Hello there all you jazz babies! This week has been frightfully cold, but I’ve been Charleston-ing my little jazz heart out to keep warm. (Not to mention drinking a hot toddy or two.)
Since last week’s post, I’ve read a tiny bit of Nancy Milford’s biography of Zelda Fitzgerald, Zelda. My mind has been wandering from the non-fiction, though, and it’s taking me an awfully long time to read!
This week I wrote about The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I also swapped Jazz Age January/Feminist Sunday posts with Elena of Books and Reviews; she wrote a guest post about Zelda Fitzgerald for my blog, and I wrote a post about how women’s social roles changed in the ’20s for her blog!
Now let’s here about your reading! Last week, 15 of you linked up posts!
1. I reviewed Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell. Although I thought Churchwell set to much store on the murder, I really enjoyed this book as a portrait of 1920s NY, the Fitzgeralds, and how Gatsby came to be.
2. River City Reading also reviewed Careless People. Shannon was impressed by Churchwell’s meticulous research and ability to blend history, biography, and fiction into one narrative. However, she also found the murder angle to be distracting.
3. Dawn of Books wrote about Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. This classic ’20s novel follows a man who is drawn into the luxurious lifestyle of a wealthy family. Noora was a bit disappointed with this book, feeling like she was watching a slow-motion film.
4. EM Castellan shared her thoughts on The Diviners by Libba Bray. She LOVED this book, about a girl with supernatural powers in 1920s New York!
5. Estella’s Revenge also wrote about The Diviners. Andi is usually skittish about paranormal YA, but she was impressed by the vivid characterization and intricately woven story. She calls this novel a big winner!
6. My Book Strings reviewed A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. TJ enjoyed some of Hemingway’s vignettes — particularly his writing about being a starving artist in Paris — but overall it seems she had a lot of problems with the author and his stories.
7. Valerie R Lawson also wrote about A Moveable Feast. Valerie hated Hemingway in high school, and she was delightfully surprised by this book! She enjoyed the vignettes of Paris and Hemingway’s writing about writing.
8. Words for Worms reviewed The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, a novel about an orphan who grows up to secure a position as a typist at a NYC police precinct. She befriends a glamorous flapper coworker who invites her into her freewheeling lifestyle. Although Katie was expecting charming historical fiction, she found a novel that veered into psychological drama.
9. Tempest Books also wrote about The Other Typist. Miranda thought this book was deliciously entertaining. She was so captivated, she stayed up late reading to finish it!
10. Tempest books also shared ten historical fiction novels set in the jazz age for her Historical Fiction Spotlight feature! She makes some fantastic recommendations for extending your roaring ’20s reading.
11. Found Between the Covers shared her thoughts on Z: A Novel of Zelda Fizgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. Sherrey admires Zelda’s courage to be unconventional, and she thoroughly enjoyed this well researched glimpse into Scott and Zelda’s lives.
12. Goodnight Noises Everywhere also wrote about Z. Rebecca didn’t like this book much, but she thought it was well researched and she couldn’t put it down.
13. Ciska’s Book Chest wrote about The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Although she thought this historical novel was thoroughly researched, Ciska couldn’t connect with Hadley. She felt Hadley and Ernests’ actions weren’t consistent with their thoughts, and she found the book difficult to finish.
14. Literary Exploration also wrote about The Paris Wife. Michael was impressed that McLain managed to alter his opinion of Hemingway with this novel written from his first wife’s perspective.
15. Love at First Book reviewed The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Rebecca was intrigued by the bullfighting scenes, and she wrote about how the characters’ excessive drinking allows them to avoid the real issues in their lives.
Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week!
If you wrote a post for Jazz Age January this week, please link to it using the Mister Linky below. Please note that this link-up is only for posts that have gone live on or before Feb. 1. If you’re still reading or working on a post, don’t worry! The final link-up will take place next Saturday, Feb. 8.
What roaring ’20s reading did you do this week?