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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

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Currently reading

Warwick: The Man Behind The Wars of the Roses
Tony Riches
Edward Rutherfurd
The Legacy of Luther
Stephen J. Nichols, R.C. Sproul
In the School of the Holy Spirit
Jacques Philippe

Recommendations Galore

Thanks to A Throne of Books for creating this list in her original post requesting recommendations.


1. Favorite books in all categories: The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman - I know you've heard it before but I can't recommend this book enough!

2. Start to a series: Dissolution by CJ Sansom
3. By an author who's written over 5 books total: White Hawk: Revenge by David Pilling
4. Classic Literature: Villette by Charlotte Bronte
5. Banned Books: Based on its inclusion in this list, I'm going to say the Bible.
6. Featuring an assassin: The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau
7. In a world with Dragons: Here be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penmen - admittedly there are only metaphorical dragons in this one.
8. Male Main Character: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
9. Female Main Character: Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
10. Retelling of another story: Drawing a blank on this one. 
11. Book with a Gorgeous Cover: A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
12. Debut book of any author:The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy
13. Fantasy in general: The Magic of Recluce by LE Modesitt
14. Finale for a series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
15. Graphic Novel: Never read one.
16. That you paid over $15 for (and was worth every penny): A King's Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman
17. Published after 2010: And Some Fell on Stony Ground by Leslie Mann
18. Featuring a Pricess/Prince or Queen/King: Time for some self promotion! Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen by Samantha WIlcoxson :-)
19. Thriller: Dark Fire by CJ Sansom
20. You read because it was a bestseller: One that I would recommend? They are usually disappointing.
21. Involving drugs: The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau
22. Memoir: Unbroken by Laura Hildenbrand

23. Favorite completed series as a whole: Anything by Sharon Kay Penman

24. Book with witches/warlocks: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
25. Historical Fiction: The Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn
26. Ugly Cry book: I cry when reading almost anything. It is ugly.
27. Realistic Fiction: Self Promotion Part II - No Such Thing as Perfect by Samantha WIlcoxson
28. Dystopia: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
29. Time Travel: Not exactly time travel but.... Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
30. Elf or Dwarf Main character: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

31. Favorite incomplete series either by you or not yet finished by author: Matthew Shardlake series by CJ Sansom - Go Team Matthew!

32. Literary Fiction: Act of Grace by Karen Simpson
33. Non-Fiction (Anything, cookbook, self-help, etc): The Last White Rose by Desmond Seward
34. Middle Grade Novel: Self Promotion Part III - Over the Deep: A Titanic Adventure by Samantha Wilcoxson
35. Includes sword/knife fighting: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
36. Something mysterious is afoot: The List by Robert Whitlow
37. Diverse Reads (main character non-white/non-straight): Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
38. Wanderlust book: Great question! I can't think of one.
39. Unreliable Narrator: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
40. Character with mental illness: Jimmy by Robert Whitlow
41. Sci-fi in general: Star Wars: Death Star by Michael Reaves
42. Paranormal Main Character: Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
43. Horror: I don't do horror.
44. Books with murder in them: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
45. Set in a time of war (real or fictional): Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
46. Set in the place you live: Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
47. Book with servants in some manner: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
48. Book eventually adapted to a movie: Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
49. Book you've read more than once: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
50. A Good Zombie Book: Ugh, zombies.
51. A love story: The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn
52. Set in space: Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn
53. Multiple POV: The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham
54. Erotic for people who don't read erotic novels: I don't even read romance, so I got nothin on this.

55. Written by an author who has died (recently or a very long time ago): House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

56. Written by an author who is still living: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

57. Childhood favorite: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

58. A long book (Let's say at least 450 pages minimum): The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

59. Young Adult book in general: Fever 1793 by Laurie Andersen

60. Adult book in general: Roots by Alex Haley