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Subject: February Reads We Want to Share
Date Posted: 2/1/2016 10:22 AM ET
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Guess, I'll start off the month.  I'm reading The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset.  Hoping to move all three of the books in the series off my shelves.  I am rather liking it.

Date Posted: 2/2/2016 9:20 AM ET
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The Salt Road for me. Liking it so far, but it isn't particularly historical yet!

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Date Posted: 2/2/2016 11:52 AM ET
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I am reading Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, Bk 4) :: Gail Carriger

Fun series of books. YA steampunk. Lots of Victorian manners in it.

Date Posted: 2/2/2016 3:17 PM ET
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STILL working on River God.  I like it, I do, but it's taking forever to finish!  I've been busy at work, and I'm thinking about a trip back to Michigan to see my folks when the snow melts, both here and there!  I have several books from the library that are calling to me, but I'm trying to be good and finish River God before I pick one of the others up...I'll let you know if I remain strong! laugh

 

This was my last post at the end of January.  I made a nice dent in River God (remained strong, people!) and am close to finishing it.  I will probably read the rest of the books in the series, but not quite yet.  We have to put our dog down on Thursday; I'm home from work this week, attending to her and just...coping with this tough decision.  She is a German Shep, one month short of 13, and my shadow. I can't imagine how things will be without her.  broken heart

Date Posted: 2/2/2016 8:20 PM ET
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Oh, Vicki:  So sorry about your dog.  It is so hard to lose our furry friends.  I still call our current dog by our  golden's name occasionally and they are not at all alike!  Not only different breeds but also different personalities.

Alice:  I dropped the Finishing School series after this last read (second in the series).  Just couldn't get into it and it seemed like I was reading the first book in the series.  



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 2/2/2016 9:12 PM ET
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Vicky big owl hugs to you. So sorry

Date Posted: 2/3/2016 6:05 AM ET
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Thanks ladies.  I hate this.

Date Posted: 2/3/2016 6:25 AM ET
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So sorry, Vicki.

I'm still reading "Middlemarch" which I really like but it's taking me forever because it's really long and I have been busy with other things lately. Not the best book pick for any of my challenges - that's for sure.

 

Date Posted: 2/3/2016 11:08 AM ET
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So sorry about your dog Vicky.  I've started Anatomy of Evil by Will Thomas.  This is the latest Barker and Llewelyn novel and I'm so excited to revisit this team of investigators again!

 

Date Posted: 2/3/2016 12:08 PM ET
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So sorry, Vicky.  It's the worst decision to have to make.

I'm reading The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye and loving it!  I just ordered the rest of the books.  cheeky

CR

Date Posted: 2/3/2016 1:28 PM ET
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Dear Vicky --- I am very sorry to hear about your family member.  Thirteen years is a goodly time to be blessed by her presence isn't it???  Everyone is likely going to shout at me, but whenever I lose a pooch, almost the first thing I do is go out and get another one!!!  One of the reasons I seem to have had multiples for years now.  Always seem to have one senior, a middle age and a youngster on hand.  To me it does not diminish the love for the lost one and it always helps to heal my heart.  When dear David died, almost 3 years ago now, I got two new puppies within 6 months and they were such a blessing.  Spoiled rotten since we spent a lot of time together sitting in the recliner crying, being paralyzed, etc., but I would do it over in a minute.  You will be in my prayers as you travel this road.

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Date Posted: 2/4/2016 7:18 AM ET
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I am reading A Secret and Unlawful Killing: A Mystery of Medieval Ireland (Mysteries of Medieval Ireland) :: Cora Harrison

Love this series. Takes you back in time to Medieval Ireland. Makes me want to take a trip to western Ireland and see the land they are taking about. If you like historical mysteries this is a good one.

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Date Posted: 2/5/2016 7:54 PM ET
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It was a good snowy day to read all day. I finished A Secret and Unlawful Killing: A Mystery of Medieval Ireland (Mysteries of Medieval Ireland) :: Cora Harrison

Absolutely excellent. Love the characters. Cora Harrison has Mara very well defined in mind. Mara's romance with the king is well done and charming. Mysteries are well written giving you  a few clues but not giving up the murder too early. Love this series.

Date Posted: 2/6/2016 4:02 PM ET
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Starting a new read called Etta by Gerald Kolpan, loosely based on a romance with the Sundance Kid.  The author could find little or nothing about her, even whether or not she was romantically involved with him so he created a fictional character for this novel!  Very well done complete with a photo of Etta and the Sundance Kid together. 



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Date Posted: 2/6/2016 7:55 PM ET
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I have opened a new Historical fiction swap.  

All types of historical fiction, historical nonfiction and historical biographies. Hope you can join. Love my historical mysteries.

If you haven't tried a swap game yet this a good time to try one out. Lots of fun.

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Date Posted: 2/6/2016 7:57 PM ET
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I am reading Along the Infinite Sea :: Beatriz Williams

This is the first time I have read this author. Has anyone else read a book by her? I am quite enjoying this one. Nice writing style. Keeps you intererested.

Date Posted: 2/7/2016 1:19 PM ET
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Vicky, I hope all is well; you have been in my thoughts. sad Debbie

Date Posted: 2/9/2016 10:41 AM ET
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Echoing Debbie's comments, Vicky, you have been on my mind. I found Becky's comments interesting. Through my work at our local Humane Society's animal shelter, I have learned that "when the time is right" is different for different people. We have people tell us that their dog or cat died two years ago and they are just now to the point where they think they are ready for a new fur-member of the family. We have people who think they are ready only to leave the Shelter in tears. And, we have had people who immediately get a new pet - not as a replacement, because a beloved member of the family cannot be 'replaced,' but simply because they have love to offer and need to fill the void; and having someone new to love and care for softens the grief. There is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to grieve, there is just the grief itself and the huge gaping hole in our hearts.

Linda & I are thinking about you, Vicky.

 

Date Posted: 2/9/2016 11:26 AM ET
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When Linda retired as the high school librarian some years ago, one of her brothers gave her Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn. And thus my introduction to this author! I love her books and have read a fair amount of them. She, for me, is comparable to Sharon Kay Penman or Elizabeth Chadwick in terms of how much I admire her research, her writing skills and the stories and characters she develops ... she writes quality historical fiction.

I just finished After Rome, and while not one of my favorites, it was an interesting and satisfying read. It explores the enormous vacuum left behind when Rome pulled out of Britain in AD 410. Imagine. For four centuries, the people of Britain had been under Roman rule and assimilated into their culture ... sometimes willingly; sometimes violently. Then they are simply gone. The systems of justice, administration, organization, economy, etc. simply gone. Merchandising dried up because the trade routes and trading agreements went away. Money was useless. And worst of all, there was no standing army to repel the Saxons when they came pouring into the country seeking land and plunder.

Llywelyn gives us a glimpse of this through the parallel stories of two cousins, trying to survive in this "new world" the best way they can; albeit quite differently. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it; however, with the caveat that I have read other books by Llywelyn that I liked much better. 

Kelly

 



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Date Posted: 2/9/2016 1:16 PM ET
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I just finished The Edge of Nowhere, by C. H. Armstrong.  The C. H. stands for Cathie Hedrick who was a student at El Reno High School during the 80s while I was serving as HS librarian.  This is her first novel, published just last month.  Her book is set in El Reno during the dust bowl, a time of great poverty and struggle for the people of Oklahoma.  The plot is based roughly on the stories from Cathie's grandmother who employed any and every means possible to raise her hungry children following the death of her husband.  I enjoyed the novel and hope you might give it try.

Linda

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Date Posted: 2/9/2016 1:37 PM ET
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I wasn't thrilled with After Rome either, Kelly

I just started The Angel Tree :: Lucinda Riley

I always like her books



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Date Posted: 2/9/2016 4:22 PM ET
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The best laid plans sometimes go astray.  While I totally enjoyed The Bridal Wreath I found myself picking up The School of Night by Louis Bayard, very well done, and The Heritage by Frances Parkinson Keyes, very good in a different way.  Always wanted to read something by Keyes and I finally got around to it.   I didn't realize that Keyes wrote her fiction novels based on historical information she gleaned before, during and while she was writing.   Thanks, once again, to the author's notes at the back of the novel.  Now onto something nonfiction as I've had a bunch of fun reading all of the above!  Maybe I'll pick up the next Unset novel, too.



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Date Posted: 2/10/2016 9:39 AM ET
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Thanks, all.  Every day gets a bit easier, but I still miss her so.  I don't know if you can see this link, but I thought I'd try:

Heidi

I hope to have another dog in my future...someday.  It's just too soon right now.  

I appreciate everyone's kind comments.  As to reading, I'm thisclose to finishing River God, finally!  Why this book took me so long, I'll never know!

Date Posted: 2/10/2016 10:49 AM ET
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What an absolute beauty, Vicky. She looks like a sweet girl.

 

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