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Weekly Geeks

I don’t participate in Weekly Geeks a whole lot, but I knew I had to answer this question when it came up. I often go to LibraryThing for recommendations, but sometimes I get some from other book bloggers. I’m afraid I don’t get much out of my comfort zone, which is historical fiction, but I do enjoy other genres periodically. As for new-to-me authors, I often read them quite frequently. And I take many chances with my reading, especially if the setting or plot interests me.

The other part of the assignment is to ask my readers for recommendations. It’s not as though I need a lot of book recommendations (I’ve got 169 books tagged as “TBR” on LibraryThing), but I’m always looking for new stuff to read. As I’ve mentioned before, historical fiction is truly my thing. I read heavily in the late medieval and Victorian periods; but I don’t have much ancient Roman, Greek, or early medieval history (pre-11th century) represented. I’ve read Michelle Moran’s books, Donna Woolfolk Cross’s Pope Joan, and I once read one of Colleen McCullough’s Roman novels (Caesar's Women, I think), but that’s about it, really. Oh, and I’m missing some 13th century historical fiction, but it’s a century that seems to be written about less frequently. Any suggestions for the periods I’ve listed above? For a full list of historical fiction that I’ve read and to see what I've generally liked in the past, take a look at this list. Also, here's a list of historical fiction I've reviewed here on my blog.


Erotic Horizon said…
Happy weekly geek my dear - hope you get loads of suggestion this week.

Greek Mythology is more my thing - I like reading about the Tudors, but can't really recommend anything..

Kerrie said…
What about Ellis Peters (The Cadfael series), also writing as Edith Pargeter. There's also Sharon Penman. And have you read Philipa Gregory, the latest is THE WHITE QUEEN
pussreboots said…
Wish I could help but I can't think of anything. I don't read much historical fiction.

My post is here.
Read The Reincarnationist by MJ Rose. It is contemporary with historical bits. A suspense/mystery book. You will like it.

Weekly Geeks: Recommendations
Maree said…
Oh, definitely go back to Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome. Caesar's Women isn't the strongeest in the series. The first one is The First Man in Rome and it's really good.
Happy Weekly Geeks :)
Melanie said…
try the Didius Falco series by Lindsay Davis. the first is Silver Pigs. hard boiled detective fiction set in 70 AD Rome
Dreamybee said…
The only thing I could think to recommend was Year of Wonders, but I see you've already read that. Actually, that one reminds me a little bit of The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. It's not historical fiction, but it chronicles London's 1854 cholera epidemic in what I thought was an interesting manner.

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