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Reading Challenge 2016 - Week 48

I'm almost there!

I finished up The Drawing of the Dark a week or so ago for week 21.  A fun read - if you like historical-based fiction/fantasy, you'd likely enjoy this one.  There are a few little hidden tidbits that get revealed as the story goes on (and which I won't spoil here), but the story ties in a legend, powerful magic, mystical creatures, and a battle, all of which revolve around a mysterious old man, a tavern built at the site of a monastery and some well-brewed beer.

I then zipped through Paris Red, a historical fiction read, for week 49 - a book with a great opening line. This story follows a young Victorine Meuret from her days working in a silver-smithing factory to becoming the model and muse of Edouard Manet.  The writing in this one is engaging and lyrical, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  (And it does have a great opening line FWIW.)

And finally, I'm currently reading The Handmaid's Tale for week 48, a dystopia.  I did start this eons ago, …

Reading Challenge - 2016

I finished reading the Novella from a Favorite Genre (week 40's topic): The Princess and the Queen or The Blacks and the Greens by George R.R. Martin.  I didn't love this - books which require you to read something else to understand what's going on annoy me.  But if you are rabid fan of Game of Thrones, you'll probably love this one.  (Like GOT, I thought even this short novella could have used some editing!).

I also read A Queen in Exile by Sharon Kay Penman for week #51 - Short Story by a Famous Author.  This quick read focused on 12th century Sicily and Queen Constance (who was queen of Sicily and eventually mother to Frederick, the Holy Roman Emperor of the 13th century).  A great read - well-written, interesting, and the kind of historical tidbit I love.

I'm currently reading week 21's Book from The Goodreads Recommendation Page: The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers - and really enjoying it.  A fun story with a bit of adventure and magical things tossed …