What I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2013

This doesn’t just include books to be published in 2013. My list includes books that I’m waiting on the library holds list because they’re still fairly new and popular. It also includes books that are new to me. And it also includes books that I simply haven’t gotten to, because my to be read list is out of control, but I am very excited to finally have a chance to read them.

So, in random order, my most anticipated books to read in 2013:

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Favorite Historical Fiction Books

I’m a former history major, so I’m no stranger to reading dense historical texts, and I do love well-written, engaging history books. What I also love is well-written, engaging historical fiction. My favorites are books that can pull me into the time period described and give me characters that I care about and want to discover what happens with them. I’m not a complete stickler for perfect historical accuracy (not that I really believe there can be such a thing in a fictional book), but I don’t like books that make egregious errors or have glaring anachronisms.

In all honesty though, if the book has gotten me to care enough about the characters, I may be caught up in the story and gloss over things that might normally drive me bonkers. (That’s my disclaimer that I’m not guaranteeing the following books are perfect in their historical research and application.)

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Favorite Children’s Historical Fiction Books

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Set in the 1940s on a rural farm, I loved this gentle story of 11-year old Katy Sue as she struggles to adapt to life after her mother’s death. There is an understandable undercurrent of sadness and grief (how could there not be with the setup for the story), but it’s handled delicately and the family’s healing is believable.

The characters are likeable and while the ending is predictable, I didn’t mind the way Mathews handled matters. I keep looking to see if Mathews has written another children’s book because I enjoyed this one so much, but so far this is the only one.

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Book Review: The Blue Door

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I love fantasy tales, and I read lots of children’s and young adult books, so the first book in a new series by Christa Kinde sounded like a perfect fit for my tastes. Unfortunately, the book itself didn’t live up to my hopes.

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May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

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Beautifully written in verse, May B. tells the story of a young girl sent to help out on the neighbor’s homestead. “Just until Christmas” she is promised by her father, and she knows that they need the money she’ll be paid.

Long before Christmas May B. is abandoned and left to fend for herself on the isolated homestead, and she struggles to survive.

Her current struggles echo her memories of trying to read at school under a new teacher.

I didn’t expect to love the book as much as I did, but May B. is an engaging heroine and long after I finished the book I’ve thought about her and hoped for a sequel, to learn what happens to her.

This is a very quick read, and if you enjoy children’s historical fiction at all I think it’s worth trying.

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Publisher’s Description:
May is helping out on a neighbor’s Kansas prairie homestead—just until Christmas, says Pa. She wants to contribute, but it’s hard to be separated from her family by 15 long, unfamiliar miles. Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, May’s memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her. But she’s determined to find her way home again. Caroline Starr Rose’s fast-paced novel, written in beautiful and riveting verse, gives readers a strong new heroine to love.

Book Details

Title: May B.
Author: Caroline Starr Rose
Category: Fiction / Children’s / Historical fiction
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Book Review: Blackout / All Clear by Connie Willis

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I like historical fiction and fantasy, so combining the two into time-traveling historians from 2060 going back to study World War II in person? Oh, yeah, I’m all over that.

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