comMy 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.
I’ve been searching for a new series to disappear into for quite some time, something on the Harry Potter or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children level. My friend Donna dropped this 640 page novel, Outlander, into my hands at the beginning of March when I visited her house. She gave me a quick back story and I knew I’d be hooked. This series is definitely not YA fiction like HP or Miss Peregrine, but it is crammed full of historical references, time travel, and the most intriguing characters. “You’ll want to be Scottish,” Donna said, and she was right. Where is my family tartan?!
In brief, the first novel in this ongoing series by Diana Gabaldon chronicles the time travel of one Claire Randall from 1945 to 1753 on accident. Having returned from a nursing position during WWII to Scotland with her husband, Claire finds herself transported through fairy stones to the tense clan-led period on the cusp of the final Jacobite rising. She adapts, which is phenomenal, and experiences so many twists and turns on her journey that the plot becomes dizzying. I’ve considered writing down the characters and their connections simply to keep them straight, but it’s not quite as complicated and baffling as Game of Thrones, which I cannot keep up with to save my life.
The novel ends with a twist, only stirring interest in what’s to come. Gabaldon mixes so many different genres – fantasy, historical fiction, adventure, romance, mystery – to create complex characters and a thrilling world readers can’t escape. Originally published in 1991, Outlander has 7 subsequent novels and, rumor has it, a nineth installment in the works. And there’s a parallel series created by STARZ chronicling the plot twists of book one. I haven’t watched it yet, but it’s on my list. I cannot wait to get my hands on book two!
Goodreads rating: 4.21/5
My rating: 4/5 stars
Days read: March 12-26
*Officially hit 2 million words for the year with this book!