Unboxing: The Literary Book Club Christmas Box

The Literary Book Club Box Special Christmas Edition
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As a classics lover, I’ve been following The Literary Book Club on Instagram for a while. It’s a bi-monthly box featuring a beautiful edition of a classic book & gifts to open on certain pages as you read.

I was fortunate enough to win the Christmas box (featuring A Christmas Carol) in a giveaway! Thanks Katie.

I didn’t have time to read the book before Christmas but knew I wanted to see all the fun goodies.

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Book Review: ‘I Must Betray You’

I Must Betray You” by Ruta Sepetys

Source: Penguin Teen in exchange for honest review

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

Summary:

Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren’t free to dream; they are bound by rules and force.

Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu in a country governed by isolation and fear, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer. He’s left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves—or use his position to creatively undermine the most notoriously evil dictator in Eastern Europe.

Cristian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country. He eagerly joins the revolution to fight for change when the time arrives. But what is the cost of freedom? 

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Favorite Books by the Month 2021

Time for a traditional best books of the year post! These are the best book I read in 2021. They weren’t necessarily published in 2021.

Complete with pictures and links for your convenience to add to your TBR.

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Book Review: ‘The Downstairs Girl’

The Downstairs Girl” by Stacey Lee

Source: Book of the Month YA

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

Summary:

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

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