Monday, May 9, 2016

Musing Mondays (52) It's All Historical...

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.

My Musings for the Week...

Random weekly question: What is the best book you read LAST year?

The beginning of last year was significantly better for me, in terms of reading. 2016 has been pretty hit or miss—mostly hits, but the handful of misses happened back-to-back, and almost had me in a reading slump. Luckily, I avoided that.

Anyway, one of the best books I read last year was Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I was pretty late getting to the book, and I saw the movie before I read it. I liked the ending of the book more than I did the film version—mainly because of the obvious changes—but both were great anyway. The animation from the film was done in one of my favorite styles—stop-motion animation—so that was a big plus. All-in-all, Coraline was a great book.

Other Musings...

Today, I'm  sharing some of my favorite historical fiction, alternative history, and historical fantasy novels/series. Basically, books with settings based in some kind of historical time period no matter how altered, strange, or mysterious. Honestly, historical based novels are something I don’t read enough of, considering how much I tend to enjoy the books. However, I have read enough to compile a short list for today’s post.
  • The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  • Wonderstruck, The Marvels, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • The Agency Series by Y.S. Lee
  • Kat, Incorrigible series by Stephanie Burgis
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
By now, I know which genre’s I immediately reach for, and clearly, I’ve still got some work to do when I pick out books. I still fall into the same pattern of picking fantasy, which is hard to get away from when there are so many books I want to read from that particular genre. It’s a real dilemma sometimes.

Anyway, what are you reading this week?


  1. The Madman's Daughter is a fascinating read. I loved it.

    1. I completely agree with you. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  2. I've got the Madman's Daughter but haven't read it yet. Looking forward to it!

    1. Yes, definitely read it when you get the chance. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  3. I always automatically reach for fantasy books, and have a tendency to avoid historical fiction. But I'm trying to curb that! I've heard a lot about The Madman's Daughter and The Diviners, and I definitely need to read them soon!
    Erika @ Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between

    1. I have the exact same problem most of the time. Thanks for stopping by! :-)


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