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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

Best Reads of 2013

How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate - Wendy Moore North and South - Angus Easson, Elizabeth Gaskell, Sally Shuttleworth March - Geraldine Brooks Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us - Michael Moss Dominion - C. J. Sansom To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee The Pericles Commission The Pericles Commission - Gary Corby The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches - Alan Bradley The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - Ian Mortimer MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood

The Five-Star Reads:


How to Create the Perfect Wife - a wealthy lunatic obsessed with the educational theories of Jean-Jacques Rousseau kidnaps two orphans from the Foundling Hospital to raise one of them to be his wife.  Hilarity ensues.


North and South - a novel by Mrs. Gaskell, and written at about the same time Dickens was also taking on industrialization, which she tackles here.


March - Geraldine Brooks tackles the American Civil War by looking at the absent father of the March girls in Little Women.


Salt, Sugar, Fat - you do not want to know how much of these substances the packaged food industry is stuffing into their products.  Really, you don't.  The science was fascinating, the ethics appalling.


Dominion - In a 1952 where Hitler won, Britain is fascist, and a power struggle is expected in Germany, where Hitler is believed to be dying.  Meanwhile in England, a man working for the Resistance at the Dominions Office has terrible choices to make.


Maddaddam - the final volume of Margaret Atwood's dystopian trilogy.


To Kill a Mockingbird - a reread.  I picked this up for the first time in about 30 years, and it held up beautifully.  I had forgotten how funny it was.


Honorable Mention:


The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (a paranormal historical mystery)

The Pericles Commission (a historical mystery set in ancient Athens)

Elizabeth of York (biography of Mrs. Henry VII)

Winter King (not quite a bio, not quite a study of the whole reign, but it's about Henry VII)

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (a Flavia de Luce, and a very strong one)

The Man in the High Castle (the book that made Philip K. Dick's reputation)

The Disappearing Spoon (the periodic table is fun)

The Age of Wonder (the Romantics discover science)

The Time-Traveler's Guide to Medieval England (the Elizabethan one is good, but this is better)

The Endurance (I should have read it in July, this book is so cold.)

Justice Hall (And several others in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, which are nearly as strong.)


And only a couple of real turkeys!  A very good year, all told.