MyTBR 45: Historical Fiction with Libbie Hawker, As The Crow Flies

One of my favorite episodes (#45) to date this week, where I got to geek-out talking Historical Fiction with reader and writer of such books: Libbie Hawker. Check out her fiction and great books for writers at her website. And watch the episode if you’d like to fill your TBR pile with tons of great historical fiction: Indie and otherwise. I still have to add it all to Goodreads.

In honor our our guest I started reading The Sekhmet Bed: The She-King Book 1 by Libbie Hawker (formerly published under pen name LM Ironside). It’s great historical fiction about Ahmose, daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh. More on it when I finish, likely next week. But check our her new cover, and at the time I posted this, the book is available FREE on Amazon!

My main read of the week was As The Crow Flies by Robin Lythgoe, and really enjoyed it. She kicks it off with a bang, mid-heist with Crow, the very introspective, opinionated and sarcastic thief of a narrator. He’s forced to decide whether he’d like to be a hero, and the adventure follows that decision. The adventure is a lot of fun, with lots of twists and turns, some unexpected magic, and a satisfying ending for a standalone. Highly recommended.

I’ve started on The History of the Book in 100 Books by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad, that selected 100 books (or book-like things) to give a history of the medium. It’s a doorstopper of a coffee table book, and I’ve only just gotten started.

With my son, we read more fromĀ M is For Magic, Neil Gaiman’s selection of middle grade/young adult short stories, but I ended up finishing it myself before taking it back. I didn’t realize that all the stories in the book had been previously published elsewhere, until I came across one (“October in the Chair”), and read a bit more of the description elsewhere. So this might be repetition for some people, but 70% of it was new for me. I particularly enjoyed “Chivalry” about a kindly old lady finding the Holy Grail at a thrift shop.

We followed that up with Odd and the Frost Giant by Neil Gaiman, which I finished before taking back. This was a middle-grade short novel about a young Viking boy who decides to help some Norse gods when they get in trouble. Great little story.

And Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien, by Kazu Kabuishi, appeared at our library, so we devoured it quickly. Can’t wait for volume 7 to be published early next year.


Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.