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Subject: Hello December --- What are you reading???
Date Posted: 12/1/2013 9:57 AM ET
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Still in Oklahoma!!  Reading on my Kindle!!

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 12:28 PM ET
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I'm so disappointed...I just gave up on another book. October Mourning wasn't very good either. Although this one was a novel, and not linked short stories like Blackbird House, I had to stop with this one too. It was a self-published book, I think. The writing was definitely not up to par, IMHO. It seemed to lack polish and really needed the services of a good editor. Sigh.

Let's try again...moving on to the queen challenge.

The Fourth Queen : Debbie Taylor

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 1:00 PM ET
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Am into Parallel Lives by Phyllis Rose, a collection of tales about five Victorian author marriages, unusual approach.  Finished reading a fascinating mystery called The Fourth Assassin by Matt Benyon Rees.  Just love novels that deal with other cultures because I learn so much.  This one is no exception.  And, I am reading Storm Front by Jim Butcher, my first by this author.

Had to finish a few mysteries for my mystery challenges but I am reading other books for December GR challenges:  Finished  Border Music by Robert James Waller, a favorite author of a niece, and it was ok but not outstanding and The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyris Fisher, a children's book published in 1946 which has lots of French words, explained carefully.  Quite interesting.  Completed Murder Makes a Pilgrimage by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie which was worth reading but not outstanding.  I felt it was so slow at times that I felt like jumping ahead.  I hate it when that happens.  A another good read from Rex Stout, Death Times Three, for the HF Mystery Mini Challenge.  The three tales were fun and I quite enjoyed the background about the author.  Nothing like reading on a challenge right to the end!  Just one to go - an ebook so I plugged in my Kindle so I could begin A Dyeing Shame by Elizabeth Spann Craig, which was interestng.  The key character is an octogenarian who loves investigating murder much to the dismay of her son, Red, who would rather she move to a home.  I enjoyed Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon for the fantasy challenge.  This is a science fiction space coming-of-age novel.  It begins with the heroine being enslaved at age 12 and progresses through her life as a member of Fleet.  My only comment is that I was disappointed that the authors skipped several years of her life.  Did Stone Heart by Diane Glancy for the read along although I was late getting started.  Yes, I enjoyed it but had trouble early on getting used the the author's style in this short novel.  I particularly like the explorer journal entries.  My final read to date was the well done, The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim, an Emma Lord mystery.  I didn't figure out who the murderer was until close to the end thanks to the many clues given by the author.  And, I read Brisingr by Christopher Paolini for the YA challenge.   Only have one to go to finish this series.  This was a good read but the second one hundred pages were tedious.  So be it.  I enjoyed the book!  With Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins is the last of my reads for the YA challenge.  Good read about what's happening in Burma.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2013 1:23 PM ET
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I finished The Stalking Horse, Seneca Falls #5 yesterday.  It was not as well plotted as the others and had a much more YA feel with a new protagonist, Glynis Tryon's young niece, Bronwen.  I think this book is a set-up for a Civil War trilogy that follows the Seneca Falls series.  I'm now reading Must the Maiden Die, Seneca Falls #6 which takes us back to Glynis in Seneca Falls and will complete the series and my 2013 historical mystery challenge!

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 7:25 PM ET
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Finished The Boleyn Receipt by Laura Andersen, second in her alternative Tudor trilogy. Have to hurry up with The Aftermath since its due on the 5th.

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 11:53 PM ET
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Finally reading A Fine September Morning by Alan Fleishman -- a book that I won in a Goodreads give-away awhile ago and that has been sitting on my nightstand stirring up an increasing amount of guilt because I have yet to read it and write the brief review that is expected of give-away winners.

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 1:52 PM ET
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I really enjoyed A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock and since I had the 3rd book, A Family Affair sitting on the TBR bookshelf I've decided to read that one next.

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 2:12 PM ET
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Started A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters, the last in the Amelia Peabody series sad

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 9:01 PM ET
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I'm continuing The Holy Warrior by Angus Donald.  Finally back to that after the intervening romance binge.

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 8:49 AM ET
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Oh Carolyn..that's sad. frown  I stalled halfway through the Amelia books for that reason...I don't want them to end!  I may pick up again in the new year.  

In the meantime, I'm still on a Jodi Picoult kick.  Finished Keeping Faith, which I enjoyed, and just started Plain Truth.  I'm saving all my HF for the challenges! wink

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 9:03 AM ET
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I've started The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. The writing is lyrical and very compelling. Looks to be a good one.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 8:12 PM ET
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Vicky -- "Plain Truth" is the only Picoult book I have ever finished --- I know many of you are already throwing rotten tomatoes, but I just have not been able to enjoy her works.

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 8:49 PM ET
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Becky...When I first found Picoult about five years ago, I read nine of her books.  I liked five, hated four.  It was such an all or nothing thing with me!  Then I found copies of her first 3 books, and I decided to try them--and I kept going, reading her works in writing order.  It's been interesting to see her progression, and her topics as I go along.  I read one of the books I previously hated--fully expecting to not really finish it, but just to remind myself.  I ended up reading the whole thing, and enjoying it more.  I guess I'm just in a mood right now for the "What if.." questions that she poses.

I really enjoyed Change of Heart and My Sister's Keeper the most, I think, of everything I've read to date.  And so far, I'm enjoying Plain Truth..

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Date Posted: 12/4/2013 8:51 PM ET
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I am not a Picoult fan either:)

 

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 9:08 PM ET
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I've read several Picoults for my book club and tired of them quickly.  A little too formulaic for my taste.
 

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 9:44 PM ET
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WOW --- did not think there was another single human who did not enjoy Picoult books.

Date Posted: 12/5/2013 7:34 AM ET
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Becky..oh no, there are a LOT of people who don't like her books!  On the other hand, I think I'm the only person on earth who doesn't like Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree."  cheeky

Date Posted: 12/5/2013 10:38 AM ET
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About halfway through The Governess of Highland Hall, first in a planned series from Multomah Press, Edwardian setting. Bah. Boring boring boring, faux historical setting, no class barriers whatsoever between the uppercrusts and the staff and to top all that off the inspirational tone is spread thick on virtually every page. Bah.

Date Posted: 12/5/2013 12:21 PM ET
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I've been reading through "The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook" by Kay Shaw Nelson (yes, I am a cookbook reader and collector).  It's a wonderful combination of Gaelic history, folklore, travel, and, of course, food.  I found it languishing on my Kindle - who knew?

Date Posted: 12/5/2013 6:35 PM ET
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Donna...your last remark, "I found it languishing on my Kindle - who knew?" made me laugh, and sort of cringe.  wink

Date Posted: 12/5/2013 9:39 PM ET
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I know, Vicky.  The Kindle is enabling my book habit.
 

Date Posted: 12/5/2013 9:43 PM ET
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Ah, the KINDLE! Out of sight, out of mind - right? Don't have to feel guilty about books loading up the bookshelves. The only problem is REMEMBERING that one HAS the books on the Kindle - lol!

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 9:35 AM ET
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Jeanne, Donna and I will be organizing a Kindle Hoarder Support Group.  You are all welcome to join.  cool

I've started listening to Burial Rights by Hannah Kent.  It's the story of a young woman accused of murder and sent to an isolated farmhouse to await her execution.  It's set in Iceland, 1829.  Anyone read this?  The writing is beautiful in places...but it's grim!  

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 10:06 AM ET
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Vicky - I have Burial Rites as one of my next up books to read - wasn't sure I wanted "grim" before Christmas! 

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 12:31 PM ET
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Good call, Jeanne.  I  may wait too..

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