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It's 2018 somewhere, what are you reading in January?

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: It's 2018 somewhere, what are you reading in January?

Postby Madeleine » Mon January 22nd, 2018, 9:38 am

Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne.
Currently reading "The Wildflowers" by Harriet Evans

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princess garnet
Bibliophile
Location: Maryland

Re: It's 2018 somewhere, what are you reading in January?

Postby princess garnet » Wed January 24th, 2018, 7:56 pm

Finished: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
In the latest and #4 installment in the "Invisible Library" series, Librarian Irene Winters and her apprentice Kai head to the 1920s US.

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings
The 1st installment of a new series, "Fort Reno," Louisa Bell is forced out of her singing job and becomes a governess to two daughters of a widowed military officer. The author includes a historical note about Fort Reno and some of the characters who appear in the story.

Now: Everless by Sara Holland
A new YA fantasy novel by a debut author.

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: It's 2018 somewhere, what are you reading in January?

Postby Madeleine » Mon January 29th, 2018, 9:55 am

I've just started "The Butcher Bird" by S D Sykes, a historical mystery set around the middle of the 14th century, not long after the plague had decimated the population.
Currently reading "The Wildflowers" by Harriet Evans

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Illumination of Ursula Flight by AM Crowhurst & An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena(Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Re: It's 2018 somewhere, what are you reading in January?

Postby Vanessa » Mon January 29th, 2018, 10:13 am

I'm reading Coming Home to Island House by Erica James, a contemporary story and a book I got from the library.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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red805
Reader
Location: Southern California

Re: It's 2018 somewhere, what are you reading in January?

Postby red805 » Mon January 29th, 2018, 8:17 pm

Just finished Ron Chernow's massive Grant about U.S. Grant. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in Civil War history or presidential biographies. It was a bit of a slog during some of the military bits for me. The biggest takeaway for me was the domestic terrorism against former slaves in the post-civil war period & how widespread & devastating it was. Sort of a forgotten era not in the history books, but chilling. My great-grandfather & my grandfather were both named after Grant, & now I really understand why.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite 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

Re: It's 2018 somewhere, what are you reading in January?

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon January 29th, 2018, 11:12 pm

I just finished The Great Courses lectures on Lincoln. It was eye-opening to understand the actual political climate of the day. The civil war is one of those periods I just sort of skip over, with the exception of a fictional doorstopper or two.

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princess garnet
Bibliophile
Location: Maryland

Re: It's 2018 somewhere, what are you reading in January?

Postby princess garnet » Thu February 1st, 2018, 5:08 pm

America's Greatest Library by John Y. Cole (NF)
New book about the Library of Congress's history--it's beautifully done! I have great memories there being there as a summer intern and researching my college history paper.


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