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Subject: August: What are you reading?
Date Posted: 8/1/2011 2:16 AM ET
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I am reading the Widow's War by Sally Gunning.  Whaling widow in Colonial Cape Cod.  I'd like to spend Aug on Cape Cod, I don't know why but it has always conjured up a romantic feeling in me.  I've never been there, New England is on my bucket list.

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 8:56 AM ET
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Not fiction, but definitely historical. I'm reading Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. I read this book back in the 1970s when it came out. It was scary then, but even more frightening now that I have children. Or maybe it's just the cult mentality that scares me.

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 10:07 AM ET
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I started Widow's War A's well. It's a very quick read. But kinda dreary so far. New England is one place I've never been either, Letty.
Date Posted: 8/1/2011 10:29 AM ET
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We went down to Cape Cod on our Boston vacation about 8 years ago.  Just for one afternoon and evening.   It's beautiful.  Sitting on the beach, watching the sun set over the water, we saw stunning colors of pink and blue that I've seen only in impressionist paintings, which I had always thought must be slightly exaggerated.  Not so. 

I'm still reading SKP's Prince of Darkness ... the last of her medieval mysteries.  Always good.  I'll probably finish today, and I'm not sure what I'll read next.



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Date Posted: 8/1/2011 10:45 AM ET
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Genie, I've read that book a few times back when I was into true crime. Scary as hell isn't it? Still working on The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley.

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 10:53 AM ET
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I'm still working on Kate Atkinson's Case Histories.  I'm loving it so far!  Much more in-depth than a "typical" mystery.  Good, sly, tongue-in-cheek humor too.

P. S.  Good to see you, Genie!! smiley



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Date Posted: 8/1/2011 12:48 PM ET
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It is good to see you Genie!

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 2:41 PM ET
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I started WIDOW'S WAR too....Christa described it perfectly.....dreary!

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 5:40 PM ET
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I am starting out the month with a non-historical fiction book: The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 6:03 PM ET
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i've started The Wever's Interitance by Kate sedley it's the eighth one of her Chapman series really enjoying it.

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Date Posted: 8/1/2011 7:43 PM ET
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Well I''m reading  Widow and the 2nd in the Ghengis series. Love Genghis but Widow is just ok.

ps I've spent almost every day of my life in New England (except vacations) and like any place it always seems greener on the other side!  I would never live without an ocean near me!

Date Posted: 8/2/2011 10:24 AM ET
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I'm also reading The Widow's War for the readalong. It's a fast read, but I can't stand half of the characters. I hope one in particular gets struck by lightning or something. devil

I'm also listening to Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand*. I'm just a couple of hours into it, but I'm enjoying it very much so far. Then there's The Colony I put on hold last month that I'd like to finish next. It's so heartbreaking, so I'm taking it in smaller doses.

 

*Had to fix author's name!



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Date Posted: 8/2/2011 10:47 AM ET
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Complete and utter disbelief -- yep, that was my reaction when my husband asked me this morning (in all seriousness, yet) what he should do with an Amazon gift card that he won in a raffle. You would think that after 30+ years of our being together, he would know better. What should he do with it, indeed??? The puzzled look on my face (or maybe it was a withering glare) obviously and immediately penetrated what I will charitably call a temporary lapse in judgment as he realized that silently handing it over to me was his safest course of action. So I now have $25 to spend on Amazon -- and our marriage remains intact.

Oh -- started reading Lady of the English -- yay!!!

Date Posted: 8/2/2011 10:48 AM ET
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LOL, Deb!! WTH do these men think sometimes?! I'm glad he came to his senses pretty quickly and figured out what to do with it. Hahaha!  Speaking of...I gotta order one for MIL today. Her bday is coming up and she loves them. yes

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 12:54 PM ET
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Deb - have fun with that $25!!

I just finished The Widow's War by Gunning (liked it a lot)

Not as enthused about When Christ and His Saints Slept . . . the first 200 pages were a snoozer for me but it has picked up considerably. I'm rather ambivalent about Maude and Stephen and Ranulf. SKP did not pull me in with her characters this time.

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 2:55 PM ET
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I finished "The Winter Garden" - I did like it, but I am a Russian and Eastern European History and Literature major. 

I am working on "Wuthering Heights" 

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 3:10 PM ET
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Deb - DH needs "Book Buying Boot Camp" so that he gets a grasp on all this stuff! wink

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 4:28 PM ET
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Well, I go away for a couple of months and look who's posting?! Waves to John!

Heya, Letty, thanks much!

Cathy, It's frightening, absolutely frightening. On your book, I really like Kearsley, but I haven't read this one. How is it?

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 10:36 AM ET
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I'm reading Corpse Candle by P C Doherty - another in the Hugh Corbett series. This is for the mini historical mystery challenge, I tried to read Corrag and, I admit, didn't get very far because it just didn't click with me. Maybe I'll try it at some later point.

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 10:59 AM ET
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Cathy, It's frightening, absolutely frightening. On your book, I really like Kearsley, but I haven't read this one. How is it?

Genie, ever see the mini series? Watch it if you dare, it is just as scary. RE: the Kearsley book, I did like it but it didn't rock my world either. There was more time travel than I expected, plus the MC's didn't have a ton of chemistry. Winter Sea is better. Can't post a review until October.

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 12:55 PM ET
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Well, Kelly was right (as always) - I'm reading Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott and it is wonderful!

Linda

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 4:28 PM ET
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I'm reading Fool in Love by Eloisa James.  I like my HR medieval, and I have no interest in the Regency period, but I read an Eloisa James somewhere along the way, and she's been a guilty pleasure ever since.  And B&N got me good.  Offered the first book of a four part series free, and don't you know I went and bought the other three for 6.99.  I wasn't going to let them do that, but  ... shrug.

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 4:38 PM ET
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Sharla, I'm like that about Julia Quinn...and Elizabeth Hoyt....and Sherry Thomas....and Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzie series...and maybe historical romance is a guiltier pleasure than I thought!  LOL!

Right now, I'm reading Masquerade by Nancy Moser...one of those "privileged aristocrat girl switches places with her maid" stories.  Okay so far, although I'm having a hard time liking the heroine so far.

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 5:26 PM ET
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OK, ladies. I need some help again. My wife gave me two almost new books to post by some cat named Erik Larson. Both were snapped up in 24 hrs, so I am working to get The Devil in The White City read by Monday. Meanwhile ... is this historical fiction as you define it? If not, why not and what do you call it? On a scale of serious literature, what are your judgments of Erik Larson?
Date Posted: 8/4/2011 5:47 PM ET
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John, the Erik Larson books I'm familiar with are all non-fiction (Devil in the White City, Isaac's Storm, Thunderstruck and In the Garden of Beasts).   

 

ETA: of these four, I've only read Thunderstruck, but I enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the portions about the creepy serial killer doctor better than the portions about Marconi.  Guess that says a lot about me. :)



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