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Reading is my passion! I'll read anything if it looks good & sounds good. I'm also a sucker for books with unique settings & I'd choose Hardcovers over E-Books any day! : ) -Empress Reece

Currently reading

Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
-Penguin Audio-, Sean Danker-Smith, Johnathan McClain
The Facefaker's Game
Chandler J. Birch
Grimalkin the Witch Assassin
Joseph Delaney, Christopher Evan Welch
Progress: 90 %
The Forlorned
Angela J. Townsend
Progress: 274/274 pages
The Other Side of Midnight
Simone St. James
Olmec Obituary (Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Book 1)
David L. Owen
Progress: 12 %
Stiletto: A Novel
Daniel O'Malley, Hachette Audio, Moira Quirk
Progress: 31 %
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3)
Erika Johansen
The Aeronaut's Windlass: The Cinder Spires, Book 1
Jim Butcher, -Penguin Audio-, Euan Morton
Progress: 11 %

Gone, yet not Forgotten

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson

Dead Wake is the tragic tale of the sinking of the Lusitania by a German submarine on May 7, 1915. Larson does a great job of setting the scene of the war and giving you the back story on some of the passengers and crew. I really felt like I had a front row seat and could picture what was happening at the time. With that said, it does actually read like it is written for a movie production because there are so many extra details included. For example, Larson lays out the exact nautical path the U-20 sub took for over a week leading up to the attack on the Lusitania and he also gives a pretty full account of whats occurring in President Woodrow Wilson's life and love life at that time. I can see where this would be useful in a movie but for the average reader I think its too much and makes the book excessively long. The actual attack on the Lusitania doesn't happen until 348 pages (large print edition) into the story which is when it picked up the pace and started grabbing my attention again. It is a very interesting story but horribly tragic. I would still recommend reading but make sure you have a lot of time to set aside because it is a long one.