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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
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

July Roundup

We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals - Gillian Gill Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends - Mary McAuliffe Uprooted - Naomi Novik Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie Ancillary Sword (Ancillary Justice) - Ann Leckie The Quiet Gentleman - Georgette Heyer Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

Best reads: In a perfectly extraordinary month, I read 2 five-star books (We Two and Dawn of the Belle Epoque), and a 4.5 star book (Uprooted).  For several days this month I had "reading hangovers"; whatever I read I felt sure it wouldn't be a good as what I had just finished.


Strangest read: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie.  I liked it, as have others in the science fiction community (it won a number of awards), but I can see how the narrative style could drive some readers nuts.


No Worst Read, as nothing really under 3 stars.  But the Weakest Read was The Invisible Library, a steampunk alternate-universes fantasy (with librarian spies, homicidal steam centipedes, faeries, vampires, dragons, and werewolves), which tried to do a bit too much at once.  (Yes, I was reminded of The Parasol Protectorate novels, among other things.  I like those better, by the way.)