The Madwoman Upstairs : Bronte sisters’ last ancestor

A coming-of-age, quirky story about the Brontes' last surviving ancestor, and the scavenger hunt her dead father sets for her from beyond the grave.

Finding “Ichy” – Mary Anning and the great Ichtyosaurus

A perfect read for anyone who wants to appreciate a woman's footprint in history, is interested in paleontology and fossils, or just wants a damn good read, Remarkable Creatures is it. I can find no fault in the book. From the beautiful rendition of a period piece, to the conversations, the interweaving of history, to the friendship between Mary and Elizabeth, it's a perfectly written novel.

Suspect Red – Commies and the Red Scare

Well-researched, along with photos, headlines, and historical notes, Suspect Red is a great historical fiction read! Even though it's middle grade, I still enjoyed reading it and learned a bit more about life during the Red Scare. The historical backdrop is woven deftly throughout the story, and at the end, there's a list of resources for further reading.

The Mercies

This book was everything I wanted and more. With the beautifully rendered prose, the gorgeous scenery, the captivating plot, it is one of the better books I've read this year. The tale starts slow then grows into a tempest, bewitching in all aspects.