Alysha's Favorites

Hey Everyone! My name is Alysha. I primarily read Historical Fiction, but I do venture out into other genres as well. I also read a LOT of childrens books, as my son is six and loves to read almost as much as I do.

The Wives Cover Image
ISBN: 9781525809781
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graydon House - December 30th, 2019

This book was such a delightful read! One I just could not put down. Told from the Point of View of Thursday, the book starts off by telling of how she has settled in her life. Sure, she has the beautiful apartment, filled with beautiful things. She is educated, beautiful (although never the most beautiful girl in the room, as her mother has  always reminded her) and she has the sweet, handsome, and hardworking husband Seth at her side. Or does she? Thursday reflects upon her agreement with Seth, at first determined to keep the peace, and make peace with it as well. Can Thursday really cope of being his wife, but only one of three? And Seth has rules. He maintains 3 separate households, one with each wife. She doesnt even know their names. She knows nothing about the other women that her husband spends his life with. Sure, she is his "legal" wife, as in she is the one hes married to on paper. However, when his newest and youngest wife becomes pregnant, Seth spends more and more time with her, and less and less with Thursday. Thursday decides she MUST atleast see this new wife, make sure she is good. With a little snooping, she meets the mysterious 3rd wife. Thursday is shocked at just how gorgeous she is, and can't help but think "SO thats why my husband rushed off to claim her, she could be a model." Thursday hatches a plan to not only have seen her, she won't be satisfied until they are in fact friends. It doesn't take long for things to spin dangerously out of control.

The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060887186
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 3rd, 2006

This exciting tale takes place in 9th centurary England, and the Danes are attacking. Young Uhtred is kidnapped by the pagan Danes, and his father is slaughtered. He is taken as a slave, but even as a slave is shown more love than he had in his ancestral home of Bebbanburg. Ragnor, his master, decides to adopt Uhtred formally. Now he is Uhtred Ragnarson. He is sent to fight, and goes up against his own countrymen. Uhtred is torn, is he a Dane, or is he English? When disaster strikes and Ragnar is murdered, Uhtred is cast aside by most of the Danes. He has been blamed for the murder of his adoptive father, and with angry Danes at his back, looking for revenge, he runs back to the English. In turn, the English do not trust the young saxon boy who, in their eyes, turned his back on his country, his king, and their god. Every choice Uhtred makes greatly shapes him, and his life. Where will he turn? Will he once again become an Englishman, and lay claim to the Bebbanburg throne? Or will he return to the Danes, who raised him?


To All the Boys I've Loved Before Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442426719
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2016

This is such an adorable book! I highly reccomend this as a light read that will make you smile.

Lara Jean is a sweet, and shy, highschooler who feels a bit lost after her older sister, Margot, leaves for college. Margot had taken care of their dad, Lara Jean, and their younger sister Kitty since their mom had passed away years prior. Lara Jean doesn't exactly fit in at school, a fact that her ex best friend Gen makes sure she remembers at every chance. When five letters get sent out, letters that were never supposed to be seen by anyone, Lara Jean doesn't know how to handle it.  One letter went to Gen's ex, Peter. Another letter went to Margot's ex, Josh. Terrified that Margot will hear of the letter, and learn that Lara Jean had been in love with Josh since before they had gotten together. Peter wants to make Gen jealous, so he and Lara Jean come up with a plan. They pretend to date. Where do pretend feelings end and real feelings begin though?

The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425219096
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 2nd, 2008

Friday Night Knitting Club
By: Kate Jacobs

A Uplifting and Heartwarming book about an Unlikely Group of Friends that were brought together by their favorite Yarn Shop. They support and encourage one another as they each face life's obstacles.

Geisha: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743444293
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 1st, 2003

One of the first books I bought after getting the job here at Winterriver was Geisha of Gion (The UK version of Geisha: A Life). Growing up, I loved watching the movie, Memiors of a Geisha, which isloosely based off of Mineko Iwasaki's life.

In her autobiography, Mineko Iwasaki goes into depth and detail to describe her life as a geisha, or Geiko, and what it meant for her. She talks about the isolation she felt, and how she used that feeling to strive to be the best. That is what she acheived. Mineko Iwasaki is known as Japan's Greatest Geisha. Her book details her life in such a fascinating and interesting turn of events, and how each of those events shaped her future and career.

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062110725
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Published: HarperCollins - May 21st, 2013

First off, let me just say how cute Pete the Cat is. My son adores Pete and says that this is his all time favorite book. He is five, and these little "I Can Read!" books that we have, have been helping him immensely.

This cute little story book tells the story of Pete's family outing to the beach, and how his older brother helps him learn to surf. Even though pete doesn't get it the first time, he tries again and overcomes his fear, and ends up having a lot of fun!

Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062110695
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Published: HarperCollins - February 26th, 2013

Oh no! Pete the cat has made too much for lunch! In this adorable children's book, Pete decides rather than be wasteful, he would like to share with his friends.

The White Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451626100
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - April 1st, 2014