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Subject: December and Christmas is almost here - what'cha reading?
Date Posted: 12/1/2012 10:20 AM ET
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Time to start a new thread for a new month - wow!

I plan to start reading Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester (second book in the Clarenceux series) - today!

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 10:33 AM ET
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This is the month to finish up my not-finished reads so I can start the new year FRESH!

Started and not finished yet:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet : Jaime Ford (audiobook)

The Rose Garden : Susanna Kearsley

A Feast for Crows (book #4 in series) : George R.R. Martin

Daughter of the Forest : Juliet Marillier

 

And I just got notification two days ago that Outlander was ready for checkout to my Nook, so I have that downloaded. Gah! The line for it was soooo long at my library and I'm stumped on whether I should try and cram that into the 3 weeks I have with it, or just finish these others up first and go back in line. I kinda do have a lot of other books to read while I wait. But...!! (I do have it in pb format, but figured it would be MUCH easier to read on the Nook.)

 

 

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 10:47 AM ET
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Finishing up: The Hobbit, The Name of the Rose, and The Voyager.  Then plan to start Nefertiti - maybe. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 11:35 AM ET
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I've started a book that's been on Mt. TBR for a long time, The Treasure of Montsegur by Sophie Burnham.

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 1:14 PM ET
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I am actually reading again.  I've read things I promised to review, but that been it for months since I read just for fun. I am reading a couple of non-fiction books about the Gilded Age.  It feels good.

I will be reading Semper Fidelis by Ruth Downey as soon as it gets here from the pubisher, and also the new India Black.  Just a heads up there will be a give away of Semper Fidelis in Jan. to celebrate the release.

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 1:43 PM ET
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Finishing up Habits of the House (meh) and The Passing Bells this weekend.

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 1:49 PM ET
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Reading Novik's Crucible of Gold and listening to Conroy's My Losing Season.

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 2:39 PM ET
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Sometimes the best books I read are for challenges when I must find book thats matches the given criteria.  Such is true with Lament for the Molly Maguires by Arthur H. Lewis for the history challenge.  What an interesting read!   Unforturnately, labor and the poor miners lost in this struggle.  It's a sad but fascinating read.  The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas, an award winner, was quite good partly due to the interaction between three progrotagonists and an uncle of one, thrown together due to lack of work and money.  And, A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd, the last book for my pbs mystery challenge was a good read as well.  For a long time I avoided reading the classic fantasy Watership Down by Richard Adams.  Just finished this fun, whimsical and entertaining read for the classics challenge.  Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend is a good cozie and The Bungalow by Sarah Jio is a tear-jerking romance with a murder thrown in.  Read The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka for the historical fiction challenge, an extra pick.  Finished reading Howards End by E.M. Forster for the classics challenge and The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith for the HF Mini Mystery Challenge (said I would do eight but decided to do all).  Howards End was ok and I quite enjoyed Scroll because I like Smith's writing and novels.  Will work on wrapping up all my pbs challenges this month.  December is always like this for me.  Quite liked Out of Africa by Karen Blixon read for Around the World challenge.  The cozy mystery, Corpse in the Crystal Ball by Kari Lee Townsend, was read for the mystery challenge.  Next read was Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for the Around the World Challenge.  It's a touching lifelong love story.  The Maisie Dobbs novel, Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear, is awesome.  I found the character of Maisie so well done.  I was caught up more with the character than the mystery.  I found myself empathizing with her life, understanding her fears, and cheering when she made the independent decisions that strengthened her as an individual and independent woman in a time when women were just beginning to have lives of their own.  Read Mister Monday by Garth Nix, the first of a series called They Keys to the Kingdom, not as good as the Abhorsen series but I believe that this one is directed at a younger audience.  Also read Keeping First Things First by John Gile, an inspirational read, The Piano Tuner by Mason, a quiet read about a quiet, unassuming man who travels to Burma to tune a piano, and Dreams of My Father by Barak Obama, a read that helps one understand him as a boy, an adolescent, a college age student and a man and how he becomes the man he is.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2012 4:20 PM ET
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I read The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent a couple of weeks ago (really enjoyed it) & am now reading The Heretic's Daughter. So far, so good ... but I'm a bit nervous about what I know is coming. There is no way for a book that includes the Salem Witch trials to come out good.

Kelly

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 6:34 PM ET
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I'm working on "The Fellowship of the Ring" for a read-along, so going only a chunk at a time.

I am also working on "Nothing Daunted" for Book Club on Monday (eek, I should get off the computer and finish it up) -non-fiction about two women who go to Colorado during the early 20th century as teachers.

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 7:20 PM ET
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Mimi --- "Nothing Daunted" sounds really interesting.  Are you enjoying it???

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 8:14 PM ET
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I am reading The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden.  I've got 4 more books to go on a TBR pile challenge I signed up for and I've got The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer and Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather in from the library so lots of good reading this month 

I thought I'd have lots of reading time this weekend but I got my top wisdom teeth yanked out yesterday so I've been sleeping since then.  I thought it would be really painful but one side feels like they didn't do anything to it at all and the other one is swollen up and kinda hurts but nothing like I expected.  Pretty sure I have the most awesome dentist ever.

 

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 8:36 PM ET
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Oh Holly - how did you manage to hang on to those for this amount of time! Mine came in when I was 13 and they pulled them when I was 16! The rationale was that it would be too hard to brush well "way back there"!  pshaw!

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 8:44 PM ET
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I finished Out of Time by Monique Martin.  Time travel to 1920 NYC.  I liked almost everything about it, except that it added a vampire element totally out of the blue half way through.  And it just didn't work.  It wasn't bad, and it didn't ruin the book, it just wasn't executed well.  Drops it to a 3 from what would otherwise have been a solid 4.  Really, it felt like the author wrote the book, and a publisher said, "we need a paranormal angle here, so make one of the characters a vampire", so she did. 

There are two sequels, and I might read them ... sometime.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2012 9:10 PM ET
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Jeanne- I have no idea because virtually no one escapes  the Army with their wisdom teeth and I served almost 5 years and got out with all of mine.  They got my hubby for all 4 of his.  Up until recently I wasn't having issues with them so they just left them in.  Evenutally I'll have to get the bottom two out too because they came in sideways and are crowding my lower teeth together.  Probably not til late next year sometime though.

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 9:31 PM ET
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I am finishing up a CF book, but I was notified today that Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell (the latest Saxon Chronicle) is available for check out on my Kindle, so that will be next.  I have four books that I want to finish in December...all the next book of a series.  Hopefully with a trip to Chile and a few days off around the holidays, I'll be able to finish them.

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 9:48 PM ET
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I just picked up A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss from the library today. Recently finished Veil of Lies so I have now been officially deflowered by Crispin. Feels good.
Date Posted: 12/2/2012 12:06 AM ET
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Becky - it was good, I liked the history and the research as well as the characters.

Date Posted: 12/2/2012 8:57 AM ET
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That's interesting Holly - I did 7 yrs with the Army Reserves and had no idea that wisdom teeth were"banned" in the Army LOL!!!! (Of course, by then, I no longer had mine!).

I'm about 100 pages into Roots of Betrayal and it's very good.

Date Posted: 12/2/2012 3:25 PM ET
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Finished The Passing Bells. What a three tissue finish. I started an old Jo Goodman romance that I picked up at yesterday's FOL sale. I've just been back to the same sale for $1/bag romances.

Date Posted: 12/2/2012 5:45 PM ET
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Kelly,  I"ll be interested to find out how you like The Heretic's Daughter.  It's on my TBR.  I am finishing The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett.This is a spy thriller set in Egypt during WW2.  It is ok, not more than that, and I am getting in some history along with the story.

Date Posted: 12/3/2012 7:46 AM ET
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To be honest, I'm afraid to see what everyone else is reading right now.  Between my Kindle and the precarious stacks of books around here...well, let's just say Mount TBR has a CLOSED TO NEW VISITORS sign on it!

I have managed to stick with my Read Contemporary Fiction Until 2013 rule.  I'm currently reading Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip.  She writes gorgeous prose! I see, hear, smell and feel everything she describes.  Very old-fashioned fairy tale feel to this one.

I listened to The Storm Chasers by Jenna Blum, and The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker, both families in crisis and both good for a long drive. And I'm moving forward with Erin Hart's series; I finished Haunted Ground and Lake of Sorrows; next up will be The False Mermaid.  Our main character specializes in the study of bog bodies, my favorite remains next to plain old bones! wink

Date Posted: 12/3/2012 10:21 AM ET
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Cathy, I also finished The Passing Bells yesterday afternoon, and did not expect that ending.  Thoroughly enjoyed the book, loved the quote at the beginning of the book, "Let there be rung the passing bells, to call the living, to mourn the dead."  Did you see the bit about the author, that the idea for the novel came to him as a boy, with his father, during the minute of silence at an observance, in London, of the eleventh hour, eleventh day of November.  This is the second book I've read recently that illustrates the horrific tragedy of that war.  Such a waste of young lives.

Linda

Date Posted: 12/3/2012 10:52 AM ET
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Vicky:  I loved Winter Rose too.  Ms. Mckillip writes wonderful stories.  My daughters turned me on to her years ago.

Date Posted: 12/3/2012 11:27 AM ET
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@ Linda, so many surprises at the end, especially the very, very end. I was bawling. I don't recall the quote at the beginning, but I'll have to go back and look. War is hell.

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