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Subject: It's April! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2010 9:54 AM ET
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Just started The Perfect Royal Mistress by Diane Haeger. Want the credit, so it's being read.



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Date Posted: 4/1/2010 10:41 AM ET
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I seem to recall I called that one a easy-breezy read.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 10:46 AM ET
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I finally killed Wolf Hall last night and will cop to heavy skimming the past 75 pages or so.  Glad that's over with!  At least I can cross the "15 Minutes of Fame" category off of my HF Challenge #1 list.  One thing interesting about the book was that it portrayed Cromwell in a favorable light (obviously, since he was the main character).  Most Henry VIII era fiction I've read completely villifies Cromwell.  This book portrays him as, yes, ambitious and not above using "coarse" methods to get what he or Henry want, but also very intelligent and sensitive in many ways.  Interesting.

I started The Sunne In Splendour last evening for the read along.  I got about 30 pages into it, and so far, so good!

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 11:52 AM ET
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Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 11:56 AM ET
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Cathy, yeah, it's seems to be going really fast so far. After that, I'll go back to the old skool smut for a book or two. :-)

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 12:05 PM ET
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Finished Olivia and Jai late last night - a very dramatic, highly emotional love story of star-crossed lovers.

  And, Cathy, no, I did not see THAT coming around page 280.  I've read some of the reviews for the sequel that you and others posted at HF online; think I'll probably pass on it, and keep Olivia and Jai in my mind as they are at the end of book one.

Linda

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 12:08 PM ET
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I did an "easy, breezy" read last night.  "His Brother's Wife" (PBS swap) showed up in the mail, and I read the whole thing last night, while half watching my Jazz game (Actually, a lot less than half.  It was a Jazz blowout from the beginning, so I did little more than look up for replays when our announcers sounded animated.  But I digress ...).  It's CF.  It was ok -- the premise intrigued me enough to pick it up in a BOB swap, but .. eh.

I'll finish Gellis' Joanna on the way home tonight (it's rating a 4 so far, and could go up or down depending on how well it ends) and then get back to Sunne in Splendour tomorrow.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 12:28 PM ET
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Linda, glad you enjoyed it. That's on my keeper shelf. I did read the sequel and liked it (although not as much), but I can understand why some readers would prefer to leave the story as it ended. Ryman's Shalimar is a pretty decent mystery, I think the used prices are high but you should be able to ILL it.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 12:36 PM ET
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I'm heading into the last 50 pages or so of Helen of Troy and hope to finish it up tonight.  I'll be honest, I didn't think I was interested in Greek mythology AT ALL, but to Margaret George's credit I am now completely absorbed into Helen's life.  She is such an amazing author.  I only have one more of her books left TBR, Mary Queen of Scots, so I hope her next release comes soon.  All of her books are a time investment because of the size, but so worth it!

Next up is The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar.  Colleen gave me this as one of my Secret Santa gifts, and my book club is also reading it for May.  I'm very excited about it - I've heard so many good things, and I love books set in India!

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 12:47 PM ET
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The Ten Thousand by Michael Curtis Ford for either the "Where Dat At" or "Pagan Past" categories. Best of all, I can use it for letter "X" because Xenophon is the main character.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 12:54 PM ET
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Michelle - I'm glad you liked Helen of Troy. As you know, I intended to start that one after WH and read it with you, but WH took longer than I thought and then I got sucked into The Sunne In Splendour read along.  LOL!  HOT is definitely in cue though as I'd like to use it for the "Pagan Past" HF challenge and I love Greek mythology!

Any word on what Margaret George is currently working on?

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 1:04 PM ET
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After reading David Gemmell's total bastardization of the Trojan War and the people in it, I should really read Helen of Troy to hopefully forever banish the memory! I think the only George I've ever read is Cleopatra. I've got her others but just haven't ever gotten to them.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 1:24 PM ET
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Well, like I said - they are a time commitment.  But I'm always glad every time I do read one.

She's currently working on a book about Elizabeth I.  From her website:

"I am currently working on a novel about Elizabeth I in the latter part of her reign. Recently historians have been calling it almost a second reign, very different from the first reign, a sort of film noir version of the earlier one, with a whole new cast of characters and a fin de siecle feeling to it. I am enjoying exploring this idea, which has barely been hinted at in other books and movies. Those tend to focus on the Essex episode, but only as a romance and not as a symptom of something deeper.

And, of course, much of what we think of as "The Elizabethan Age" really did not get underway until near the end of her reign: the theatre, the colonies in the New World, and the brilliant writers---Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, Spenser, and Jonson. It certainly is a time that deserves its own special treatment."

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 4:42 PM ET
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Michelle - Cool!  Thanks for the info. I'm a fan of Elizabeth I stuff, and I'll be interested to read George's take on her.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 5:09 PM ET
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I SWEAR I'm going to finish Aztec someday.  Haha but no seriously I only have like 200 pages left.  March has been so so busy and I haven't had as much time to read as I'd like.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 7:27 PM ET
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Genie loaned me an Elizabeth Chadwick book, Lords of the White Castle so I'll be reading that when I finish Music of the Spheres (Elizabeth Redfern).

Thanks Genie!:D Probably will end up being another "desperately seeking" author...there are so many of those! Debbie

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 7:41 PM ET
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Erika - Are you not loving Aztec or just not finding time to read.  I freakin' loved that book!  DH is reading it now. 

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Shelly, what does DH think of Aztec?

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 8:11 PM ET
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Finished The Friday Night Knitting Club.  It's a fun quick read.  Can't get into When the Tree Flowered by John Neihardt so I am going to replace that one on my HF Reading Challenge.  I used to enjoy Neihardt.  Guess I'm just not in the mood.  Am still just a few pages into The Sunne in Splendor and Bless Me, Ultima.   And, goodness me, my Jean Plaidy (The Plantagenet Prelude) book finally arrived after waiting weeks and weeks on the WL.  Also the three Deanna Raybourn books are here!  And, I'm into The Eagle and The Raven by Pauline Gedge which I have finally finished.  What a book!  I loved it but it is heart-rending.   I don't remember who sent  this book unsolicited but whoever you are I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It ranks right up there with the best books I've read in 2010.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes HF.  The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll spoke to me and I just had to pick it up and I loved it so much that it's hard to wait to read the next two in the series.  It was such an enjoyable read!   Took time out to read John Steinbeck's Journal of a Novel which he wrote while writing East of Eden.  I really liked getting inside this novelist's head as he wrote East.  I was reading a fantasy fiction called Flag in Exile by David Weber because I felt it was was time to catch up on Honor Harrington when I discovered that I had read this one before so I dived into The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Laurun Willig and finished it.  It was a fun quick read of a swash buckling spy romance with a handsome hero and a beautiful heroine.  A most entertaining read.  Received a package from Letty with Tuck, Scarlet and a couple of Chadwick loaners that I have been wanting to read.  With all of these, Sunne, Bless Me, Ultima, and The Eagle and the Raven, I'm set for the month, don't you think?  Why did I get sidetracked by Avalon, The Return of King Arthur?  And then, my favorite niece sent me The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant.  I found myself opening this book just because Laurie sent it to me.  It's a quiet, gentle, yet poignant story of the demise of a town that existed in the 1800s.  I found myself drawn into the tale more and more as I came to know the residents of Dogtown and became involved in their lives.  It was a perfect read for me at this time.  I quite enjoyed it.   Of course, T.S. Eliiot's Old possum's Book of Practical Cats just wouldn't stop howling so I had to read it - especially after I just saw Cats with my grand daughter.  Just finished Victory of Eagles by Novak for my fantasy reading challenge.  Good read.  Also finished Dissolution by Byers and Alvin Journeyman by Orson Scott Card for the fantasy reading challenge and began the Chadwick books Letty lent to me.  I rather like "Knight".  Completed The Ebony Swan by Phyllis Whitney for the mystery mini challenge.  This is a comfortable, light read that goes quickly.  Very nice character development.  And, now Neffertiti has arrived along with Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip!  Thank you public library!  Amerigo sent an audio copy of East of Eden - 25 hours long.  Lots of good reading and listening ahead. 



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Date Posted: 4/2/2010 7:33 AM ET
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I started Ariana Franklin's   A Murderous Procession Last night. Very good. The chemistry she has developed between the characters is excellent and she good at moving the plot along. Still reading Julia Spencer Fleming's I Shall Not Want. I had to put it down when the other book showed up on my door step yesterday. . Looking forward to may vacation on April 16th (going to Seattle and Austin) so I can get lots of reading done on the long plane trips.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 7:41 AM ET
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I hope to go back to Helen of Troy on Sunday. (Michelle...thanks for the info on Margaret George; plus, I'm glad you enjoyed the book!  That makes me eager to get back to it!)

I say Sunday because we're having company today and tomorrow.  Think I can sneak away and read?  ;(

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 9:40 AM ET
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Oh no I definitely love it!  Just no time to read!

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 12:08 PM ET
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I just started the Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.  This is a highly anticipated book on my part so I hope it lives up to my expectations.

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 12:41 PM ET
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Currently reading:

The Drummer Was the First to Die
Author:
Liza Pennywitt Taylor

Found it in the clearence section of the UBS - it is about the Cholera outbreak in India/England in the 1850's and Dr John Snow's efforts to discover the cause.  A good balance of historical detail, fiction, and a little romance.  Really enjoying it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 3:02 PM ET
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Jennifer, that looks interesting, I added it to my reminder list, and will be interested to hear what you think.

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