Welcome to another installment of my mini-reviews. I have five to share with you today so let’s jump right in:
The Chilbury Ladies‘ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
This is a charming novel that is a slice of life novel depicting life in a small British village during World War II. I’ll admit that I read most of this in one day, but it was such a charming novel and I loved each of the quirky characters that are introduced in this novel. 4/5 Stars.
I Wad Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison
This was another re-read for me, because the last time I read it was in 2012. This is a fictional diary told from the perspective of Jane Austen’s cousin Jenny (although in the author’s note we find out her name was also Jane) and follows their lives after they are rescued from a horrible boarding school. We also follow Jenny as she meets several young men that seem to fancy her. There’s a cute romance and of course we follow her, Jane Austen, and the rest of the Austen clan through a series of events. 3/5 Stars.
Girls Like Me by Lola St Vil
I’ll admit that I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, but I really enjoyed it, especially since it was told in verse. It was a good romance, funny in some parts and hard hitting in other. It covers a lot of different topics, such as coping with the death of a parent and grief, also bullying. Shay is a relatable character to those of us who are plus-sized, and I liked how things ended for her. There were a couple of things that I didn’t like, but it was still a good book which deserves to be read by more people. 3.5/5 Stars.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
I really enjoyed the movies when I watched them for the first time last year, I’ve been meaning to at least pick up the first book in the series to at least try it, and I’m glad I finally did. While I enjoyed it, I wasn’t quite prepared for how different it was from the movie! There were some elements that were the same, however it was still very different..and a little bit of a let down. But I did like it enough to go ahead and try and read the second book in the series. 3/5 Stars.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
A childhood classic that I always enjoy reading. I feel like every time I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I notice more of the allegorical elements. It’s always a great reminder of the death and resurrection of Christ and how He did it even though we are wholly undeserving of it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of The Chronicles of Narnia soon! 5/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.