The Little Village of Book Lovers
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
I love books and France, so reading about either of those is usually a joy. This drew me to the new Nina George novel, The Little Village of Book Lovers, a companion piece to her bestseller, The Little Paris Bookshop. I haven’t read that earlier book, but this new publication works as a standalone.  Special ..read more
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Maddalena and the Dark
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
A new book I was greatly looking forward to this month was Maddalena and the Dark by Julia Fine. Set in Venice in 1717, it follows two teenage girls attending the Ospedale della Pietà, learning to play their instruments and even get training from Antonio Vivaldi. But there's also a dark magic lurking in the ..read more
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The Betrayals
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
Three years ago, I read and absolutely loved The Binding by Bridget Collins. It is one of my all-time favorite books. So I was excited when the author's second adult novel, The Betrayals, was announced. Though I've had it for the past year, I'm only now finally getting to it as part of my Dark ..read more
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White Cat, Black Dog
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
Are you ever compelled to read a book simply by its name alone? That was the case for me when I came across White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link. This collection of seven short stories reimagines French lore, Scottish ballads, and the Brothers Grimm, making each classic tale fresh and utterly original. Special thanks ..read more
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Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
Today a sweet new book by Roselle Lim hits the shelves: Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club. It follows a matchmaker who's just starting her career, and her first clients happen to be a group of elderly bachelors called the Old Ducks. As Sophie Go helps these men find love, she also learns how to stand ..read more
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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
In late 2020, I read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. It was part of a book club I was in, and all of us loved the novel. So I was excited to learn of his newest novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, and even more thrilled when I was approved ..read more
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The Scent of Burnt Flowers
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
Earlier this year, I was enchanted by the cover of Blitz Bazawule's debut novel, The Scent of Burnt Flowers. The summary was similarly intriguing, so I requested it on NetGalley. I was thrilled when I was approved for an advanced copy of the book. The Scent of Burnt Flowers is out now, and if you ..read more
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Trespass
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
Recently, Silvia Moreno-Garcia announced that she would have a short story in a new Amazon Original Stories collection called Trespass. I decided to get the whole collection - not only would I get to enjoy one of my favorite authors, I would also get to discover some new ones. I opted for the audiobook version ..read more
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Woman of Light
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
Only a couple of weeks ago I was perusing NetGalley when I saw a new book that wasn't yet available: Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. It immediately captured my interest, so I indicated my hope that it would be made available soon. Shortly after, I was surprised and elated when NetGalley had not only ..read more
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The Kingdom of Back
Amanda's Book Corner » Magical Realism
by Amanda
1y ago
It was March 2020 when I became enchanted by The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. Book of the Month offered it as one of their add-on selections that month, and although it hadn't previously been on my radar, it immediately went right into my box. Finally, just after reading another book about Mozart (The ..read more
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