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A Week in Review | October 1st -October 6th

a week in review

October has been off to an amazing start. First there has been blogoween, which has been a blast. Them it is getting cooler, the nights are getting longer, and I can now light a bunch of autumn smelling candles and not get laughed at for burning apple scented things in the middle of the summer. Also, my reading this week has done very well. I read more than I thought I would and I started a book I have been wanting to read for the past few months and I have been saving it for October. Without more of a delay, here is my reading week.

Books I Finished

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider

I absolutely adored this Stephen King novel. It was the perfect mixture of the real world and the monsters and paranormal beasts that I look for in one of his books. Not only was the monster interesting and I liked how it was pulled from myths and such, but the characters felt real. I really enjoyed seeing a lot of another character I never thought I would see again. I nearly yelled in joy when that happened. Now, I will say that there is a very, very graphic crime that happens that is really appalling. So if that kind of stuff gets to you it might not be the read for you.

Salem’s Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity by John Goff

Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity

So I was super excited to read this book, I ended up being disappointed. The book was more of a history of who lived in the house and what stores it had been and less about the role it had during the Salem witch trials. While it was interesting I found the name it be a tad bit misleading so it left be just feeling like I missed out on something. If you know nothing about the history of the house and such, this would be a good read for you.

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

I just picked this up and happened to put it on hold as an audiobook at my library and it became available within a day or so. I ended up flying through this novel very quickly since it was under 300 pages, nearly unheard of when dealing with a King novel. I will admit that I am intrigued by this series when I thought I would have absolutely no interest in it. It is very different from what I thought it would be, but I was also not totally in love with it as well. Over all this was an okay read, there really was no horror it was more of a slow burning science fiction. You can easily see that this is a set up book for the series. I found myself enjoying the characters and worlds created here.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

I was so excited to read this since I read The Red Pony and reread Of Mice of Men this year. I really enjoy John Steinbeck’s writing style, it just seems to flow. This is one of the bigger novels of his that I have read and I really enjoyed this novel that spanned multiple generations. I can see why my uncle says it is his favorite book and that I needed to read it.

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born by by Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove, Stephen King

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born

So, right after reading the novel I decided to read the graphic novel adaptation. I guess you would call it an adaptation? If I am wrong please let me know. Anyway, I really liked that the graphic novel is a bit different, well has a different story to tell completely. But, at the same times it isn’t. It is really hard to explain in this little blurb, I think I might just do an entire post comparing them. Any who, I really enjoyed this and it bought the world visually more to life for me and I can picture what happened in the book even more vividly than I could before.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I finally started to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Apart from The Haunting of Hill House, which I LOVE, this is the second most talked about book of Jacksons. So I am very happy to have started this. So far I am really enjoying the feel of this book and I am excited to see where it goes.

Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Cancer

So my aunt gave me this book with no explanation other than saying she wanted to know what I thought about it. So far I think this book is all over the place and VERY stream on consciousness. It is a very weird book, but I am curious to see where it goes because I think it honestly can go in any where.

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A Week in Review | September 23th-30th

a week in review

This month has been a roller coaster of reading. Some weeks I read next to nothing and other weeks I finished  more than one book. I am happy to say that I feel like I am ending this month on a good note. If you want to go through all of the wrap ups for this month I will link them for you to explore.

A Week in Review | September 16th-22ndA Week in Review | September 9th-15th, and A Week in Review | September 1st-8th

Books I Finished

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

This book was so beautiful and yet so heart breaking. I think this is going to be a book I think about from time to time in the future and it may even be one of my favorites from this year. This novel brings you through a very interesting time of history through the eyes of a man and his mother. There were references to WWII, the AIDS epidemic and the stigma that came with it, and much more. I felt raw emotions while reading this and I really cannot recommend it enough. I truly wanted to take the main character in and take care of him.

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

HangsamanShirley Jackson is one of my favorite writers, she wrote one of my all times favorite books, The Haunting of Hill House. This book is very different from that. It follows a young lady that is a very unreliable narrator during her first few months of college. Now I will say I was not blown away by this book and I cannot pin point the exact reason. I don’t know if it was due to the story line not living up to the description or is it just not a great story written. All authors have a book here and there that is not as great as their others. I will admit I did really enjoy the fact I felt that at times I was reading something akin to The Yellow Wallpaper and the atmosphere at times. I also found myself really disliking a character so much I wanted someone to throw an encyclopedia at them, ahem Jenna.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

I found myself enjoying this book for the most part, but I also felt that a lot more could have been done. I am not sure if this is because I was mad at a particular character, I may have yelled a bit, or because I just did not like the insta love so much. I have not read YA in a long time and I think that is part of the reason why I don’t. A lot of YA has a lot of tropes I just am sick of. But, I will say that the over arching or underlying, depending on how you look it, theme is an important one to have seen.

The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember

The Navigator's Touch (The Seafarer's Kiss, #2)

Now, I don’t want to go into too much detail here because I wrote an entire review, REVIEW | The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember. But, I will say that I really enjoyed this retelling that pulled from Norse mythology and Peter Pan. It was unique, had flawed unreliable characters, and the world that Ember created had just the right amount of magic. Also, I want to add that I received this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. DividerI am Still Reading

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider

I have 50 pages left and I need to type this and then go to sleep. So be prepared to see this book cover one more time with my full thoughts. I will say I am loving this book so much more than I thought it would. I loved seeing past characters from King’s other books pop up and the mixture of our world with a little bit other is just great in this one.

 

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A Week in Review | September 16th-22nd

a week in review

This week I surprisingly finished 2 books. I am not sure how I was able to do that with all of the personal things that happened to me this weekend. I did not think I would be able to concentrate on anything or really find time to get on the computer, but it actually really helped me a lot in the few min. here and there that I found I needed to fill up.

Books I Finished

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

I was partially surprised that I liked this novel as much as I did, I also put the second book on hold at my library already. Oops! With all of the hype surrounding this book when it first came out I was a little worried. While, I have always enjoyed Blacks writing, when a book is hyped I always become suspicious. I am happy to say that in my eyes this book deserves the hype. I enjoyed that the character was not “saving the world” like a typical YA politically driven novel. Honestly, I hate when novels are like that now. Might be why I have moved away from reading YA. I also loved the use of myths and other folklore that was used to develop this world. Also, the ending make my head spin, I really came to care for and respect the main character and how human she felt.

A Fierce Glory by Justin Martin

A Fierce Glory: Antietam--The Desperate Battle That Saved Lincoln and Doomed Slavery

This past week I started and finished A Fierce Glory, overall I really liked it. I thought it was a well written and unique way to look at the Battle of Antietam. If you want more information and a full review you can find that here, REVIEW | A Fierce Glory by Justin Martin. I recommend this book to those who want to read more nonfiction because it is not a detailed account of troop movements, it focuses on the people and the big picture.

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

I am officially 74% through this novel and I am heart broken! This book has been such an emotional rollercoaster, I just want to take the main character and protect him from everything. Sadly, I can’t and I need to watch him make life decisions, some I agree with and others I did not and the unplanned happen. There are a few times where I cheered for the by chance things that happened while others I wanted to throw the book. John Boyne has written a great novel and if you are looking for something that is beautifully written and heartfelt I am already recommending this book, just get some tissues if books make you cry.

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

HangsamanShirley Jackson’s Hangsaman has been such a great read, as I have said the past few weeks. Sadly, I did not get a chance to read more of it this week because I really wanted to. Life got in the way, but I really want to know what happens to the main character because of the description I know something will happen to her, but they don’t tell you what! It is like waiting for the shoe to drop and that really is adding to the story in my opinion.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

I only just started this book, but so far I am really enjoying the novel. I really like the family so far and I like the formatting of the book. Also, can we just look at that cover? It is beautiful. Also, I wanted to yell already, why do people have to be so harsh and cruel for no reason at all? Nicola Yoon is great at writing novels that make you feel.

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Under the Dome by Stephen King

Under the Dome

So last week, or a few weeks ago I posted on twitter to ask what Stephen King book I should read and those that voted for the most part picked Under the Dome. I am very excited to get to this novel because I want to watch the adaptation and that fact that I have heard so many great things. I remember when I saw this in the bookstore and I needed to have it. The small little town looking peaceful and strikingly beautiful, while contrasting with the eerie dome over it.

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*A Fierce Glory by Justin Martin was given to myself by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and honest.

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A Week in Review | September 9th-15th

a week in review

This week has been very busy, but for a lot of great reasons. I started a new adventure, a few family celebrations are coming up, and a few other things that took up a lot of my time this week. Even with all that I was able to finish one book this week and I continue to make progress on the other three books I am reading.

Books I Finished

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

The Tommyknockers

Finishing this long novel had me feeling like I conquered something huge. I will openly admit that if I did not have the audiobook I would never have finished this novel. While I love a lot of King’s writing, this one is a bit of a bust for me. I did a bit of researching to see if I was the only one or not, but it seems I am not. I have to admit that this article [link] explains my feelings as well as says my thoughts on this novel very clearly.

It is all over the place, longer than it needs to be by a lot, and just seems to loose the king flair that I enjoy.

I am Still Reading

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

I will say I have read another 100 pages of this novel and it is still hurting my heart, but it so good as well. It is funny to say something is so wonderful when it truly makes your heart ache. Also, that fact that it can affect me so emotionally is a true testament to this novel. I don’t find myself to be this affect by books often. I will be continuing to read this novel and I hope to give you all a small review soon.

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

HangsamanShirley Jackson’s Hangsaman has been such a great read, this novel is different than the others I have read by her. But, because it is different and still wonderful it truly is a testament to her writing and story telling ability. I also really enjoy that the setting, at least up until about 50% into the book, is a college/university setting.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

This week I have finally picked up The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. At this time I am about 41% through the novel and I have really been enjoying it. I am really enjoying the political and social structure of this novel and I find that I really enjoy the main character. Normally with these types of novels I find the main characters annoying, but I find I can relate on some level as well as see that her motivation is more realistic in a sense.

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

I was lucky enough to meet Nicola Yoon at bookcon this past year. Since then I have been wanting to read The Sun is Also a Star. A long time ago I remember hearing about this story, two young people meeting and having a budding friendship or more. Sadly, one is being deported. I found just that part of the description really intriguing because I can only imagine the impact of finding someone and then having them ripped away. Let alone, the stress of leaving a county, not because they want to, with your entire family when that is all that you know.

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A Week in Review | September 1st-8th

a week in review

This week I did not finish a single book, but I did do a great deal of reading. I started three different books, two are buddy reads so I will be reading those all month long. The last one I plan on finishing early next week. Anyway, even though I didn’t finish any books, but I did read a total of 607 pages.

I am Still Reading

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

I have been wanting to read this for about a year and I am so glad that I started reading it. So many people have told me that they have really enjoyed this novel, but it is heart breaking. Even though I am only 150 pages in, I can already see what they all mean. I am loving it so much, but it really and truly hurts my heart. I am looking forward to see where this story is going and to see if my predictions come true.

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

The Tommyknockers

This book has been on my owned TBR shelf the longest of all of my books for a few reasons. The first being that it is one of the largest I have yet to read by Stephen King. The second reason being I was kinda on the fence if I would like it. The description of this novel leaves me intrigued, but I was not really drawn to read it right away. Now that I am 400 pages into it, I can safely say that I am enjoying it and I wish I did not put it off this long. I still have hundreds of pages left, but I do see myself continuing to enjoy it.

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

Hangsaman

I am about a fourth of the way through this novel and so far I am really enjoying it. I only picked this up recently, with about 4 other works by her. I just love her work. So far this is not letting me down in any shape, way, or form. I am enjoying her plot and I can’t wait to read even more. Also, may I add that I love the covers of Penguin Modern Classics?

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

I recently received this audiobook from my Library after being on hold since it released earlier in the year. I have about another week and a half to listen to it before it returns itself so I want to get to it ASAP, but I wanted to finish The Tommyknockers first. I am really looking forward to reading another book by Holly Black. I have enjoyed her writing very much in the past and I don’t see how this one could be any different. Fingers crossed!

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Wrap Up | #NEWTsReadathon2018

NEWTs

The NEWTs Examinations are complete! What happened to the month of August? I feel like it flew by. I sat for so many exams and read as much as I could. I have to admit I did not read all of my TBR, which you can find here TBR| N.E.W.T.s Readathon 2018, but I did read quite a lot so that is a win in my book.

Overall I loved this readathon and would not hesitate to participate in it again in the future. It was a lot of fun and was challenging at the same time. I give a lot of credit to Book Roast who came up with the OWLs and NEWTs readathons. You can tell she put in a lot of time and effort into creating them and making them fun for all. Anyway, here are the details and my wrap up for the NEWTs!

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NEWTs I Was Eligible to Take

Potions – Attempted – Grade: O

Charms – Attempted – Grade: E

Arithmancy – Not Attempted

Herbology – Attempted – Grade: E

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  • Must have O in one subject – DONE!
  • Must pass at least 2 examinations – DONE!

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Books I Read

 

The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson

5stars

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

2stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

2stars

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

5stars

Night Shift by Stephen King

3stars

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

3stars

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

4stars

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood

My full review:REVIEW |Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

5stars

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

3stars

Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel

4stars

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#NEWTsReadathon2018 | August 13th – August 19th

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Books I Finished

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

I can finally say I read Strange the Dreamer! I feel like I have been wanting to read this book for so long, I am glad I did. I really ended up enjoying myself while reading it and I plan on getting the next book from the library as soon as it comes out and I can put it on hold. Reading this allowed me to get an O in Potions. Also, can I say, WOW that ending?!

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

So, this book I was not meant to actually finish this week, but I am a bad reading buddy and I was loving the book so much I ended up reading and finishing it a bit too early. I know that my reading buddies do not mind and are really enjoying it too. If you like magical realism type books I recommend this. It is a lovely book, it was cute and had great characters. Finishing this allowed me to get an A in Herbology.

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I am Still ReadingToil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Tess Sharpe

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

So I am currently reading Toil and Trouble and I am LOVING these short stories. Right now I am about 60% through and they are all so varied and unique from one another. When I finish this collection it will earn me an A in charms. When I am done I will share a full review with all of you.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

I have been wanting to pick up this book so much for the past month so I am going to be picking this up sometime this week. Doesn’t that cover just look magical? I think it is perfect for this readathon. When I finish this one it will give me an A in Arithmancy 

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

This upcoming week I want to pick up Fresh Ink, I think it will be perfect to pick up at the end of the day and read one or two short stories. This will work for an E in Charms. 

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#NEWTsReadathon2018 | August 6th – August 12th

NEWTs

Books I Finished

Night Shift by Stephen King

Night Shift

This is a short story collection by Stephen King, I read this to complete an E in potions. Some of the stories I loved, and some were just okay, but over all I really enjoyed it. Even though Stephen King is known for writing monstrously long books, I do find he does very well with short stories and I find them a good way to get a good sampling of this work.

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Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Tess Sharpe

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Since I am horrible about sticking to my TBR, I have decided to read this eArc to fulfill my requirement to read a book with magic in it to achieve an A in charms. I at this point in time I have read 6 of the short stories and I loved each of them even though they were so different from one another.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

If you read my recent post, Lists | Un-listened to Audiobooks, you will know that I have quite a few audiobooks I need to get through. Strange the Dreamer is once of them. So I decided to listen to it so I can get an O in Potions. At this point I am a little over an hour into it, not too far, but I am enjoying it.

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Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Next I want to pick up Fresh Ink, I am so excited to read these short stories since there are quite a few authors in here that I truly enjoy their work. This will work for an E in Charms. 

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#NEWTsReadathon2018 Week 1 | July 30th – August 5th

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Books I Finished

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962

4stars

Sadly, this does not count towards the NEWTs because I finished it on the 30th. This is the third and the final installment in the trilogy written on former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Over all I felt like I enjoyed Volume 1 and 3 the most. I enjoyed all three, but there was something about reading about her early and late life where she seemed more herself then being a side player to events. If you are interested in this former first lady I would highly recommend this trilogy. They can be read out of order if you prefer a particular time period as well, a nice little bonus.

The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson

The Missing Girl

5stars

This counts as an A for Muggle Studies because it is a book by one of my favorite authors. Once again Shirley Jackson has blown me away with this collection of short stories. Her writing is beautiful and very engaging. Her stories always end up being so much better and have so much more to them then you would originally think.

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

The Diary of a Bookseller

2stars

This book meets the requirement for E score on Muggle Studies woohoo! So when I picked up this book I was sure it would be more along the lines of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jennifer Campbell, which I loved! This on the other hand was dull and mundane. It was more of  what the owned did and the daily workings of a bookshop and not really to much about the interactions with the customers. While I can see why some people would like this book, it was not what I expected at all and was left a bit disappointed. 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

2stars

Finishing this book counts as an O in Muggle Studies! Compared to the rest of the series, I felt like this was filled with too much drama for the sake of plot instead of drama happening because of the plot. It left me not really being invested or caring much about what happened to the characters because I kept saying to myself, “eh, this again it will workout for the most part”. I truly loved and enjoyed book 1 and 2 in this series so I am hoping this is just a dump in the road and I will be picking up the novella from the library at some point in the future.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper

5stars

This book counts as an A in Potions. I read this short story back in college and I loved it back then. This short story really makes you think and it holds up when reread. There is so much imagery in this short story, it is just beautiful and it also makes you super angry in all the right kind of way.Divider

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Night Shift by Stephen King

Night Shift

So far I am enjoying this collection of short stories. At this point I am nearly 100 pages in so I am happy with my progress. I am aiming to have this done by Tuesday of next week, fingers crossed!

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Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

Close Enough to Touch

This book I picked up on sale with never having heard about it before. The description had me right away with the words librarian, 10 years of solitude, and a touch could kill. Sounds like something that could be very interesting and enjoyable.

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A Week in Review | July 23rd – July 29th

a week in review

This week I read a lot less than I have last week, but I am still very happy.  I read two books in full and one was a 5 star read. So I think overall, this week was a reading win.

Books I Finished

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

5stars

So I ended up loving this book even though it is very different from the movie I love. I didn’t think I would react well to there being a difference, but it was nice. It kinda felt like the characters were maybe a different generation or something, it is kinda hard to explain. Either way, this is a lovely story of family, magic, and secrets.

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Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust

 

I am still reading this eArc. I am enjoying it quite a bit, but it is so heart wrenching! I am happily reading away with some raw emotions.

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962

by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962

This is the third and final installment of the Eleanor Roosevelt trilogy I have been reading for the past year. I am excited to get to this stage in her life and I am looking forward to seeing how she is portrayed and what Cook focuses on.

“This is a sympathetic but unblinking portrait of a marriage and of a woman whose passion and commitment has inspired generations of Americans to seek a decent future for all people. Modest and self-deprecating, a moral force in a turbulent world, Eleanor Roosevelt was unique.” – goodreads.com

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