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Stacking the Shelves: My Own Little BEA


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where we share the books that have been added to our overflowing shelves in the last week (or you know, whatever period of time we choose). 

If you have been a visitor to my blog for any amount of time, you’ll see that I haven’t done any type of book haul post in a very long time. I went through a period where I would grab too many books and then never read them. Space is definitely at a premium and I tried to be a little smarter about buying/receiving books.

Well, then last week Hannah from The Irish Banana Review had many, many books sent to her from publishers for the BEA YA Party that still needed homes. I drove over 100 miles there and back to her house to shop her basement. It was a beautiful thing.

So consequently, I added 25 books to my floor (I can’t say shelves because my bookshelf is already too full. There isn’t any space left for another book on them). Some might end up being used for giveaways, but the vast majority of them I am very thrilled to have. I wasn’t able to go to BEA this year (or last year) so this in many ways was my own little BEA.  


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (I haven’t read this despite all the hype. I figure I should at least see what it’s all about and make up my own mind.)
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (I have heard many good things about this series and am very excited to have gotten the first in the series.)
Tracked by Jenny Martin
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (I have been wanting to read this since it came out and even more after it gained more hype.)
A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz (Love the cover!)
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (One a few retellings coming out this year. I actually prefer the ARC cover than the one on Goodreads.)
The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet
Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu (A graphic novel!)
I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Dove Arising by Karen Bao
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (I actually got the ARC for this at BEA 2013 but couldn’t get into it and gave the ARC away. Hoping to try again and get into it.)


The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan (Gotta love fantasy!)
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber
Bloodkin by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr
The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wayne-Jones
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (I have only read the Scorpio Races by her so I’m curious to see how much I like her other work.)
Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Many of my book friends liked this book.)
Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum (Another retelling. Very cool cover!)

If you check out my Instagram account, you’ll see I also got a few more things this past week. My #OTSPSecretSister got me The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, I bought Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt, and there were some totes involved with Hannah’s book party. Needless to say, it was a great book week!

How will I pick which books to read first? Why, the Seasonal TBR Challenge of course! Check it out, sign up, and win prizes!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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Waiting on Wednesday is the popular meme to highlight upcoming releases that we are excited about. It was created and is run at the Breaking the Spine.

go set a watchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Harper

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

Who is not excited for this book? For a classic that was always assumed to be a standalone, it is certainly an exciting find and release. The controversy regarding this book is confusing and is not fantastic, but I still think I will read this and be excited for it.

Are you looking to figure out what which book to read next from your TBR? Or want a fun way to discover new books? Check out the Seasonal TBR Challenge!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Waiting on Wednesday is the popular meme to highlight upcoming releases that we are excited about. It was created and is run at the Breaking the Spine.

I haven’t done this meme in a while but I figured I would spotlight one of the books that I saw so many people being excited for at BEA this year.

six of crowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven in this brand-new book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

It sounds quite good, and given that I haven’t read any of Leigh’s books yet, I’m all about starting out with a new series.

Are you excited for this book too?

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Michelle’s Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish.

This week is a freebie, so I figured because I haven’t already listed out what I am excited for, I’d do it now!

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  1. Days Like This by Danielle Ellison: I’m extraordinarily lucky to know Danielle and am very excited for her latest book. It comes out next month and I think the cover is gorgeous. She also had a really cool campaign going on social media to get people to focus on the good things, #dayslikethis1
  2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black: My lovely #OTSPSecretSister got me this book a couple of months ago and I’m very excited to dive into it this summer. I love almost all of Holly Black’s books so I have high expectations for this one.
  3. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I’m so late to this considering how this book to the reading community by storm, but I would like to see how I feel about it! Hopefully I get to it this summer!top10tues 2
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik: Despite having only read His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi has earned a spot as one of the authors I will grab at. I’m very excited to read this as it sounds just as intriguing but very different from the Temeraire series.
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: Again, I’m apparently pretty late to the party on this one despite having followed its progress since it was an idea that Victoria was playing around with. I look forward to savoring it.
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: All the coverage on this book lately! I have never read Maas before so I think perhaps this is a good one to start with. Ride the wave while it’s rising!
  7. Trapped by Kevin Hearne: Probably not anyone else’s list, but I’ve been binge reading the Iron Druid Chronicles so this is the next one I have to read. It’s happening.
  8. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon: Like Trapped, this is the next book I have to read in the Outlander series. I need to get going with it before I forget some of the details of Voyager.
  9. White Queen by Phillipa Gregory: My #OTSPSecretSister ALSO got me this one, which I have wanted to read since watching the Starz series. It’s been a while since I read a good historical fiction.
  10. The Heir by Kiera Cass: This is my guilty pleasure series, and as much I don’t have high hopes for this book, I’m still curious enough to divulge.

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Christina’s Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish.

Christina’s Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

The top three on this list are hands-down my three all-time favorite authors at this point based on the books I have read, want to re-read, and have collected on my shelves. It is clear I must really enjoy epic-adventure, historical, mystical, and long novels. Don’t forget to share your top ten (or at least top three) authors of all time!

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien – Hands down, geek out, J.R.R. Tolkien fan. I recently re-read The Hobbit and am so glad I did. To carry out my book obsession with Tolkien, I have also seen and own the extended versions for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I went out to see The Hobbit trilogy movies on opening weekend each time. (Yes, the third Hobbit movie I purchased my ticket for opening day over a week in advance and in reserve seating) I love Tolkien’s writing style, I love his characters, I love the world he created in his books… I even have his Book of Lost Tales series and Unfinished Tales.
  2. Ken Follett – If you ask me to recommend a book to you, I will more than likely jump to a Ken Follett book. I was first introduced to this author when I started watching The Pillars of the Earth mini-series on television. I stopped the series a couple of episodes in, started the book, and have been hooked on Follett since. I have lent out and bought new copies of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End books just to ensure I always have them on the shelf. I loved his book A Place Called Freedom. I’m still working through his Century Trilogy and have read Fall of Giants. My next Follett book I will be starting soon is A Dangerous Fortune. He is an excellent historical fiction writer.
  3. George R. R. Martin – Take Tolkien and Follett, combine Tolkien’s mystical world with Follett’s writing style and you get Martin. I am hooked on the Song of Ice and Fire series and am dying for the 6th book to come out. (like the rest of the world) I am one of those people who love the HBO Game of Thrones series, but I get so irked when they divert from Martin’s story-line in the books. He is so meticulous and the direction of each character is so planned and yet unpredictable for the reader… come on Martin, hurry up and release the next book of the series! (And HBO, stop messing with the story line!)
  4. Jeff and Michael Shaara – This father-son duo has a knack for historical fiction. I love their books on the Civil War and have another on the American Revolution on the shelf to read soon. They both carry a unique writing style that brings me into the war and makes me feel like I am witnessing the battles in action.
  5. The Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm) – When I was a little girl, I received The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm from my grandpa. I sat there in my room and read this book from cover to cover. I was fascinated by the stories, the fairy tales, the quality and quantity, the lessons, and the number of Disney and other films who developed movies from their stories. I believe this was the first “door-stopper” book I ever sat down and read. I will always treasure this book I received from my Gramps and the stories contained within by these masterful writers.
  6. James McPherson – Excellent non-fiction writer on the Civil War and surrounding period. McPherson has written a couple of my favorite books, including Battle Cry of Freedom and For Cause and Comrades. One can really learn a lot from his approach to history and advancements he’s made through his research in the field.
  7. Tony Horwitz – Horwitz is a fun and different type of historical non-fiction author. He explores history from more of a journalist perspective as seen in his books Confederates in the Attic and A Voyage Long and Strange. Horwitz explores the countries through the eyes of the historical period he is writing about. For example, in Confederate sin the Attic, Horwitz travels through the southern states visiting towns and events such as battle reenactments to see how history is being remembered today, how it has had an influence on the people through generations, and tells the story of the history he is exploring in this sense.
  8. David McCullough – Another fun and easy-to-read historical non-fiction writing. Many people know him for his work on 1776 and John Adams. He tells a broad history in a fun and succinct fashion. I find I can read his works pool-side and relax while taking in the lessons he is trying to teach.
  9. J.K. Rowling – I suppose I can’t write this list without include Rowling who has done so much for the fantasy genre. Rowling worked magic through her Harry Potter series. Now she is on to writing a new genre of tales. While I was not the biggest fan of A Casual Vacancy, I loved her writing style and how she brought everything together in the end. The Cuckoos Calling was a classic murder mystery piece I enjoyed and particularly liked talking about with the book club.
  10. Gillian Flynn – As twisted as she is, I can’t get away from her books. I look forward to reading them and I blow through her books reading them non-stop. Flynn has a mind she brings out on the paper that I don’t think can be matched by another. Her books leave me thinking “what the f***” and yet I can’t put them down and crave more.

Honorable Mention:

  • Margaret Mitchell – I had to include Mitchell on this list simply because of her masterpiece Gone with the Wind. I will forever treasure this book on my shelf. It was ahead of her time, and a classic that will forever be read and adored. A beautiful depiction of the Civil War, of romance for the ages, of life, perseverance, and lessons learned… Mitchell is worth the read.

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Christina’s Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books She Recently Added To Her To-Be-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish.

Ten Books Christina Recently Added to Her To-Be Read List

I have fortunately received some great book recommendations lately. Thanks to Goodreads, it’s so easy to keep track of my to-read list! Looking at the books I recently added, here are ten I’m looking forward to getting to:

1. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott – This book was recommended by Erin Lindsay McCabe (author of I Shall Be Near to You). Given my love for Civil War history, I am looking forward to reading this.

2. Farewell, My Queen by Chantal Thomas – I read Thomas’ book The Exchange of Princesses and very much enjoyed it. I would love to read her previous book on Marie Antoinette.

3. A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine by Jay McInerney – I was recommended this book by my Business of Wine class teacher to further my knowledge of the wine industry. Looking forward to reading this!

4. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) by James Dashner – As you all know, I recently read The Maze Runner with the book club and loved it! One of my friends brought me the rest of the series to check out. Can’t wait to dive on in!

5. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson – One of my old roommates saw I was George R. R. Martin obsessed after finishing his A Song of Ice and Fire series. He recommended I check out this book series if I like Martin – it’s epic, fantasy, adventure. Awesome.

6. Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey by Fred Minnick – This book popped up on my recommended for me by Goodreads based on what I had read and others were reading… it sounds fun, entertaining and like a good casual read.

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas – This book is expected to be released May, 2015. I came across it in a give-away and tried to win it (I failed at that). But it seems so up my alley fantasy-wise. I am really looking forward to this book’s release!

8. The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)  by Philippa Gregory – I have seen this movie and was recently recommended the book by a colleague of mine. I love historical fiction so added this straight to my to-read shelf.

9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – I could not put down Gone Girl or Sharp Objects… I need to complete my Flynn craving!

10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – This is our April book-club selection so naturally one of the next on my to-read lists. As soon as I finish Water for Elephants I plan to start this one!

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Christina’s Ten Books for Readers Who Like the Civil War

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish.

Ten Books for Readers Who Like the Civil War

With a background in early American history, the Civil War was one of my favorite subjects to study and read about. I have compiled a list of a couple of fiction books along with non-fiction reads for the reader who loves the Civil War and history:

  1. This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust – One of my favorite books on the Civil War. Sounds morbid (and the book is) but I highly recommend it and have passed this book along to multiple friends. It is brutal, shows the disease and deaths behind the war, and is a must-read to truly understand the effects the war had on the men who fought, their families, and the country.
  2. Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! by George C. Rable – Love this book. I may be bias since I grew up just across the river from Fredericksburg in Stafford. The writing style, again, is vivid and sickening at times. Rable focused on the conditions of the soldiers prior to war, the monotony in camps and waiting for battle; he moved onto the battle itself; finally he looked at the aftermath of the war… the psychological effects on the soldiers and the physical. Worth the read.
  3. Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson – You cannot avoid reading James McPherson when you study the Civil War. I will argue this book is another one of the best to read on the war. McPherson started with the Mexican-American war’s end and continued through the events of the Civil War. It is a long book, but a great event-by-event read on the outbreak and events during the Civil War.
  4. For Cause & Comrades by James McPherson – Great short read (and another by McPherson). In this one, McPherson looked at why men fought in the war as revealed through letters and diary entries. It is a unique and deep approach to what was going on in soldiers’ minds and why they risked their lives to fight for their country, their brothers, and the cause.
  5. Deliver Us From Evil by Lacy K. Ford – I apologize that at least three of these books I recommend are what we call “door-stoppers”… they’re thick, heavy books (and ones I recommend reading the book itself and not on an e-book reader or you’ll get fatigued). Ford focused on the slavery question in the South prior to war and how it led to the outbreak of the Civil War. The lower south and the upper south’s slavery debates differed from each other. The slavery question went back to the Continental Congress and forming of the nation. It is a rich and diverse history, different depending where you were in the south… keep sticky notes by you for this book.
  6. The Impending Crisis by David M. Potter – Copyright 1976 and still a relevant read. Potter was ahead of his time as he looked at the causes of the Civil War from the year 1848 to 1861. This book is highly referenced and one every Civil War historian must read.
  7. Lincoln’s Sanctuary by Matthew Pinsker – This book is a little different than typical Civil War reads. It looks at the personal life of Lincoln and his escape to the Soldier’s Home in Washington, DC . I reviewed this book here, so you can read more about it. I recommend it for the reader looking for a more intimate approach to the life of the Civil War president. (A trip to the Soldier’s Home following the read is also highly recommended!)
  8. The Approaching Fury by Stephen B. Oates – This is a fun read because it puts voices to those names one reads about all the time during the Civil War. It is almost like a first-person perspective of the events leading up to the war and causes to the outbreak. Readers can follow speakers like: Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, Nat Turner, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Jefferson Davis. It is a different read and a fun take on the causes of war.
  9. Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara – Another fictional “first-person” story on the war. Have you seen the movie “Gods and Generals”? Well, here is the story it was based on. Shaara followed the leaders of the war (Lincoln, Jackson, etc). It’s a great historical fiction read for those who love the Civil War’s history.
  10. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara – Michael was Jeff’s father. They shared a passion and wonderful style for writing, as evident in their two books. Killer Angels was a great read on the battle of Gettysburg and events that took place as told through the perspective of key players. Another great historical fiction read I highly recommend!

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Christina’s Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club

toptentuesTop Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish. 

Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club

For today’s “Top Ten Tuesday,” I divided my books up into two categories of 5:

  • The first five are books I have read with my book club and highly recommend you read with yours!
  • The last five are books I hope to read with my book club in the future from our nomination list.

For the first five, I noted why these were such great book club reads. Enjoy, and be sure to share your picks or thoughts if you have read any of these and think they would be ideal for a club (or not)!

Books I loved reading with my book club:

  1. Defending Jacob by William Landay – We just finished this book for our January book club read. I highly recommend it for other book clubs! Majority of our club finished this book, and there were many good questions that sprung from the read and each person’s interpretation. In some Kindle editions, there are questions at the end for book clubs to discuss as well… we tried these out and people seemed to have a good conversation!
  2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This book was a fast-paced read and a fun one. The twists and turns were great discussion topics for our club. In addition, it was another plus majority of the people finished this book so the conversation was diverse.
  3. Lexicon by Max Barry – I very much enjoyed this book, and when I finished, I was looking forward to the discussion that would occur following. The book made me think, and I developed questions of my own along the way. If everyone in the group does this (develops their own questions with this read) the book club conversations can be fun and open up ideas that may not have occurred to others in the club.
  4. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe – Judging by the title of this book, this is a book club read. I appreciated having the opportunity to share my thoughts aloud with a group after finishing this book, as well as listening to others talk about their interpretation. This book affected everyone in the club differently… if you are just starting a club, I recommend starting with this book. It’s emotional, but it can really bring your club closer together.
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This was a fun book I really enjoyed reading with the book club. After our first years as a club, we reflected back on our favorite reads and meetings, and this one was at the top of the lists. We dressed to theme for the book which started the conversation off right away as people walked through the door. It was a fun read, one that kept the reader thinking, and one that was fun to meet and talk about with a group.

Books I would love to read with my book club:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – This book was a Good Reads choice winner and has received rave reviews. I received this book in our book club’s white elephant holiday book exchange, and I can’t wait to start it. From the feedback I’ve heard on this book, it sounds like it would be a popular book with a group.
  2. Vicious by V.E. SchwabI put this book on my list of books I would like to read with the club because it is our next book on the list for February’s read. Michelle has talked about this book and is so excited for others to read it as well. I am looking forward to our next meeting and tackling this book as my next read!
  3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – As a club, we have read Flynn’s other two books (Gone Girl and Sharp Objects) and had some good conversations. I would love to read her third book with the club so we can talk about all three books together and compare the author’s development or style over the course of these three reads.
  4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – We were looking at books that have been turned into movies as potential reads for the club this year so we can have a club meeting that starts with the book discussion then goes into a movie-viewing. This book was nominated on our club list, and I have been recommended this read from others as well. A movie party for book comparison sounds like it would be a fun time to me!
  5. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – This book has been on our nomination list for a few months, and recently another friend outside of the club recommended I check this book out. Hopefully our club will get to this book soon so we can knock it off our nomination list and finaly read it.

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Friday 56: Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

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This meme is run by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

wonder showSo I’m racing through Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby this week. It’s very enjoyable! I don’t think it’ll take much longer for me to finish it!

“I can see what she’s doing,” Mister said, sneering. “And that isn’t all I see.” He bent down and reached under the bed. His hand came back holding a brown glass bottle. The label had a red bar at the top with a skull and crossbones.

Cue the ‘oooo’s! So cool, right?

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Christina’s Top Ten Books She Really Wants To Read But Does Not Own Yet


Top Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

I love to swing by thrift stores and library book sales to find the gems that are donated… I hope to come across at least a couple of these soon to add to my shelves and start reading these books I have wanted to read, some for a while now, but don’t own yet.

  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – First, I have to say how excited I am because we will be reading this book for our October book club pick! After Gone Girl, this book was an easy selection. Gone Girl invoked a passionate discussion as well as strong opinions about the read. When it came to my selection for a book, I was looking for a thriller/suspenseful book to fit the Halloween season, and this one jumped out at me. Can’t wait to own and read this book soon!
  2. The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara – I have read Killer Angels and Gods and Generals by Michael and Jeff Shaara. As someone who grew up just outside of Fredericksburg, VA, I love Civil War history, and these earlier books I have read from the father-son authors were a more personable side to the history tales, creating a fictional story in a significant, past event. The Last Full Measure is another Civil War based novel on the third year of the war following Gettysburg, focusing on Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.
  3. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – Shame on me for not reading these yet… I have wanted to for a while, and have seen the movies. Every time I go to pick up the series, however, I am hooked on another series! (Currently, this is the Song of Ice and Fire series; Before, it’s been re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s books or Ken Follett’s) I know these books have come across thrift shops before, so I will keep my eyes out and purchase the series soon (hopefully!)
  4. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup – I have been eager to read this book since the movie first came out in theatres. I have not yet seen the movie, and I want to wait to watch it until I have read the book. I have been recommended this book by others in my history classes, including professors, and will hopefully have this one on my shelf soon too. It is a memoir following the graphic life of Solomon Northup, a free man captured and sold into slavery.
  5. Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin and others – I came across this book when browsing Goodreads one day. There are numerous authors who have contributed to this compilation, including Martin, amongst others. The tales of heroes and villains mixed together sounds like it will be an entertaining read to pick-up casually and read, but put down as needed.
  6. The Chardonnay Charades by Ellen Crosby – I own and have read The Merlot Murders by Crosby, and have since added the The Chardonnay Charades to my soon-to-own-and-read list. I was between this book and Sharp Objects for October’s book club read, and in the end selected the latter. The Chardonnay Charades is the second book in Crosby’s “Virginia Wine Country Mysteries” series, and is set in Atoka, Virginia. Michelle has told me she heard about the great Civil War history intermingled throughout the book… noticing a pattern yet with some of my historical books on this list?
  7. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron – O look…another historical fiction book set during the nineteenth century on my list! I have wanted to read this book for two reasons: one because the story of Nat Turner, a radical abolitionist, is one to know and understand reactions to slavery and abolition during the nineteenth century; two, because Styron is a Virginia native, and I am big on supporting local authors (and wines!)
  8. North and South by John Jakes – Ok… this Civil War theme is just ridiculous now. This book has been on my to-read since I first saw the TV mini-series that came out. The author incorporates history into this novel that follows three generations of two families who were torn apart during the great civil war of the nineteenth century.
  9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – A classical masterpiece I have yet to read… I would like to both own and read this book. I want to read this book more because it is such a classic that has left its impact in the literary world. Tolstoy focuses on the Napoleonic Wars time period in this historical fiction classic.
  10. Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal and Romance by a compilation of authors – This is another book that came across my Goodreads as one I may be interested in. Again, another bundle of short stories that I can pick up and put down at my leisure… this book seems like one I may enjoy, possibly for a book club read. The compilation follows historical romances written by numerous authors.

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