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Subject: It's April! Watcha Reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2017 8:38 PM ET
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I am reading the 5,000 Year Leap for book club which bores me to sleep without fail every night.  When I've reached my fill of policital drivel I've been meandering my way through The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.  She is one of my favorites so I'm sure this one will be good.

Date Posted: 4/2/2017 10:12 AM ET
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I picked up the first in a series, "Blind Justice" by Bruce Alexander.  It features Sir John Fielding, a blind magistrate, and is told through the eyes of young Jeremy Proctor, an orphan taken under Fielding's wing.  It's set in London in the 1760's, and I'm enjoying it so far.  I have a couple of the books in this series, but not all of them, so I'll probably be hunting down the ones I need.  wink

Date Posted: 4/2/2017 11:58 AM ET
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I've started Lucifer's Harvest by Mel Starr.  Is it my imagination or are these latest books in the Hugh de Singleton becoming super short?

 

Date Posted: 4/2/2017 12:54 PM ET
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Finished The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick.  It was very good.  Since it was part of a trilogy I have to find the second book at the library.  I have only books one and three.  And, I will be reading The Tainted Coin by Mel Starr at the same time.  At the moment I am reading The China Lover by Ian Burma and a children's book called Theatre Shoes by by Noah Streatfield.  These are my plans unless the library comes through with some of my requests.  This always throws off my plans.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 4/4/2017 7:24 AM ET
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I am reading the Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley.  Book 3 of 7. 

Love her books, wonderful story teller. This one is really long over 600 pages. Really doesn't need to be that long. Some good editing would help.

alice

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Date Posted: 4/4/2017 9:26 AM ET
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Cheryl I agree his books are smaller. I do like the glossary in the begining of them helps with the old English terms.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/4/2017 10:24 AM ET
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I agree, Alice.  I always seem to forget a lot of them from book to book.

Date Posted: 4/6/2017 9:00 AM ET
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I'm starting the second Sir John Fielding mystery, "Murder in Grub Street".  I'm really enjoying this author!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 4/6/2017 9:31 AM ET
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Excellent series Vicky. I read it years ago. I hope you enjoy it too.

Date Posted: 4/6/2017 4:02 PM ET
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Thanks Alice!  I love this time period, and Sir John Fielding is a great character.

 

Date Posted: 4/7/2017 9:16 PM ET
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I just finished Ghost Song by Sarah Rayne.  Really enjoyed it and I would love to read more of her books.  Any suggestions of what to read next?

Date Posted: 4/9/2017 1:50 PM ET
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I just finished The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer! Her books are always so much fun and a great escape from the day to day worries of our lives.

ETA: I am also reading The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor. It's moving a bit slow, but I suspect it will pick up as the story develops. (I felt the same way about A Memory of Violets, the only other book I've read by this author.)

Kelly

 



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 4/9/2017 7:30 PM ET
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I am reading a really good historical mystery, The Ripper's Shadow: A Victorian Mystery :: Laura Joh Rowland

I have liked her other series. This book is very well written.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/10/2017 7:59 AM ET
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Kelly, I remember blazing through all of Georgette Heyer's books when I was a teen.  Loved them all!  I think you've inspired me to read one of hers again. 

I finished the second Sir John Fielding mystery, and while I wait for the third one from the library, I think I'll leave England and visit Colonial America with "Hearts and Bones" by Margaret Lawrence.  Anyone read this one?  The MC is a midwife, and there's murder...looks good. 

 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 4/10/2017 8:13 AM ET
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I think I read Hearts and Bones many years ago and liked it

Date Posted: 4/10/2017 12:49 PM ET
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See,now that I'm retired and not in a library five days a week, I am being forced to go through my huge TBR pile!  It's good, though...wink

Date Posted: 4/10/2017 1:00 PM ET
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Vicky --- I was unaware you had retired.  Hope it is an enjoyable situation for you.  You certainly have had so much on your plate these last few years, I hope you are getting some much deserved down-time.

Date Posted: 4/11/2017 9:35 AM ET
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Becky, I took an early retirement last August.  It was good timing, for several reasons, and I don't regret the decision at all.  I don't miss the headaches of the job, but I do miss the people. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2017 10:59 AM ET
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I've started As Chimney Sweepers come to Dust by Alan Bradley.  I should be able to use this one for the historical mystery challenge.

Date Posted: 4/11/2017 11:59 AM ET
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Cheryl --- I think I must be the only human on earth that could not get into the Alan Bradley books!!!  Somehow Flavia and I just did not click.  I got thru the first book and into the second and just gave up.  Perhaps I will give her another visit one of these days, as she is so popular!!!

Date Posted: 4/11/2017 12:33 PM ET
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Becky:  These are light reading.  I read them when I need something light so don't worry if you don't want to take time to read them.  There are soo many books out there that we can enjoy.

Date Posted: 4/11/2017 5:56 PM ET
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Becky:  I thought Flavia was a little overly precious in the first book but she sort of grew on me!

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Date Posted: 4/12/2017 7:40 AM ET
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I am reading A Bridge Across the Ocean :: Susan Meissner

It jumps across several time periods, including WWII France. It is good but I have liked some of her previous books better. Not sure where she is going with the ghosts in this one but so far that is not adding a lot to the story.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 11:49 AM ET
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I've never read a Flavia book, but I've listened to them all on audio.  The narrator is brilliant.  I love Flavia...I highly recommend a listen!

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 12:09 PM ET
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Just finished The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout, a great story sent in 1850s Nebraska Territory,  also a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, easy to visualize him in this unique role.  And recently I've read three non-HF novels recommended by a friend:  The Life We Bury (very good);  Wonder  (excellent, a MUST read);  and The Rosie Project (so amusing, laugh-out-loud funny)

More about Wonder:  it's one of those wonderful books you want to share with everyone you know.  I got the book from the library, but now I've ordered a copy for myself so I can share it with friends, neighbors, and family - it's THAT good.  I remember feeling the same way several years ago after finishing The Book Thief, and more recently The Boys in the Boat.

 

Linda

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