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Adult historical fiction..YAWN

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Adult historical fiction..YAWN

Post by Divia » Mon March 11th, 2013, 11:56 pm

OMG I can't believe I am saying this but looking back over the course of a year 1/2 I realized that there are very few adult HF novels that I have read, or even wanted to read.

Most of what I have read is YA(mostly due to the job)

But the other day I was in B&N feeling all giddy about buying a HF book and I looked and I looked and I found....nothing :(

I'm not big on European stuff(though I will read it as long as its not the Tudors). I thought oh perhaps something like Downton(I do love me some of that), but the three titles I found didn't appeal to me. Victorian Era stuff(eh, I'm not holding my breath).

I just dont know. I feel like I am in a reading slump. Does anyone else feel like this? Does anyone have some titles that they think I may enjoy? OMG I am dying here. I want to read something a bit more beefy than just YA.

HELP! :)
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Post by Helen_Davis » Tue March 12th, 2013, 12:24 am

Gone With the Wind is always good for me...

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Post by Misfit » Tue March 12th, 2013, 12:42 am

How about The Passing Bells by Philip Rock, if you're wanting some WWI stuff. For that matter, there's also Over There by by Thomas Fleming. Libraries should have both of them.
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Post by Misfit » Tue March 12th, 2013, 12:49 am

You might look into James Alexander Thom, I seem to recall US history is of interest to you. I've only read one so far (Follow the River), but it definitely more adult minded.
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Post by Divia » Tue March 12th, 2013, 1:22 am

Well I wanted pre 1914. And I never really liked how male authors write HF. Or rather they tend not to write the stuff I enjoy which is more social than war history.
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Post by rebecca » Tue March 12th, 2013, 1:33 am

I have always enjoyed reading Taylor Caldwell my favourites being:

Testimony of Two Men

Captains and the Kings

Melissa


And I have been trying to get 'Dialogue with the Devil' for ages, but it always seems out of stock.... :(

Here is a link to her books


http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/taylor-caldwell/


There are times when I don't feel like reading anything too heavy and have just finished two Judith McNaughts which I thoroughly enjoyed...But it's entirely up to you what you choose...Good luck!

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Post by Mythica » Tue March 12th, 2013, 12:17 pm

I've been keeping a Downton-like reading list on Amazon, maybe there's something on there you haven't read yet which will interest you: http://www.amazon.com/lm/R1UJ14CDGJJAML ... lm_title_2

Also, given last year's anniversary, I was keeping a Titanic novel list: http://www.amazon.com/lm/RO7MMZ15D55JX/ ... lm_title_1
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Post by Misfit » Tue March 12th, 2013, 2:29 pm

There's also a Dowton Abbey like books list at Goodreads. Linky.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue March 12th, 2013, 3:13 pm

Divia, it isn't your era, and it's Italy, but I think you might enjoy Elizabeth Loupas' Second Duchess. For one thing, it's pretty fast-moving, almost YA in places. Also, it involves the regrets of a teenager (POV as a ghost) and the mystery of how she died. Quite a different experience, but if you look at the reviews, you'll see I'm not the only one who liked it.

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Post by JaneConsumer » Tue March 12th, 2013, 11:05 pm

I really enjoyed The Kitchen House, which is per-civil war U.S. If you like older British history, I recommend James Aitchenson's Sworn Sword.

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