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javagirl
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Post by javagirl » Sun January 5th, 2014, 8:13 pm

Here are some of my best reads for 2013:

HF:
Christy - Catherine Marshall
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Prophecy - S J Parris
Lords of the White Castle - Elizabeth Chadwick
The Queen's Vow - C W Gortner
The Rose Garden - Susanna Kearsley

Contemporary:
Avogadro Corp - Hertling, William
A Case of Redemption - Mitzner, Adam

Non Fiction:
West with the Night - Markham, Beryl
Some of the best writing I've ever experienced. The way her prose and content made me vicariously live what she was describing blew me away.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon January 6th, 2014, 1:10 am

[quote=""javagirl""]Here are some of my best reads for 2013:

Non Fiction:
West with the Night - Markham, Beryl
Some of the best writing I've ever experienced. The way her prose and content made me vicariously live what she was describing blew me away.[/quote]
One of my all-time faves, too, Javagirl!

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Post by Ash » Mon January 6th, 2014, 2:46 am

West with the Night - Markham, Beryl
Oh I read this several years ago and still remember how wonderful it was! There is another book either by her or about her that I read as well but can't remember the title. I'll see if I can look it up - it was worth reading as well

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon January 6th, 2014, 3:34 am

[quote=""Ash""]Oh I read this several years ago and still remember how wonderful it was! There is another book either by her or about her that I read as well but can't remember the title. I'll see if I can look it up - it was worth reading as well[/quote]
Was it Straight on 'Till Morning?

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Post by annis » Mon January 6th, 2014, 6:05 am

Beryl Markham is amazing - I have had both those books on my keeper shelf for years now.

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Post by fljustice » Mon January 6th, 2014, 3:12 pm

Ditto Beryl Markham. I read both books a few years ago and loved them.
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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Mon January 6th, 2014, 6:57 pm

[QUOTE=annis;114321]Burial Rites Hannah Kent.
The Son Philipp Meyer

The Paris Architect Charles Belfoure

An Officer and a Spy Robert Harris.
Longbourn Jo Baker
Harvest Jim Crace
The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey

Bitter Greens Kate Forsyth

Best historical adventures

Ill-Made Knight Christian Cameron.
Pagan Lord Bernard Cornwell

Warrior of Rome series Harry Sidebottom.

Historical mysteries

The Frith Seat Charles Barnitz


Phryne Fisher mysteries Kerry Greenwood

And there went my post-Christmas "savings" plan :-)

My favorites for 2013 included:
Historical Fiction:
Treason by Meredith Whitford
The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau
The Tea Rose, Winter Rose, and by Jennifer Donnelly

Biography
The Plantagenets by Dan Jones

Contemporary/Time Slip
Firebird
Bitter Greens
The Light Between Oceans
The Queen Mother
The Orchid House
Brenna

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon January 6th, 2014, 9:56 pm

Ah yes, the Crown! Loved it. I knew there would be some I forgot.
Now that we're on Tudor-era mysteries, I also read Sansom's Dissolution this past year and enjoyed it very much.

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Post by Ash » Tue January 7th, 2014, 4:06 am

[quote=""MLE""]Was it Straight on 'Till Morning?[/quote]

Yes, Thats it!

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Post by Prof.Hirata » Fri January 31st, 2014, 9:51 am

My best reads in 2013:
1. House at Riverton by Kate Morton (so much has been said about it that I'm sure any good class of man now must read it :lol: . Talking turkey, I'm also in raptures about it. It's really thought-provoking in the most serious way, thats how I see it.)
2-7. The Dragon Scroll
Rashomon Gate
Black Arrow
Isle Of Exiles
The Hell Screen
The Convict's Sword

All by Ingrid J.Parker. This is a part of historical detective series about Akitada Sugawara, the guy from 12-th c. Japan who solves crimes. Medieval background, oriental scenery, intricately woven plots - it's absloutely absorbing! And there are still several books in the series to read!

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