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Subject: February - discuss our reads
Date Posted: 2/1/2017 10:19 AM ET
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I am listening to the first book in Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St. Mary's titled Just One Damned Thing After Another. This is a very different take on the type of "historicals" I usually read. It's about historians doing time travel. Don't know if any of you are watching the series "Timeless" but it reminds me a bit of that. So far, I'm enjoying it but it isn't a "throat grabber" for me. In other words, I can put it down and then come back to it whenever I choose.

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 5:23 PM ET
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Reading Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Bray and am not impressed.  My feeling is that the characters are too shallow but the plot is well done.  However, if you like Christian books this may be a read for you.  Personally, I prefer that religion not play such a major part in a novel.

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Date Posted: 2/2/2017 7:52 AM ET
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REK-- I read Sloan House wasn't really thrilled with it, and didn't like the religion in it.

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 9:26 AM ET
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Started Demelza Poldark, the second book in the Poldark series  heart

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 12:24 PM ET
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I just finished a Susanna Kearsley book, Named of the Dragon, on audio. I liked it well enough, and the production was well done. I wasn't wholly satisfied with how the ending and questions were wrapped up at the end, though. I feel like I have more questions that were "answered" but not really. Idk. The elements of Merlin and the Arthurian legends were a nice touch, and it's left me wanting to revisit the Arthurian saga. I read The Crystal Cave long ago for a read along here on this board, but want to re-read and then go into the next one straight away. I'm trying to read through some of my older TBR ones first though (personal 2017 goal) so it will have to wait a bit longer. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2017 5:31 PM ET
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Alice, we agree on Sloane House!   I'm now reading a couple of old mysteries from my shelf.  I've decided to move stuff out of the house.  Have a box I am trying to fill in my basement.  Trying so hard to declutter.  Six or seven boxes have already left.  

Do have The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick in my soon to be read pile but it will wait till both the oldies are done and I get through my library pile. Snagged Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart from the library but DH grabbed it because he loved Girl Waits With Gun.  I did, too.  The library is getting more busines and I try to read more of what I have.  Sometimes it works.  Sometimes it doesn't.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2017 7:43 PM ET
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Uninspired right now  - was laid off this week ð

Can't muster any enthusiasm for my TBRs. Debbie

Date Posted: 2/3/2017 8:44 PM ET
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Oh Deb --- I am so sorry to hear that.  My memory is so foggy these days but were you not laid off sometime in the not too distant past??

Date Posted: 2/3/2017 8:56 PM ET
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I'd only been at this job 1.5 years, Becky. Haven't recovered financially from that, and have to go through it again. Debbie

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Date Posted: 2/4/2017 8:29 AM ET
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I am reading one of my favorite historical mystery seriers Scales of Retribution (Burren, Bk 6) :: Cora Harrison

Love Brehon Mara. The bits of Brehon law that start ever chapter are fascinating. Highly recommend this series

Date Posted: 2/4/2017 12:49 PM ET
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Alice, I like the Cora Harrison series also.

I just finished In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen,  I have enjoyed her Royal Spyness series, but this is a stand-alone novel set during WWII, complete with spies, aristocratic family manors, a bit of romance, sibling rivalry, etc.  It was a February First free Kindle.  Enjoyable!

Now I'm starting the latest Crispin Guest mystery.

Linda



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Date Posted: 2/4/2017 6:52 PM ET
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Oh, Deb, so sorry about the layoff.  Our oldest DD is sweating through one.  Someone bought out a share in the company and in spite of it making good profits since they didn't meet their goals the new part owner decided to cut labor.  She's the only one left with her background now.  Job searching is such a pain and it always takes time to find another.  Will keep you in my thoughts and send lots of good vibes your way.

Linda, I like Cora Harrison, too, but I just can't get excited about Rhys Bowen.  The first book I read left me flat but a coauthored one I really liked so one never knows.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 2/5/2017 7:37 AM ET
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I am enjoying another historical mystery for the challenge

Set in 1915 England. Lots of overlap on surving war at home and the front. Very good so far
 
Mr Marston has several series. I am quite enjoying his writing style
Date Posted: 2/5/2017 9:36 AM ET
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Hang in there Deb, I know it's tough but I'm thinking of you!

Date Posted: 2/5/2017 1:23 PM ET
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Sending positive vibes your way Deb!  

I just finished The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Really liked this one!  I got stuck reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver because I was leading book club at the library this month.  Made it just over 1/2 way through and decided to move on.  I was planning on starting one of the many books I have received in the mail lately but then 3 of my eBook holds came in from the library so right now I'm reading a YA-Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Date Posted: 2/5/2017 1:42 PM ET
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I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers Debbie! I know this has to be discouraging but I'm sure things will work out okay for you.

I'm in the (slow) process of reading a mystery titled Bitter River by Julia Keller. No HF at the moment...

Date Posted: 2/5/2017 7:52 PM ET
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Debbie, I am sorry to hear your news. I truly hope something better is in your near future.

Holly, I really liked The Light Between Oceans especially because I thought the author didn't resort to a pat ending.

Alice, please tell me where you get the Burren books. They aren't available at my library or on Amazon at a reasonable price. I really want to read this series.

I've been reading nonfiction lately. Currently reading No Ordinary Time about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Good, but looooonnnngggg!

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Date Posted: 2/5/2017 8:34 PM ET
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Donna,

Try www.thriftbooks.com

 

Date Posted: 2/5/2017 9:08 PM ET
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The first book in the Burren series is available on Amazon for $.01 plus the shipping.  However, Donna, I do not know if you need to begin at the beginning.  You might also check Abe's books.  I often find things there a bit less expensive. 

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I would advise beginining at book one the series builds on previous books

Date Posted: 2/5/2017 9:51 PM ET
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Thanks Alice, if I decide to try it out I will be sure to begin with Book One.  I seem to remember another series with a female Brehon.  Cannot come up with the name just now.

Date Posted: 2/6/2017 9:22 AM ET
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Thanks for the kind thoughts! I really appreciate them; unemployment and filing for funds and job-hunting are so hard on the self-esteem (as is getting laid off!). Jeanne - I just finished the first 5 Julia Keller's WV series and really enjoyed them. Harsh place, but I know that's reality!

debbie

Date Posted: 2/6/2017 8:25 PM ET
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Thanks Becky and Alice. I found the first five in the series at abe books for under $20.

Date Posted: 2/7/2017 11:14 AM ET
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I finished up The Tiger Queens:  The Women of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton recently.  I thought it was very interesting that nearly all the characters in this book were actual historical figures.  I read that in the author's notes at the end of the book.  I wish she had placed the notes in the beginning along with a list of her characters.  I think it would have increased my reading enjoyment even more.  Now I'm picking back up with a historical mystery series that I haven't read in a while.  I'm reading Ashes to Ashes by Mel Starr; a 14th century medical mystery that is quite good so far.

Date Posted: 2/9/2017 2:23 PM ET
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Reading City of Light by Lauren Belfer.  It's one of the longer books I've tackled this year, 518 pages.  And, I loved it.  It's the author's first book. She was raised in Buffalo, NY which no doubt gave her much insight into the city of light.  I had bad luck ordering from Abe Books.  Glad someone else has had better luck.



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