Skeletons in her Cupboard (Festschrift for Juliet Clutton-Brock) ~ bunch of essays on archaeozoology.
A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin ~ This was…ok. I didn’t see the point of the modern narrative bits when the flashback itself was enough. I also had another war book on the go and I think I was ‘warred out’ for the time being.
The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant ~ I didn’t think that a book with this subject could be dull but it was a slog.
The Prestige by Christopher Priest ~ Loved it
Eat Thy Neighbour: A History of Cannibalism by Daniel Diehl ~ Fun trash if you’re needing that sort of thing.
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ~ more angst, this time with werewolves. Decent enough young adult fare.
The Corsair by Tim Severin ~ Young Irish boy is captured by slavers and gets to tour fun places like Algiers, Marseilles, and the Barbary Coast. While the story was so-so, the research is very thorough.
The Arsenic Milkshake by Sylvia Barrett ~ Forensics in Canada. An old favourite.
The City & The City by China Mieville ~ I bought this book on a whim since I had a shot at getting an autographed copy. It took me about half of the book to wrap my head around the concept of two cities existing on top of one another yet you are only allowed to acknowledge the one you’re in. Clever concept however it took me so long to understand what the heck was going on that I missed out enjoying the actual story.
The First Man in Rome by Colleen Mccullough ~ I’m pretty sure that I got this on a recommendation from this site so thanks whoever you were! I really enjoyed it, even though the Roman government (and names) were too confusing for me. I can’t wait to continue with the series.
The Medici Giraffe by Marina Belozerskaya ~ Some examples of gifts of exotic animals (and native peoples) to rulers throughout history. Alexander’s elephants, Julius Caesar’s giraffe, Josephine Bonaparte’s black swans, etc. The Roman chapter closely paralleled the events in the book above, a nice little bonus.
Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler ~ Must…read…more…Chandler
Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People by Tim Reiterman ~ So far so good
*We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever *by Benjamin Mee ~ very enjoyable. Keep those tissues handy.
The Moonlight War: the Story of Clandestine Operations in South-East Asia 1944-5 by Terence O’Brien ~ another recommendation from this site
My husband just got transferred to Alaska for the summer so I thought I’d get more reading done. Instead I’m just moping around the house. Hopefully I’ll snap out of it soon.