Five Books About Fascinating Women in History

Your Visual Travel Guide (5).jpgGoing back through my Goodreads categories, I discovered something surprising. Once upon a time, I’d read non-fiction regularly–particularly non-fiction of the ladies-in-history sort. Mostly, I picked up these types of books right out of college when I was missing all my History and English courses and looking to expand my horizons. I wasn’t drawn to the dry stuff though (I had gotten enough of that in school). I preferred histories with some scandal and lushness to them.

I blame watching a lot of biopics on the Tudors for this.

So, if you’re looking to expand your horizons and read more about prominent (and not-so-prominent) ladies in history, these books are a good place to start. Especially if you don’t mind a bit of outrageousness.

Five Books About Fascinating Women in History

Elizabeth and Leicester by Elizabeth Jenkins

Funny story time: In college, I was sitting on a bench reading this book about the scandalous romance between Elizabeth I and Dudley when some random dude walked up and told me I was beautiful. Me, being the very picture of tack, said “Thanks” before promptly returning to my book. (I was that girl in college who sat on benches and read and had to listen to people walking past me whispering in horror “Is she reading a book?!?!?” Basically, I am Rory Gilmore.) Gossipy historicals are completely my thing and so a book about one of my favorite historical couples (thanks entirely to Anne-Marie Duff’s Elizabeth miniseries) was pretty much un-put-downable. While it is more about the relationship between Elizabeth and Dudley, there is a lot of information about the early years of Elizabeth’s life to be had within its pages. Sadly, this book is ancient, but you just might be able to find it through the library. If not, there’s a book of the same name by Sarah Gristwood that might be worth checking out.

Bride of Science by Benjamin Woolley

Speaking of gossipy non-fiction, Woolley’s biography of Ada Lovelace is gloriously chatty about all the scandalous goings on of Ada’s life. I started reading this book entirely thanks to the webcomic Lovelace and Babbage and I wasn’t disappointed. While there might not be as much of a focus on the science-y aspects of her life, it was interesting to get a picture of what she was like as a person. I especially remember there being some focus on the relationship between Ada’s mother and Byron–which really is fascinating in and of itself.

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

There are plenty of books out there compiling biographies of kings, queens, bad marriages, and scandal. (Surprisingly, I don’t read as many of those as you might think.) Princesses Behaving Badly was one book of that sort I couldn’t pass up. Just reread that title! It’s so easy to overdose on toned down princess stories, but this was definitely not toned down. If you want stories of princesses who murder, cheat, and rule countries with an iron fist, this is the book to check out.

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff ~ While not heavy on the melodrama (for once), Cleopatra’s a fascinating read. (Except maybe the parts about agriculture and the economy.)  I loved taking courses on world history in college and Schiff’s book totally satisfied that longing for more information about the ancient world. I’m really looking forward to reading Schiff’s new book about the Salem witch trials. How interesting will that be!

Wild Romance by Chloe Schama ~ Back to the melodrama for a moment. If you want to get mad about the plight of women in Victorian England, this is the book to read. It reminded me of the book/miniseries He Knew He Was Right because it was all about marriage, divorce, and who’s telling the truth. Theresa Longworth isn’t famous–like most of the others on this list–but her story was cool to read none-the-less.

What are some of your favorite non-fiction books? Any slightly gossipy histories to recommend?

Cozy Period Pieces for Winter Evenings

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Winter is my season to watch Period Pieces. I’m not sure if that’s influenced by the return of Masterpiece Theater or the fact that I drink buckets of tea when it’s cold out, but come January, I inevitably start in on British, historical dramas.

Last year, I binged the first five seasons of Downton Abbey while simultaneously watching the sixth on PBS (which was a tad confusing, I’ll admit). In 2015, I watched The Paradise–which was alternately legitimately enjoyable and legitimately hilarious depending on which season I was watching (the second season definitely falls into the “So Bad It’s Good” category). Unfortunately, I haven’t settled on which Period Piece I’ll watch in 2017 (I had to finish Alias before I could tempt myself with any such question), but I thought I’d recommend some of my favorite Winter-y Period Pieces to you.

May they keep you feeling cozy and entertained this frosty season!

Cozy Period Pieces for Winter Evenings

Bleak House

I’ve watched Bleak House in both the Summer and Winter, but it feels so much more appropriate watching this particular Dickens’ adaptation when cuddled under a blanket with coffee in one hand and a plate of cheese and crackers in the other. The setting of Bleak House is chilly, damp, and desperate and the entire story peopled with bizarre characters than one can quote at any moment (“Brimstone beast!”). I’ve seen this miniseries about once a year since it aired and I’ve not gotten tired of Esther, Mr. Guppy, and the gang yet.

The Way We Live Now

It took two viewings of The Way We Live Now for me to properly fell in love with this political satire. You might thinking “Political satire doesn’t sound like something Melissa would like,” and you’d be right. The characters, however, make this mini series for me. Between Matthew McFadyen and Shirley Henderson’s performances are reason enough to watch this Trollope adaptation (also, Miranda Otto’s horrible American accent).   

North and South

I don’t feel like I need to sell watching North and South to you. If you’ve seen it before, there’s probably not a moment when you don’t feel like rewatching it, and if you haven’t seen it before, you should just go watch it immediately. It’s like all of those Pride and Prejudice adaptations you’ve adored but better. Trust me.

Our Mutual Friend

It may have taken me two viewings to fall in love with The Way We Live Now, but it took me at least three to fall in love with Our Mutual Friend. Again, it’s the bizarre characters that finally made this mini series for me, and yes again, I have found myself quoting this film with the one other person I know will recognize my references (my mom, basically). If you ever found Colonel Brandon attractive in the 2008 version of Sense and Sensibility, I’d recommend not watching this. You will never look at him the same way again. Everyone else, enjoy Eugene Wrayburn and Lizzie.

Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen

Anne-Marie Duff plays my favorite Queen Elizabeth I in this biopic mini series. She’s fierce and perfect, and I like to pretend this is the sequel to the TV series, The Tudors–in spite of the fact that Michael Hirst wrote the Cate Blancett version. On top of the impeccable Duff, Tom Hardy plays Dudley and dances the volta. To me, that’s all the reason you need to give this a watch.

What Period Pieces Do You Like to Watch in the Winter?

Ten Bookish Items I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Joining in on The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday yet again!

It’s usually fairly easy for me to think of ten books I’d love the have for Christmas, but this year, I keep coming up with only half a dozen. That’s fine, really, because that means I’ve been reading unread books from my own shelves since my birthday in May!

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Twenty-sixteen really was the year of rereads and shelf-cleaning for me. It might not be surprising then that a lot of the items I’m longing for are related to my Harry Potter reread. It’s still shocking to me that I managed to reread all of the Harry Potter books over the Summer and Fall. The last three books were a challenge but I got them all done (thanks to a little binge-reading) the day before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released. The one downside of my reread, of course, is that my stack of Harry Potter collectibles has grown exponentially since I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in May. I have a burgeoning Harry Potter Funko Pop collection and a desire to replace all those Harry Potter DVDs I got rid of a year ago.

I have a feeling my shelves will be in troubles–especially if I get a few of the things on this wish list.

 Ten Bookish Items I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

What bookish items would be in your letter to Santa?

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Top Five Literary Classics on My TBR

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About once a year, I tackle a classic novel. In 2016, I reread Jane Eyre and in 2015, A Christmas Carol. While these rereads were pleasant enough, it’s a shame that it’s been several years since I attempted a new-to-me work of classic literature. The burnout from my years as an English Major are finally dissipating so, hopefully, in 2017, I can change that.

I don’t expect to read all the classics on my TBR, but I’d love to raise my count to two or three classics next year. It shouldn’t be too hard, especially since I’ve been longing to reread Persuasion for months.

Yes, I might even allow myself one more reread before the real work begins!

Top Five Literary Classics on My TBR   

Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott ~ Ivanhoe is one of the most enthralling novels I read during the course of my English degree. I attribute that mostly to the fact that I pictured Richard Armitage (in his Robin Hood leathers) as Bois-Guilbert as I read it. Beyond that, I loved the swashbuckling, adventure of Ivanhoe. It’s a shock, really, that I haven’t picked up Rob Roy already.

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens ~ Choosing one and only one Dickens novel to add to my TBR was difficult. There are several Dickens I’d like to read–Little Dorrit and Bleak House among them–but his books are too long for me not to narrow down my goal a bit. Our Mutual Friend caught my attention more than the others because (1.) I like the story and (2.) I can picture “Creepy Colonel Brandon” a.k.a. David Morrissey as Mr. Headstone as I read it.

Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell ~ I’ve read Gaskell’s Wives & Daughters, Cranford, and North & South. It’s about time I moved on from her books which have been adapted into miniseries and ventured into unknown territory. Sylvia’s Lovers is her take on historical fiction and I’m curious to see if it holds up to her more well-known novels.

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot ~ My relationship with Daniel Deronda is a fraught one. I’ve watched the miniseries twice, and I’ve come to realize there are few characters I loathe as much as Daniel Deronda. I want to read the novel because I’m curious if my hatred simply rests on Hugh Dancy’s version of the character or on the character himself.

Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress by Frances Burney ~ I’ve read Frances Burney’s Evelina twice. It’s ridiculous and fun and weirdly addicting for a 500 page epistolary novel about a socially inept girl. Burney’s definitely the predecessor to Jane Austen–which means I need to get on with reading the other two novels of hers I own. Cecilia, an “usual love story and deft social satire,” according to Amazon, seems the best bet for my second venture into her oeuvre.  

Are there any classics you’ve been wanting to read?

{Funko Friday} Funko Pops on My Winter Wish List

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It’s Funko Friday! I can’t believe it’s been such a long time since I’ve blogged about Funko Pops. My collection certainly has grown since since my last Funko Friday post in July. I have a handful of new Stars Wars and Harry Potter Pops and *maybe* a new DC Comics one or two. I have been very good about sticking to my four franchises. The only non-Disney/Star Wars/Harry Potter/DC figure I’ve gotten is Katniss Everdeen in her wedding dress. Seeing as The Hunger Games film series is one of my favorites of all-time, I’m giving myself a pass on that one.

Sadly, I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to stick to my four franchises rule in 2017. There’s rumors of The Lord of the Rings, Alias, and Lost Pops, and besides that, I’m already struggling not to pick up all the X-Men figures being released. If they ever start making Pops actually based off the X-Men films, I’m going to be in major trouble!

For now, I’m being good and only wishing for four up-and-coming Funko Pops. One on my list is a Pop from that forbidden X-Men line, but I’m going to allow it–at least for this one character.

Funko Pops on My Winter Wish List

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Beauty and the Beast: {Hot Topic Exclusive} Belle

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Beauty and the Beast: The Beast

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X-Men: Logan

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Harry Potter: {Hot Topic Exclusive} Harry Potter and Hedwig

What Funko Pops are on Your Wish List?

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Top Ten Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

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Joining in on The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday yet again!

I don’t think I’m alone in saying 2016 was a remarkably stressful year. I had great expectations when it came to all the books I wanted to read. I had hoped to get through A Song of Ice and Fire, read diversely, catch up on series, and tackle non-fiction.

Most of that didn’t happen. Instead, I ended up rereading Harry Potter and diving into cozy mystery and fantasy series. With real life hanging over me, I wasn’t up for anything more challenging than that.

Somehow, I did manage to find some excellent new-to-me authors in-between all my rereading and catching up on YA. Most of these authors write mysteries, fantasy, and historical fiction so if you’re looking for nice, escapist reads, the authors on my list are definitely ones I’d recommend.   

Top Ten Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

  •   K. B. Wagers ~ Behind the Throne was a surprise hit for me this year. I’d read awful Science Fiction novel after awful Science Fiction novel, but Wager’s space outlaw book pulled me in and I loved it. I’m especially excited to pick up the sequel, After the Throne, this month. I’m always happy to find a new author with a new series to look for to.
  • Susanna Clarke ~ This year was my year of gigantic Fantasy novels. Along with A Song of Ice and Fire, I finally tackled Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I adored it (even if the book dragged terribly in the middle), but even more so than Jonathan Strange, I loved Clarke’s book of fairy tales, The Ladies of Grace Adieu. I was so disappointed when I realized she hadn’t written any other books. I’m impatiently waiting for Book #3.
  • Anne Helen Petersen ~ With the demise of The Toast, I had to drown my sorrows in Anne Helen Petersen’s “Scandals of Classic Hollywood” series on The Hairpin. I read through most of the web-based essays before I finally picked up the book based off the series. It was fascinating to read about the classic film stars and the studio system. Next year, I want to read more about Hollywood and, hopefully, watch some new-to-me classic films too.
  • Kerry Greenwood ~ I discovered Miss Fisher’s Mysteries! Phryne Fisher is an amazing heroine and I cannot wait to continue with the series so I can take in all the sumptuous details of Phryne fashion and lifestyle.
  • Dorothy L. Sayers ~ Dorothy Sayers is one of those authors I can’t believe I hadn’t read before 2016. Her Lord Peter Wimsey books are just my sort of thing, and I’m only disappointed I wasn’t able to find any of her books at the last library book sale. They’re the perfect sort of cozy reads I like having on hand for bad days.
  • Amanda Grange ~ Amanda Grange writes the memoirs of Jane Austen’s heroes. I’ve added so many of her Austen books to my TBR after reading Edmund Bertram’s Diary earlier this year. I’m hoping to pick up to Captain Wentworth’s Diary soon. Of course, I might wait until I start my reread of Jane Austen’s novels next year.
  • Winston Graham ~ Ross Poldark was one of the best books I read this year. Unfortunately, I haven’t made it any further in the series (mostly because horrible Francis got on my nerves in Book Two). Next year, I’ll try to tackle Demelza and Jeremy Poldark. I’ve heard the series gets more frustrating as it goes on so we’ll see how much more I can manage.
  • Matthew Kneale ~ I found out about When We Were Romans from Jen Campbell’s Youtube channel. It’s a story of a parent’s mental illness told from the child’s point-of-view. It was a beautiful if heart-wrenching read and I loved it. Kneale has another book, English Passengers, with an even better rating on Goodreads. I definitely added it to my TBR. Another one to get to in 2017!
  • Virginia Woolf ~ I FINALLY read a book by Virginia Woolf. I choose A Room of One’s Own and it was one of those books where I started dog earing pages because there were so many good quotes. It was a dense, little book but so worth the read. I own Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and, while stream-of-conscious novels fill me with dread, I might read it anyway.
  • Morgan Matson ~ Morgan Matson wrote my “Summer-y” read, Since You’ve Been Gone. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Contemporary YA, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Matson’s written about three other books so if I need a Summer-y book next year I know which author to turn to.

Who is your favorite newly discovered author?

Book Review ~ Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers

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For twenty years, Hail’s been on the run. She’s an outlaw and gunrunner, but the people on her trail aren’t tracking her down for any crime. She’s a princess (third in line to the Indranan throne). She ran away from her Empress mother at eighteen to hunt down her father’s murderer and bring him to justice. She never found the killer, but she kept running.

The constrictive life of court couldn’t compete with the freedom of space.

Hail’s life outside the law, unfortunately, can’t last forever and everything’s thrown into upheaval when a pair of Imperial trackers catch up with her. They destroy her ship and take her captive, but the worst news is still to come. They’re taking her home because her mother is dying and her two sisters and niece have been murdered. Hail is now heir to the Indranan throne.

Between political machinations and murders attempts, Hail struggles to stay alive long enough to find her sisters’ killers and take her place as Empress. Thankfully, all her years dealing with crime bosses prepared her for staying alive–even when someone has a gun to her head.

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K. B. Wagers’ Behind the Throne is a fast-paced, Science Fiction romp. The plot catches you up and drags you along as its unlikely heroine dodges bullets and maneuvers deftly through court. Hail’s an engaging lead character. You feel for her losses, cheer as she takes on her enemies, and long for her to survive so her awful cousin won’t take the throne. Her gunrunner past makes her far more interesting than a lot of your resistant princess characters, and her age (thirty-eight) allows her to bring realistic maturity and experience to her actions.

Her home empire also sets her apart from many other Science Fiction heroines. The Indranan Empire was colonized by Indian settlers thousands of years before the action of the novel takes place. Hail wears saris, worships Hindu gods, and drinks chai. On top of that, her mother rules a matriarchy. Only women can inherit the throne and hold most important political positions. Hail does wish for more equality between the sexes, but for now, it’s the women of the Indranan Empire who run things.

Behind the Throne reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games and The Winner’s Curse series. Both The Hungers Games and Winner’s Curse are YA and not adult Science Fiction, but the pacing, style of political intrigue, and reticent heroines were reminiscent regardless. Wagers’ novel could actually be a good stepping stone from YA to Adult Sci Fi. The writing’s easy to read (if sometimes clunky), and the characters, diversity, and exciting storytelling are perfect for younger reads as well as older looking for a quick, engaging read.

I thoroughly enjoyed Behind the Throne. After reading a handful of horribly paced novels, this was just the book I needed to break me out of my reading slump. I had trouble putting Behind the Throne down and I’m looking forward to grabbing the sequel, After the Throne, when it’s released in December. I’d definitely recommend picking up Behind the Throne if action-packed Sci Fi with diversity is just your thing.

What Book has Broken You Out of a Reading Slump Lately?

Read Like a Gilmore: A Starter’s Guide to Rory’s Reading List

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Rory is a hardcore reader–at least in the first several seasons of Gilmore Girls. As the show progresses, she reads less and less AND YET she still manages to read and/or name drop 339 books over the course of the series. That’s a lot of books, particularly when you take into account most of them are Literary Fiction, Classics, or Nonfiction. Those genres lend themselves to hefty reads.

The whole, wild list can be found here. Check it out and take in all those titles. I may have read a lot of Epic Fantasy and Literature in high school and college, but I certainly didn’t read that much–even as an English Major!

Thanks to the sheer overwhelmingness of the list, I decided to make my own abridgement to it. I haven’t read everything Rory has, but I’ve read enough to give a starter’s guide to some of the best of the best on her bedside table. (I’ve actually read a good amount of these books this year so I can attest they hold up outside of a college classroom!)

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Read Like a Gilmore: A Starter’s Guide to Rory’s Reading List

The Fun Stuff

  1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  3. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

The Spooky Stuff

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  3. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  5. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Carrie by Stephen King

The Awesome Women’s Stuff

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
  3. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  4. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Other Stuff

  1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

What’s Your Favorite Book On the Rory Gilmore Reading List?

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Drink Like a Gilmore {Gilmore Girls Mug Round-Up}

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It’s almost here. The Gilmore Girls Revival is just about nigh, and it’s time to mentally preparing ourselves for whatever’s to come. I’m both excited and terrified for the new series. My greatest fear isn’t that the four new episodes will be bad. My greatest fear is that Rory is going to end up with Dean. (Trust me, my mom and I scoured the trailer for clues, trying to figure out which ex she’ll most likely get romantically involved with in the new series. Sadly, Dean seems the most probable.) Whichever way the new series goes, I know it’ll be fun to watch it collectively with the rest of the fans (and my mom–who I dragged into this mess).

For fun, I decided to round up nine Gilmore Girls-inspired mugs today. I don’t know about you, but I plan to have a freshly brewed pot of coffee when I sit down to watch the revival, and any of these mugs would be most appropriated drink-ware for the occasion.

Drink Like a Gilmore {Gilmore Girls Mug Round-Up}

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Cake Quote by Kacien

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Luke’s Diner by Joseph Ernst

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You’re the Lorelai to My Rory by Shaileyann

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Gilmore Mug by Moremeknow

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In Omnia Paratus by Little Inklings

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Drinking Coffee Like a Gilmore by CreeksideCrochetShop

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Coffee, Please & A Shot of Cynicism by It’s Always Autumn Here

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The Gilmore Life by White Cedar Cabin

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Vicious Trollop by ConfettiPrintsShop

What Quote from the Series Would You Like to See When You’re Sipping Coffee?

{Top Ten Tuesday} Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR

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It’s been awhile but I’m actually joining in on The Broke and The Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday this week.

I’ve discovered one of the bonuses of working at a library is that the librarians let you look at through their Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist catalogues. I say “bonuses,” but I guess that depends on how long my to-read list gets in the future. For now, it’s manageable–only ninety-one books according to Goodreads.

Ninety-one might seem like a lot (not to most book bloggers, I suppose, but to some people) but, knowing me, ninety-one books will be culled down to twenty once I actually start reading what’s on my TBR.

My reading taste can be finicky, and I drop books for no better reason that sentence length annoying me.

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The books on this list will hopefully be lucky ones that get read. I’m certainly excited to give them a chance.

Top Ten Books I’ve Added to My TBR Lately

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones ~ Wintersong is a YA novel with more than a little in common with a certain film called Labyrinth. Obviously, I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I heard it included a Goblin King. *Dance, Magic Dance!*

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth ~ I couldn’t finish the Divergent series. I just couldn’t. That doesn’t mean I’m not interested in trying Veronica Roth’s newest novel. It’s a political drama with space and superpowers. Definitely sounds up my alley.

The Gilded Cage by Vic James ~ When someone describes a fantasy novel as being similar to Downton Abbey, you know it’ll be high on my list of to-reads. The Gilded Cage is deals with class conflict and magic. I’m hoping it has more than a little in common with Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown.

Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold ~ I’ve been meaning to read the Vorkosigan Saga forever. I even started Cordelia’s Honor once years ago but never got far in it. The first book in the saga just made it back onto my to-read list because I decided that I’m going to finally try to tackle the series. It’s so popular. I want to know if I like it or not.

Crosstalk by Connie Willis ~ To Say Nothing of the Dog is one of my favorite Science Fiction novels of all time so when I found out Connie Willis had a new book–not in her Oxford Time Travel series–coming out, I figured it was about time I branched out and read her other work.

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders ~ I’m a fan of Charlie Jane Anders articles on io9. While novels aren’t exactly the same thing as website posts, I’m excited to try her book about friends, magic, and science!

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley ~ Somehow I’ve never read a book by Kameron Hurley. I’ve followed her on Twitter and read her articles, but I’ve never picked up an actual book by her (not even Geek Feminist Revolution!). The Stars are Legion sounds like a book I’ll enjoy–yet another book about space, politics, and a tough-as-nails heroine.

Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older ~ Urban Fantasy’s a genre I go back to when I feel the need for a quick, engaging read. Older’s Bone Rumba Street series is one of the more popular of the genre that I haven’t tried yet. I actually can’t believe it wasn’t on my TBR earlier.  

Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle ~ I adore Peter S. Beagle’s writing. I’ve only been putting off reading Summerlong so I can keep up with Science Fiction novels for SciFi Month. As soon as December hits, I’m diving it! (Truthfully, I don’t even know what this books is about, and I don’t care: It’s Peter S. Beagle.)

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hern ~ One of my friends from work recommended this series to me. She said it was a fantasy which takes place in Japan, and that’s really all I needed to know.

What Books Have You Recently Added to Your TBR?

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