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SusannaG

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

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
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 12 %
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 %

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!