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Subject: April read along Declare Yourself.
Date Posted: 2/28/2012 1:15 PM ET
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Well, we talked a bit about this earlier.  So here is the skinny on the read along for April.  Most people know that the Titanic sunk on April 15 1912 at 2:20 am.  And there is a veritable…wait for it… “boat load” of books on this subject.  Both old and new, so this is how it going to work.  Chose any book about the Titanic that you want, fiction, non-fiction is doesn't matter.  Bonnie A. (mizzou) brought up the fact that the Titanic had sister ships the Britannic and the Olympic, both had interesting lives.  So if you want to read about those do so.  I will ask that you write a short synopsis on the book and give your thoughts.  If you want to please post your review on the book in PBS review section.  The reviews on PBS need some help, and unlike Amazon you won’t be eaten alive for a negative review. 

In fact I would encourage you to review books for PBS,  you can't always trust the reviews on Amazon.  I would like to come here for another opinion, I don't think I am alone in this.   But often time I come here and the book hasn't even been reviewed.

Just for for FYI 

From Wikipedia---HMHS Britannic was the third and largest Olympic-class ocean liner of the White Star Line. She was the sister ship of RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic, and was intended to enter service as a transatlantic passenger liner. She was launched just before the start of the First World War and was laid up at her builders in Belfast for many months before being put to use as a hospital ship in 1915. In that role she struck a mine off the Greek island of Kea, in the Kea Channel on 21 November 1916, and sank with the loss of 30 lives.

Unlike her ill-fated younger sisters, Olympic served a long and illustrious career (1911 to 1935), including service as a troopship during World War I, earning the nickname "Old Reliable." For a short time she was the largest ocean liner in the world.



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Bonnie (LoveNE) - ,
Date Posted: 2/29/2012 9:29 PM ET
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Thanks Jerelyn, I will be reading Titanic A survivor's story and the Sinking of the Titanic. It's 2 survivors acconts of the sinking.  It's by Colonel Archibald Gracie and John B. Thayer

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 10:21 PM ET
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I have The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott, but I am looking for something about the sister ships too.

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 2:29 PM ET
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I have chosen The Loss of the SS Titanic; Its Story & Lessons by Lawrence Beesley

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 2:39 PM ET
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The Dressmaker is en route to me, so I will be using that.  Looking forward to it!

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 2:50 PM ET
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I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone thinks of the Dressmaker. I forget the name, but I have one I downloaded a while back as a freebie and will be using that one.

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 3:52 PM ET
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I think that I will try reading The Sinking of the Titanic by Bruce Caplan.

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 5:54 PM ET
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Someone can always read this and report back to us. (Don't miss the author's bio.)

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 6:39 PM ET
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Deb, U troublemaker. LOL. All 4s. Seriously? ;-)
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 7:37 PM ET
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Deb, Deb, Deb.

Nice find cheeky

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 9:15 PM ET
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I am shocked!

That Cathy didn't find this first!  LOL

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 9:42 PM ET
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Hah! If the price drops to under $1 or free I will dare it. I promise.

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 9:47 PM ET
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See? This just goes to show you that Deb does do her own looking too! Oh, those nasty e-books. wink

Bonnie (LoveNE) - ,
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 10:26 PM ET
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Just one free hand? Bwahahaha

Date Posted: 3/13/2012 12:54 PM ET
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my oh my....

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 9:41 AM ET
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Why don't we tell what book we have decided to read.

I am going to read the Dressmaker.

Since we won't be able to discuss our books as we have in the past, I suggest that we write a small review about the book and post your review here and in the PBS review section.  And tell why you chose the books that you did. We will use the the sink, swim or life boat rating.  Sink it isn't worth the time. Swim it is alright you liked it. Lifeboat you loved it and recommend it. 

This time around everyone participating will get a little gift from yours truly.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 10:48 AM ET
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I'm either going to read Titanic Affair or Cold April, depending on my mood. Not sure when in April I'll be able to start, I've got myself pretty overloaded and I'm tanking on my Mt. TBR challenge. I'm getting books read, just not books owned prior to 2012. Bah.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 1:16 PM ET
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Is it ok to read the same book as someone else? If it is I'll join and will be reading The Dressmaker!

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 1:51 PM ET
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Yes Aubree, that is just fine.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 1:52 PM ET
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I'm hopeful of receiving The Dressmaker within a few days, so I will be reading that.

Linda

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 6:12 PM ET
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I'm glad so many are reading The Dressmaker. I anxiously await your thoughts on it. Should make for lively discussion.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 9:33 PM ET
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I'm reading A Night to Remember by Walter Lord. I've had this book and its sequel on my TBR for a very long time. This is an older non-fiction book based on interviews of survivors done by the author. It's not a long book so I will probably also read the sequel, The Night Lives On.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 8:03 AM ET
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I can't wait for this to start!  I have spent all of March reading four "Love Inspired" CF books as a judge for the National Readers Choice Awards.  Last year, I signed up to be a judge and got two really good CF historicals and two LI's.  This year I got four LI's, which I would never read otherwise. Two of the were historical romance with a bit of a mystery to them, so they weren't all that bad.  But the one I'm reading now is  contemporary western dreck.  I would definitely bail on it if I didn't have to judge it.  And last one is contemporary Amish....more dreck I'm sure.  I will be soooo ready to read a "real" book on April 1!  And The Dressmaker looks lovely.