History in the Making

10 books to go!

I am determined to make it to 100 books this year, and I’ve got 10 books to go. I have a few novellas that I’ve been waiting to read, I’m specifically making time to read, and I can do this! I have two books that will probably take me until the end of the year, but other than that, I am moving along!

The Winter WeddingAbby Clements

I read a few posts about The Winter Wedding, and I knew I had to crack it right away. I do enjoy Abby Clements, but I found this book to be entirely predictable, and not in a good way. It was almost like the love interest was repeatedly being shoved in your face. It wasn’t terrible by any stretch, but I preferred Meet Me Under the Mistletoe.


A Conspiracy of Violence-Susanna Gregory

I am still on my Restoration kick, so my ears perked up when I found a mystery series that takes place in Restoration London. Thomas Chaloner is a spy who spent years abroad, and is now in London spying for Lord Clarendon. It is quiet and unassuming, but that quiet nature is actually what really drew me in. Some of the Puritan characters drove me nuts, but I understand their function. I will most likely read the entire series!


In a New York Minute– Claudia Carroll

This novella is a lead up to Claudia’s new book, Meet Me in Manhattan. I plan on buying it for the plane ride to see M in December, so I figured I would get a head start. It is quite a short novella, but Claudia hooks you on Amy, the lead, right away! It’s a little painful to see numerous bad dates in such a short story, but it’s perfect for chick lit.


Married By Christmas– Scarlett Bailey

The heroine is neurotic and driven, but entirely lovable;  the groom-to-be is a total waste of time, and there is no reason why she would fly to New York to track down his first wife to give her divorce papers. I would love to read more about Anna, because when she puts her mind to it, some pretty spectacular adventures happen. Getting rid of Tom (the groom) would have amde the world of difference.

In progress:

London’s Sinful Secret: The Bawdy History and the Very Public Passions of London’s Georgian Age– Dan Cruickshank

I’ve been plugging away at this for months; he overloads you with primary sources. It appears that either he is unable to edit, or trying to fill more pages.

George Washington, A Life– Willard Sterne Randall

M was telling me about George Washington, who I actually knew nothing about, and I decided to download a biography on my Kobo. (What?? Canadians don’t learn about George Washington.) Turns out his mom was a jerk, and he was fairly pro-English in his late teens and early twenties (that’s as far as I’ve got). Randall is a touch wordy but it is interesting!

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!


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