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Subject: February Historical Fiction Books We Are Reading
Date Posted: 2/1/2015 7:28 AM ET
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Last night I finished Empire Girls :: Suzanne Hayes, Loretta Nyhan. It is set in New York city in 1925. Generally I love books set in the 20's. This one was a dude. Seems like they couldn't move the plot along and characters where just one dimensional. They can't all be great.
 



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I can't believe it's February already!  Where does the time go?

I finished both The Black Country (Book #2 by Alex Grecian) and The Blue Girl (a short story by Grecian featuring Pringle) yesterday.  So today I've started Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal, a Kindle mystery I picked up a while ago.  It's still only .99 at Amazon if anyone is interested. It's the first book in a series set in 1270 in a double monastery (housing both nuns and monks). I'm only three chapters in, but her writing is good so far. I'm also listening to the audio version of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust...I just love Flavia!!  Next up I'll return to Robin Hood with King's Man by Angus Donald. I feel as though I'm surrounded by good books--what a lovely feeling! 



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Date Posted: 2/1/2015 11:39 AM ET
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Those sound good! 

I'm listening to and reading (depending where I am, ha) to Doc and loving it! I am also reading a tome on my Nook, but it's not HF (Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin). It's awesome, but every time I finish a few chapters I look and I still have over 1000 pages to go, haha. I've got Dragonfly in Amber and Iliad on deck. Pretty excited about all of the awesomeness I have to read this year, too!  

Date Posted: 2/1/2015 12:56 PM ET
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Just started The Invention of Wings and reading through a nonfiction history Jefferson and the Indians.

 

Date Posted: 2/2/2015 4:16 PM ET
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Just finished The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith. Short, spare novel set in NC during the end of the Revolutionary War and soon after. I'm not sure how I felt about it. So many people not living lives they want, or that please them, some without any choices at all. Kind of depressing, but the imagery was lovely.

Reading swap books now, will pop back onto historical fiction soon.

Date Posted: 2/3/2015 8:47 AM ET
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I'm in the process of reading Silent Murders by Mary Miley. I like the writing style and the characters and it's a nice change of pace to be reading something that isn't medieval or contemporary.

Date Posted: 2/3/2015 9:37 AM ET
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I finished Daughter of the Red Deer by Joan Wolf and it was wonderful! Set 14,000 years ago in the valleys and mountains of the Pyrenees. Joan Wolf is wonderful! The book is well-developed and I loved her characters, plot development, etc. I think this is only the second book I've read by her, but I have more on the shelves to look forward to.

Not ready to leave "olden days," I've started Rome: Eagle of the Twelfth by M.C. (Manda) Scott.

Kelly

 



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I've been reading Grace Burrowes for the past month.  I'm on a Grace Burrowes streak.   I'm on David, which  is #9 of the Lonely Lords series.  I just so love nice guys and happily ever after. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2015 10:05 AM ET
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Kelly,

Daughters of the Red Deer sounds like something I need to get on my short list.

Thanks!



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Date Posted: 2/3/2015 5:05 PM ET
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The Haunting of Maddy Clare is my current read.  Only 50 pages in but it looks like it's full of suspense.

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Date Posted: 2/4/2015 11:10 AM ET
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So for folks who can not buy a membership some members are helping out by swapping credits for membership

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Want-Buy-Gift-Membership-Return/topic/300293/?l=25&ls=0

Date Posted: 2/4/2015 11:35 AM ET
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Hi, guys!  I finished The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell last week and am now reading The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb.  It's set in Minnesota, yea!  Fun to read local stuff.  I'm listening to The Gods of Gotham and only have one chapter to go.  Not sure what I'll listen to next. Any recommendations on audio books?  I have credits burning a hole in my pocket!



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Shelley - did you listen to Doc by Mary Doria Russell? If so, the sequel is coming soon to Audible and the title is Epitaph. I'm definitely going to order that one!

Also, if you haven't read or listened to All the Light We Cannot See, I definitely recommend that one!

Date Posted: 2/4/2015 7:08 PM ET
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I started a mystery set in the 13th century, but got my hands on the third Scotland Yard Murder Squad book by Alex Grecian...and so I switched! I love this series, and book 3 promises to be a good one!

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 11:27 AM ET
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I will be starting The Invention of Wings this weekend on the treadmill - picked the audio up at the library yesterday. I've heard a lot of good things about this one!

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 2:09 PM ET
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I just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak today at chemo, excellent book by the way.  I'm sure I'll be using it for the WWII category for the challenge.

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 5:18 PM ET
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Jeanne, LOL!  The last two audiobooks I listened to were All The Light We Cannot See and Doc, in that order.  Try again!

I've got it narrowed down to these, people.  Keeping in mind it's "audio," which should I pick to listen to next?

China Dolls by Lisa See

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

The Auschwitz Escape, Joel C. Rosenberg

The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton

Dollbaby, Laura Lane McNeal

A Burnable Book, Bruce Holsinger

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 5:19 PM ET
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Shelley, I've been dying to get my hands on The Miniaturist, so that one gets my vote!

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Shelley - I haven't listened to any of those so I would definitely take Cheryl's recommendation! But save a credit for Epitaph! I'm sure it will be great!



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Shelley, I'll be starting The Invention of Wings on audio Saturday, so I suggest that one! We can have a mini-read along!

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Shelley, I'm a big Lisa See fan and was very underwhelmed with China Dolls. I wouldn't recommend it.

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 8:26 AM ET
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I read The Miniaturist a couple weeks ago. Although I liked this book and thought it was well written, it left me wanting more. I found myself entranced and wanted to find out more about the miniaturist. However, when the identity was revealed, it was a total letdown and I somehow felt cheated. I also felt some of the character's flaws were glossed over and never really addressed. A good book that promises but doesn't quite deliver.

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 9:57 AM ET
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Shelley - Have you read or listened to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins? I'm looking at that one real hard - rave reviews!

The nice thing about Audible is that you can always turn the books back in if you don't like it - within a year!



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Date Posted: 2/6/2015 11:13 AM ET
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Well, thanks for the recs, ladies.  I debated for quite awhile last evening, but I finally decided on The Miniaturist.  So far, so good.  I only listened for an hour or so, but I became entranced.  We'll see if I like it or if I feel like it falls short like Mary M. did.

Lauri, The Invention of Wings was the other one I was seriously considering last night.  However, I just wasn't in the mood for a slave story.  It's on my Audible wish list, though, and I'm sure I'll get to it sooner or later.

The other one that is still high up on my list is The Auschwitz Escape.  I avoided WWII (Holocaust) books for years (and still initially balk at them), but it seems that nearly every one I have made myself read/listen to, I have really enjoyed (except The Book Thief, which I was really "meh" on). All The Light We Cannot See is definitely on my list of favorite books of all time as are Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire.

Now, I finished the book I was reading, The Fate of Mercy Alban, last night, so now I have to decide which book to read next.

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 11:17 AM ET
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Jeanne - Just looked up The Girl on the Train.  Yes, rave reviews, but not HF.  I don't think I can read anything that isn't HF any more (except for self-help or knitting books).  LOL!  It's being compared to Gone Girl, which I haven't read, of course, but am contemplating watching the movie when it comes to rental.

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