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Subject: It's April (no longer wishful thinking!) - tell us what you're reading.
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 7:32 AM ET
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 I know it's not quite April yet, but March has been such a sad month here and, let's face it, many of us are ready for spring to finally arrive!  I hope you don't mind that I decided to get our April postings started a little early. 

 

I'm reading a lovely book called The Master by Colm Toibin.  It's about the life of the writer Henry James.  Reads almost like a memoir but told in the third person.  Not high action but very moving somehow.

 



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Date Posted: 3/26/2013 7:35 AM ET
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I am halfway through The Proud Breed, by Celeste De Blasis, and listening to Peril at End House, by Agatha Christie. 

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 7:35 AM ET
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I'm also reading a nonfiction - Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper, Jr.  A big thick book that I'll probably read little by little over the next few months.



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Date Posted: 3/26/2013 7:47 AM ET
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Good idea, Donna! I'm reading A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. Loving it! In between Miss Peregrine and Storm, I read Every Day by David Levithan. It's a YA novel -- coming of age and empathy. Very well done and one of my best reads this year.

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 10:06 AM ET
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Very smart, Donna, to start April a bit early. I finished Loupas' The Flower Reader, an intriguing and engaging book set in the 1560s in Scotland when a young Queen Mary returns from France to claim her throne. A fascinating peek into the workings and politics of the court, an interesting story, seamless blending of fictional characters with historical figures, and a strong, independent heroine -- highly recommended.

Also finished listening to The Fault in Our Stars, a YA book by John Green -- loved it. It's a love story about two teens who have cancer -- as you might imagine, it's a book that requires a tissue box at hand -- but it's not written in a sappy, cloying, sentimental manner -- but rather as an honest portrayal of young people living with cancer. The audio version is superb. (A movie is in the works.)

Now reading Massie's Catherine the Great -- so far, it's very good.

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 10:18 AM ET
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Thanks for starting us off on April and Spring a bit early. I'm reading Bracewell's Shadow on the Crown and enjoying it. Fortunately I read Hollicks A Hollick Crown several years ago, so there's not too much been there done that.

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 10:47 AM ET
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I'm just about to start The King's Speech which I've been wanting to read ever since seeing the move.

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 11:14 AM ET
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Such a good idea to start April a bit early, Donna.  I'm reading Conqueror, last in the gory but good Mongol saga by Conn Iggulden.

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 11:18 AM ET
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Status quo for me.  I'm listening to The Potato Factory on Audible and reading The Passing Bells.  I'm enjoying both.

Not even the remotest sign of spring in Central Minnesota.  We've got temps only in the 20s and 30s and still have a LOT of snow on the ground.  They say we can't expect a real warm up until mid-April.  Sigh.

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 11:36 AM ET
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We had abundant sunshine and a high of 65 yesterday. Heaven.

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 12:45 PM ET
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This has been a tough winter here Shelley!

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 3:18 PM ET
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I read an absolutely wonderful non-fiction, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, about Lincoln and his Cabinet.  I could scarecly lay it down; it is every bit as readable as very good historical fiction.  Years ago I read No Ordinary Time, about the Roosevelts, by Goodwin and as I recall I loved it also.

Also read A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer - interesting history about the development of penicillin during WWII, but I was less than enthralled with the characters and the story line.  I'm glad I read it but was a bit let down, as I had been looking forward to the book.  Lauren Belfer also wrote City of Light set in Buffalo that I read several years ago.  I remember that I really enjoyed it, much more that AFR.

Linda

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 7:55 PM ET
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Linda, I also loved Team of Rivals.  I learned so much about Lincoln that has really stuck with me.  I own a copy of No Ordinary Time but haven't gotten to it yet.

Date Posted: 3/26/2013 9:55 PM ET
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I finished the Higgenbotham Her Highness the Traitor.  It didn't get any better. 3/5, and that's kinda stretching it.  It never drew me in or made me feel like I was getting to the characters.  Just a blow by blow of the history.  That was very solid, and why it was a 3 rather than a 2.  As a NOVEL, 2.  But I weight real history fairly heavily, and that makes it a 3 to me.  Really, really should have skipped the first person narrarators.  One should NEVER use more than one first person narrarator if they can't give them blatent, unmistakeably different voices.

I started Lakota Surrender by Karen Kay, but it's a complete wall-banger.  Bad writing, bad story, just awful.  No story-telling talent--all tell, no show.  Silly characters and plot.  It was an e-book and I sure hope I didn't pay even 99c for it.



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Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:45 AM ET
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I'm back with Richard Jury and Melrose Plant at The Old Silent.  This is book 10 in the series, and while the characters seem to be stuck in a bit of a rut (solving mysteries in inns, getting called on the carpet for investigating crimes that are out of their jurisdiction, Aunt Agatha being a pain in the tush) the one thing that absolutely charms me about Grimes is her portrayal of cats, dogs and children.  They show up in just about every book, and I keep reading just to glimpse these delightful characters.  

Plus...more snow.  Sheesh!!  I took Heidi out for her morning slog...it's up to my knees, and still coming down!  I seriously have to go to work today...surprise

Date Posted: 3/27/2013 7:46 AM ET
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Also finished listening to The Fault in Our Stars, a YA book by John Green -- loved it. It's a love story about two teens who have cancer -- as you might imagine, it's a book that requires a tissue box at hand -- but it's not written in a sappy, cloying, sentimental manner -- but rather as an honest portrayal of young people living with cancer. The audio version is superb. (A movie is in the works.)

ITA. Love your reading list, Deb! You might want to try David Levithan, who I mention upthread. He's right up there with John Green.

I just remembered that April truly is coming and reading The Dressmaker is right around the corner. I better hurry up with Storm of Swords!



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Date Posted: 3/27/2013 9:11 AM ET
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I started The Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell yesterday.  When I saw the setting, I was dubious.  Knight/wealthy merchant's daughter with large dowry, trained from birth to be a noble wife, marries an earl, one of Queen Elizabeth's courtiers, and tries to fit into court and meet hubby's expectations.  But it's surprisingly good.  I'm enjoying it.

Also, great idea to start April early -- we had the warmest morning in WEEKS today.  36F! 

 



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Date Posted: 3/27/2013 9:54 AM ET
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Oh, Genie, as soon as I read your first post re Every Day, I went to my library's website and downloaded the audio version on my iPod Touch! (I'm a procrastinator extraordinaire...except when it comes to tracking down recommended books.)
Date Posted: 3/27/2013 10:43 AM ET
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I finished The Conquerorby Conn Iggulden yesterday...pretty good except for a lot of mind numbing battle detail at the very end.  I skimmed through a lot of that.  I had started Swords of Heaven by C.D. Baker last week at the cancer center.  I think it was a freebie on the kindle, but it's a DNF for me.  I just can't buy the premise that William Marshall and his wife were responsible for the Magna Carta.  Same problem with Ridley Scott's movie "Robin Hood.  I love Robin Hood, just don't think he was responsible for the Magna Carta eitherwink  So I started For the King's Favor by EC.  Much betteryes



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Date Posted: 3/27/2013 10:59 AM ET
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I'm reading The Shoemaker's Wife. It came for me at the library and I was in the mood for it. I'm really enjoying it.

I also ready for spring. We've had a rough winter, and I'm ready for some better days.

Date Posted: 3/27/2013 3:38 PM ET
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Just started Lover at Last by JR Ward. A Black Dagger Brotherhood novel.  Only into chapter 1 so I can't really say yet how it is. 

Date Posted: 3/27/2013 3:53 PM ET
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Just finished The Master which was a subtle but beautiful story about the life of Henry James, so now I'm re-reading The Turning of the Screw after a span of 40+ years!  Not sure what my next hf will be.

Date Posted: 3/27/2013 4:35 PM ET
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Donna- The Turn of the Screw was sooo good.  I read it years ago too!

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I am reading Tim Ashby's new book, TIme Fall it is a time slip novel.  American GI goes missing in action in 1945, and then in 2011...  I haven't had the time to read much the last few weeks but, Tim sent me this ARC and I am going to give it the ol' college try. 

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He wrote Devil's Den, right Letty? Well, this should be a good one too then....

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