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Subject: Our HF reads in January, 2016!!!
Date Posted: 1/1/2016 8:35 AM ET
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Yikes! another year gone! Perhaps I should start this year by reading my baby book - that would definitely be historical (and hysterical)!

I'm STILL trying to finish up A June of Ordinary Murders. It's good but I've had too many things going on to be able to read for a good block of time. sad

Date Posted: 1/1/2016 9:45 AM ET
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I'm reading Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George, which isn't HF.  It's rare lately for me to read anything other than HF, and I'm finding I  have to get back into the rhythym of reading another genre.  It's been slow going, which suprises me since I've always loved this author.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/1/2016 10:46 AM ET
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Happy New Year to all my HF friends!!

Date Posted: 1/1/2016 1:04 PM ET
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Finishing up "Prince of Darkness" by Penman.  Been saving this one because I SO don't want the series to be over.  And, yes, I know that Sharon has said "like Sharpe, Justin will ride again" but I ain't holding my breath....;

Jan

Date Posted: 1/1/2016 4:18 PM ET
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Jan, I love Justin de Quincy and like you, wonder if she'll ever give us another of his tales.

~Kelly

 

Date Posted: 1/1/2016 4:19 PM ET
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I finished Rome, the Art of War by M.C. Scott ... 4th of 4 in the series. These are such wonderful books and, in my opinion, are every bit as good as her series about Boudica (using the name Manda Scott).

Up next for me is Ship of Brides, by JoJo Moyes!

Kelly

 



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Date Posted: 1/1/2016 4:33 PM ET
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I'm reading Loving Frank by Nancy Horan about Frank  Lloyd Wright and his mistress.  Earlier this year I read another book by this author, Under a Wide and Starry Sky about romance and marriage of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Linda



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Date Posted: 1/1/2016 6:18 PM ET
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I am starting My Lady Judge (Mystery of Medieval Ireland, Bk 1) :: Cora Harrison

It has been on my shelf for quite some time. I really shouldn't start a new series but looks really good. I am sure some of you HF must have read this series. I see there are lots of books in it.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/2/2016 8:22 AM ET
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Beginning The Bronze Horseman (Tatiana and Alexander, Bk 1) by Paullina Simons today.  Managed to get the entire series from a PBS member so here goes.

Alice:  I read My Lady Judge (Mystery of Medieval Ireland, Bk 1) :: Cora Harrison last year.  Hope you like it.  I did.

Date Posted: 1/2/2016 8:40 AM ET
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I just put in a request from the library for My Lady Judge. I hadn't heard of this series before, but I love Ireland and the Burren.



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Date Posted: 1/2/2016 9:00 AM ET
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I love that series but I'm behind in reading the books I have in that series. What's new? Mara is a great Brehon!

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Date Posted: 1/2/2016 11:48 AM ET
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I am enjoying My Lady Judge quite a bit. I wish she put in a glossary for some of hte old terms.

Mara is a great character

Date Posted: 1/2/2016 6:51 PM ET
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I KNEW this thread would expand my WL-just put "My Lady Judge" on itwink.  .

After Justin, I'm starting "The Liar" by Nora Roberts.  No, definitely not HF, but I've learned that if I dive right into another HF after finishing one by a favorite author, the new one suffers in comparision.  

Date Posted: 1/5/2016 11:31 AM ET
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Well, this is interesting.  I read My Lady Judge last year for a challenge but I didn't realize that it was part of a series.  I liked it very much but rarely rate mysteries above four stars  which is how I rated this one.  Back to checking out the series.  Thanks for the information all.  Just traded my copy off to someone in New York, FIFO.

Date Posted: 1/6/2016 3:58 AM ET
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I have finished The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, which was this month's pick for my book discussion group. I liked it better than I expected to. In the end notes, the author says that she wanted to tell Anne Lindbergh's story and wanted to capture her emotional truths especially as they related to her marriage, rather than giving a strictly factual account of her life. So in as far as these were her goals, I think she accomplished them. A quick, entertaining, solid three star read.

Date Posted: 1/8/2016 10:12 AM ET
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Finished the two Dr. John Dee books by Phil Rickman, I want more!!! Read a Joseph Finder book, Vanished with Nick Heller (Not HF). It was hard to put down so naturally, I HAD to order that second book frown. So heading back to HF, I'm thinking either  After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain or Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World...or maybe The King's Hounds (The King's Hounds series)  wink.

Happy happy 2016,

Debbie

Date Posted: 1/8/2016 3:59 PM ET
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Reading history, but not HF at the moment.  I picked up my history of the ancient world, got into ancient Mesopotamia and now I'm reading the Epic of Gilgamesh. (I know, I'm a dork sometimes).  This cycle of epic poems dates from 3000 BC and fragments of Gilgamesh's story have been found on numerous tablets over the years.  The fascinating thing to me is that one part of the poem describes a legend of the Flood, which agrees with many details in the biblical story of Noah. 

I'll probably start a novel this evening, but I haven't decided which one yet.  Debbie, I have the first two books in The King's Hounds series, and they are calling to me! wink

Date Posted: 1/8/2016 6:28 PM ET
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Have been reading YA books but now I've picked up The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz which picks up inJapan shortly after WWII.  However, there doesn't seem to be anything common about the key character whose father owns several businesses.  I'm only about 50 pages in so we'll see how it goes.

Date Posted: 1/10/2016 12:43 PM ET
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On my Kindle, I've started Susanna Kearsley's " Desperate Fortune".  Haven't read her before, just been "collecting" her books on Kindle.  laugh

Like it so far-the Jacobite period is a big favorite of mine.

Jan

Date Posted: 1/10/2016 2:19 PM ET
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I'm finishing a nf called "A Woman in Berlin." It's a young woman's diary from eight weeks in 1945 when Berlin was occupied by the Russians. It reads like the best fiction and really shows the human consequences of war and what the civilians, especially the woman, had to endure in order to survive. It was banned in Germany after the war.  The edition I have was published in the early 2000s and does not reveal the author's name, although her name is known and I believe she recently passed away. I think some of you might find this one interesting; it's got raw truth in it but humor and resiliency as well.



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Date Posted: 1/10/2016 2:46 PM ET
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I decided to visit Ancient Egypt with Wilbur Smith...I started River God last night.  I think I'm really going to enjoy this one!

Date Posted: 1/11/2016 7:22 AM ET
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I have River God on one of my challenges this year Vickie.  Will be interested to know how you like it.  I began Go Set a Watchman last night.

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Date Posted: 1/11/2016 7:25 AM ET
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A lot of people have recommended Calling Me Home :: Julie Kibler 

It goes between 1939 and present day. Racism during that time period. Very good so far.

River God is an excellent book enjoy it



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Date Posted: 1/11/2016 7:53 PM ET
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I haven't posted here in a while, but I am doing the HF challenge, so I thought i would just jump back in. I just finished Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner which is set during the filming of Gone With the Wind. The end was a little cheesey, but overall I really enjoyed it. I'm also reading The Count of Monte Cristo for an online book club.

Date Posted: 1/13/2016 8:50 AM ET
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Hi Jill! We aren't as active here as we were before the changes, so it's great to have you back.  I've got The Count of Monte Cristo as a to-read this year. Sizewise, it's a bit intimidating.

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