First, Middle, and Last Impressions – January 19, 2022

I love taking a look at a book cover and description and then coming up with my own idea of what the book will be about. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m so wrong it’s almost funny. So I’ve decided to launch myself off of WWW Wednesday, a bookish meme run by Sam@Taking on a World of Words, and write about my first, middle, and last impressions of each book I read.

The first impression is based solely on the cover and description. What do I think it will be about?

The middle impression is kind of a check-in on how the story is going about halfway through.

The last impression is my final thoughts on the book, what I’m left thinking.

I hope you have as much fun with this as I will!


Red Thread of Fate by Lyn Liao Butler – Fiction

First Impression: A novel of family, and maybe one that will wrap me in a familiar hug as it involves a Chinese-Taiwanese couple.

Middle Impression: This is turning out to be a bit of a complicated story of family. There are so many family relationships that hold this story together and so many secrets that feel like they want to explode.

Last Impression: A beautiful story of family, motherhood, culture, secrets, and marriage. I was surprised by how close to home this one struck for me, but loved it so much for that. I also loved that I could see a lot of myself in the main character, Tam.


Love & Saffron by Kim Fay – Fiction, Historical

love and saffron kim fay

First Impression: Food! This is set in the 1960s, and I’m not one for any kind of historical fiction, but I became caught on the word “food” so I’m hoping for a delicious story of friendship and maybe some secrets.

Middle Impression: This is turning out to be a really beautiful story of friendship. It’s startling tolerant for the times, and has so much to say about opinions of that time period. It’s a neat window into time with some great characters.

Last Impression: This is a beautiful novel of friendship, love, and food. It’s short, so is a quick read, but really packs it in.


The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan – Fantasy

the justice of kings richard swan

First Impression: Maybe something along the lines of a legal thriller/fantasy? It’s fantasy, but appears to be about a justice who is judge, jury, and executioner, so I’m not really sure.

Middle Impression: This feels both like a simple and complex story with interesting characters. It’s told in the past tense by what appears to be one of the characters at a much older age, so it has a passive feel to it that makes me feel removed.

Last Impression: An interesting blend of legal thriller and fantasy that manages to be strong on both fronts. It wasn’t 100% my cup of tea, but was interesting enough, especially at the end, that my curiosity would like to read more. As much as I enjoyed the murder mystery and legal proceedings, I don’t think I can handle every book reading that way, so I’m hoping for more of a dive into the fantasy part in the next book.


Muckrakers & Minotaurs by Rebecca Chastain – Fantasy

muckrakers & minotaurs rebecca chastain

First Impression: This is the third in the trilogy and, considering I adored the first two books, I believe this will be another incredible story full of everything I love in this series: fantasy, mystery, magic, adorable creature companions, romance, and a heroine reminiscent of Nancy Drew.


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