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Subject: It's 2009! What are you reading in January?
Date Posted: 1/1/2009 4:56 PM ET
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Happy New Year to everyone!

I am about halfway through Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer. Her novel, The Grand Sophy, was my final read of 2008, and I enjoyed it so much, I had to try another of her books. So far, Charity Girl isn't quite as good, but it's still a fun read. It's a Cinderella story about a penniless young woman taken under the wing of a handsome lord (who I rather suspect has fallen in love with her). It's a formulaic plot, but still enjoyable.

However, I wish I had a Regency glossary! The characters often talk in period slang that I don't understand. It's especially frustrating when the young men are using it to describe their "sowing wild oats" behavior, and I'm left to wonder what exactly it is they were up to!

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 5:11 PM ET
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I agree that The Grand Sophy was a lot of fun.  I have several more Georgette Heyers on the TBR pile to enjoy this year.

Currently I'm reading The Glory Cloak, A Novel of Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton - by Patricia O'Brien.  Only on page 46, but so far, so good.

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 6:29 PM ET
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Happy New Year, HF fans and friends!

I'm working my way through Marek Halter's Canaan Trilogy.  I finished up Sarah last night, and will be starting Zipporah, Wife of Moses later this evening. 

 

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 6:41 PM ET
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I am still reading Paint the Wind. Also reading Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 6:54 PM ET
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I have started A Rose for the Crown.  I think I will probably be the 1st one done with it since I am starting a reading challenge on the 5th which has me reading all hardcovers for the next 7 weeks :)

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 9:02 PM ET
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I'm almost finished reading The Art of Racing in the Rain.  I was going to start A Rose for the Crown but I can't find my copy.

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 11:24 PM ET
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I must be on an ancient Rome kick because now that I finished Saturnalia I just had to pick up another historical mystery set in Roman occupied Britain, Medicus by Ruth Downie.  I believe this is her first novel and it is an impressive one!

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 12:00 AM ET
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Cheryl, Medicus is on my reminder list.  Let me know how you like it.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 9:37 PM ET
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I'm glad that I'm not the only one, Donna. I know that darn book has to be somewhere! In the mean time, I'm reading "The Other Queen" by Philippa Gregory. I enjoy her style of writing.
Date Posted: 1/3/2009 11:44 PM ET
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Lisa, I'm also reading a Philippa Gregory book.  I'm reading "The Constant Princess."  I have all the others from the "Boleyn series" currently on my TBR pile except "The Other Queen" (on the WL for it) and "The Other Boleyn Girl (because I already read it).  I also enjoy her style of writing! :-)  I'm probably going to space out reading these books so they last longer! :-)

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 12:09 AM ET
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I have finished Charity Girl, which was very enjoyable, and started reading A Rose for the Crown.

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 11:17 AM ET
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Another Philippa Gregory reader here.  I am currently reading the Boleyn Inheritance.

Updated 1/11/09-Currently reading Patriot Hearts: A Novel of the Founding Mothers by Barbara Hambly



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Date Posted: 1/4/2009 3:10 PM ET
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I enjoyed Medicus, Donna; maybe even a bit more than Saturnalia.  I think it is easier to begin a series than to pick one up midstream.  Both books were well written and had a nice sense of wry humor.  I think I just prefer the doctor to the private investigator.  Now I am still waiting for my January BOM to arrive so I am going to start a history, 1453 by Roger Crowley.  It is about the siege of Constantinople and is fascinating so far.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 8:41 AM ET
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Hi, H/F buds...it's been awhile since I stopped in here. I'm currently reading two H/F books. The first is part of a mystery series (and an excellent one, too), An Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander about Sir John Fielding, a blind magistrate of the Bow Street Court in London in the 1790's. He was a real historical figure, apparently. I'm bummed 'cause I only have two more to go in the series and there will be no more since the author died a few years ago.

The other is one from my Keeper shelf, Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell, which is the third of his Arthurian trilogy. He treats the Arthurian legend from more of a historical fiction standpoint than the fantasy standpoint and I have really enjoyed this series a lot--which is why it's on my Keeper shelf. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 11:46 AM ET
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Hello, Cheryl!

I have read Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy - I loved them.

I picked up several of the Sir John Fielding novels at a library sale last year, but I have yet to read them.

Besides working on A Rose for the Crown, I just started reading In the Garden of Iden. It's a science fiction novel about a global conglomerate that invents time travel and turns orphans from various historical periods into immortal cyborgs. These operatives then rescue endangered plants and animals, old manuscripts and "lost" works of art and preserve them for the future. In this book (the first in a series) one of the operatives is sent to Bloody Mary's England.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 2:47 PM ET
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I just finished  The Glory Cloak by Patricia O'Brien, about experiences of Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton during the Civil War, which I really enjoyed.  Now I've started Tai-Pan by James Clavell, to satisfy one of the Challenge topics.

Cheryl, I loved  Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series and Grail Quest series; just recently acquired all 3 books of the Arthurian series and am looking forward to reading them sometime soon.  His novel Stonehenge is on order.  And I've read some of the Bruce Alexancer mysteries, fascinated by Judge Fielding and his Bow Street Runners.

Linda (KellyP's mother)

 

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 6:35 PM ET
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Felicia, Kage Baker's "the company" series is one of my favorites, too--I just discovered it last year and have read the first couple and really enjoyed them. It's history, sci-fi, fantasy and mystery all rolled into one!

I need to check out that Challenge post and see if I can do it. I'm having computer problems at home and work is so busy that I just don't always get to the forums--I'm lucky to be able to check in to mark books received and such. I love challenges, though!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 6:56 PM ET
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I just finished Elizabeth Berg's Dream When You're Feeling Blue yesterday, and am just a few pages into Robin Maxwell's The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 3:02 PM ET
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Mimi:

Let me know what you think of Secret Diary. I've seen mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. I thought Maxwell achieved realistic voices for both Elizabeth and Anne.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 3:06 PM ET
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I loved Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy!  I have books 2 and 3 of the grailquest trilogy on my shelf and the other 3 books in the Saxon Chronicles.  I hope to get to them eventually.

I finished A Rose for the Crown last night and I'm taking a wee bit of a break from HF to read The Brass Verdict and Echo Park by Michael Connelly.

 

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 4:03 PM ET
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I've been down sick for the past few days with a miserable cold so I have been to do a fair bit of reading.  I finished 1453 about the seige of Constantinople; amazing the city held out as long as it did.  I've moved on to Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.  It reminds me of The Other Boleyn Girl in that you have the "ambitious, political sister"  and the "good, kindly sister".  I do plan to participate in the reading challenge once my brain is unfogged enough to think straight so I guess this one would count as my "new author" category.

 

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 6:26 PM ET
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Cheryl M.  - So sorry to hear you've been sick!  (Although one benefit to being sick is having an excuse to lie around and read!!)  Please let me know how you like Nefertiti.  That one has been on my WL forever.  Once your brain un-fogs and you pick your books for the 2009 HF Challenge, let me know if you can think of any HF taking place in our dear ol' Minnesota.  I don't really want to re-read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, but that's all I could come up with.  LOL! 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:07 PM ET
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I'm afraid the Minnesota one is going to be tough.  I too don't want to go the "Little House" route.  I remember reading "Giants in the Earth" but that isn't HF.

 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 2:52 PM ET
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Cheryl - I know there are some books out there on the Kensington Runestone (Kensington is about 30 miles away from my hometown of Alexandria), but they are pretty obscure, and I'm sure they'd be more factual, non-fiction type books.  I know my mom and my sis have read some books on life in Otter Tail County near where my dad grew up.  I'll check with them.  If they have something, I'll gladly pass it on to you when I'm done.  Why do we live in such a dull state?  LOL!  You'd think there would be some HF books on the Vikings who allegedly spent some time in Minnesota long before any European explorers did.  Oh, one more that may work is The Original Main Street by Sinclair Lewis.  Sinclair was born and lived for some time in Sauk Centre, MN, and he based the town in that book on Sauk Centre.  Don't know if that counts or not.  I've never read Sinclair.  My boss, who lives in Sauk Centre, has a portrait of Sinclair hanging in our office, and I find the man to be creepy. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:09 PM ET
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Cheryl, I just hit the UBS at lunch and found a copy of Medicus! (Which I bought, of course.)

I also got a copy of the re-release of Georgette Heyer's False Colours. Both books are in like-new condition.

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