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Subject: April!!! What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2011 2:37 PM ET
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Since no one started this I will.

I am read Genghis Birth Of An Empire



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I finished my second Wiki Coffin mystery Shark Island (thanks to Jeanne!) and I did enjoy it.  I skip a lot of the technical sailing references; too much for me, and I'm not that enthralled.  But I like the characters, and they're fun so far.  So I'm going to start the third one Run Afoul for my South American category...or perhaps the poisoning category in the mystery section.  I'm not sure I'm going to do the read along at this point; I have a couple of interlibrary loan books to read too!  Arrgghhh!!

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 4:04 PM ET
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I started Medicus last night.  I can tell that I already like Ruso!  Hopefully this will be a fast read and I can start Genghis next.



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Date Posted: 4/1/2011 4:17 PM ET
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Christa, these are fast reads,  I really enjoyed this series.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 6:44 PM ET
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Still working on Anna Karenina, but a new one from Vine is calling me - The Daughter of Siena by Marina Fiorato.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 7:39 PM ET
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I very seldom read more than one book at a time.  But, since I had already started Emma Drummond's Forget the Glory, I'm reading it along with Genghis.  They're both very compelling.  The hero in FTG is getting ready to head for the Crimean War; and after 9 chapters of Genghis, I hate to lay it down.  Too much going on in my reading world.

Linda

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 8:19 PM ET
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Yay Linda I am so happy your joining us on the Genghis read along.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 8:41 PM ET
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I've started on Genghis for the read along as well.

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Yay Cheryl!

 

ETA.   Yay to everybody who is reading Genghis for the read along!



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Like Linda, I usually read only one book at a time but somehow, i got myself in a situation where I'm reading THREE! I'm reading Blind to the Bones by Stephen Booth (one of my very favorite mystery authors), Murder Wears a Cowl by Doherty and Genghis! and I'm loving all of them!!!!

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 12:46 AM ET
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I am reading Forever Queen.  Since I couldn't sleep last night, I read quite a bit of it. 

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 1:21 AM ET
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I just started Genghis today and last night started an audiobook, Full of Grace, by Dorothea Benton Frank to clear my audiobook palatte. I have several audiobooks downloaded and I'm not quite in the mood for any of them. Oh, I also started Living with the Himalayan Masters on my Nook. It was a freebie and caught my eye tonight.

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 7:29 AM ET
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I've decided to pass on reading the rest of Anna Karenina until I get a good translation (I've been told not to get any translated by Constance Garnett ). I had a feeling it wasn't the best but then I came across this last night,

"What is it? what?" he asked her, squeezing her hand with his elbow, and trying to read her thoughts in her face."  

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 8:50 AM ET
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Finished The Quickening by Michelle Hoover.   This is a story of human strengths and frailty.  Eddie is a symbol of strength and courage whereas Mary represents those who will do whatever they can, including telling lies and falsifying truth to enhance their standing in a community.  One admires Eddie, a large plain woman who many despair of ever marrying and Frank, her loving husband, who sees the strength and love Eddie has within her.  As the novel progressed, I found myself hating Mary who remained true to character until the end of the tale.  The story takes place during the drought worn years in the Midwest with all its emotional, physical, monetary and social pressures.  To learn more about human reactions to life's troubles pick up The Quickening

The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn (HF Mini Mystery read - A Little Help From My Friends - any book in which the protagonist gets some assistance in handling the case from another party):  This is an interesting little historical read that takes place in Transylvania.  Theodora is an author who has traveled to this country to spend time with a good friend who she believes is to marry the count.  Amidst beliefs of vampires and werewolves a young woman dies and the count falls or is pushed from an observation walk. Who or what is responsible for these strange events?  And, when Theodora is blamed for both events how can she prove otherwise.  The only way is to find out who or what is responsible.  She has help from the count himself in solving the murder.  

It's about Time - 1000's/1100's:  The Conquest by Elizabeth Chadwick.  Using a background of medieval England in the time of William the Conqueror, Chadwick's writing makes you feel as if you live beside the characters. The story starts out with Ailith, a Saxon wife who is widowed after her husband attends William's coronation.  Her two beloved brothers have already been slain defending their country and King Harold.  Chadwick wrote her first novel at the age of fifteen. It was then she became so fasicnated with historical fiction that it became her life's work. The medieval warhorse that dominated history in the era of this novel likewise fascinated the author and becomes the thread that ties the characters toether. Several rely on the breeding of warhorses for their life's work. The story begins with Rolf de Brize, whose role in war leaves Ailith, a Saxon wife, without her child, her husband, her home and her brothers. Rolf falls in love with Ailith and they have a daughter named Julitta. Of course, Rolf is married to someone else and finds himself leading a double life that eventually falls apart. Basically two love stories, the novel unfolds with skill and care as the couples lead their own lives and encounter each other in various believable ways. Can someone fall in love at the age of five?  Julitta believes so but her love marries her half-sister and the novel evolves from there.

HF Mini Mystery Challenge - Double, Double, Toil and Trouble - any book that has a supernatural element in it.  Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear for the HF Mini Mystery challenge and enjoyed it very much.  Didn't realize that I would like this one as much as I have.  It's a wonderful story about a bright young woman who, in spite of her humble origins, is able to attain her potential.  Maisie becomes a private detective, modelling her life after her mentor, Maurice Blanche.  Devouring classics and philosophy tomes, she earns a place in a women's college.  With the war in progress, she lies about her age, obtains forged papers, and becomes a nurse who is stationed at the front.  There is romance and mystery in this little read.  It's a very good read.

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira:   Some of my best reads feature strong women characters.  Mary Sutter is such an individual and she is my kind of woman!  I felt as if I were beside her as she struggled with her society's beliefs about the place of women, not only in the community but also in tragedy such as that caused by war.  Her goal to reach beyond the accepted role of women as midwives to become a surgeon is one women yet encounter when they choose to be all that they can be.  This is an outstanding read.

CHALLENGE # 4 - It's All Relative - Read 6 books that are somehow related (Same author and topic):   Finished Pendragon by Stephen R. Lawhead.  It's a good read that focuses on one aspect of Arthur's reign, namely his conflicts against the barbarian Vandals and against a pestilent plague.  Arthur and his men assist the Irish inb driving the Vandals from their island only to encounter them in even greater numbers when they return to the English shores.  The story begins with Arthur taking his Irish bride and continues through battle after battle and conflict after confict with men who doubt Arthur's abilities and decisions.  Told through Merlin's eyes, one sees visions with the great bard which help guide Arthur through these trials to hopefully, establish the Summer Kingdom.    

Others read :  The City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffmanm, The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney, Firethorn by Sara Micklem and Black Beauty by Anna Sewell for the YA challenge, The Dancer and the Thief by Antonio Skarmeta which fits a category for YA.  In process The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Beyond the Farthest Star by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Am reading others, too, but am not making any progress at this time.  Too involved in fantasy!

 

 

 

 



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I hate it when people squeeze anything with their elbow.

 

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 8:59 AM ET
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I hate it when people squeeze anything with their elbow. 

Oh I know. cheeky

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 2:13 PM ET
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I am reading The Shadow Women by Angela Hunt.

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 4:40 PM ET
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Finished listening to Bradley's A Red Herring Without Mustard, fabulously narrated by Jayne Entwistle. This is the third in the Flavia de Luce series, featuring that feisty, precocious, irrepressible 11-year-old with a passion for poisons and mysteries. These books are just so enjoyable and engaging -- interesting characters, solid plots, and lots of humor.

Finished reading Chadwick's Shadows and Strongholds. As usual, Chadwick transports the reader to medieval times with her vivid descriptions of historical characters, events, and daily life. This book focuses on Hawise de Dinan and Brunin FitzWarin beginning when they are children during the time that Prince Henry is fighting King Stephen for the crown. Brunin is a bit of a misfit who is fostered out to de Dinan's family and comes into his own under the nurturing tutelage of Hawise's father. There are battles, betrayals, politics, deaths, rivalries -- and, of course, love, romance, honor, and chivalry. This is a book that you just want to curl up in bed and read without interruption -- and when interrupted, you may get a bit grumpy. (Sorry, didn't mean to yell, but really, you're perfectly capable of making your own meals -- I'm reading Chadwick!)

(Edited to fix capitalization)



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Date Posted: 4/2/2011 4:45 PM ET
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Excellent review Deb!

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 5:07 PM ET
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Deb, Shadows is still at the top of my Chadwick favorites. I think I've read it at least three times. I really liked the way she started Brunin off as a young lad and see he and Hawise growing together, it makes their marriage that much more special. And oooooooooooooooooooooh, that wedding night.

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 9:09 PM ET
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I totally agree with Cathy.  My favorite Chadwick so far and without a doubt the best wedding night scene ever!

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 9:37 PM ET
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No, stop!

I'm reading the 4th (and so far last) Wiki Coffin mystery by Joan Druett, Deadly Shoals.  Then I have to read Heaven's Keep (an interloan book) by William Kent Krueger. THEN I can start Genghis, unless you people keep talking about Shadows and Strongholds like this!  I had The Running Vixen in there too...

I seriously need to retire so I can just read!!

Date Posted: 4/2/2011 10:48 PM ET
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Vicky, Shadows is one of my all time best comfort books. No matter what reading funk I might be in, I can always pick that one up to get me out of it.

Date Posted: 4/3/2011 12:31 AM ET
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I have finally, after 3 years of looking at it, started One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd.   The author is Jim Fergus.  I am really loving this book.  His description of the Chief's visit to Washington DC was pricelss.  

Date Posted: 4/3/2011 6:36 AM ET
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Finished Forget the Glory by Emma Drummond, absolutely loved it.  Now I'm back to Genghis.

Liinda

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