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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

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages


A Throne of Books was asking for recommendations, many recommendations here: http://athroneofbooks.booklikes.com/post/1207500/recommend-away .


So here are what I could come up with for her (very) long list.


1. Favorite book: How could I name just one!?!?!?!

2. Start to a series: Dissolution, by C.J. Sansom.

3. Book by an author with more than 5 books: Dawn's Early Light, by Elswyth Thane.

4. Classic literature: Bleak House, by Charles Dickens.

5. Banned book: The Adventures of Huck Finn, by Mark Twain.

6. Featuring an assassin: The Life of Elizabeth I, by Alison Weir.

7. In a world with dragons: His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik.

8. Male main character: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel.

9. Female main character: North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell.

10. Retelling of another story: I've read a couple, but so long ago I hesitate to recommend them.

11. Book with a gorgeous cover: Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic, by Tom Holland.

12. Debut book: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley.

13. Fantasy: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, by Susanna Clarke.

14. Finale for a series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling.

15. Graphic novel: don't read them.

16. Book you paid over $15 and it was totally worth it: I'm sure there's something but I can't remember anything at present.

17. Published after 2010: How to Create the Perfect Wife, by Wendy Moore.

18. Featuring a Prince/Princess or King/Queen: We Two: Victoria and Albert - Rulers, Partners, Rivals, by Gillian Gill.

19. Thriller: The Alienist, by Caleb Carr.

20. You read because it was a bestseller: Shogun, by James Clavell.

21. Involving drugs: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie.

22. Memoir: I am Spartacus, by Kirk Douglas.  (Make that My Life in France, by Julia Child, which I just remembered.)

23. Favorite Completed Series as a whole: The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

24. Book with witches/warlocks: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling.

25. Historical Fiction: The First Man in Rome, by Colleen McCullough.

26. Ugly cry book: don't cry much when I'm reading.

27. Realistic fiction: Sophie's Choice, by William Styron.

28. Dystopia: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

29. Time travel: Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis.

30. Elf or dwarf main character: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

31. Favorite incomplete series: Matthew Shardlake novels, by C.J. Sansom.

32. Literary fiction: I'm not sure I read this.

33. Non-fiction: we could be here all week, as I read a lot of it.  Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Charles Edison Became a Count, by Jill Jonnes.

34. Middle grade novel: The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan.

35. Includes sword/knife fighting: A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab.

36. Something mysterious is afoot: Sabriel, by Garth Nix.

37. Diverse read (main character is non-white/non-straight): Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill.

38. Wanderlust: A Voyage Long and Strange, by Tony Horwitz.

39. Unreliable narrator: The Quiet American, by Graham Greene.

40. Character with mental illness: Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris, by Eric Jager.

41. Science fiction: Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood.

42. Paranormal main character: The Lightning Thief, by RIck Riordan.

43. Horror: don't read.

44. Books with murder in them: the Lord Peter Wimsey novels by Dorothy L. Sayers (starts with Whose Body?).

45. Set in a time of war (real or fiction): The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara.

46. Set in the place you live: In the Family Way, by Tommy Hays.

47. Book with servants: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.

48. Book eventually adapted into a movie: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

49. Book you've read more than once: Too many to list!

50. A good zombie book: don't read zombie books.

51. A love story: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

52. Set in space: Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson.

53. Multiple POV: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie.

54. Erotic for people who don't read erotic novels: don't read.

55. By a dead author: Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray.

56. By a living author: The Pericles Commission, by Gary Corby.

57. Childhood favorite: Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White.

58. A long book: The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.

59. Young adult: Father's Arcane Daughter, by E.L. Konigsburg.

60. Adult: I, Claudius, by Robert Graves.