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Hour of the Cat by Peter Quinn

It gave me a Q author for my alphabet reading challenge and looked like something I might enjoy.

Published: 2005

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 400 pages

Setting: 1936-1939, New York City and Berlin

Summary: Short version: The rise of the Nazis alongside a hard-boiled detective story Continue reading

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Grass for his Pillow by Lian Hearn

This is the second book in the Tales of the Otori series. It took me a few years to read the second one after having picked up the first one (which is why I haven’t reviewed that book). The interesting thing is Miss Adventure just picked the first book (Across the Nightingale Floor) from the library to read.

Published: 2003

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 292 pages

Setting: Japan, mid-1800s as it opened to Westerners

Summary: Short version: Takeo and Kaede are training and growing up Continue reading

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Ironweed by William Kennedy

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1983

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 227 pages

Setting: 1938 in Albany, NY

Summary: Short version: Life as an old homeless man Continue reading

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Genghis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden

This is the second book in the Genghis series (following Genghis: Birth of a Nation) I picked up last year because the author gave me an I author. I enjoyed it enough to continue the series.

Published: 2008

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 387 pages

Setting: areas around Xi Xia to Yenking, early 1200s

Summary: Short version: Genghis expands his empire Continue reading

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse

Length: 272 pages

Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975

Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War Continue reading

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An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

It’s the seventh book in the Outlander series that I’m trying to finish this year. There’s only one left so I think I can do it. They’re all starting to blur together so I’m going to wait a bit so I’ll appreciate that book more.

Published: 2009

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 1149 pages

Setting: 1778 America and Lallybroch, 1988 Lallybroch

Summary: Short version: The fighting starts to heat up and the Frasers are involved Continue reading

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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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