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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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The story of Henry VIII's tempestuous first two marriages has been rehashed ad infinitum, notably in The Other Boleyn Girl. The question of Wolf Hall is whether Thomas Cromwell's viewpoint has anything to add to that narrative. Mantel proves it does ...more
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The Prince by Morim Kang
The Prince
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This graphic novel is a great way to break into The Prince, with the original text being supplemented with historical context and elaboration on the numerous examples Machiavelli uses. The translation is a little shoddy, but as a whole, it's an origi ...more
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The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories by Valerie Martin
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The unifying theme here is artists more with unhealthy relationships, which got a little repetitive at times. However, the variety of arts and the focus on craft and creative insecurity helped balance that out a bit. Overall, they were well written, ...more
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When by Victoria Laurie
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It just wouldn't be reading bow without a murder mystery. I'm sure many people will point out the similarities to Nearly Gone, but unlike Nearly, Maddie is able to vindicate herself before the novel's end, and in an extremely satisfying manner.

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Paperweight by Meg Haston
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Stevie's behavior throughout the book is reprehensible, but the contrast with her unjustified guilt and self loathing made for a fascinating and ultimately sympathetic character. Her development both in her sense of self and her interactions with oth ...more
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Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
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I can't help but compare Memoirs of Hadrian to I, Claudius. The former is meticulously researched, does its utmost to create convincingly accurate narration, is written in polished prose, and contains arresting meditations on varying aspects of life. ...more
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“Here we are at last. The Italian proverb says “See Naples and die” but I say, see Naples and live; for there seems a great deal worth living for.”
Arthur John Strutt

Hilary Mantel
“The fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes: a counter pushed across a table, a pen stroke that alters the force of a phrase, a woman’s sigh as she passes and leaves on the air a trail of orange flower or rose water; her hand pulling close the bed curtain, the discreet sigh of flesh against flesh.”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Robert Graves
“The first thing that happened was that Helen became an invalid - we know now that there was nothing wrong with her, but Livilla had given her the choice of taking to her bed as if she were ill or taking to her bed because she was ill.”
Robert Graves, I, Claudius

Marcel Proust
“Each artist seems thus to be the native of an unknown country, which he himself has forgotten, different from that from which will emerge, making for the earth, another great artist.”
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7]

Donna Tartt
“Well, whatever one thinks of the Roman Church, it is a worthy and powerful foe. I could accept that sort of conversion with grace. But I shall be very disappointed indeed if we lose him to the Presbyterians.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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