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Subject: H/F Shopping Bag....
Date Posted: 3/3/2010 12:11 PM ET
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I thought having a thread where we could discuss our newest book acquisitions would be fun. I got an Amazon package yesterday and wanted to brag, gloat, discuss the books I got, but there isn't a good thread for that. Now there is....

So, whatcha buying? Borrowing? Stealing out of the book store dumpster?

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 12:17 PM ET
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I'll go first. Tee-hee!

Yesterday, I got a most excellent box from Amazon which contained three books I am really excited about reading.

  • The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham
  • Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Boneshaker isn't H/F. It's set in a sort of alternate world during the early days of the Civil War. It actually belongs to a genre called "Steampunk" and I'm really curious about it. It sounds like a lot of fun.

I've also requested the following book from PBS:

Trail of Tears : The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation
Author: John Ehle
ISBN-13: 9780385239547
ISBN-10: 0385239548
Book Type: Paperback

I've decided my next purchases will be some out of print books that don't get posted here often.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 12:17 PM ET
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No more. I can't take it.


(Do tell whatcha got.)

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 3/3/2010 12:24 PM ET
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Here are some of my latest acquistions. Don't know when I will get to read them:

Rebels and Traitors :: Lindsey Davis
ISBN-13: 9780312595418 - ISBN-10: 0312595417

The Last Queen :: C. W. Gortner
ISBN-13: 9780345501851 - ISBN-10: 0345501853

Mozart's Sister :: Nancy Moser
ISBN-13: 9780764201233 - ISBN-10: 0764201239

Has anyone read these books? Between reading challenges and swap books for games it may be a while, but vacation is coming.


Date Posted: 3/3/2010 12:25 PM ET
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Valli, I got Island of Swans too.

Also some lovely bodice rippers from the 70's and 80's.  I caught the romance bug from Karla!

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 12:33 PM ET
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This is exactly what I had in mind when I posted in the "Is This on Your Shelf" thread! Great job, Valli!!

I've done a little random ordering on line and should be receiving:


Valli has first dibs on A Murderous Procession.

Kelly and Linda have first dibs on Splendour Falls.

I have also ordered: The Proud Villeins by Valerie Anand.

If interested, PM away - or maybe I shouldn't say that. Oh well if others want these as keepers, I guess that's up to them!

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Date Posted: 3/3/2010 1:56 PM ET
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Cavalier's Woman courtest of Karla, Meriwether via Bookmooch, Daphne from my friend Laura at Goodreads, Claude & Camille and Daughter of Witching Hill via Amazon Vine, Hester and Island of Swans from the library and the rest I bought.


The Cavalier's WomanCalaisMeriwether: A Novel of Meriwether Lewis and the Lewis & Clark ExpeditionDaphneThe Italian (Penguin Classics)

Claude & Camille: A Novel of MonetDaughters of the Witching HillHester: A NovelIsland of the Swans

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Date Posted: 3/3/2010 2:37 PM ET
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Other than a few I received through PBS recently (one was London by Rutherford), I haven't purchased a book in a few weeks!   I know!  Just kick me out now and be done with it.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 3:24 PM ET
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This is what I've gotten recently:

People of the Wolf-Michael & Kathleen O'Neal Gear

The Twelth Transforming-Pauline Gedge

Bath Tangle, Charity Girl, A Civil Contract, Cousin Kate, The Convenient Marriage, The Corinthian, Faro's Daughter, Frederica, An Infamous Army, The Nonesuch, Power and Patch, Royal Escape, Simon the Coldheart and Sylvester by Georgette Heyer (these are all the older versions not the new ones with the pretty covers)

Esther, The Lost Queen and the Lute Player by Norah Lofts (also all older versions)

The Queen's Governess by Karen Harper

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

The Inquisitor by Catherine Jinks

Push not the River by James Conroyd Martin

Too Great a Lady by Amanda Elyot

Stealing Athena by Karen Essex

Roses by Leila Meachum

Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick

Prima Donna by Megan Chance

Secrets of the Tudor Court: The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson

The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Epstein

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware

Ladies in Waiting by Anne Somerset

Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 3:42 PM ET
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Oh, I'm glad to see this thread, or I'd have to start one for my own bragging, gloating, discussion.

For months I've been lusting after a gorgeous leatherbound set of "Nonsuch Dickens" at Hamiltonbook.com.  I determined I'd buy them if this year's bonus was large enough to squeeze it out of (most of it already tagged for other things).  Well, it was large enough, so I ordered them today:  10 lovely Dickens. ~happy dancing in my chair~

And since I was already there, I threw in a cheap Genghis by what's-his-face, starts with an I.  I'm sure you know I mean.


Date Posted: 3/3/2010 4:02 PM ET
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Yesterday I received Island of the Swans as well. Today I received Swerling's Shadowbrook. Within the last couple weeks, I received, snagged, or stole: Cornwell's Sword Song and Lords of the North, Sutcliff's Sword at Sunset, Gellis' Roselynde and Alinor, Said's Ali and Nino, Tranter's The Bruce Trilogy, Chadwick's The Love Knot (from the HF swap), King's Lady MacBeth, Dunnett's King Hereafter, Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel, Boyle's The Women, Furnivall's The Russian Concubine, Harris' What Angels Fear, Bristow's Calico Palace, Harris' Pompeii and Fatherland, McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, Clavell's Shogun and Taipan, Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves, Llywelyn's Lion of Ireland, Pride of Lions, 1916, 1921, 1949, 1972, and 1999 -- and these are just the HF titles.

I am blaming all of you in this forum for these acquisitions. Of course, volunteering for the annual used book sale at the high school and obsessively visiting a way-too-conveniently located FOL used book store have compounded the problem. And I'm not even going to tell you what I have checked out from the library. But after the book sale this weekend, I am NOT going to buy any more books until I get through some of my TBR stacks (although Last Queen and Stolen Crown are on my WL, hint, hint!) But I need your help -- all of you have to simply stop recommending books -- really, I mean it!

Sharla -- how wonderful!! I so love Dickens -- enjoy!

Holly -- glad to see that you're as bad as I am (or worse) - LOL!

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Day after Night

Rose of Martinique

Hearts West True Stories of Mail Order Brides

A Reliable Wife

We Two Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals

Currently I'm waiting for:

The Forgotten Garden

Scarlet Lion

Look Again

Yes, My Darling Daughter

I really, really want to order:

The Stolen Crown

Island of the Swans

How Green Was My Valley

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 4:52 PM ET
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I have Boneshaker waiting on my TBR shelf too, Valli...I think I'll be grabbing it before the end of the month.

Recent HF acquisitions from PBS:

Galileo's Dream
Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
ISBN-13: 9780553806595 - ISBN-10: 0553806599  (I think this is a kind of combo of HF/sci-fi)

Company of Liars
Author: Karen Maitland
ISBN-13: 9780440244424 - ISBN-10: 0440244420

The Red Velvet Turnshoe
Author: Cassandra Clark
ISBN-13: 9780312537364 - ISBN-10: 0312537360  (this is the second in a mystery series)

Remarkable Creatures
Author: Tracy Chevalier
ISBN-13: 9780525951452 - ISBN-10: 0525951458

Stone's Fall
Author: Iain Pears
ISBN-13: 9780385522847 - ISBN-10: 0385522843

The Rough Collier
Author: Pat McIntosh
ISBN-13: 9781569475812 - ISBN-10: 1569475814 (one of a historical mystery series)

I don't order very many books new anymore, but I did just recently get a Bookcloseouts order with a couple of HF books in them:

City of Silver by Annamaria Alfieri, a debut novel set in 17th century Peru--now there's somewhere you don't get to visit often!

The King James Conspiracy by Philip DePoy, set in 1605 Cambridge, UK.

And then, a historical biography, Florence Nightingale, The Making of an Icon by Mark Bostridge.

And that's about it. I'm sure most of those will marinate on my shelf for awhile.


Date Posted: 3/3/2010 4:53 PM ET
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I can see that this shows the making of a very long thread.

Holly - did you rob a bank or something? And Deb, I loved The Tenderness of Wolves and really liked C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr series (read them all) - I particularly liked his "tiger"!

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 6:00 PM ET
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Jeanne-no criminal activities from me  in order to get more books.  It was my birthday on the 21st.  No one ever knows what to get me so they send me money.  I spent every last penny I got on books :)

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Date Posted: 3/3/2010 6:04 PM ET
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Cheryl, let us know what you think of "Boneshaker"! I haven't read anything in this genre before and I am terribly curious about it. I'm probably going to read my copy pretty soon too.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 6:40 PM ET
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Holly - You are so lucky. I keep telling my family (when they say that they don't know what to get me)" gift certificates to book stores; gift certs to bird centers, so I can buy birdseed". Do I get these things? NOOOOO. I get more stuff that I don't need or use! Whaaaaa! You got it, I'm whining!!

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 10:13 PM ET
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I am desparately trying not to add anything else to my TBR, but I shall cheer the rest of you on in your acquisitions, knowing that by the time I clear out some TBR and am ready to bring in some more, you will all be finished with these and I shall be the beneficiary!  LOL!

Alice, I haven't read Mozart's Sister...I have it on TBR, but Washington's Lady by the same author was in my top five books I read last year. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 11:01 PM ET
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In February I received:

From PBS

The Book of Love by Sarah Bower

Her Mother?s Daughter by Julianne Lee

Son of York by Margaret Abbey

A Memory of Lions by Parke Goodwin

Between Two Queens by Kate Emerson

Isabel of Burgundy by Aline Taylor (NF)

46 Pages:  Thomas Paine by Scott Leterill (??) (NF)


 From publisher/author for review

The Secret of the Glass by Donna Russo Morin

Heresy by S.J. Parris

The Queen's Pawn by Christy English

 Bought used (hard to find wishlist books at a good price)


Feather Light, Diamond Bright by Judith Saxton

The Lion?s Legacy by Juliet Dymoke

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Date Posted: 3/3/2010 11:08 PM ET
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Can't wait til Claude and Camille comes out.  I may scrape up my pennies and go get that one.  I love Monet!  Giverny is definitely on my goto list if I ever make it to France.

Date Posted: 3/4/2010 12:15 AM ET
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One thing I do like about working at B&N is that publishers ship a couple ARCs to each store and employees get their pick.  I saw a couple new ones on the break table today, and I picked up Impatient With Desire, which is a book on the Donner Party.  Bit of a tacky title (it sounds so awful romancey) but it sounded interesting.  It's short and a lot of it is letters so not full pages, so maybe I'll read it after I'm done with Aztec.  It's probably be a quick read.

Date Posted: 3/11/2010 1:12 PM ET
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I was stuck in an airport on Tuesday with a) a delayed flight and b) <GASP> nothing to read...so I wandered into the wholly inadequate excuse for a bookstore and found Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin....I know understand why you ladies like her! It's pretty good so far, but doesn't do much for advancing my challenge reading.

And, while I was away, my WL copy of An Echo in the Bone showed up--woo hoo! A Gabaldon to open soon! Major happiness event at my house.

Subject: Sitting on the hold shelf at the library waiting for me...
Date Posted: 3/11/2010 2:11 PM ET
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Plus as old OOP Isobelle by Mary Lide. I'm guessing from Felicia's review I won't get very far with the Victoria book ;(

Date Posted: 3/11/2010 6:07 PM ET
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Oh, I might have to get "The Last Aloha" for myself. After reading a few books set in HI this past year, I'm craving more. I've got one here about Hawaii that I've been meaning to read - "Song of Exile" by Kiana Davenport. It sounds good, but I haven't heard of the author before, nor have I seen any reviews of it, so I keep putting it off in favor of other books. I need to move it to the top of the pile. Has anyone read it?

Today I got the newest novel by Joyce Carol Oates, "Little Bird of Heaven". It isn't H/F, but I'm excited about it. I love her books!

Date Posted: 3/11/2010 7:26 PM ET
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Valli, I've heard a lot of good things about Molokai, have you looked at that one?

PS, the jacket on the Isobelle book sounds like fun. Victorian era (I think), girl gets sold into harem, etc.