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Subject: August Readings During Those Hot Days
Date Posted: 8/1/2016 1:59 PM ET
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I'm beginning Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons, the second in the series.  What are you reading?



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I'm reading A Tabernacle For the Sun, first in a three-part series about Renaissance Florence. It's wonderful.



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Date Posted: 8/1/2016 5:09 PM ET
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A very good friend, former English teacher whose opinion on books I value, encouraged me to read the Forsyte Saga.  I gave up after 5 or 6 chapters, told Bill I just didn't really like the characters.  He insists that I persevere, I will come to love old Jolyon, young Jolyon, and Irene.  So I am going to try it again.  Anyone else have thoughts about this fairly well-known saga??

Linda

Date Posted: 8/1/2016 6:08 PM ET
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I started The Son (Meyer) yesterday as it has been in my TBR pile for awhile.  Found out a mini series will be showing next year so wanted to make sure I got the book read prior.  About 1/4 of the way in and I really like it so far.  Times were tough back then and I realize that I have it pretty good.

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Date Posted: 8/1/2016 8:41 PM ET
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I am reading Eye of the Law (Burren, Bk 5) :: Cora Harrison

Set is 1500's Ireland. Wonderful mystery series. Good understanding of Brehon law. Start with book 1 though

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 10:11 AM ET
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I started reading The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett,  Pretty good, so far. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 10:23 AM ET
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http://www.paperbackswap.com/Midwifes-Tale-Samuel-Thomas/book/1250010764/
I just finished The Midwife's Tale. I barely made it to work on time, reading while I dressed! Going to jump right into the 2nd of the series when I get home. Work surely does get in the way sometimes!

Debbie

 

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 12:44 PM ET
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I'm reading The Tudor Vendetta by C. W. Gortner.

Date Posted: 8/3/2016 11:51 AM ET
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I'm pretty excited! I was next on the wishlist for my library's audio version of Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom. I started listening to it yesterday ... it looks like it's going to be a good one!

I'm also within about 60 pages of finishing A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear. 
 

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 8/9/2016 7:44 PM ET
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My wish for today is that Kathleen Grissom is working on a new novel to continue Jamie Burton's story.  Glory Over Everything was, in my opinion, perfect in every way! 

The Kitchen House was a 5-star book for me at that time I read it; and Glory will go down as one of this year's favorites! 

Kelly

 

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I am reading The Midnight Watch by David Dyer - about the Titanic and the Californian.

Just finished  A Maiden Weeping by Jeri Westerson (Crispin Guest) - very good.

Date Posted: 8/10/2016 11:12 AM ET
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Finding another novel by a favorite author is like receiving a special gift. So it was with Anya Seton's Avalon which I recently found in a thrift store and just finished.  It's so very good that I have to share a bit here.  In many ways it's a story of love and loss but in other ways each of the main characters finds a good life.  If you enjoy Seton's work and/or the period when England was overrun by the Vikings you will enjoy this one.  If you have already read it I'd like to hear about your impressions.  The characters are Rumor, a descendant of Arthur, and Merewyn, who believes that she, too, is his descendant.  In fact, however, she was born not of Uther as she believed by of a Viking who raped her mother.  A good one for me!



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I put Glory Over Everything on the wishlist.  I had no idea there was a second book.

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Date Posted: 8/11/2016 9:12 AM ET
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Kathy F has a new History Fiction Swap open. Hope you can play. I have been saving up my HF

Sumer Historical fiction

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Date Posted: 8/11/2016 8:29 PM ET
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I finished Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor :: Melanie Dobson

I enjoyed it. Kept me reading. Some of it was predictable but a good read. Set in late 1940s and bouncing back and forth to present day through the decades.

Date Posted: 8/12/2016 6:55 PM ET
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I'm going to start Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel this evening.  I know the book received very mixed reviews here on the forum but I'm hoping I will like it.

Date Posted: 8/13/2016 11:07 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/13/2016 11:10 AM ET
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Cheryl,  I also delayed reading Wolf Hall, due to the mixed reviews.  Then a friend all but insisted that I should read it.  What a great book!  I loved it and immediately read the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies.  So good, I literally could not put them down, read both books back to back in less than four days.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Linda

Date Posted: 8/13/2016 11:33 AM ET
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I like it so far Linda, so I'm hopeful that will continue!  I also enjoyed watching it on Masterpiece Theater.

Date Posted: 8/13/2016 10:35 PM ET
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Yes, I read both books, too, and loved them both ladies!  I understand there may be a third in the series.

Date Posted: 8/14/2016 11:33 AM ET
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Just getting ready to begin Too Many Notes, Mr. Mozart by Robert Barnard. Thunderstorms outside, coffee, Olympic basketball & my book inside ❤️. Debbie

Date Posted: 8/15/2016 8:59 PM ET
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Finished City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare and The Martian by Andy Weir.  I have been blazing through the Cassandra Clare Mortal Instruments series but I'm giving my angsty teen novels a break and am reading The Copper Sign by Katia Fox.  Started this one earlier in the month but then put it down to read a bunch of other library books that were due before this one.  I won the 2nd in the series from Goodreads a long time ago so figured I'd better get this one read first.  Thankfully I have a whole 2 days left in my class and then its a blissful 2 week break before I'm back at it with the library nerd coursework.  Finally plenty of time to read!!! :)

Date Posted: 8/17/2016 6:41 PM ET
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Holly, I read, and loved, The Martian last month.  I am not a sci-fi reader and tore t hrough it.  My husband is reading it now.

I'm working on (remember, I'm not a sci-fi reader, grin!) Perelandra, the second in the Space Triology by CS Lewis.

Date Posted: 8/19/2016 10:52 PM ET
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I just finished Salt to the Sea  by Ruta Sepetys.  

Quick read.  The chapters are all short.  Each one is from the POV of a different character, but the character's name is at the top of the chapter, so it's easy enough to keep track of the story.  Loved the ending.

Date Posted: 8/22/2016 9:11 PM ET
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Started A Breath of Snow and Ashes today :)

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