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Subject: August is here --- what are you reading in HF??
Date Posted: 8/1/2013 9:25 AM ET
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Hi all --- No new news really.  Heading back to Wilmington with one load of "stuff" out of the condo.  One more load to go and then it will be empty of our personal things.

Started a Rennie Airth book last night.

Date Posted: 8/1/2013 12:53 PM ET
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Haven't read in ages, but I have started The Red Tent for my IRL book club and it's very absorbing so far. :)

Date Posted: 8/1/2013 4:13 PM ET
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I haven't had a lot of reading time lately, but I'm still working on The Wild Irish, which is a conversation between Grace O'Malley, notorious Irish rebel/pirate and Queen Elizabeth 1--- learning lots of Irish history, which is kind of neat in the wake of my recent visit there--there's so much I didn't know.

Date Posted: 8/1/2013 7:01 PM ET
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I've started The Forever Queen, by Helen Hollick. I'm not too far into it yet, but I know it's going to be a good one!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 12:12 AM ET
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Back from a spectacular 6-day raft trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Sleeping on the ground for 5 nights ain't what it used to be, but being under the stars was definitely worth a few creaky bones and achy joints.

Finished Goolrick's A Reliable Wife -- didn't particularly like the writing, plot, or characters. Does anyone want my copy??

Now reading Courtenay's The Power of One -- very much enjoying it.

Hugs to all...

 

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 12:26 AM ET
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Welcome back Deb! I know that I wouldn't be able to handle sleeping on the ground anymore - more power to you!!! Glad you had a great time.

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 12:36 AM ET
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LOL, Deb...my idea of roughing it is a hotel that doesn't provide the itty-bitty bottle of conditioner to go with the shampoo! Go you!

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Date Posted: 8/2/2013 7:15 AM ET
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I am reading The Firebird :: Susanna Kearsley. Love her books, characters and writing style. Only a few chapters in but enjoying it so far.

Alice

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 12:50 PM ET
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I have Firebird in audio, Alice, and I plan to start it on my commute on Monday. I'm looking forward to it, so I'm glad to hear you like it so far.

Good to have you back in one piece, Deb! I was worrit. wink

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 3:04 PM ET
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Finished "Blood-Dimmed Tide" by Rennie Airth last night (early this morning actually).  Enjoyed it.  Now I am back to Maisie Dobbs in "Elegy for Eddie" --- it is a good book, but as I said before, Maisie needs to come to grips with herself and what she wants out of life.  Perhaps if that happened the series would need to end --- I will finish this one and I have the next on my TBR.  After that one if she is still "searching" for self I will likely give up on her.

By the way, do you all have a different "look" to the top of the box where we can choose font, color, etc. or is it just me???

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 3:22 PM ET
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Are you all aware of a book by Imogen Robertson, "Paris Winter"?  It was mentioned in the SYKM newsletter and perhaps I am the last to hear about it.  It is not a Crowther and Westerman book.

  • ISBN-10: 0755390113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755390113
Date Posted: 8/2/2013 6:22 PM ET
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Kelly, I read the The Red Tent years ago and loved it. 

I'm doing something I hardly ever do and am reading three books right now, two HF and one CF.  HF are the 3rd Liberty Lane book and Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.  CF is the Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides. I'm just in the beginnings of all of them, so I am sure I will get sucked into one over the others soon and finish that before I continue onto the next. 

Becky, I am with you on Maisie.  Her personal life drives me crazy.

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 8:25 PM ET
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I am reading Firebird by Susanna Kearsley.

I am excited that Deb went to Idaho, it always makes me happy when people visit my home state.

Becky I have heard of it, and really wanted to get it, it has very good reviews.



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Date Posted: 8/3/2013 1:56 PM ET
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Didn't read a thing during our two weeks in Ireland - too busy taking in that beautiful country and it's lovely people.  Picked back up with The Last Kingdom on the plane coming home.  At about 100 pages in, I am loving it!

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Date Posted: 8/4/2013 6:46 AM ET
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I finished Firebird. Truthfully I do not like it as much as some of her other books. Slow paced and I did not like her characters as much. Still one of my favorite authors.

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 11:04 AM ET
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Well in anticipation of "the move", yesterday I went downstairs and organized, removed and such all of my books.  Made sure what was on the PBS bookshelf really was there, made sure that what was on the TBR was really in the PBS TBR list, posted several more books, etc.  My TBR is at 235 and I believe that to be accurate at this moment.  I have 20 books to mail and 6 on wishlist hold so that is good.  I have considered having a 3 for 1 special, but it can be worrisome mailing 3 books at a time.  However, if anyone here wants to take a look at the "shelf", I would certainly send out any 3 for 1 you might like.  There is nothing really super great there, especially in an historical vane, more thriller, mystery, etc.  Posted many of the books that were for David, he was a dedicated thriller reader and I suppose I am simply less so.  They are widely available if I decide I want to read them and just did not want the weight of them in the move.

I finished "Blood-Dimmed Tide" (?) by Rennie Airth and enjoyed it.  I am now reading a sort of cozy for the Mystery Challenge as it has a ghost in it an I had to read something of that sort.  Funnily enough I am enjoying it, "The Ghost & Mrs. McClure" is the name by whom I know not just now, but the ghost is a hard-boiled private eye, as in Sam Spade, and he is quite funny.

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 1:40 PM ET
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Finished PG's The White Princess this morning. Her writing just continues to deteriorate. Spoilers: She has it that Henry VII raped Elizabeth prior to marriage, Margaret's orders - wanted to make sure she could conceive. Also has Elizabeth mooning over her dead "lover" Richard.

Date Posted: 8/5/2013 9:15 AM ET
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I'm reading Steven Lawhead's The Bone House, which follows The Skin Map in the Bright Empire fantasy series.  It features time travel via ley lines, and so a good deal of each book is set in the past, but I wouldn't label it historical fantasy.  Some actual historical people are present, but real history has no bearing (so far in the series) on the plot.

Date Posted: 8/5/2013 9:38 AM ET
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Didn't read a thing during our two weeks in Ireland - too busy taking in that beautiful country and it's lovely people. 

@ Donna: ooohhhh, where on the Emerald Isle did you visit? We were just there about a month ago, I'd love to compare notes. I, of course, was looking for all the places where great HF books had settings.....he he

Date Posted: 8/5/2013 10:29 AM ET
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I started reading The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau last evening.  It's a little too early to tell what I think of it.  Not h/f but I had been reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  What horrible people the MCs were.  I think they totally deserved each other.

Date Posted: 8/5/2013 12:01 PM ET
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Read another five star winner, The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Laveen.  Now trying to finish The Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick which i have begun three times.  Very much enjoyed Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper and after reading the gr discussion about what makes a book HF I think I would classify this one as such.  I completed King Arthur by Frank Thompson, which is part of my HF challenge, and a most interesting read.  It's quite different from many other reads I have completed about Arthur.  I felt it rated five stars.  The battle against the Saxons is outstanding.  Finished both Pirate King by Laurie R. King and the Jim Fergus book, One Thousand White Women, for HF the challenge.  I quite enjoyed the latter.  It contains such descriptive portions about the prairie, the Cheyenne people, and the white man's approach to the Indians as well as their feeling of superiority over another culture.  The Last Camillia by Sarah Jio was good but not outstanding.  

My current read is Cinder by Marissa Meyer for the YA challenge.  Ended The Crone by Barbara G. Walker, a rather interesting feminist book about the place of older women in our culture. The Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling, was a five star plus read.  It was so very good.  Someday I will finish this series.  I quite liked The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx.  Became so enthralled with her writing style that I almost missed the story (not really).  Read By the Light of My Father's Smile by Alice Walker, CF, which was recommended by a pbs friend.  Couldn't decide if it was about love, sexuality, a mythical disfunctional family, or death.  Finally decided it was about love - love for one's soul partner, love for family, love for friends, etc.  And, finally I finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a first time novel.   It was a check out from the library which I had renewed.  While I am not an electronic game player I loved it.  It's complex, exciting, a love story, an adventure tale, and just plain fun to read.  If there were any errors about games I wouldn't catch them because the only one I ever played was PacMan and I have watched other family members play Dungeons and Dragons.  If anyone wants to read a futuristic novel with lots of excitement I highly recommend this one.  It's excellent.   Also finished Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews, quite good, and The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde for the fantasy challenge; Seventeen, humorous little read by Booth Tarkington and The Twin Dilemna, a good little mystery,  for the YA challenge.



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Date Posted: 8/5/2013 3:02 PM ET
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REK, positive thoughts and hugs for you and your family. I'm sorry you all are going through this. And I agree that Jeanne is a great source of encouragement. 

Date Posted: 8/5/2013 3:05 PM ET
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@Cheryl, ITA re Gone Girl. Hate-filled nonsense with a completely bogus ending as an added insult.

@Sharla, I'm glad you are enjoyed The Bone House. Me too. I haven't gotten to the third in the series yet, but I'm looking forward to it. I agree that the only thing that makes this series fantasy is the time travel. Otherwise, it's very much like regular HF.

Date Posted: 8/5/2013 5:14 PM ET
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Oh Ruth --- I am so sorry to hear about your husband's heart issues. Not being a nurse, I cannot be as intelligently helpful as our dear Jeanne, but the sister of a dear friend has/had the same issue and she came thru surgery with flying colors and is doing exceptionally well.  She is in her mid-50s.  So hopefully one success story will bring hope.  You take care and prayers will be added for your family.

Have not had much interest in "Gone Girl" even tho' so many readers thought it so "fabulous" --- after the recent comments, still do not have much interest.  Sometimes one will read a book they might find objectionable simply in order to "not" be ignorant when others speak of said book --- think I have gotten too old for such!!!

Date Posted: 8/5/2013 8:51 PM ET
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Sometimes one will read a book they might find objectionable simply in order to "not" be ignorant when others speak of said book --- think I have gotten too old for such!!!

Becky, Mom moved 21 (TWENTY-ONE) book boxes full of books. She & I packed them & we used every available combination of space to get as many books in them as possible. They are now safely on shelves in her new house. 

Funny thing: more than one person has been surprised that she didn't cull books before she moved to "lighten the load." As if, after fun years of collecting these books, we would now start tossing them. As if!*

Anyway, we can certainly understand the sentiment expressed in your previous statement. Life is too short and there are too many good books out there to read one that doesn't interest you ... regardless of critical acclaim!

Kelly

* She did reevaluate some earlier acquisitions and I think pulled 6 books that we will be posting to PBS or taking to the UBS very soon! laugh

 

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