What I Read This Week: November 29, 2020

*A note about my weekly updates. These are the books I finished this week. It doesn’t mean I started and finished it in the same week, although most I have. You’ll see some books on my Currently Reading list for a few weeks in a row.

The Chocolate Box by Isabella May

Contemporary/women’s fiction

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Advanced copy from Rachel’s Random Resources, published November 4, 2020 This is a revenge story, about a woman who is obsessed with two siblings who treated her poorly in school. There is a magical component that’s fun, but I wish it had showed up much sooner in the story. Overall it was a confusing reading experience but it kept me engaged, wanting to find out what happened. I’d recommend it for readers of magical realism and women’s fiction.

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

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I raved about this one in Friday’s post, and you’ll be hearing more about the series in the weeks to come!  A group of young women have been abductetd by aliens and are thrown together in the space ship’s cargo hold. When the ship has engine trouble, the cargo is dumped on a remote planet. I don’t want to give away any more of the plot because Yes, it’s super bizarre but once I stopped thinking about it too much, it was an enjoyable story. The overall tone is one of positivity, love, and kindness. I’ve already moved on to the next in the series! I recommend this series for readers of sci-fi and romance.

Going Short: An introduction to flash fiction by Nancy Stohlman

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This is a short, concise guide to writing flash fiction. It wasn’t as instructional as I’d hoped, and didn’t have many examples. It’s an overview of what flash fiction is and how to tackle it. I recommend this one for writers who are new to writing flash pieces.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Classic literature/memoir

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I read this for the Country Bookshelf Reading Challenge category of a book published posthumously. This has been on my To Read List for years.This wasn’t my first Hemingway, and I always appreciate his writing more once I’ve finished. This book is his memoir of his years living in Paris in the 1920’s. The edition I read is a reformatted version of the one initially published, which had been highly edited after his death. This one is his original manuscript as it was at the time of his death. Since it’s not exactly finished, it was tough to follow in spots. Overall I enjoyed learning about his life as a young man, and my favorite chapters were the ones about his friendship with Scott Fitzgerald. I recommend this one for Hemingway fans as well as readers of historical non-fiction.

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