Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: R for language and INCREDIBLE drug use.  Drugs, drugs, drugs, EVERYWHERE! Author: Donna Tartt Title: The Goldfinch Facts: Published 2013, Little Brown, Fiction Interesting Facts: Won the Pulitzer Prize, 2014 Would I read it again: No   First off…may I apologize to anyone who liked this book for I was grievously conflicted by it….

Alice Hoffman’s “Faithful”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: Rated R for language, drug use, non-descriptive sex, rape, cutting… Author: Alice Hoffman Title: Faithful Facts: Published 2016, Simon & Schuster, Fiction Would I Read it again? No   Shelby was a pretty, popular, smart seventeen year old girl with an overly confident best friend who she did everything and anything with.  I say…

Adriana Trigiani’s “The Shoemaker’s Wife”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: Maybe a PG-13 if it was movie, but I don’t think anyone under 25 would really enjoy this. Author: Adriana Trigiani Title: The Shoemaker’s Wife Facts: Published 2012, Harper Collins, Fiction, Tried to be Historical Fiction, Tried to be Romantic Would I read it again? Please no. Please…Right Now…if you liked this book then…

Elizabeth Strout’s “My Name is Lucy Barton”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: Pg-18…no one under 18 is going to appreciate this.  Maybe not even under 25.  A little bit of language. Author: Elizabeth Strout Title: My Name is Lucy Barton Facts: Published 2016, Random House, Fiction, Family-Dramaish Would I Read it Again? No   This was one of the quickest reads I believe I’ve ever come…

Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: PG-16, depictions of slavery which is never pretty, a brief mention of sex. Author: Sue Monk Kidd Title: The Invention of Wings Facts: Published 2014, Viking, Historical Fiction Would I Read it again? No   Don’t hate me.  But…I just can’t get warmed up to the idea of these ‘reimagined’ historical fiction but non-fiction…

Diane Setterfield’s “The Thirteenth Tale”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: R – general adult topics, rape, incestuosness Author: Diane Setterfield Title: The Thirteenth Tale Facts: Published 2006, Atria Books, Fiction, Goth Would I read it again? No   I noticed that this book was filed under Goth as one of its genre topics.  And I thought, what an interesting description for this book!  It…

Christopher Paolini’s “Eragon”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: PG-13, fantastical creatures and some dragon-fighting/slaying Author: Christopher Paolini Title: Eragon Facts: Published originally independently 2002, picked up by Alfred P. Knopf 2003, Fiction, Youth, Fantasy Interesting tidbits: Christopher Paolini wrote this book at age 14, finished it by age 15.  His parents independently published it and for a year they travelled around trying…

Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus”

Literaryplum’s Rating: Rated R for sensuality and general adult like mood throughout the novel.  Besides I don’t think any youngster would like this anyway. Author: Erin Morgenstern Title: The Night Circus Facts: Published 2011, Doubleday, Fiction, Gothicness, Fantasy Would I Read it again? No   This book was well…premised well, I’ll say.  A mysterious circus called the…