45 books in 2014!
Shocking admission: I’ve never tracked my books before, so when 2014 began, I was encouraged by others setting ambitious reading goals and decided that the least I could do was write down the titles, authors and impressions of each book tackled.
Some were superb, others I did not finish (life’s too short to read truly unappealing books). Several were enjoyable although not particularly distinctive. Most were historical fiction; a few were non-fiction. I read several in my capacity as book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society and others for book club discussions.
Since I don’t like the five star rating system used by sites like Goodreads, I’ve taken a different approach. GR = good read, several caveats; ER = excellent, few caveats; OR = outstanding; DNF = did not finish; NMT = not my type; LR = light, enjoyable read.
Here’s the first six months. I’ll post the second list on Thursday. For those I’ve reviewed, a link is included.
|The Aviator’s Wife
|Book club; great story about Anne Morrow Lindberg
|The Book Thief
|Death as the narrator left me cold
|The Secret Rooms
|HNS review; non-fiction page-turner set in early 20th century England
|The Book of Salt
|Book club; Gertrude Stein’s Vietnamese cook
|Reading Like a Writer
|Non-fiction; some excellent chapters, others I skimmed
|The Golden Dice
|Part of a series on ancient Rome
|Margaret Evans Porter
|19th century romance with twists and turns
|Stronger after Josephine meets Napoleon
|The Mountain of Light
|Fascinating look at India
|Churchill’s First War
|HNS review; non-fiction about Churchill’s time in
|To Serve a King
|Donna Russo Morin
|The story of Genevieve, a spy for Henry VIII
|Go Away Home
|Coming of age in early 20th century Iowa
|Sharon Kay Penman
|Superb account of Richard I
|A Discovery of Strangers
|Book club; based on Franklin’s failed arctic voyage
|The Expected One
|Rated ** on Goodreads
|Empress of the Night
|About Catherine the Great
|Book club; more like a set of short stories
|The Storms of War
|HNS article on WWI novels; multiple threads make it read like a TV series
|HNS article on WWI novels; story meanders too much
|The Care and Management of Lies
|HNS article on WWI novels; wonderful read
|The Russian Tapestry
|HNS article on WWI novels; on the Russian front
|A Star for Mrs. Blake
|HNS article on WWI novels; American gold star mothers
|City of Jasmine
|delightful mystery set in post-WWI Damascus
Quite the range – and so many to recommend.
M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available in paperback from Amazon and in e-book formats from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes. Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.