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Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian

This is the fifth book in the Aubrey and Maturin series. I picked it up mainly to get the O author.

Published: 1978

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 325 pages

Setting: the Napoleonic Wars, mostly on the HMS Leopard in the Atlantic and Southern Oceans

Summary: Short version: Jack is off to Australia, with adventures along the way Continue reading


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The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

My mother recommended this book as a potential book club book, but there weren’t enough in the library system for that to work. There was an ebook, though, that I could read on vacation.

Published: 1999

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 233 pages

Setting: Delft, 1664-1676

Summary: Short version: It’s the women who suffer because of a genius in their lives Continue reading

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The Aeneid by Virgil

I chose this as a book for Mr. Curiosity to read for his study of Ancient History this year. I read it alongside him so we could discuss it together.

Translator: Robert Fagles

Published: originally around 30 BCE; this edition in 2006

Genre: classic historical fiction epic poetry

Length: 386 pages of text, 484 pages total

Setting: various locations within the Mediterranean Sea, after the Trojan War

Summary: Short version: Aeneas and his men travel the Mediterranean to found Rome Continue reading

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A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

This is the sixth book in the Outlander series. I’m trying to finish the series this year. That’s a lot of pages, though, so we’ll see. At least I get to start reading new ones with the next book in the series.

Published: 2005

Genre: historical fiction with a fantastical element

Length: 980 pages

Setting: mostly 1772-1776, Carolinas

Summary: Short version: Life in the Carolinas as war is beginning, with time travel Continue reading

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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

This was our library book club choice for the month of April.

Published: 2011

Genre: historical fiction

Font: Caslon

Length: 314 pages

Setting: mostly Paris, 1920s

Summary: Short version: Ernest Hemingway was not a great husband Continue reading

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Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Arch

My mother-in-law read this book in her book club and passed it on to me after she finished the book.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA historical fiction

Length: 246 pages

Setting: early 1900s, New York City

Summary: Short version: Irish immigrants end up in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire Continue reading

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Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

This is the third book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2015

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 348 pages

Setting: various locations within the Broken Sea, six years after the events of The Tropic of Serpents

Summary: Short version: Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle with dragons Continue reading

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