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CollectionsYour library (1,066), Currently reading (1), Ultimate Favorites (55), Loved (351), DNF (10), All collections (1,076)

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About my libraryI love to read historical fiction. That is my first love. I typically pick historical fiction books that are written by female authors. I am not against reading ones written by male authors. I just think that women can relate to women and pay attention to details better. I am open-minded when it comes to books and love suggestions for books that I might enjoy. I really enjoy historical mysteries. In fact I love the Jane Austen series (Stephanie Barron), Lady Emily Ashton (Tasha Alexander), Gaslight Mysteries (Victoria Thompson), Charlotte & Thomas Pitt and Monk (Anne Perry) just to name a few. I am sure there are more favorites, but my mind is drawing a blank at the moment.

The best series I have ever read was Harry Potter. I enjoyed the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. However, did not really compare to Harry Potter series to me. I enjoyed it, but nowhere close to as much as the Harry Potter series. I have read the Twilight series and have to say, "blah". It just didn't do it for me. But I did make it through the series. However not impressed. So Harry Potter is my first favorite series and then would come the Chronicles of Narnia. I loved those too, but they don't top Harry Potter. I am currently waiting for the next series to come out that will captivate me like Harry Potter did. I have yet to find anything similar that I have enjoyed as much. After the Chronicles of Narnia series, I have to say I love the series by Lauren Willig about Napoleon spies. It would be considered a romance actually, but I love love her and her series. I always make sure that I get her books the day that they come out. Another series that I have immensely enjoyed was the series by Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Ashton. I have to say Tasha Alexander and Lauren Willig are some of the authors that I must have their books on the day that they come out.

I love Historical Fiction that is set in England. I used to like anything Tudor related, but at this point I am a little sick of them. I have read every single book by Phillippa Gregory and not every single book by Jean Plaidy, but pretty close. I am actually currently trying to veer myself away from the Tudor era and focus on some earlier English history (i.e. 1300's-late 1800's). If the historical novels have electricity in them, more than likely it is way too current for me. I also want to explore French history. I have read some novels about Josephine Bonaparte and Marie Antionette and the French Revolution. I love love the French Revolution and need to stop focusing on Tudor England and on Revolution era France. I just haven't heard much about books about this time period, and need some suggestions. I also have been doing a little exploring into Russian history. I would very much welcome some historical fiction suggestions in either French or Russian history or pretty much any history. I love history and I am open to trying out new things.

I am pretty much open to anything other than Sci-fi, True Crime, Fantasy, Occult, and ABSOLUTELY no Vampires, Werewolves. I do like witches so those are ok. No Lord of The Rings-like stuff. So if you have any suggestions or can think of something that might pique my interest feel free to comment or do whatever it is you do on here.

Updated: 7/26/12

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 18th-19th Century Britain, 20-Something LibraryThingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Agatha Christie, Anglophiles, ARC Junkies, Awful Lit.show all groups

Favorite authorsTasha Alexander, Alan Bradley, Laurie R. King, Jean Plaidy, Deanna Raybourn, J. K. Rowling, Lauren Willig (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBelmont Abbey College Bookstores, Books-A-Million #403, Park Road Books, The Book Rack

Favorite librariesBelmont Branch, Gaston County Public Library, Bessemer City Branch, Gaston County Public Library, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - Main Library, Cherryville Branch, Gaston County Public Library, Dallas Branch, Gaston County Public Library, Ferguson Branch, Gaston County Public Library, Gaston County Public Library, Lowell Branch, Gaston County Public Library, Mount Holly Branch, Gaston County Public Library, Stanley Branch, Gaston County Public Library, Union Road Branch, Gaston County Public Library

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I am so happy to hear that you like the books I selected for you. There was also a fourth book that I didn't think I could get for you but was one of the recommendations from another reader. It was both easy to find books (we both share a love for the same genres) and somewhat difficult (we share quite a few of the same books) but your description of what you were looking for and your wishlist made it easy. And who doesn't love book shopping!

So enjoy!

Renee
P.S. I just realized that you made recommendations for my SantaThing last year and I added a couple of those books to my "One Day You Shall Be Mine" list. It's a small LT world!
Dear Santa,

I wrote this note on the Santa board, but later realized that you probably wouldn't be able to see it.

I want to thank you for the two books. Both look like I will really enjoy them. I had not heard of The Secret of the Sands, and it seems to be just my type, so it was a good surprise. And Huntingtower was recommended to me by a friend, so I am glad to get it. I am also curious about the book that was unavailable, so if you read this, I'd love to know what it was! (And I will look into the other suggestions too).
Hello Lilkim741,

I read your profile after seeing that your reading preferences are (VERY!) similar to mine and also wanted to share my love of Philippa Gregory with someone else (my boyfriend doesn't understand my passion for English/tudor history lol).
Quick question; if I ready Jean Plaidy do you think I would feel disappointed compared to Ms Gregory's talents?

kind regards

Opalcat AKA Jen x
PS: Am also a Mega Harry Potter fan- growing up with the books was a lot of fun!
I just wanted to thank you for your suggestions to my SantaThing Santa! I will add the author Tasha Alexander to my "One day you shall be mine" list. I love historical novels and when you recommend her books as similar to Deanna Raybourn, then I can't wait to read them. Again, thank you for the recommendations!

My recommendations for you include several by the author David Liss, such as "A Conspiracy of Paper", "The Devil's Company", and "A Spectacle of Corruption". They have been described as 'historical thrillers' and they are a series of engaging tales set in 18th-century London. I thoroughly enjoyed them and can't wait for the next one. Also, "Sarum" by Edward Rutherfurd is a historical novel that spans the timeline families of ancient England to modern times with a story of the building of Stonehenge to the Salisbury Cathedral. "A Case of Curiosities" by Allen Kurzweil is the story of Claude Page, a young man in 18th century France who invents a 'mechanical talking head' and finds himself wrapped up in the turmoil of the French Revolution. A very intriguing book. Lastly, I recommend the books of Kate Ross. They are historical mysteries set in the Regency (1811-1820) period of England. They feature the unlikely 'detective' Julian Kestrel and are a wonderful look at the life and times during that period. I just received "A Cut to the Quick" from my SantaThing and I can't wait to get started! It won an award in 1994 for Best Historical Mystery.

Anyway, thanks again for your suggestions!

Renee
a.k.a. TheFlamingoReads
Thanks for the cookie and cross stitching books. They were perfect. I already see a few cookies that I am interested in baking.

Have a happy New Year!

Cheers,
Jennifer

P.S. I see you just added Catherine the Great. You will have to tell me what you think of it. I have been thinking about purchasing it myself.
The books you chose all look great! Thanks for making such inspired choices. Happy holidays,

Jennifer
Hiya,

Thanks for the great choices in Santa Thing books! You couldn't have made a better selection!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in the new year!

Myckyee
I absolutely do look at that cozy mystery website. Very often. For instance, I noticed that there's a new Jeanne Dams Dorothy Martin mystery. I was reading one of the Elizabeth J. Duncan mysteries (the 2nd or 3rd one, I think) and Dorothy Martin made an appearance in that other series.

I will have to check out your library for cozy mysteries. In the 75 books group and the 11 in 11 challenge, (now 12 in 12 challenge), I talk a lot about them. Of my 12 categories for 2012, probably 8 are mystery-related.

Glad to hear that they got all 5 books. I love that 4 for 3 deal.
lol, our comments must have crossed in cyberspace! thanks again...

K.
hi and thank you!

you are an amazing secret santa! you did so well, i would have thought you broke into my house and looked through the note book i carry in my purse! lol
killer hair is one by an author i haven't tried, but i have seen at the library, and it looks SO GOOD.
and the Alt book? it is on my list... i like to start a series in the beginning, and they never seem to have this one in at the library in paperback, and i have been too lazy to put it on my waiting list...
and nancy martin is an author i read a short story in a compilation once, so i am sure i will enjoy her, and can't wait to read more by her.
these are books i never would have bought for myself, but i am really excited about the choices, and am pleased at the opportunity to try new authors. i look forward to getting to know you better, and keeping an eye on your library.

thanks again. off to read =D
Krissa

ps victoria thompson is my mum's latest favorite author too, glad to see you are enjoying them...
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