Book Twenty Two

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.

This is the second novel in the Outlander series, recommended to me by my dear friend Donna. Dragonfly in Amber details, among other things, Jamie and Claire’s time spent in Paris and follows them to the 1745 battle of Colloden. Diana Gabaldon has done such an incredible job creating characters that fit within this time period. I won’t give you all the plot details (which, at 750 pages, there are quite a few), but the nuances that she includes that create such a detailed setting (Claire’s experiences in medicine, how the culture handles certain situations like miscarriage and abortion, etc) is fascinating to me. Scotland is already on my list of places to see, but it keeps moving closer to the top of my list as I read this series. I love history so jumping in this long journey with these characters has been incredible and enlightening. The text itself is challenging; I am constantly looking up word meanings because Gabaldon has done such a great job using colloquial terms from that time period. I tell myself, “just one more page” and before I know it I’m chapters in and it’s midnight. I’m sure Donna is tired of me texting her with every plot twist, but I’m loving this series. Dragonfly in Amber ended with a resounding, “Wait, WHAT?!” and I cannot wait to start the third in the series. Fun fact – this was initially published 26 years ago and Gabaldon is still writing for this series. What?! They are just that good.


Goodreads rating: 4.32/5

My rating: 4/5 stars

Days read: April 8-25

Recommend: I recommend this whole series