bookstagram book reviews fabruary-march 2021

More #Bookstagram Book Reviews

I’ve had a decent run of fiction reading over the last few weeks, and am continuing my Instagram book-review project. Here are the latest ones I’ve shared on #bookstagram.


Transcendent Kingdom
Written by Yaa Gyasi
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on September 1, 2020
ISBN: 9780525658191
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Format: ebook
Pages: 288
Source: purchased
A Good Neighborhood
Written by Therese Anne Fowler
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on March 10, 2020
ISBN: 9781250237286
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Format: ebook
Pages: 320
Source: purchased
A Children's Bible: A Novel
Written by Lydia Millet
Published by W. W. Norton & Company on May 12, 2020
ISBN: 9781324005049
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Format: ebook
Pages: 240
Source: purchased

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THIS IS NOT OVER by Holly Brown [Book Thoughts]

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