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Eager reader of history, mystery, classics, biographies, steampunk, lit fic, science, scifi, and etc. My reviews are mostly positive--I rarely finish or write about books I don't enjoy. My TBR is too high for that.

The alpha and omega of my 2013 books

It's been a wonderful reading year for me--I read 139 books in 2013, beginning January with Maggie Stiefvatar's The Raven Boys and ending December with Doris Kearns Goodwin's double biography The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism and a reread of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. 


The Raven Boys - Maggie StiefvaterJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel - Susanna ClarkeThe Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism - Doris Kearns Goodwin



I tend to end up with reading themes, and a big one for me this year was historical biographies, especially of the nineteenth century. Besides Goodwin's book I read:


Lady at the OK Corral about Wyatt Earp's common-law wife Josephine

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life 

The Deadly Sisterhood about women of the Italian Renaissance 

Marmee & Louisa about Louisa May Alcott and her mother

The Peabody Sisters:Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism

Queen of the Air about Leitzel, an early 20th century circus performer

Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee about Jefferson in Paris

Elizabeth of York

Queen Anne

The Love Charm of Bombs About 5 authors during the London Blitz

Eighty Days about the race around the world by Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

Heir Apparent about Queen Victoria's son Edward VII

Miss Anne in Harlem about white women involved in the Harlem Renaissance

Book of Ages about Ben Franklin's sister Jane

The Brontes: Wild Genius on the Moors

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