Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lit: Uniquely Portable Magic

It's that time again - time to go through all of my "saves" on Facebook and get around to reading (and sharing) the bookish posts. Because I have 72 unread saves!

First up, some links about historical fiction:

*BookBub gives us a list of 18 Fantastic New Historical Fiction Books for Book Clubs. These are no longer necessarily "new" books but there are still some excellent choices for book clubs. My club will be reading Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone, which is included on the list.

*Also from BookBub, 28 Historical Fiction Novels That Will Make You Cry. I've read 12 of the books on the list and can attest to 11 of them having made me a teary, often sobbing, mess.

*BookBub also give us 26 Ridiculously Good Historical Fiction Books, According To Readers. Many of these appear on the other lists but there are some surprises here as well, including Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk.

*From Bustle comes a list of 11 Historical Romances To Pick Up Instead Of Re-Reading Pride and Prejudice. Now, I am always for a re-read of Pride and Prejudice but I'm not opposed to finding other books that will give me the same feels. I've only read a couple of these so I can't vouch for the staying power of these books, but I'm up to giving them a try.

If you're looking for other books to give you all the feels, check this out:

*Book Riot gives us a list of 8 Tragicomic Memoirs to Make You Laugh and Cry.  I've never read any of these book, but several are on my bookshelves.

And I'm finally getting around to looking at the best of 2018 lists. You know, so I can read all of the books on them that I never got around to reading last year!

*Time magazine's Best Fiction Books of 2018. I've read three of these books; two of them appeared on my 2018 best-of list. I read the third this year and I can assure you it will not be appearing on my best-of list for the year. Just goes to show there are all kinds of opinions.

*Oprah magazine's 15 Best Books of 2018: New Books We Loved This Year.  At lot of the same books here which always makes me want to read those particular books, if I haven't already.

*The New York Time's 10 Best Books of 2018 also has some duplicates but, again, some the other lists didn't include. Asymmetry, by Lisa Halliday, appears on all three of the lists - how is it I never heard of this book until I looked at these lists?!

Finally, for a different kind of best-of list, here are The 2018 National Book Award Longlists. I'm pretty stoked to find An American Marriage on this list, as well as all three of those best-of lists. I read it in February last year and knew as soon as I finished it that it would be one of my faves for the year and that it would probably appear on a lot of other lists as well. Now to get to some of those other categories as well!


  1. The links are fabulous. Thank you. My first comment disappeared!

  2. Fun! I need to get my saves out into a blog post too. I recommend Fun by Alison Bechdel for your first tragicomic memoir. So good.