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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Ross King
Progress: 64 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

Something About Me

A lot of us are posting (or re-posting) little "get to know me" posts, so here's mine.


I'm a stroke survivor, of eleven years now.  Reading is one of the things I didn't have to re-learn how to do.  (Talking and telling time are two others.)  I don't think I've ever been so grateful for something in my life as when I looked at a sign in the ER and realized I could still read it.


I no longer work (I have the stamina of a slug for one thing, and can't drive, for another), but my academic background is in history.  My interests are mostly in early-modern and modern European, but I'm OK on American history as well. 


I live in South Carolina, where "the war," unlike in the US generally, does not mean the war that ended in 1945, but the one that ended in 1865.  I have ancestors who fought and died in that war - on both sides.  (It amuses me as a historian that I also have ancestors who fought on both sides of the English Civil War.)


I still read a good bit of non-fiction: mostly history, but also sometimes science or some other field.  I also read a lot of mystery, historical fiction, and their love child, historical mystery.  Frankly, I read anything that stays still long enough, probably not including horror (I read a Steven King once, in about 1983) and westerns.


I don't give out 5 stars very generously (once this year, so far, though I think it's going to be twice pretty soon), but am fairly generous with 4 stars.  A 3-star read for me is a perfectly decent book.  (It's also my default rating for "I know I read this book a long time ago, but don't remember much of what I thought of it.") 


One of the things I like about being here on BookLikes is that it makes me want to review more.