I hope everyone is hanging in there during this pandemic and reading fantastic stories to keep your mind off of it all. Reading is one way of going on adventures, even if you’re not able to leave your couch or your bed. This list is a bit different as it’s a list of books I’m excited about reading whether it’s a book that is out already, or a book we have to pre-order. Just a reminder, if you’re interested in buying a book (or ten) click on a picture of a book in the reviews section or in this section where it will take you to Books A Million and you can order the book, I make a little cash to support the website and it will not affect the price of your order.
I remember in highschool I saw the tv movie version of the book In the Time of the Butterflies with Salma Hayek playing Minerva Mirabel and since seeing the movie I’ve always wanted to read the book. This book is based on a true story of the Mirabel sisters and their lives in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. Three of the sisters were actively involved in trying to overthrow him until they were unfortunately murdered. I can’t wait to check out this book and hopefully read more of Julia Alvarez’s books.
After reading my first Alison Weir book, “Captive Queen,” about Eleanor of Aquitaine and was hooked, of course I searched the library and added some of her books to my amazon wish list. I did put this on my hold list at the library but changed my mind and decided that I’m going to buy it or my grandmother might order it for me. Kate Plantagenet and Katherine Grey are related in someway, and there’s a mystery about about what could have happened to the princes in the tower. Also both have been locked up in the tower at some point because King Richard III and Queen Elizabeth I see them both as threats. Its a historical mystery from what it sounds like. We’ll never truly know who murdered the princes in the tower or if they were whisked away, it’ll be an interesting read regardless.
Although this book as far as I know of isn’t based on an actual person, I still do consider this historical fiction since it talks about Russian history. A Count named Alexander Rostov is put under arrest by the Bolsheviks who consider him an unrepentant aristocrat. Alexander is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel. Though even being trapped in luxury can be a prison too and he watches history occur outside his window. I’m sure its how many of us feel during The Corona Virus when we can’t go anywhere. I can’t wait to read and see how good it is. The gentlemen on the cover seems most appealing.
Although this comes out May 11th 2021 this is about Katherine Parr. Katherine was the sixth and final wife of Henry the 8th. Katherine was also in love with Thomas Seymour and after the king dies she feels she’s free to marry him. Though Thomas wants to marry Elizabeth whose loser to the thrown. I know Alison has written about Henry’s other wives some of them have been written so many times, where as others like Katherine aren’t so much. When the time gets close I’ll pre-order so I won’t have to wait so long.
This is the book about Henry the 8th’s first wife Katherine of Aaragon. Out of all of the wives I feel as though hers is one of the more tragic ones. When Henry wanted Anne Boleyn he claimed that their marriage was unlawful since she was previously married to his older brother Arthur. Katherine claimed she was a virgin and had never lain with Arthur. Whether that’s true or not we’ll never know. (The Spanish Princess on Starz based on two of Phillipa Gregory’s books about Katherine do think she slept with Arthur though don’t depend on them for a historical source.) Henry separated his daughter Princess Mary from her as well. I bet if Katherine didn’t have her daughter Mary, she would have happily went on her merry way back to Spain despite being a devout Catholic.
I know I said in the past that so many books have been written about Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aaragon. However I love Alision Weir and thought why not? This is about Henry’s second wife and what Lucy Worsley in her documentaries about royalty calls, “The Original Other Woman.” Although I hate that she lost her head she was really unlikeable. Anne became the wicked stepmother to Princess Mary after Katherine was banished from court. No wonder Mary became the Queen known as Bloody Mary and that’s all thanks to you Henry and Anne.
This is a biography about Elizabeth Plantagenet the wife of Henry the 7th, Henry the 8th’s mother and the eldest sister of the princes in the tower. I’ve been hooked to this story especially after watching The White Queen and White Princess (both historical fiction books by Phillipa Gregory though I enjoy Alison Weir better). I also have this on hold at the library.
The Accidental Empress and the sequel Sisi An Empress On Her Own are two books I can’t wait to read. Its about Elisabeth also known as Sisi, her sister was engaged to the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph. Though Joseph and Elisabeth fell in love with each other when Elisabeth was 15. There was a lot of tragedy in her life. I remember as a teen I read a book about Elisabeth in The Royal Diaries series so I was very excited to find out that someone else wrote not just one book but two books about her. Elisabeth was also apparently the Princess Diana of her day. This and Sisi an Empress on Her Own are books I would definitely buy and I can’t wait.
For fans of Martha Hall Kelly’s books The Lilac Girls and Lost Roses, the Civil War novel about Caroline Ferriday’s great grandmother is coming out March 30th 2021. I usually don’t read a lot of historical fiction novels taking place in World War II, but this sounds like itll be great. It will be from the point of views of Caroline’s great grandmother, a runaway slave named Jemma, and Jemma’s slave owner Anne May Wilson. All three of them will connect somehow. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of Lost Roses or the Civil War I can’t wait to read this regardless. Not to mention Martha Hall Kelly is an amazing writer.
A River in Darkness is biography about Masaji Ishikawa and his experience living under North Korea’s brutal regime. Masaji and his family move their when he is thirteen years old, his Korean father thought it was an opportunity of a lifetime but of course he was dead wrong. Masaji eventually escaped and is currently living in Japan his mother’s native country. It would be interesting to read about a person’s experience under the North Korean regime.
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon is based on the true story of Nancy Wake. Nancy Wake was an Australian ex-pat living in France, she married a Frenchman and became a part of the French resistance during World War II. I can’t wait to read this one. There are so many unsung heroes out there that need their stories told.
The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy by Nora Roberts. The Awakening is the first book in a new trilogy. There isn’t much to go on except judging by the title theres dragons obviously. The mini description says parallel worlds clash over the struggle of good and evil. Knowing Nora Roberts she’ll put some romance in it. I’ve always enjoyed at least the first book in her trilogies but what I hate is in the next two books, she makes the minor characters from the first book the main characters and the other characters get pushed aside. Hopefully this time Nora can give equal time to each character. The book comes out on November 24th of this year.
The Bookshop of Yesterday’s by Amy Meyerson is described as part mystery and part family drama. The main character Miranda Brooks hasn’t heard from her Uncle Billy since she was twelve. Years later Uncle Billy dies and Miranda inherits his bookshop which is going in debt. All sorts of secrets come out.
Where the Crawdads Sing is about a marsh girl named Mya who is not what she seems. Theres also a murder mystery mixed into this as well. I can’t wait to read this on my kindle. I have seen people say mostly good things about the book and others saying its not their thing. I can’t wait to see how it is myself.
- The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston. The Garden of Promises and Lies is the third book in the Found Things Series. I devoured the first book, The Little Shop of Found Things, and I’m currently reading book two, Secrets of the Chocolate House. As soon as this book comes out on November 3rd it is a must buy for me.
Lizzie Kitsakis is a prosecutor who think’s her marriage to Sam is the perfect marriage. Things start to fall apart and it open’s Lizzie’s eyes that maybe her marriage isn’t as perfect as she thought. On top of that her friend Zach is in Rikers prison asking for Lizzie’s help. Zach’s wife Amanda was found dead on the bottom of the steps and Zach is the prime suspect. I saw news floating around that Nicole Kidman was co producing the show based on this book. I wan’t to read this before the show comes out.