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My "To Be Read" shelf (non-fiction).


The following is a (partial) list of the non-fiction books I own but haven't read yet.

Strike-thru means I finally got around to reading it.

01. Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir
02. Lafayette by Harlow Giles Unger
03. Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone
04. John Adams by David McCullough
05. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
06. Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
07. The Great American Pin-Up by Charles Martignette and Louis Meisel
08. The Borgias: The Hidden History by GJ Meyer
09. Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution by Mark Puls
10. Don’t Call Us Molls: The Women of the John Dillinger Gang by Elle Poulsen
11. The Monsters: Mary Shelley & the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler
12. The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey & Jim Craig
13. Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz
14. Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
15. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
16. The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M Edsel
17. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
18. The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
19. The Making of Slap Shot: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Hockey Movie Ever Made by Jonathon Jackson
20. 4,000 Years of Uppity Women: Rebellious Belles, Daring Dames and Headstrong Heroines Through the Ages by Vicki Leon
21. Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book by Diane E. Muldrow
22. Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild by David Stenn
23. Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose
24. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J Ellis
25. 1776 by David McCullough
26. Spies of the American Revolution: The History of George Washington's Secret Spying Ring (The Culper Ring) by Howard Brinkley
27. George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen
28. Turncoats, Traitors and Heroes: Espionage in the American Revolution by John Bakeless
29. Bright Young Things: A Modern Guide to the Roaring Twenties by Alison Maloney
33. New York City in the Gilded Age by Esther Crain
31. Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
32. Hollywoodland by Mary Mallory
33. Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming
34. Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel
35. Louise Brooks: A Biography by Barry Paris
36. Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph by Travis Roy & EM Swift
37. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
38. The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe
39. Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked by Mary Theobald
40. Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William Mann
41. Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema by Helen Ann Peterson
42. Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara by Eve Golden
43. Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
44. Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion by Jon Katz
45. LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin
46. Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan
47. 1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips
48. The Sons of Liberty: The Lives and Legacies of John Adams, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock by Charles River Editors
49. Desperate Sons: The Secret Band of Radicals Who Led the Colonists to War by Lisa Standiford
50. Life at the Marmont: The Inside Story of Hollywood's Legendary Hotel of the Stars, Chateau Marmont by Raymond Sarlot
51. Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume edited by Jennifer O'Connell
52. Marcus of Umbria: What an Italian Dog Taught an American Girl About Love by Justine van der Leun
53. Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman
54. Uggie: My Story by Uggie and Taylor Wendy Holden
55. Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History by Mark Bailey & Edward Hemingway
56. Twisted History: 32 True Stories of Torture, Traitors, Sadists, and Psychos... Plus the Most Celebrated Saints in History by Howard Watson
57. Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern by Danielle Fishel
58. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
59. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
60. Dogdown: A Sanctuary for Rescued Dogs by Bob Somerville
61. Alice Diamond And The Forty Elephants: Britain's First Female Crime Syndicate by Brian McDonald


Mar. 10th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
LOL are you me?? I wonder if Amazon has someone who monitors Wish Lists & what not? If so, they probably think we're bonkers. I get into moods where I'm just "BUY ALL THE BOOKS"!!! After I went to Barnes & Noble the other day, I needed to stop somewhere to pick up shampoo etc and I was trying to decide between Walmart, Target & Meijer…not because of price or location but based on which had the best book selection. I ended up going to Walmart because of their CRAPPY selection so that I wouldn't spend any more money but I still ended up buying Divergent there lol.

I'm not sure if I'll like Divergent or not, but then I thought that about The Hunger Games so there's that. But the previews for the movie makes me think that Divergent is sort of a rip-off of The Hunger Games. But I really want to see the movie because I'm shallow & Theo James is hot lol, even though I think the actress playing the main girl is HORRIBLEY ANNOYING (I only ever liked her in Felicity: An American Girl Tale 10 years ago lol).
Mar. 14th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
I very nearly bought Divergent today but I though I'd wait and see what you thought of it first. If it's any good I'll probably pick it up after work on Monday.

I can't take the girl from the movie version seriously as an actress because she was on that terrible "Secret Life of an American Teenager" show that my sister was obsessed with. I was in the room when she was watching it one day and good grief it was just mindnumbingly awful. I don't know what was worse the wooden "acting", the strangely unnattractive cast or the fact that every character wanted to talk about their feelings and crap every single minute of the episode.
Mar. 14th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Divergent may very well be the most difficult book for me to rec (or not rec) to others. The story itself is interesting (though highly derivative), but I despise the main character. The books borrow HEAVILY from The Hunger Games…with a dash of Harry Potter, a pinch of Twilight, a splash of Star Trek (!!! the author is in love with having intelligent, cold people say "illogical", a la Spock) and if my hunches prove to be right, a large dose of a certain M. Night Shyamalan movie.

If the story didn't interest me, I would've given the books up based on the main character alone. (Tris is the most speshul snowflake who ever snowflaked. She's 16 and ~different and after only a month in training for her new life, all the adult leaders listen to her. And even though she's smaller and meeker than everyone else, she's of course the strongest and bravest and the hottest guy falls for her even though she's plain.) I like the main male character and a lot of the supporting characters are good. I'm almost done with the 2nd book and early on in this one, I just decided to make a game out of it and keep track of all the ridiculous stuff Tris does and says (a personal favorite: "I don't know, I just do the impossible, that's all"…and she's being SERIOUS when she says it). The author tries the hardest to make Tris braver and more selfless than Katniss but fails. (Also, I kind of got spoilered on something that happens in the last book and that also helps me continue on.)

It's so hard for me to say "read this" or "DON'T" for this book…I mean, I didn't have trouble saying DON'T READ that horrible Bloody Chamber "fairy tale" book or the Switched series. The pacing in these is pretty good and there are lots of plot twists and suspense and some legit interesting characters thrown in. I guess it all boils down to how you feel about dystopian YA and how much ridiculousness you can tolerate from one character. (I've started to enjoy laughing at Tris, she's like the poster child for Mary Sues.)

The girl who plays Tris and was on the Pregnant American Teenager Show is as ridiculous in real life as the character she plays. I was reading an interview the other day and she was talking about the roles she takes and this is a direct quote from the interview:
"And I was like, ‘You’re so right! I’m buying into society’s fear based paradigm. No way, man!"

No one talks like that. How pretentious can you be?!?!? Also, I watched The Descendents and it's a good enough movie, but I will NEVER understand how she got an Oscar nomination out of it. She was so average it wasn't even funny. It must've been a weak year.

So yeah, I'm no help at all.

Edited at 2014-03-14 06:57 pm (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh good grief @ that quote! She seems so try-hard.

Hmmm. I may wait to get the Divergent book then. I think I'd still like to give it a go it but there are definitely other books I'm more eager to read.
Your review has been a big help though - at least I know that they'll be a considerable amount of eye-rolling on my part when I do start it.

I guess futuristic/dystopian books aren't my number one go-to book picks but last year I read a few just as a brief interlude from the fairytale themed or books set in the past that I usually go for. I read Under the Never Sky and the second follow up too. To be honest I only bought them because they were part of a 3 books for £5 offer at The Works but they were better than I expected. I bought Wither too and I actually really enjoyed that but someone on my f-list read it a month or so later and absolutely hated it and pretty much slated it from start to finish.
I've also read the first Hunger Games book and I just bought the box-set so I can finally get round to finishing the trilogy.

Btw have you ever read this book -> http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Selection-1-Kiera-Cass/dp/0007466692/ref=pd_sim_b_7?ie=UTF8&refRID=18XBF0YR71F4A3CN0RVR
It's been on my wishlist for ages and I saw it in the bookstore next door to where I work the other day and I'm contemplating getting it. I can't decide if it'll be potentially fabulous or the most annoying book ever. So yeah, I think it'll either be right up my alley or I'll end up absolutely and utterly loathing it.

Oh, and what's Switched? I don't think of heard of that series.

Edited at 2014-03-15 06:40 pm (UTC)
Mar. 16th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
I'm about a 1/3 of the way thru the 3rd book of the Divergent trilogy & it's better because the chapters alternate narrators between Miss Annoying and the male lead, who is infinitely more interesting AND apparently a saint since he puts up with her. But everyone says this book is a 'mess' so we'll see how it progresses. And I was right in saying that the author stole a big ol' plot twist from an M Night Shyamalan movie (not saying which one so I don't spoil you though lol).

I haven't read The Selection. It's been on my Wish List forever, I look it over almost every time I go the book store but I never end up buying it for whatever reason. Fun fact: the CW network has the rights to turn The Selection trilogy into a TV show and they've tried twice. The last time, the premise they came up with somehow turned into Reign (I'm not sure *how* exactly...I just remember reading how they couldn't get the book characters to 'work' for their premise but somehow teenage!MaryQueenofScots did).

I've probably bitched to you about Switched when we were complaining about speshul snowflake characters lol. I only bought the first book in the trilogy (thank goddess) but couldn't make it past 2 chapters. This girl has ~speshul powers (of course) even though she's not quite sure what they are but she's been sent to this speshul high school to be protected because not only is she a member of this speshul group of magical snowflakes, but she's also one of their ROYAL FAMILY. And there's this boy who keeps stalking her because he can ~see she's speshul~ and she pretends to be annoyed and hate him but I'd bet $100 if I read the rest of the book I'd find out they got together lol. (The trilogy is called the Tyrelle Trilogy and I think the speshul society is called the Trylle or something.)
Mar. 17th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
Okay I've added Switched to my "AVOID AT ALL COSTS" list.

Oooh, I didn't know that about the Reign/The Selection thing. I ended up taking a chance and buying the book. I'm still reading my second book pick at the moment but hopefully I'll get to start it next month.

Wow, you speed through those Divergent books! Yep, I'll definitely read it eventually - and I sincerely hope the plot twist was stolen from my favourite M Night Shyamalan film The Village and not that terrible movie about the bloody trees.
Mar. 17th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
I just remember that when you were giving your review of the book you said was written by a girl on break from Hot Topic, I thought you were talking about the same book. I kept forgetting that the one I had was called Switched lol. When they're that horrible, they don't really need a name lol.

I have The Selection in my Amazon shopping cart. I'm supposed to get another Amazon card from work/insurance within the next month soooo….(Gillespie & I is in there, too.) When I read about The Selection, I don't see how they got Reign out of it…? I ran into a thread over on Oh No They Didn't a few weeks ago when people were complaining about how they'd rather have a show based on The Selection than Reign. (I'm still mad at Reign. The last ep, I only watched the parts with Bash and the ones with Henri/Catherine because those 2 were hilarious. I ff'd thru all the Francis parts and watched just enough of the Mary parts to get the gist of what was going on there. The previews make it look like Francis is going to take another level in stupid next week, reason 741296318 to hate his scrawny ass lol.)

I haven't even started my 2nd book club book yet. (Actually it was my buddy's first choice for me, but I read the 2nd book--The Witches by Roald Dahl—first then started on Divergent and didn't want to interrupt the trilogy. I'll probably finish the 3rd book in the series tomorrow and then start on my other book club book on Wednesday. But it's 500+ pages and the print is really small and I'm not in the mood for it, so I don't know if I'll finish by the time I get my April selections. /comm moderator FAIL

…you mentioned the M Night movie that the author ripped off was influenced by. But I'm not saying if it's The Village or the tree one lol!!!! ;) (Also, I need to add that the last book has some serious HP/Death Eater Pure Blood mania going on...)

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