Jun. 22nd, 2011

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There's a few, honestly, these days. The Memoirs of Cleopatra and The Autobiography of Henry VIII, both by Margaret George. Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell. David Starkey's Six Wives (of Henry VIII). White Oleander by Janet Fitch, for years now.

I love historical fiction, which explains the first three. And Tudor history, which along with the fact that I write Tudor alternate history explains why so much of my repeat reading is set in that era. Cleopatra's fascinating, so I enjoy reading about her world, even fictionalized. Margaret George and Robin Maxwell are also the most skilled historical fiction writers I have ever read, though C.W. Gortner is a close second to them and Philippa Gregory would tie with him if she would stop throwing half the research she does out the damn window.

White Oleander, though... It's just my favorite book of all time. Has been for years, may always be. I'm not even sure what to say about it except read it, even if it's not your usual genre. It's not mine either.

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