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Something New by Lucy Knisley
Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride
by Lucy Knisley (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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Disclaimer – I received a free copy via the Goodreads’ First Reads program

A memoir in a comic book style of one woman’s quest to survive getting married.

She starts by clearly stating her thesis in the prologue that she wanted her wedding to be somet
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The Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn
The Serpent and the Pearl (The Borgias, #1)
by Kate Quinn (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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Another outing with the Borgias, this time courtesy of the fabulous historical fiction writer Kate Quinn.

Warning – a lot of sexual violence. This book doesn’t pull any punches in depicting what an unsafe place 15th century Rome was, no matter what yo
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Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton
Cinderella's Dress (Cinderella's Dress, #1)
by Shonna Slayton (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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Skimmed.

I wasn’t hooked either by the fantasy element or history element. Neither seemed to go far enough to feel vital to the story– the history parts could have been easily tweaked to a contemporary setting and the fantasy parts could have been an
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Cinderella's Dress by Nancy Willard
Cinderella's Dress
by Nancy Willard
read in April, 2016
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An adorable version of Cinderella, this version told from the POV of two birds that nest outside Cinderella’s house.

Feeling sorry for the girl as they watch her step-family boss her around, they try and help her get to the ball. They do, but it ends
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Horses of the Night by Geoffrey Aggeler
Horses of the Night
by Geoffrey Aggeler
read in April, 2016
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Anatomy of Steampunk by Katherine Gleason
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So weird! So pretty!
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The Steampunk User's Manual by Jeff VanderMeer
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An excellent overview not just of the Steampunk culture but, more importantly, the people of the community, and the incessant push to include EVERYONE of all genders, nationalities, ethnicities, etc., and not be dicks like some other communities we c
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Roman Games by Bruce MacBain
Roman Games: A Plinius Secundus Mystery
by Bruce MacBain (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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It’s an interesting premise to make Pliny the Younger an amateur detective. Good setting, plausible background for him being able to solve mysteries, and a time and place full of potential victims and criminals.

But somehow this book just didn’t gel
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Versailles by Claire Constans
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A guidebook as much to the present as the past – the book presents a guided tour of Versailles, and as much as the book talks about the history of the place, it is really a guide for how someone today can walk through the palace and get as much as po
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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
read in April, 2016
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I am not going to rate this book. This book is too much of an Issue to attempt rating – I will leave that to the English majors and simply record my thoughts on plot and characters.

I was, obviously, braced for the racism going in. I was not, however
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