my infatuation continue throughout the story?…

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Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy


charleston-visit-south-carolina-aquariumY’all. Y’ALL.

I finally had my great epic Summer Read, and I have to share.  This book hit me over the head with ALL THE EMOTIONS.  It holds all the features of my ideal story – set in the American South and New York City, an in-depth family saga with both plot heavy and character-driven story arcs, dark mysteries, characters grappling with issues of gender, class, marriage, education, good and evil, religion…it’s all there in this book.  I laughed until my stomach hurt, I ugly-cried, I gasped out loud.

Intrigued? Let’s discuss this tome, The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy 

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