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Subject: Happy May Day, what are you reading?
Date Posted: 5/1/2015 2:57 PM ET
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Wow I can't believe no one has started this yet this late in the day!  I'm reading Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

Date Posted: 5/3/2015 7:23 AM ET
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I snagged a copy of Who Buries the Dead by C S Harris from the library. In spite of having out of town company, I'm finding it hard to put this book down - another great addition to the series!

Date Posted: 5/3/2015 10:10 AM ET
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Cheryl, about five years ago I won a set of Heyer's regency romances, over 30 (I think).  Since then Kelly and I have read many of them, picking one up from time to time when needing a break from heavier HF.  Cotillion was a fun read and among my favorites.  Believe it or not, I still have 9 or 10 on the TBR, read The Nonesuch just recently.

Linda 

Date Posted: 5/3/2015 10:55 AM ET
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Linda:  Ms. Heyer's books do make a wonderful break from heavier reading!

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Date Posted: 5/3/2015 8:59 PM ET
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I finished The Tudor Vendetta (Spymaster Chronicles, Bk 3) :: C. W. Gortner

It is a very well written historical mystery series set in the first year of Elizabeth 1.  Mysteries is well done and nice inclusion of historical fact.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/3/2015 9:06 PM ET
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I really, really liked The Tudor Vendetta too Alice! I'm close to finishing Who Buries the Dead by Harris and I am enjoying that one immensely!

Date Posted: 5/3/2015 10:34 PM ET
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Just finished The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon.  Her Outlander series is one of my favorites.  I am not really into gay sex so some of this was hard to read, but the story was good and I am always happy to learn how Jamie spent his time between the years Claire left and came back.  Unfortunately I had to read it for a swap so it is on it's way to a new owner tomorrow.

Next up is Murder on Lenox Hill by Victoria Thompson. I am really loving this series but have a long way to catch up with the latest one.

Date Posted: 5/6/2015 5:14 PM ET
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I'm on a pirate subject matter tear! Just finished Under the Black Flag, a NF Historical about the reality and history of the Anglo-American pirates (as opposed to say, the Indonesian or Mediterranean ones, apparently).

 

I'm about to start The Pirate Coast, by Richard Zacks, about the secret raid that Thos. Jefferson ordered in 1805, the first mission of our marines.

Date Posted: 5/7/2015 8:30 AM ET
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I like that series too, Leslie. Aftera Facebook discussion about Nancy Drew, I grabbed one to reread, The Brass Bound Trunk
Date Posted: 5/8/2015 12:12 AM ET
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Mimi. I just bought the first 8 Nancy Drew books in the original versions - before they were rewritten for whatever reason.  I remember loving these books when I was young (in the 50's ......shhh - don't tell anyone). 

I've just started The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. I'm thinking it will be a wonderful book but will probably take me a very long time to read it.

Date Posted: 5/9/2015 9:31 AM ET
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Ah, Mimi, now I know why you are reading the Nancy Drew books.  I read very few and those I did read, I read recently!  Fun!

I've begun Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman.  I'm trying to read one of these biggies each month to clear them from my shelves.  Nearly finished.  Can't believe that the 700 pages have gone so fast.  Wonderful read indeed!  To keep the momentum going I read a recent HF called Next to Love by Ellen Feldman.  It's a story about three young women, close friends, who marry as WWII is beginning.  Only one of the husbands return, shell shocked and unable to forget the horror of war.  One woman has great difficulty accepting life without her husband nearly going mad as she tries to go on living.  The third reconciles herself to her new life and remarries to a man of the Jewish faith and must deal with distrust and maligning of Jewish people as she raises her family.  Next up is Doc  by Mary Doria Russell which I planned to read last year but didn't get to it and I'll follow that with Ingenue by Jillian Larkin..



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Date Posted: 5/9/2015 11:26 AM ET
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I am currently listening to David Morrell's Inspector of the Dead and enjoying it very much. The narrator is terrific!

Date Posted: 5/9/2015 12:48 PM ET
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After I read The Brass Bound Trunk, I discovered (via Goodreads) that it had been completely rewritten.  My copy was a late 30s - early 40s copy so was the original plot. Just delightful. I'll probably reread a few more

I am now working on the second book of a YA series about Alice in Wonderland and the wars for Wonderland, "Seeing Redd"

Date Posted: 5/10/2015 9:25 AM ET
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Just over half way through Rose under Fire, the companion novel to Code Name Verity.  I am enjoying it, although there isn't the tension that there is in Verity.  It's a good story, just a little hard to read the concentration camp scenes.  

Date Posted: 5/13/2015 1:41 PM ET
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I'm reading The House Girl by Tara Conklin (I think)

Date Posted: 5/13/2015 4:48 PM ET
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Finished Rose Under Fire, then finished Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi.  Both enjoyable, but not enough to rave about.

Just started Mozart's Last Aria by Matt Rees--anyone read this one?  

Date Posted: 5/15/2015 3:15 PM ET
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I'm reading The Horsemasters by Joan Wolf.

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Date Posted: 5/25/2015 7:31 AM ET
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I am reading Silence for the Dead :: Simone St. James

Takes place in 1919 England. Not too far into it yet but seems good a bit different.

Date Posted: 5/25/2015 9:03 AM ET
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Reading Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake #3).
 

Date Posted: 5/26/2015 12:06 PM ET
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Wolf Hall  and Bring Up the Bodies.

Loved these books, love Thomas Cromwell as portrayed by author, Hilary Mantel.  Had bypassed these award winning novels back when they were published; then became interested in the Masterpiece Theater series, and a friend and fellow reading enthusiast couldn't believe I had not yet read them and insisted I should.  Ran to the library and so glad I did.  Freely admit I much prefer picturing Cromwell as Mark Rylance rather than the portly portrayal of Hans Holbein.   I recommend the two books.

Linda

Date Posted: 5/26/2015 12:21 PM ET
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I finished up The Horsemasters by Joan Wolf; a very good read.  Now I'm reading a detective mystery by Jussi Adler-Olsen called The Keeper of Lost Causes.  I've decided to take a little break from h/f with this one.

Date Posted: 5/26/2015 12:24 PM ET
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The Dept Q books by Adler-Olsen are terrific Cheryl but if you get a chance listen to an audio version. I started reading them and once I listened to them, I was REALLY hooked!

Date Posted: 5/26/2015 5:45 PM ET
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Oooohhhh!!  Good to know, thanks Jeanne

Date Posted: 5/27/2015 5:29 PM ET
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I am working on a Michener, The Source, about Israel.  A good read.