Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern – 4 stars I read this for my 19th-century American lit class and loved it. It’s a partially autobiographical novel about a widow who becomes a journalist to support her children. I always love an independent woman!
Olive by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik – 3 stars This was for my Victorian women novelists independent study. It was interesting to see a main character with what appears to be scoliosis in a classic book, and there was also a mixed race character. It had some great moments, but also several boring parts.
Malice by Heather Walter – 4 stars I received an ARC of this “Sleeping Beauty” retelling, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait for the sequel. Full Review
Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers by Lauren Burke, Hannah K. Chapman, and Kaley Bales – 4 stars This is another ARC that I enjoyed. The book covers the biographies of eighteen classic women writers, some of whom I knew and some of whom I didn’t. And for each one, there is a short comic. I hope they’ll turn this into a series! Full Review
Fruits Basket Another vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya – 3.5 stars I loved being back in the Fruits Basket world, but this volume left me a bit confused and wanting more. Still, it was a ton of fun! Full Review
Moths by Ouida – 4 stars This was another for my independent study, and it’s probably one of my favorites of the semester. It critiques the extravagance and immorality of high society while still managing to be a great deal of fun. Lady Dolly is such a deplorable character, but I loved reading about her!
Fruits Basket Another vol. 2 by Natsuki Takaya – 3.5 stars I felt the same way about this volume as I did the first. Fun, but I wanted more from the characters. It’s definitely moving more toward that though with the main character’s backstory. Full Review
Fruits Basket Another vol. 3 by Natsuki Takaya – 4 stars Things really picked up with this volume. Everything was explained, and Takaya, as usual, broke my heart into a million pieces. I was sad this is the last volume. I would have liked to read more.
The Heavenly Twins by Sarah Grand – 3 stars This was the final book for my independent study. It had it’s moments (there’s a great cross dressing part that I thoroughly enjoyed), but mostly it’s just preachy and way too long.