Bookshelf 1:4

I’m doing an ongoing series in which I go through each of my bookshelves. Here is the first bookcase, fourth shelf (1:4).

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The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Slayer of Gods by Lynda S. Robinson
The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
A Little Folly by Jude Morgan
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Life Application Bible (NIV)
Treasures of the Earth by Saleem H. Ali
The Greeks and Greek Love by James Davidson
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Isabella by Colin Falconer
Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir
King and Goddess by Judith Tarr
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
Smiley’s People by John Le CarrĂ©
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Katherine by Anya Seton
The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry (signed)
Lorelei’s Lyric by D.B. Sieders (signed)
Captive Queen by Alison Weir
Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
Impossible Things by Connie Willis
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Very British Problems by Rob Temple
Life after God by Douglas Coupland
Three Maids for a Crown by Ella March Chase
Restless by William Boyd
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin and Robert B. Cialdini

This started as my historical fiction shelf, but then like so many others ended up being a collection point for whatever else I could stack there.

The Other Boleyn Girl was my first, as still possibly my favorite, Philippa Gregory novel. Picked it up in an airport. Have attempted but been unable to finish The Constant Princess and The Red Queen, though I have read other of Gregory’s books that I got from the library but don’t own. I usually find Alison Weir more to my liking. I read both her fiction and nonfiction.

The Lynda S. Robinson book . . . She had a great series that I loved and then she and/or they seemed to disappear. I should go see if she ever wrote anything else. Likewise, Jude Morgan—love those books but there aren’t a ton of them.

Not sure where Treasures of the Earth came from. Have a vague recollection it was given to me, or I won it or something. Maybe it was a review copy? If so, I never read it. Oops.

Big fan of Judith Tarr and surprised only the one book of hers is on my shelf. I should have Throne of Isis somewhere . . .

I picked up the Liane Moriarty book because so many people said they loved it, but I couldn’t get into it. As I go through these shelves, I’m mentally making a list of books to discard so I can make more room for what I truly love.

And Restless—I never got around to reading it. A literary agent suggested it when he sent me an R&R (that’s “revise and resubmit” to those not in on the lingo). So I ordered the book and meant to read it and then, as I sent him the extensive rewrite based on his notes, he informed me he was leaving agenting. One of the biggest letdowns of my career, and now I can’t even think of reading the book, no matter how great it may be. Should be added to my discard stack.

So. Any of you historical fiction fans? Or enjoy history books in general? Did you like The Husband’s Secret or read Restless? Let me know in the comments!

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One thought on “Bookshelf 1:4”

  1. I think all of my shelves end up being the collection point for my books. One day I’ll get everything straightened out and take a picture–just to prove that it happened.

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