Wendy the SuperLibrarian

Mild mannered librarian. Legend in her own mind. Lover of romance, books with dead bodies, and tea addict. Detroit Tigers fan and #TBRChallenge hostess

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for March 2020

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2020 9:36:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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Let’s address the elephant in the room, shall we? Our unwelcome guest COVID-19. The library system I work for is closed to the public and I oversee the division that is responsible for all the delightful items you find on the physical shelves and in our digital collections. So keeping that machine running, while re-configuring staff schedules and work spaces has meant no time for reading or Romancelandia. And let me tell ya, I miss it y’all. So let’s take a collective break and enjoy looking at some new Unusual Historicals out this month. And lucky for us, it’s a bonanza!

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for February 2020

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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Here we are in February 2020 and I feel like this year is out to get me. I’m starting to take it personally.  My reading so far has been fairly lackluster and the continued RWA crisis has now devolved into me keeping a small pillow on my desk for fear of repeated concussions.  Hey, at least I have half-priced Valentine’s Day candy and a new crop of unusual historicals to cheer me up.

Here are the February publications catching my eye:

 

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for January 2020

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 20, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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Dear Romancelandia, was it just last month that I was wishing for blue skies ahead? Here we are, not four weeks into 2020 and already this year has felt like it’s been six months long.  Between what’s been going on with RWA, coupled with world events, the start of my reading year hasn’t been all that great.  But it’s too soon to throw in the towel on 2020 yet and what better way to head off a potential reading slump than book browsing?

Here are some new Unusual Historicals catching my eye:

 

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for December 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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Well Romancelandia, we made it. 2019 somehow managed to flit by in a second and still feel like the longest year in recorded human history. It’s been a rough year for a lot of folks, but I hope that you were able to snatch a few moments of joy and that nothing but blue skies are ahead for 2020. Let’s blow this popsicle stand by taking a gander at some of the unusual historicals that caught my eye for December.

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for November 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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Here we are, in November, and I’m in denial. Have I thought about Thanksgiving dinner or my holiday gift purchasing? Of course not. Because it just doesn’t seem possible that somehow nearly a whole year blew past while I was busy doing...stuff, I guess. Who the heck knows anymore. I’m sure it involved The Day Job, continuing to finely tune my tea snobbery and books, because of course books.  Which brings us to the latest crop of unusual historicals that have caught my eye. Here’s what’s hitting my wishlist for November:

 

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for October 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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Here we are, in October.  When I’m dodging all sorts of tasty, sugary temptations (it’s a good thing I don’t have kids - I’d steal all their candy spoils from trick-or-treating and likely drive them into therapy that much sooner…) and I look to distract myself with just about any healthy alternative - like, say, books!  Here are some of the October unusual historicals catching my eye this month:

 

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for September 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 23, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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September is the time of year where I seriously begin to question my decision to leave the Midwest - which this time of year is cooling off, the leaves are turning, and every mile marker or so you can find apple cider and homemade donuts.  Instead, I’m living in the land of triple-digit temperatures with the constant specter of wildfire danger. Seriously, I miss the cider and donuts. But I still have historical romances, which are equally as delicious and, quite frankly, much lower in sugar.  Here are some of the Unusual Historicals catching my eye this month.

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for August 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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I’m not sure where 2019 has gone, but here we are - already in August.  RWA has come and gone, the kids are either already back in school or will be very soon, and large swaths of the US are looking forward to Pumpkin Spice Everything. While, on one hand, I felt energized at RWA to come home and “read all the things,” the reality has been “um, not so much.”  Distracted and cranky seems to be the mood of the moment. So to snap myself out of it, why not browse for intriguing sounding unusual historicals? Here are the August releases that caught my eye.

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for July 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 22, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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July in the United States means heat, humidity, and large swaths of the population shooting off fireworks for a solid month terrorizing animals and keeping me up at night.  It’s also my busiest time of year at The Day Job, with a variety of budget-related tasks and conference season hitting full swing. This year I’ll be soaking up some of that heat and humidity in New York attending RWA.  Yes, I’ll be there - as will some of the Love in Panels crew. If you see us milling about, be sure to say hello! So what books look good for potential reading on my long (loooong) flight to the Big Apple?  This month self-publishing takes front and center!

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Unusual Historicals: Best Bets for June 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Wendy the SuperLibrarian posted in best bets

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Squeaking in under the wire, file this month’s Unusual Historicals column under “better late than never.”  But while I’m running obscenely late this month, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of intriguing options for historicals that take place outside a Regency era ballroom.  Keep your one-click finger ready, it’s time to go browsing!

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