1800s, 19th Century, Art, Charles Dickens, Christian, Literature, Medicine, Military, Mystery, Navy, Novels, Photography, Pre-Reads, Prostitution, Regency, Romance, Science, Steampunk, Thriller, Victorian, War, Western
Family drama and tragedy does not seem to end. After enduring one of the saddest Christmases of my life, I am ready for bibliotherapy. Luckily for all of us, today is the last Wednesday of the year–in other words, the last Pre-Reads of 2015. Finally! Below are sixteen carefully researched titles that are debuting (or newly reprinted) this month. They are broken into two categories; fiction and non-fiction, eight titles in each group. All books have been highly reviewed and their summaries are directly taken from Amazon, Baker and Taylor, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, or Publisher’s Weekly. I tried to make sure all the titles were representative of various 19th century-inspired sub-genres. This is how I ensure the post doesn’t turn into a list of Regency Romance reviews (There are other wonderful websites and blogs that cater specifically to this readership, if Regency Romance is your thing). Non-fiction is always tricky, because most are scholarly tomes for history graduates and PhDs in Victorian Studies (yes, there is such a discipline! Can you believe it?! Squeee!). I try to gather non-fiction titles that are a bit more accessible to the general public. Being a Librarian, this is by far my favorite planned post of the month. Just a note, however, I have not read any of these books, so I cannot recommend one over the other, nor give my opinion on the matter. However, I’ve jotted down a few to add to my ever-growing “To Read List.” How about you?