I’ve never formally written any mini reviews on the blog before, mostly because I tend to review almost everything I read and concerning the books I choose not to, it’s either because I haven’t much to say or frankly, I’m just not in the mood to write one. This month was one of those rare occasions where I read and decide not to review more than one book. Since I planned to include something about each in my monthly wrap-up post, I thought I’d try my hand at a couple of mini reviews instead. One reason is that, unless you read my monthly wrap-up posts, you may not even notice I’ve read these books and I’d like the opportunity to share my thoughts with those who may not read them. Not sure if I’ll make a habit of these mini reviews, but it’s a nice option to have. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
I have a weird relationship with anthologies. On one hand, I love the idea of a collection of short stories by various authors, linked together by a common theme, but on the other, I never know how to approach reading one. Do I pause between stories? How many is too many to read in a day? Can I truly appreciate each story individually if I’m trying to read an entire anthology in only a few days? The last anthology I read was Slasher Girls & Monster Boys and I confess, I did find myself comparing A Tyranny of Petticoats to it. While I really appreciated how diverse A Tyranny of Petticoats was, not many of the stories stayed with me. My favorite was Leslye Walton’s El Destinos, which imagines the Fates being reincarnated as young Mexican-American girls. Their story takes place a few years after the annexation of Texas and has that beautiful whimsical feel I’ve come to expect from the author. I’m a huge fan of Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and this short story once again exhibits what a phenomenal writer she is. Quote above is taken from her short story.
I picked up Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson because I was curious about it, having heard many good things and I wanted to dip into historical fiction more (still do, recommendations are always welcome!). It took forever for me to finally get my hands on a library copy. For such a popular book, there’s only one copy available in the entire library county system my library is a part of. I initially planned to read this book over a three-day span, but didn’t realize just how deep I’d fall into it (I ended up finishing it in a day). It’s been a while since I read a book whose main focus is romance and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Edenbrooke is full of swoon-worthy moments any hopeless romantic would sigh over. My only complaint is that I was sometimes frustrated by the naiveté of the protagonist Marianne.