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Subject: February....what are you reading and ordering?
Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:20 AM ET
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It's a new month already!!!!  I am currently reading an M.C. Beaton cozy mystery.

Some books I have en route to me are Tipperary by Frank Delaney, World Without End by Ken Follett,  and Crowned in a Far Country: A Portrait of Eight Royal Brides by Princess Michael of Kent

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 12:35 PM ET
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I am about half way through The Passionate Enemies by Jean Plaidy.  This is the final book in the Norman Trilogy. 

I am also reading the fifth of the Merrily Watkins Mystery series by Phil Rickman titled The Lamp of the Wicked.  This is a mystery series whose location is the present day along the border of England and Wales and involves criminal, psychological, moral, sociological, spiritual and supernatural issues.  One of my favorite mystery series.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 3:13 PM ET
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I'm halfway through Aztec. Loving it! I'm also a little more than halfway through Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser and halfway through Warriors of God by James Reston. Both are excellent!

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 4:20 PM ET
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I'm just into the pray part of "Eat, Pray, Love".

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 7:19 PM ET
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Reading Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir-it's absolutely fascinating!  Starts with Henry VIII's death and goes through Elizabeth's accession.  For those of you who are obsessed, like me, it's lots of details about this short time period and reads like a novel.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I  just started A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick. Its about John FitzGlibert father of William Marshal. I'm not very far into it but it seems good so far.

 

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Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:22 PM ET
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I am reading Stolen by Kelley Armstrong.  Next up is The Plantagenet Prelude which I chose based on many of your suggestions.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:27 PM ET
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Half way through Shiva Dancing by Bharti Kirchner. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:35 PM ET
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I'm still reading some fantasy by Jacqueline Carey. I'm on book two of the Kushiel series.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 12:24 AM ET
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I am reading The Norman Pretender by Valerie Anand, the second book in the Gildenford Trilogy.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 7:27 AM ET
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I  just started A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick.

Lucky dog! I have most of her books, but not this one. While I don't want to post them, I'm willing to lend them to any non-smoker (allergies) on my buddy list.

Genie

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 7:30 AM ET
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Jennifer, Are you still enjoying the series? Gildenford isn't cheap. Worth buying?

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 7:31 PM ET
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Aimie, that sounds very interesting.

I am reading #8 in the Plantagenet Series, Follies of the King (Edward II). I just finished #7, Edward Longshanks (The Hammer of the Scots)

 

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 9:31 PM ET
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Whoa I haven't bought from Amazon in eons, decided to try the option where you can purchase thru here.  Just ordered:

The Merry Monarch's Wife--Jean Plaidy

The King's Pleasure and Eleanor the Queen--Norah Lofts

The Rose of York: Love and War--Sandra Worth

When you do this does it normally not remove itself from your wl?  All these are still on it.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:36 PM ET
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Hey!  I just ordered the same 2 Norah Lofts from Amazon also-got them today-but I deleted the Sandra Worth at the last minute and got We Speak No Treason by Rosemary Hawley Jarman and The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley instead.  What a coinkydink!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 10:38 AM ET
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Heh!  Great minds think alike, Kathy!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 1:30 PM ET
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I have started both The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  I need to use one or the other for a swap.  I'm only a few pages into each, but both seem like great reads. Setterfield's style of writing is "comforting" to  me.  It's very descriptive, and not "jumpy" like some authors.  It's like she's leading you by the hand, but not assuming you are an idiot.  I only started into Esme yesterday because I didn't want to turn Thirteenth Tale into a quick, cursory read.  It seems, after one chapter, that I am sucked into it, also.

I think I'm going to swear off of swaps for a while.  I love the fun of it, but it's making me have to PLAN my reading, which I don't love.

I'm also reading How Doctor's Think by Jerome Groopman, MD.  I find it very intesting since I work in the atmosphere where I'm always wondering "What is he/she thinking?"  My only problem with this book is that it is pitched as : "Here, this will help you understand your doctor and get better health Care."  But, it is not geared toward the masses, IMO.  It assumes an understanding of anatomy and physiology that I don't think most people have.  It made one obscure reference to Sisyphus that sent me to Google.  I knew it was something from mythology, but couldn't remember exactly what.  (didn't refer to the boulder he had to push, either)

So, that's my interesting reading week.  As some of you know, I have acquired a foundation of Jean Plaidy books that I can't wait to plunge into!  Any recommendations on where to start? 

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 3:40 PM ET
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Michelle, I'm coveting every book you just ordered!!!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 4:03 PM ET
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It made one obscure reference to Sisyphus that sent me to Google.  I knew it was something from mythology, but couldn't remember exactly what.  (didn't refer to the boulder he had to push, either)

A colleague once referred to my efforts to improve some aspect of online legal information as Sisyphus. It was a derogatory remark meant to discourage me (:rolleyes:) by suggesting I was expending a lot of energy accomplishing nothing.

Of course, he was wrong. (:laugh:)

BTW, I listened to the audiobook on The Thirteenth Tale and loved it. Enjoy!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 4:44 PM ET
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Marci, unless the books I ordered are complete. absolute stinkers, they are keepers for me.  The one most likely I will post is the Sandra Worth one.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 7:47 PM ET
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I've read THE THIRTEENTH TALE and enjoyed it very much too.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2008 8:40 PM ET
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I loved The 13th Tale. It's one of the very few books that I regret posting and giving away. I loved the mysterious, dark and gloomy, gothic atmosphere. Anyone know of anything similar? I've seen Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier suggested, but I don't think they are very similar.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:50 AM ET
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Valli, I think Rebecca is as "gothic" (or as tragic) as 13th Tale. It's certainly Daphne du Maurier's best work, IMO.

But 13th Tale is puts me more in mind of Henry James, especially The Turn of the Screw. I read the James book in college and if one can say, "enjoy," in the same sentence, I did. But it's creepy, very creepy.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 12:45 PM ET
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I have Rebecca in my "to read" pile. I thought The Thirteenth Tale was probably one of my favorite books read in 2007 - it was beautifully Gothic, had a good twist, and talked about why we read in an engaging way.

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