Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls: “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” This quote from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet” stands for the whole book. Charlie just left school and has his whole life ahead, which looks rather bleak to him. Only to meet Fran on a meadow and all of a sudden there is light at the end of the tunnel. How uplifting first love can be and how unforgettable for all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the anxieties of first love from a boy’s perspective.


Teufelskrone (Waringham Saga, Book 6) by Rebecca Gablé: Hard covers are really hard to read. Especially since I am no more willing to schlepp them around with me. Which is a shame, because once I gave this book proper attention, I enjoyed it a lot. The story of John Lackland, the only John over on the English throne, is full of horrific and interesting details. He had a great legal mind, but was also a raging alcoholic who probably killed his nephew with his own hands. So yeah, this makes for a heady entertainment. Great historiy read!


The Secret by Julie Garwood: ‘Bridgerton‘ made me realize again that there was a time when I enjoyed reading romances immensely. Usually they read like a charm, with witty heroines and dashing heroes. So while I have read ‘Highlands’ Lairds‘ series already, I fell under its spell again. Also this is taking place in Scotland and I miss traveling there. I finished ‘The Secret’ in two evenings on the couch and the it’s magical how romance can transport you somewhere else. So of course I have to read the other books in the series as well now.


Outlawed by Anna North: Even though the story is set in 1895 it’s kind of a dystopian world. The great flu has come over the United States and the majority of its population died. So now ‘Baby Jesus’ is super popular and women need to propagate as much as possible. If you are childless, you are blamed as witch and either forced into exile or worse, hanged for putting a spell on others. In this weird world Ada chooses the life of an outlaw over becoming a nun when she turns out barren. I loved this strong heroin who believes in herself.


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