Looking for something new to read

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Looking for something new to read
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 9:02am

What have you read lately and what was it generally about? Lately I've been reading cheap romance novels just for something different but I prefer more historical biographies or something based around historical events. Any suggestions?

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Registered: 08-11-2008
Sat, 08-09-2014 - 7:03pm

Some of these might be new to you. Or not! In the order in which I read them/ or thought of them:

1. Conversion - Katherine Howe. Two storylines: one set in the present in a Danvers, MA girls private school, where forty or so girls have come down with a mysterious malady. The second storyline is one of the girls who called "witch" in Salem in 1692, asking for forgiveness 15 years later. Currently reading.

2. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather Published in 1927, this takes place in the 1840's to 1880's and is about two priests who are sent to New Mexico by the Church. If you want to read lovely, lovely descriptions of this place, this is your book. I read it for my RL book group.

3. The Round House by Louise Erdrich won a Pultizer Prize last year and was one of the best books I read last year. Set during the 1980's, I'm really looking forward to rereading it for a library discussion at the end of the month.

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell Is about a woman who is going through a rough patch in her marriage and who is able to talk to her husband when he was her boyfriend on a yellow princess phone in the bedroom she grew up in.

5. Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis These are about the bravery of the people in London and England during World War II, as seen through the eyes of time travelling historians, who have to remain undercover.

6. The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks About the most decorated unit in World War I who were black, a graphic novel.

7. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi A retelling of Snow White and her stepmother and stepsister, as told through race, across many decades.

8. Summer Falls & Other Stories by Amelia Williams, really by James Goss and & Justin Richards Short stories 'by' and about Amy Pond, Melody Pond, Rory Williams & others in 'Doctor Who's Eleventh Doctor, across decades.

9. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik Historical fiction, if you can accept that most countries, during the Napoleonic Wars, had air companies made up of dragons.

10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt A young boy comes into possession of a great master painting of a goldfinch and does a great deal to keep it.

Happy Reading! Julia

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 7:53pm

I like to read romance as well. I haven't had time to read in awhile so Im not much help . I am interested in what others have to say .


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Registered: 06-13-2008
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 5:10pm

 Lately I've been reading Martin Walker's, Bruno, Chief of Police series. It's a police procedural set in St. Denis, France.

 I do enjoy historical fiction but I can't think of any really recently published ones that have caught my attention. In case you have missed some oldie  but goodie historical fiction books some of my favorites are Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum, Beneath A Marble Sky by Jon Shors, The Devil In White City by Erik Larson, The Power of One and Tandia by Bryce Courtenay, The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, The Pillars of the Earth and The Fall of Giants trilogy by Ken Follett,  The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (historical mystery), Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.A few books that have the history but also involve time travel areThe Eight by Katherine Neville, The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon(will also be a TV series in a couple of weeks)  and 11/22/63 by Steven King.

 I haven't read The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee by Maria Mills which has just been released has gotten some good reviews.


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Registered: 05-09-2010
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 1:59pm

Hmmm, the Historian sounds like something I might like to read as well. Thank you for posting about it.

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Mon, 07-28-2014 - 11:16am

I hate to say it but I've been hooked on erotic romance for awhile now. Sigh. ;) I do add in some Dean Koontz and James Patterson and then I try to add in some chart toppers. 

A good historical book that I was reading (but it got spoiled so I gave up) was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It's about Dracula, but it's more historical with folklore added in. Lots of architecture and travels to countries/areas of old. She depicts a great setting; very descriptive. 

Other than that, I'm not a big historical fan unless it's of the true crime nature (with exception to GWTW).