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Amy

Thanks for the list! Looks like a lot of good ones.

Nothing wrong with comfort/fluffy reads...I like them myself!

Danielle

Amy--I'm a great fan of historical novels like these. And comfort reads are definitely good now and then!

BooksPlease

I'm still debating what book to read next. I've never done Thursday Thirteen, maybe I should have a go next week as I do like reading your lists.

I've read some of these and there are some great books there - 4, 6, 8 and of course 10.

I've not thought about The Far Pavilions for years. When I read it I just had to find more of M.M. Kaye's books. I saw a film of it later - nowhere near as good as the book, but then I usually think that.

litlove

I admire your list-making capacities so much, Danielle! I don't know how you do it. Have you ever read Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor? I have it on my shelves (it's a chunkster) and I was once told it was the definitive historical novel, but that could just have been good PR or enthusiasm. I'd love to find someone who's actually read it!

Cornflower

I agree - there's nothing wrong with comfort reads!

Lezlie

Great list! I loved "Dissolution" and the others in that series, I have "Abundance" and "The Canterbury Papers" in my pile next to the bed. I didn't care for "Nefertiti", but it was a personal thing. I compare all Ancient Egypt books to the ones by Pauline Gedge. Though "Pillar of Fire" by Judith Tarr made quite an impression on me! :-)

Looking forward to more of your lists!
Lezlie

Lisa

I always enjoy your lists, and I love historical fiction. Thanks for the suggestions!

Ashleigh

I've been meaning to read Abundance as well. I loved Naslund's Ahab's Wife so I'm sure she weaves a beautiful tale here.

Dorothy W.

Great list! Madame de Lafayette's The Princess of Cleves popped into my head as another example, something from the 17th C. I'd love to see a list of experimental fiction -- but I'm not at all implying that there's anything wrong with comfort reads! :)

Danielle

BooksPlease--I loved MM Kaye's mysteries--have you read those? Not terribly PC, but considering when they were written the attitudes towards 'colonials' wasn't surprising. I even bought her memoirs (all three volumes), though I haven't read them. I think I'd like The Far Pavilions.
Litlove--As long as I don't bore people with my lists!! :) I have not read Forever Amber, but I've looked at it in the bookstore--may have to get it one of these time--it is quite a long book, isn't it! I've heard it is a famous historical novel, though, so I should try it.
Cornflower--I don't know if I would enjoy reading so much if I didn't have my comfort reads!
Lezlie--I really haven't read anything about ancient Egypt, so I'm completely open to authors. I like what I've read in Nefertiti, and will also check out the authors/books you mention--thanks.
Lisa--Thanks! I'm glad you find my lists useful! :)
Ashleigh--I loved Ahab's Wife, too. I wouldn't mind rereading that sometime.
Dorothy--I think I have The Princess of Cleves somewhere--bought many years ago. I need to dig it out and look at it again. And I like challenging reads as well--will have to think about a list. I wonder how many books I have that are experimental...


Catherine Delors

Thanks, Danielle, for mentioning Mistress of the Revolution! I look forward to your impressions once you are done reading it.

And Ashleigh, I too am a Princess de Cleves fan.

Danielle

Catherine--I'll definitely be posting on it when I finish. As I've finally finished another book, I'll be taking this to work with me now this week! :)

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