Book Fifteen

My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.

Much like book fourteen, Among the Fair Magnolias was a gift in a book exchange. It is a collection of four novellas set in the mid to late 19th century. They are all fairly the same and equally as campy. I understand that short stories and novellas can’t contain the same amount of plot and character development of a full-length novel, but I struggled to make it through these due to the lack of growth. One in particular addressed the issue of race relations after the Emancipation Proclamation, which is a highly charged subject due to the massacres that still took place, especially in the south, and the struggle for African Americans even in their new found “freedom”. I felt the author did a poor job of exploring the situation, leaning heavily on a stereotypical white naiveté, in my opinion. The only one that remotely held some weight was Tamera Alexander’s To Mend a Dream, where she explores the life of a newly orphaned young lady and her brother as they watch someone else buy their family home. Even still, most of the story is about curtains. The other two stories had little movement in their plots at all. Overall, I was pretty unimpressed with this read.


Goodreads rating: 3.81/5

My rating: 1/5 stars

Days read: February 25-March 1

Recommend: No