Books 2 Peruse

“History favors the winners:  Fiction gives the noncombatants, bystanders, and the overlooked their voice, too.”  – Jason Goodwin


This is the ever growing list of mostly fiction books I want to read:

  • Jan Potocki, The Manuscript Found at Saragossa / The Saragossa Manuscript (see Wikipedia)
  • Philip Kerr, Berlin Noir trilogy:  A Philosophical Investigation, Gridiron, The Shot  Children of the Lamp series: everything from Book 3 on!
  • The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, The Tin Princess, in the Sally Lockhart series, and Lyra’s Oxford, all by Philip Pullman
  • Predator’s Gold, by Philip Reeve, sequel to Mortal Engines in the Hungry City Chronicles.  In the far future, cities have become mobile, dragging themselves around the war-ruined world on giant traction engines, practicing Municipal Darwinism.  It’s a town eat town world!
  • Mysteries by Lynne Hamilton
  • Ruby Dice, followed by Catch the Lightning, by Catherine Asaro (in that order, have placed holds on the the three preceding books in the series)
  • Jackals in Iron, Merlin Douglas Larson (Norman conquest historical fiction)
  • The Snake Stone, An Evil Eye, by Jason Goodwin, Investigator Yashim of the 19th century Ottoman Empire
  • Novels by Kathleen Rowntree:  The Quiet War of Rebecca Sheldon,  Brief Shining, Outside, Looking In, Tell Mrs. Poole I’m Sorry — having discovered and enjoyed Between Friends I think these books may not be available in the U.S. because she’s British and the title Between Friends is a book  by Debbie Macomber

and non-fiction:

  • Alex Carr, The Prince of Bagram Prison
  • Daniel Goleman, Ecological Intelligence
  • Jason Goodwin, Lords of the Horizon: A History of the Ottoman Empire; A Time for Tea:  Travels Through China and India in Search of Tea;  On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul;  Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America
  • Shrabani Basu, Victoria and Abdul, History Press, updated 2011
  • The Bayeux Tapestry Embroiderers’ Story, Jan Messant
  • Celtic, Viking & Anglo-Saxon Embroidery:  The Art & Embroidery of Jan Messent

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