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Susan's 2013 Books

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Post by Susan » Sun October 20th, 2013, 7:14 pm

40) The Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey; finished 10/20/13; Last book of the trilogy and I liked each book less than the previous one. With this one, I knew a lot of what was going to happen (read NF and have visited many of the settings) and that may have interfered with my perception.
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Post by Susan » Sun October 20th, 2013, 11:44 pm

41) The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida; finished 10/20/13
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Post by Susan » Thu October 31st, 2013, 1:18 am

42) I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb; finished 10/30/13; inspiring, emotionally difficult to read sometimes, but uplifting also.
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Post by Susan » Tue November 5th, 2013, 12:16 am

43) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent; finished 11/3/13; What a super book! Hopefully I will find time to add to its thread here.
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Post by Susan » Sun November 17th, 2013, 1:47 am

44) The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Pötzsch; finished 11/16/13, see review at http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6440
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Post by Susan » Tue November 26th, 2013, 1:20 am

45) The Boleyn Deceit by Laura Andersen; finished 11/25/13
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Post by Susan » Sat November 30th, 2013, 5:13 pm

46) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; finished 11/29/13; Difficult to describe this book...historical fiction set in 1899-1900 New York City in two immigrant communities in lower Manhattan (Jewish and Syrian), two protagonists are mystical creatures (and immigrants) adjusting to the two communities, flashbacks to settings in Syria and Europe...I probably missed something! There was so much in this novel to keep my interest that I was sorry to see it end.
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Post by Susan » Sun December 8th, 2013, 1:43 pm

47) Queen Victoria's Granddaughters by Christina Croft; finished 12/7/13; I knew a lot of the information in the book, but it was good to be reminded of it again. Queen Victoria and her descendants were my entry point into studying royalty. Queen Victoria had 42 grandchildren and 22 of them were grandchildren. All of the granddaughters are dealt with in the book, some, of course, receive more space than others. Some photos would have been a nice addition.
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Post by Susan » Sat December 14th, 2013, 2:39 am

48) House of Hades by Rick Riordan; finished 12/13/13
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Post by Susan » Sun December 22nd, 2013, 11:09 pm

50) Life After Life by Kate Atkinson; finished 12/22/13
The idea of reliving a life and changing events is intriguing, but this book lost me 33-50% into it, and I had to start skimming. The writing, the characterization, etc. was wonderful, but I feel that it could have used some editing. Some of the "lives" gripped me, but others were just too similar. I'm probably really a 2 1/2 on the Goodreads scale, somewhere between "it was ok" and "I liked it."
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