I bet you have a stack of books you’re going to read, any day now, soon as you can. Today I’m going to share what’s in my stack and maybe you’ll chime in with what you’re going to read next.

American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt by Daniel Rasmussen.  I actually bought this one in hardback, a splurge, after I heard the author talking on the Diane Rehm show on NPR. I’ve written three novels about slavery, and this will continue my education in what went on before the Civil War.

Pilate’s Wife by Antoinette May.  Don’t know anything about it except that I assume it’s about that Pilate from Jesus’ time. I like historicals.

Ruby’s Slippers by Leanna Ellis.  Don’t know where I got this book unless it was a give-away at a conference.  Lovely cover.  A romance, I think, with a magic component, judging by the back cover.  A pair of real ruby slippers that affects Dorothy’s (yeah, Dorothy’s) life.  Looks good.

The Wind Comes Sweeping by Marcia Preston.  I actually know Marcia Preston! I think this is women’ fiction and it’s set in Oklahoma.  Looking forward to reading this one, too.

Pearl River: Highway to Glory Land. The Pearl River is in western Mississippi.  We cross over it on the way to visit my daughter and her family.  I’m expecting it to cover the years before the Civil War, which I’m especially interested in.  Get to it eventually.

Song Yet Sung by James McBride. This is a hardback so somebody gave it to me or I was really impressed when I heard about it.  The blurb starts off “March, 1850.  In the tense days before the Civil War, a slave breakout in the labyrinthine swamps of Maryland’s eastern shore . . . .”  Definitely want to read this soon while I’m polishing my Civil War novel (though mine is set in Louisiana).

Waiting for the paperback to come out:  Treachery in Death, the latest of J. D. Robb’s In Death series.  I’m showing remarkable restraint, waiting patiently.

On my Kindle:

The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George.

Best Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Six Novels, featuring Elizabeth Benedict, Jenna Blum, Molly Gloss, Nicole Mones, Maggie O’Farrell, and Ann Patchett.

The Apple by Michel Faber.  I’ve read his The Crimson Petal and the White and loved it.

Shades of Gray: A Novel of – you guessed it – the Civil War.  Maybe this one should be next.

And so on.  A mix of fiction and non-fiction, but mostly fiction.  What are you going to read next?



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