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welshbookworm

The Welsh Bookworm

The Welsh Bookworm is a librarian living and working in rural Minnesota. She is a past-president of the St. David’s Society of Minnesota, leads the Welsh folk-dance group Traed Y Ddraig, and teaches Welsh language classes. Her Welsh Bookworm column was featured occasionally in the newspaper Y Drych, now part of Ninnau. Laurel works for the Carver County Public Libraries in Waconia and Norwood Young America, loves reading, music, dance, languages, genealogy, gardening, and bird watching. Laurel reads historical fiction, mysteries, sci fi/fantasy, medieval and British history, Arthurian fiction, classics, and of course, anything connected to Wales. Follow my blog at http://welshbookworm.wordpress.com

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Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
William Kuhn
The Boleyn Deceit
Laura Andersen
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I first read this so long ago, that I do not remember reading it. Definitely written for children, Tolkien wrote this 30+ yea...
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
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Straightforward and easily readable. This is a no-nonsense overview of Native American history, culture, politics, and religi...
Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask - Anton Treuer
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The first book in this series was such a brilliant debut, that I just couldn't give this one 5 stars, but nevertheless, I enj...
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - Alan Bradley
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This is everything I love about historical novels and family sagas: big, sweeping, panoramic, enough history to understand th...
Cathedral of the Sea - Ildefonso Falcones
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Possible spoiler alert! I knew the basic outline of the story of Frank and Mamah going into it, so I dreaded getting to end o...
Loving Frank - Nancy Horan
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I love the premise of this book, being a researcher and historian myself. I also like investigations into the paranormal. How...
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe
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October 2013
09
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I loved the first third of this book. I loved Pi and his rambling thoughts about life, animals, religion, and experience. 5 s...
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
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October 2013
01
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A slim and very readable summation of what makes Moby-Dick great. It almost makes me want to reread it again now.Description:...
Why Read Moby-Dick? - Nathaniel Philbrick
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September 2013
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Setting: England, London, Whitehall PalaceTime: 1602, 1553Main characters: Brendan Prescott - an orphan raised in the Dudley ...
The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles) - C.  W. Gortner
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Setting: Sweden, England, London, Whitehall Palace and variousTime: 1564-1603Main characters: Elizabeth I, Helena (Elin) von ...
Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I - Sandra Byrd
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Setting: England, Hatfield HouseTime: 1558Main characters: Princess Elizabeth, Kate Haywood - musicianFirst paragraph, Prolog...
Murder at Hatfield House - Amanda Carmack
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Setting: England, Derbyshire, Hardwick Manor, LondonTime: 1539-1567, Prologue and Epilog 1603Main characters: Elizabeth Hardw...
Venus in Winter - Gillian Bagwell
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Setting: England, London, Greenwich Palace, Richmond Palace, Bridewell Palace, Hever Castle, Windsor CastleTime: 1523-1525Mai...
Tarnish - Katherine Longshore