19 JanA little chat and a review 1/52

I was so anxious and nervous to get started on this 52 books challenge.  Anxious because I can’t wait to get started on all those books I’ve been meaning to make time for, and nervous because I wonder if I will honestly be able to read all those books in a year (I do have a toddler and a husband to look after!).  But here we are, week three and book three finished!

I’m still deciding how to go about this.  Do I start by making a list of books I have been wanting to read and just tackle that list?  Should I be spontaneous?  A bit of both?

So my first book this year, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is one that was recommended by a few customers at the bookstore who have similar tastes as mine.

I thought it reminded me a bit of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton which I absolutely adored.

Margaret Lea was raised working in her father’s antiquarian bookshop.  When she was eleven she opened a box and discovered a big secret that her family had been hiding from her.

Vida Winter, an aged, eccentric major author who wrote books the world loved to read, but whom no one really knew anything about, commissioned Margaret to write her life’s story.

It’s this story that had me turning the pages late into the night.  Family secrets, ghosts, libraries, The Thirteenth Tale is a book-lover’s read.  I do recommend this one for Fall or Winter reading though if you want to get into the spirit of things!

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