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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

March Reading Roundup

Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends Through the Great War - Mary McAuliffe The Normans: From Raiders to Kings - Lars Brownworth The Iron King - Maurice Druon Murder On The Ballarat Train  - Kerry Greenwood A Right to Die - Rex Stout, David Stout The Magicians: A Novel - Lev Grossman Lady Fortescue Steps Out  - M.C. Beaton

  The best book I read in March (and my best new read so far this year): Twilight of the Belle Epoque.  I really recommend this story of the lives of Paris' cultural elite from 1900 through World War I.  Honorable mention: The Normans: From Raiders to Kings, and The Iron King, both great, 4-star reads.


No book was a "worst" this month, as I gave nothing under 3 stars, but Lev Grossman's The Magicians was easily the most frustrating read.  At some points while reading it, I was on the verge of giving it four stars, and at others, I wanted to slam it with two.  It was also the book I've found most hard to rate recently.  My biggest problem was with the main character, who evidently learns nothing while whining continuously.  It has sequels, but I doubt I will read them.


Here's to good reads for April!