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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Top 10 Historical Books I've Read So Far in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far. You can break it down into a specific category, so I chose historical books because I've read so many this year (and in general tbh). In my list I'm including fiction, non-fiction, books set in the present/alternate present that deal with history, and a contemporary set in the past 25 years. *sighs* I love history so much.

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The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World by
Goddess by

Gladiatrix series by

Here Comes the Sun by

Radio Girls by
Shaken to the Core by

Cranky Ladies of History by various authors

The Conqueror's Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great by

The Great Library series by

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Tied for 10th place is Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's #1) by New Pompeii (New Pompeii #1) by

Have you read any of these? Who are your favourite authors of historical books? And what historical books do you always recommend?

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Micro Reviews: June

In which I review the books I've finished reading this month in one sentence.
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All That is Lost Between Us by
 I really enjoyed this as a family drama, but it's not as psychologically thrilling as it promised.

Rolling with the Punchlines by

Far from Home by

The Other Boleyn Girl by

Carolyn for Christmas by
The Further Adventures of Xena: Warrior Princess by various authors
 An expanded universe anthology in which all the stories rely too much on dialogue and not enough on showing instead of telling.

Between Shades of Gray by
 Yet another WW2 book, and it didn't have the strongest plot line or climax in the world.


Carmilla by

Storm Season by

Unknown Horizons (New Horizons #1) by

The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson and

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May Wrap Up


  • I've hardly blogged this month because I've been so damn busy. But I haven't seen many stand-out posts from other bloggers either, so I guess it's been a quiet month for some of us.
  • Back to uni for the second half of semester. Man, it's been exhausting. So. Many. Assignments. I have my last lecture tomorrow, my last essay due the day after, and then it's exams. Help Yay!
  • I visited my grandparents for the first time in a long while.



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Around the blogosphere

Cait at Paper Fury talked about 10 types of reading moods.
Daisy at The Broke and the Bookish recommended 10 beach reads that aren't contemporaries. 
Bec at Readers in Wonderland listed 5 book friendships that are squad goals.

Was your May busy? What cool books did you read? What about disappointing books or books that didn't live up to the hype? Did you find any good posts in the book blogosphere?

I'm Alexandria, a 19-year-old reader/writer/blogger from New Zealand. I love language, history, and sci-fi. Hi! I'm always around if you want to talk, which you can do via comments, the contact form, or Facebook.

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