Resources for Readers

I’m passionate about reading, especially historical fiction, and I suspect you are too. What is it about books that keep us up at night or make us want a book to never end? In today’s post, I’ve included a few posts from the past that focus on reading.

Books Build Bridges featuring identical twins from Iran who run an English language book club in their city and also teach English and a second language. Books build bridges between countries and cultures.

10 Tips for Being an Actively Engaged Reader features the dynamic Elaine Newton – With over 50 years as a book critic and 40 years teaching humanities at university, Elaine Newton knows a thing or two about being an engaged and critical reader. Critical in the positive sense of that word …

10 Insights on Millennial Readers – looks at millennials to see if their reading habits and preferences differ from other age groups based on reader surveys done.

Source: Vermontville Township Library

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks – I love Geraldine Brooks’ novels. This one I read in 2017. The most recent one of her novels that I’ve read is Horse (also a terrific read).

2020 – A Strange Year of Reading – the pandemic affected many readers. Some read more than usual while others couldn’t settle down to read at all. This post describes my experience of that surreal time.

A Tribute to Sharon Kay Penman – Sharon was an extraordinary writers whose historical fiction influenced and entertained many. Shortly after hearing of her death, I wrote this post.

10 Thoughts on Social Reading – while we usually read books as a solo occupation, there are so many ways to engage with other readers after doing so. This post explores how.

Every year since 2014, I’ve summarized the books I’ve read that year with some brief comments and a simple rating scheme. Each year usually has two posts so I’ve included a link to the first post. Feel free to check them out: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 was included above in A Strange Year of Reading, 2021, 2022, 2023. Phew, that’s a lot of reading!

You can also have a look at posts that mention book clubs or book club gals to further explore specific books that the books clubs I belong to have read.

Happy reading! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts about reading, historical fiction, and how your world of books is changing.


M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel is THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, a dual timeline set in Hong Kong. Mary’s other novels, PARIS IN RUINS, TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads or on her website

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