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What a great line-up to choose from! I’m curious to see where, or should I say when, you decide to travel. So much great historical stories to read, but my favorites: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian (whole series really) and Mary Renault’s The Mask of Apollo. I’m still reading January’s book, but next up for February, my prompt is Diaspora, and I think I’m going to read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which I guess is also somewhat historical ;)


I'm stuck in the Morland Saga right around William and Mary.
Wanted to let you know I'm reading We'll Always Have Paris and I'm loving it. Thanks so much for the recommendation.
The only one in your TBR pile that I've read is the White Witch, read it many years ago, but I always enjoy Elizabeth Goudge.


I've read Witch Child. I thought it was pretty good.


As usual many tempting titles to choose from. I'd lean toward the The Diary of Emily Dickinson--that sounds intriguing.

Joan Kyler

'The English Civil War is not my favorite subject to read about (hence being stuck in Restoration England in the Morland Saga of Cynthia Harrod-Eagles)'. You sound like a time traveller stuck in another world! But that's what we readers are, aren't we?


I do love a good historical fiction novel. This is a great list of books to choose from so I'm sure whichever one you end up picking up you'll have a great time with it!

Laura C

Goudge's White Witch is the only one of those books that I have read and is a favorite.


I am not traveling far as I am just going back to the Victorian era with the Moss book, Bodies of Light. I have been wanting to read it, so I can't resist even though I had hoped to pick something more unfamiliar. Still, maybe I can fit in a second book this month. I thought about Wolf Hall and I do need to read it--I have owned a copy for ages, but I was afraid it might be too challenging and I wouldn't finish before the end of the month. I've not read any of the authors you mention, but they are all on my mental TBR pile. I did read the Gyasi book last year and liked it very much. It is a series of interlinked stories that work really well together. You will have to let me know what you think--and I do think it is historical even though there is a natural progression through time.


I picked up my copy this morning but it didn't make it into my book bag. I was thinking I could read five pages a day until I get immersed again into the story-or at least finish so I can move on to the next book! So glad you are liking We'll Always Have Paris--I loved it, too. She is a very engaging writer.


It looks like a quick, easy read so I have left it on the pile for a potential second book this month as I have picked up the Sarah Moss book. Glad to hear you liked it well enough.


I was flipping through that one--it would be a nice way to get in some poetry reading. If I don't read it now, I could still read it for National Poetry month, too!


Wouldn't it be fun to really be able to time travel--not to change anything just to watch and see? Books are definitely the next best thing and in the hands of a really good author you are indeed transported other places.


It has been a while since I have read a good historical novel that is not set in the 20th century, so this is very good. I think the Sarah Moss will turn out to be a very good read indeed.


I have heard many good things about it--I think I came across it on Cornflower's blog. I have heard of her before, but never got around to looking at her books. I must get to it sometime soon and am glad to hear you liked it so much, too.


Yes, good idea. Painless poetry!


What a fun list! I'm sure there are books I could suggest but I can't think of them!

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