It’s about time I share a good book, don’t you think?
Truth is, I was stuck in a rut after my last book and it took me awhile to find something new. So often I feel like it goes like that…we read five wonderful books in a row and then strike out for a period before finding another good one. I had heard about Blue Asylum a few months ago and thought it looked really good but then totally forgot the name of the book and thus, couldn’t find it again. I felt like I was going crazy but for the life of me, just couldn’t remember the name. Until, that is, it was actually recommended to me on my Goodreads list. I was thrilled to have found it and immediately bought it.
I had high hopes for this one and let’s just say it didn’t disappoint! Blue Asylum is set in a mental asylum on Sanibel Island during the Civil War and follows the story of Iris Dunleavy, a woman whose husband had her committed to the asylum for being an “unruly and disobedient” wife.
I was instantly grabbed by the writing, which flows beautifully, and the character development of the three main characters. Growing up, we used to vacation on Sanibel and Captiva Island, and I love reading books set in familiar places. I also love books set in the Civil War era…but you probably know this by now if you’ve been following my book reviews for awhile! I should probably branch out more, but I just have such a heart for historical fiction. I love it.
This book reminded me a little bit of The Kitchen House and The Emancipator’s Wife, two other books set during the Civil War that I love.
There’s absolutely nothing like losing yourself in a good book!
Molly @ happy&healthyDecember 13, 2012 at 3:50 am
Now that I’m on winter break, I need some good books, thanks for the recommendation!
Molly @ RDexposedDecember 13, 2012 at 4:38 am
We made a few Sanibel Island vacations trip as well!
It’s been a month since reading The Lost Wife and I’m still trying to move on from it. The scene of the sisters searching the clothes has lodged itself into my brain.
Angela @ Eat Spin Run RepeatDecember 13, 2012 at 4:40 am
Sounds like an interesting read! As soon as the Christmas holidays hit, I fully intend to get wrapped up in a book on the couch with a blanket. It’s been far, far too long since I’ve done that!
Liz @ Tip Top ShapeDecember 13, 2012 at 4:41 am
This sounds so good!! Definitely going on my to-read list!
melissaDecember 13, 2012 at 5:11 am
You are such a voracious reader. It is inspiring. I was just recently recommended “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.” Not a civil war piece but a recent bestseller. Enjoy your novel!!
JenDecember 13, 2012 at 6:04 am
I definitely need to read this — my parents go to Sanibel every year, without fail, and I’ve joined them a few times. It’s one of my favourite places in the world.
BethDecember 13, 2012 at 6:14 am
This sounds amazing. I love books that are set in older eras…there’s something so intriguing about the way they describe interiors, clothing, letter-writing and conversation.
joelle (on a pink typewriter)December 13, 2012 at 6:21 am
I just posted a book review on my blog yesterday and said the same thing – there’s nothing like losing yourself in a good book. I love historical fiction too, so I’ll have to add this to my list!
jennDecember 13, 2012 at 6:37 am
Pretty, pretty please do a book page! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Caroline L.December 13, 2012 at 6:54 am
Cannot wait for finals to be over so I can do some reading!
LiaDecember 13, 2012 at 7:15 am
That theme of book, about women who were thought to be crazy when they were just being free or normal, interests me a lot. I’d be so interested to read about what it might have been like then. Thanks for the recommendation.
DianeDecember 13, 2012 at 7:50 am
Thanks for always recommending good books! I just finished The Girl on the Cliff. Great book, could not put it down. I just finally finished Gone Girl and don’t know what my problem was and why I never finished it months ago – loved it. The Secret Keeper was also very good. I just purchased The 12 Tribes of Hattie per OPRAH and The Replacement Wife.
NaomiDecember 13, 2012 at 7:52 am
This looks like a great idea for a book – I only wish I had the time to relax and read 🙂
AmberDecember 13, 2012 at 7:57 am
Thanks for the constant stream of good book recommendations. I just read “The Light Between Oceans” and it was SO good. I think you will love it, too.
Aimee from ALDecember 13, 2012 at 9:59 am
Just finished finals on Tuesday and I’ve been trying to find one or two or three for the break. Thank you so much for the recommendation- I LOVE HISTORICAL FICTION!!!
Kelly SDecember 13, 2012 at 10:17 am
Hi- I’m new to your blog (your title WHAT I’M READING NOW snagged me) (from Shut up and Run)
I LOVE historical fiction. I just finished the book 1,000 White Women. It was SO AWSOME AND SO WELL WRITTEN. I highly suggest it. I also loved My Name is Mary Sutter and Two Rings (sorry I don’t have author names).
Keep posting good books. 🙂
Jen PapayaDecember 13, 2012 at 10:23 am
My family vacationed on Captiva & Sanibel islands also! And I think we are the same age. I wonder if we ever met on a beach : )
KatieDecember 13, 2012 at 11:36 am
Love Goodreads for exactly that purpose! Best website for booklovers. Definitely adding that book to my rotation!
JennDecember 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm
I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve been in a serious book rut too and am desperate for a really good read. You always have great recommendations that I love. Thanks!
morganDecember 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm
I’m a long-time Captiva Island vacationer (this is the first year in many that we won’t be going — a newborn is crimping our style), so will definitely check this out! I, too, love stories set in familiar places, and who doesn’t enjoy a good Civil War era story? 🙂
CarlaDecember 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm
Wow this seems like a book totally up my alley! Except…read a description of the book online, and I was just wondering how much the “impossible love” between the main character and the soldier is…explored? Even if her husband committed her to a mental institution…she’s still married (I assume?) and I don’t know how much I’d appreciate the book if it is played up, from my own moral/faith perspective… (Not saying anything against you or anything! Just trying to gauge how much I would personally enjoy it!)
JennDecember 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm
BTW, are you on Goodreads? I’d love to connect with you so I can see your books. I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the books that you’ve recommended. I think we have very similar taste. 😉