Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Five Steps of Moving-on after Cleopatra's Daughter

Don't forget-- you have until midnight on Saturday to enter my giveaway for a copy of Cleopatra's Daughter or The Heretic Queen, both of which are signed by the author, Michelle Moran! Go HERE to enter!

But once you've reached that saaaaaad point... you close the back cover of Cleopatra's Daughter, having finished such a wonderful journey... where do you turn? What book can follow?

Your first step might be to read Michelle Moran's previous two books:

Both of them have gotten the same sort of rave reviews that are accompanying Cleopatra's Daughter, and both take place in Ancient Egypt, though much farther back in time.

Perhaps you might turn to Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mystery series:

Beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank, this bestselling mystery series is not one to miss. Amelia Peabody is a self-proclaimed "spinster" who decides her happiness lies in travel and adventure, and so she is daring enough to set off for a cruise on the Nile by herself. This is the 1930s, after all, and it's still unique for a woman to travel alone. But she's not alone for long; she rescues a young woman from certain corruption by an erstwhile lover, so she is gifted with a helpful, friendly traveling companion. And those two are not alone for long, either; they encounter the Emerson brothers while visiting some archaeological sites. The younger brother is quick to recognize Amelia's natural proclivity for cultural studies, but the elder brother is tougher to crack. He can't see any reason to include any women on their trip, let alone feisty Amelia and her decided opinions. You can bet that high-jinks and capers will ensue.

The Amelia Peabody stories are some of the funniest books I've ever read-- I have yet to finish the series, in fact, because I want to always have another new one to read and enjoy when I "need" it.

A third option is to tackle any of the non-fiction books that Michelle recommended in my interview with her.

I would love to hear what books you all have been reading after finishing Cleopatra's Daughter-- I know I was so enthralled in the time period that I had to step away and read some non-historical fiction afterward. Nothing is quite the same thing, really.

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