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Subject: 2010 H/F Challenge #1 - Roots
Date Posted: 11/26/2009 6:06 PM ET
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Discuss the book you read for the Roots category.

Read a historical novel that takes place in the country of your or your spouse’s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) ancestors.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 9:01 PM ET
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bumping to help a member who's having trouble finding this thread

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 9:03 PM ET
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I'm reading my "Roots" book right now, which is Skeletons at the Feast (set in Germany, which is where some of my ancestors are from). Very good so far!

Subject: Roots Read Completed
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 9:00 AM ET
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The Archer's Tale, Bernard Cornwell, was my roots read. †I truly enjoy books when the author spends time describing the research and/or how the tale is developed. † It's fun to get into the author's mind. † This book was fun to read and I can see how people get into Cornwell's writing. †The battles described in Archer are fantastic and realistic. †I felt that I knew the characters in this book and am looking forward to the next volume in this series and seeing what happens to Thomas, the archer in †The Vagabond. †My recommendation: † Take time to read this one.



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Date Posted: 1/13/2010 8:47 PM ET
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Sounds good bigstone. I have the Saxon Chronicles and still haven't even started THEM! I know I'm going to get the wet noodle treatment now- especially from Shelley.:/

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 9:19 PM ET
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Jeanne -   Whatever you're doing right now, STOP IT AND GO READ UHTRED!

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 10:10 PM ET
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LOL - literally!! Shelley! I wish I could but I've got these library books here. As Deb said, if I don't stop getting these library books, I'll never read the ones I have. What to do? - I KNOW - read Uhtred!!!!



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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 10:14 AM ET
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Just finished The Romanov Bride by Alexander -- thanks, Linda, for the recommendation. I very much enjoyed it.  It's written in two alternating first-person perspectives, that of a revolutionary and that of the Tsar's sister-in-law, Grand Duchess Elisabeth Fyodorovna, who was later canonized as a saint.  Since I knew nothing of the Grand Duchess ("the Romanov bride") and my knowledge of the Russian revolution and its cast of characters is pathetic at best, I found this book both interesting and educational. It's an easy read -- and I think gives a good glimpse of Russia from 1904 through 1918. I may now have to re-read Nicolas and Alexandra (which I read so many years ago that I have absolutely no memory of it) to get a more in-depth view of that time.

ETA: Now I have to return it to the library.  The question is, can I exit the library without checking out more books????



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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 1:27 PM ET
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The question is, can I exit the library without checking out more books????

That's a tough one, Deb. But you can do it.  I know you can.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 7:47 PM ET
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Hey Genie -- thanks for your encouragement and support.  I would have succeeded if 2 of the books that I had reserved weren't waiting for me: Airth's River of Darkness and Dumas' The Black Tulip -- but since they were already on hold, maybe they don't count??  (And then there were the 5 books on the used book shelves in the library lobby which sorta leaped into my bag -- but at only 50 cents a piece, what is one to do?? And anyway, I didn't check them out -- I bought them!)

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 10:11 AM ET
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If at first you don't succeed ... That's my motto. Keep trying, Deb!

LOL!

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 9:09 PM ET
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I'm African American and I wonder how would I do the serch for my Roots.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 9:57 PM ET
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Jackie,  There is a member that is often in the CMT forum named Melody she has a avatar with her puppy under a blanket, she dose genealogy research and might be able to point you in the right direction.

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 7:38 PM ET
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Finished Skeletons at the Feast.  Posted my brief thoughts in the "What are you reading in January" thread.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 8:39 AM ET
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Jackie, I'm a researcher. Genealogy isn't my specialty, but public records is. The National Archives has an excellent guide to get you started.

In essence, you'll have to figure where each generation before you lived, and then search the records (birth, death, marriage, divorce) of that community.

It's tedious work, but very rewarding. Good luck and enjoy!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:03 AM ET
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Jackie, if you don't want to do that much work to choose a book for a reading challenge, I'd suggest choosing a place where any of your ancestors was born, even if you just choose your Mom or Dad who may have even been born in the same place you were. I have actually decided to cheat a bit on my chosen book because I'm just not into reading another book about Great Britain right now!

Genie won't mind if I cheat a bit!! This whole challenge is for fun and it really is okay if the book you choose doesn't perfectly match the stated goal.

If you really do want to research your ancestors, there are some great genealogy websites out there that are devoted just to African American research. I have a friend who has been using some to do her genealogy this past year and she has been able to find out a lot more than she knew originally. If you are interested, I'd be happy to ask her which sites she thinks are best. Oh, and she is frugal, like me!, so she has found some very good free sites. Just let me know if you want me to ask her for a list of sites.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 6:00 PM ET
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Thank you guys for all the advice.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 9:03 AM ET
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Oh, do'h. Sorry, Jackie! I thought you were asking about genealogy research, not the challenge. LOL!

Thankfully, Valli has my back!

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 11:05 AM ET
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Yep, I'm right over your shoulder, Genie, right where the good angel sits.  

:-P

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 5:21 PM ET
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Since half of my roots are Irish, I read Morgan Llywelyn's Lion of Ireland. It covers the life and kingship of Brian Boru from his early childhood to his death. Llywelyn credits him with being the first to bring unity to Ireland. The story is rich with the history of the struggle, although she glosses over military strategy and battles.

I liked the story, but I didn't love it. While I very much enjoyed the historic detail, I could have done without the musings - even proselytizing - on Christianity. It was downright preachy in parts. In large part because of these meanderings, the story was significantly longer than necessary. It didn't wrench me out of the story, but they did become tiresome. 3.5/5

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 9:42 PM ET
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Interesting comments, Genie. I read the book several years ago and don't remember any of the preachiness you refer to ... guess it all has to do with one's perspective at the time. Wonder what my take would be on the book if I were to reread it now???

Do you think you will read anything else by Llywelyn?

Kelly

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 3:40 PM ET
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I read The Wind from Hastings a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I liked Lion - at least the historical story. But I rated it down b/c of all the musing over Christianity. It was just a bit OTT for me.

I do plan to read more from this author.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 2/16/2010 5:00 PM ET
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I probably the Lion of Ireland 20 years ago and remember liking it (read a whole bunch of Irish history at that time). I don't remember the details but enjoyed it. I like Grania by her a lot. I have a couple of her new ones to read now. I will have to pick up one of her books again. It has been a long time....

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 4:10 AM ET
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I just finished reading The Stolen Crown by Susan Higgenbotham.† I so admire her work, focusing on Henry Duke of Buckingham and his wife Katherine (Kate) Woodville.† She thankfully didn't bring all the craziness into the story no sensational propaganda,† She waded carefully through all that, and presented a intelligent† believable treatment of the lives of these people.† I chuckled and wept the highest praise I can give a book.† I recommend it,



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Date Posted: 2/25/2010 8:42 AM ET
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Oh, another book to bump up the TBR. Sigh.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Letty!

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