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cassandra's 2009 Reading List

What have you read in 2009? Post your list here and update it as you go along! (One thread per member, please.)
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cassandra's 2009 Reading List

Post by cassandra » Wed March 18th, 2009, 11:26 pm

As you can see below, I am using a 1-5 star rating for the books.
If you've read any of these, let me know what you though of them if you like...

Napoleon's Privates - Tony Perrottet ***
Queen Isabella - Alison Weir ***
A Treasury of Royal Scandals - Michael Farquhar **
Mysteries of the Middle Ages - Thomas Cahill **
The Time Travelers Guide to Medieval England - Ian Mortimer ****
The Love Knot - Elizabeth Chadwick *****
Slammerkin - Emma Donahue *****
The Annotated Alice - Lewis Carroll ****
The Death of Kings - Clifford Brewer ***
Lascivious Bodies - Julie Peakman ***
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton *****
The Greatest Knight - Elizabeth Chadwick ***
A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb ****
The Time Travelers Wife - Audrey Niffennegger ***
The Observations - Jane Harris **
Mistress of the Monarchy - Alison Weir ***
The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue ****
Mistress of the Sun - Sandra Gulland *****
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant **
Now, Face to Face - Karleen Koen ****
Dark Angels - Karleen Koen ****
The Courtier's Secret - Donna Russo Morin ***
Athenais: The Real Queen of France ***

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu March 19th, 2009, 12:35 am

I thought the Ian Mortimer book was great, jam-packed with information. I'm still working on the Alison Weir about Katherine Swynford. I had mixed feelings about her book on Queen Isabella. Sandra Gulland's latest book in on my TBR pile.
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Post by Margaret » Thu March 19th, 2009, 4:02 am

I'm in full agreement with your five-star rating for Slammerkin.

I used to get deeply immersed in almost every novel I read. Nowadays, my jaded reader's palate has become much more fussy and it doesn't happen all that often. Slammerkin is one of those rare novels that swept me in from the first paragraph. I not only felt like I was living inside the time period, I felt like I was right inside the character's skin.
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