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Subject: Hey, it's July already. What are you reading?
Date Posted: 7/1/2014 1:57 PM ET
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I'm still working through the Josephine B trilogy, so nothing new to report but I thought I'd get the July thread started.

Date Posted: 7/1/2014 2:06 PM ET
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Thank you! 

I am working on a non-fiction, but historically interesting and very good, The Boys in the Boat about the 1936 University of Washington crew team, who represented (and won Gold) the US at the Berlin Olympics.

Date Posted: 7/2/2014 10:18 AM ET
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Thanks for starting the thread. Still working on the new Gabaldon book.

Date Posted: 7/2/2014 10:36 AM ET
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Well, I kept goofing up and double posting! And then, when I tried to fix it, I double posted again. Sometimes, I just have to laugh at myself!



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Date Posted: 7/2/2014 11:50 AM ET
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Sadly, I haven't read much HF this year. In a reading rut, but my IRL book club had Prodigal Summer for June's pick, so I've been making my way through (and enjoying) that. I do have People of the Book and My Antonia that are both staring at me *almost* finished. I'd really like to finish reading them, but it's been so long since I left them, they might need to be started over from the beginning. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2014 2:28 PM ET
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I'm also (re)reading a Kingsolver, Kelly, but Pigs In Heaven not Prodigal Summer.

I finished The Boys in the Boat and highly recommend it - it was really good.

Date Posted: 7/2/2014 5:31 PM ET
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I'm still working on Sharan Newman's Defending the City of God -- I think it's taken me two weeks to read 70 pages -- trying to keep all the players and factions involved during the First Crusade is daunting. I'm just going to accept that I don't know who's who and keep going.

Also listening to The Fiery Cross. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2014 5:45 PM ET
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i just started the second book in Jean Plaidy's series of Charles II.

I will have all 3 of those books and the 3 from the Stuart Saga available soon. ;)

Date Posted: 7/2/2014 5:48 PM ET
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Mimi, let me know what you think of Pigs in Heaven. Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by her? Our book club tried it in the fall and it was a DNF for us all. I think it was just the wrong time of year to get into it. I've been debating trying it again, but I want to read other reviews first. :) This is our second Kingsolver try and I am really wanting to read Bean Trees on my TBR soon.

Date Posted: 7/3/2014 11:19 AM ET
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Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors, and I've read her earlier books multiple times.  I did enjoy Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - that's interesting that your entire Book Club found her to be a DNF.   I have struggled with her two latest books, The Lacuna and Flight Behavior - I don't know if it is her or me. I just re-read The Bean Trees and so thought I'd continue with the sequel, Pigs in Heaven.

Date Posted: 7/4/2014 8:49 PM ET
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Finished the Josephine B. trilogy - loved it!  Not sure how accurate the portrayal of Josephine is but the author did seem to do her homework and all three books were page turners.

Just got The Summer Queen in the mail and started it today. 

Happy 4th!

Date Posted: 7/5/2014 10:50 AM ET
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Finished the new Outlander book, my opinions from mid way through haven't changed. Interesting finish, no cliff hangers, but you want to find out what happened in-between two events. Read a forgettable Harlequin Regency I got from the library, now I've started Bride of the Lion by Elizabeth Stuart - she's always a safe bet for me. Starts 1152.

Date Posted: 7/5/2014 1:49 PM ET
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My most recent reads are quite interesting:  Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin Uncensored by Richard Cole with Richard Trubo and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.  Both books left me with so much food for thought that I feel drained. Understanding what the band endured as they spiraled to fame and fortune explained so much about how all the rumors about the band evolved.  Young men, extremely talented, create and live their dream, happiest only when they were playing their music.  Yes, the author tells it like it was and how band members became addicted to alcohol and drugs.  When the drummer died because of his alcoholism the band literally fell apart.  It was sad. And,  In the Time of the Butterflies, Las Mariposas, three sisters, became folk heroines when they were murdered during their campaign for freedom under the reign of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.  I will long remember them on Nov. 25, the date of their deaths, a day dedicated to fighting violence against women.  The Mirabal sisters were known as the Butterflies, Las Mariposas, their underground code name in the revolution.  The author knew none of the women but, fascinated about their lives, chose to write this story from the viewpoints of each of the four women.  Only one survived as she was not with her sisters when they were murdered. 

After finishing The Aviator's Wife I was prompted to pick up Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Bring Me a Unicorn which shares letters and diary entries from her earlier years.  It ends with her marriage to Charles Lindbergh.  She writes so well.   Her enthusiasm and energy is  evident in this volume.  Quite liked it.  Read The Coffee Trader by David Liss.  This author is on my TBR for this year.  I enjoy his research and stories.  This one was about a rather ordinary trader with an interesting life.  His enemies strive to ruin him, including his jealous younger brother, but his wily ways save the day.  I liked it.  And, I turned next to a Barbara Michaels gothic mystery novel entitled Wait for What Will Come.  Her work is fun to read and she is a most talented writer.  I couldn't stop reading this one till I came to the last page.  Too bad she died this past year.  And, now to the historical mystery, Murder on the Lusitania by Conrad Allen, stimulating little read.   Enjoyed it very much.  Also working on whittling my collection of mysteries by reading two Agatha Christie novels, Evil Under the Sun and Endless Night, both of which were very well done.  I so enjoy Agatha Christie mysteries.  And, I finished a wonderful book called Spin a Silver Dollar by Alberta Hannum.  Picked it up because I was intrigued about the artist known as Little No Shirt.  This book is about his  life as a child, the trading post where he did much of his early art, and the people who loved and helped him.   It includes wonderful color plates of many of his early drawing which are enchanting indeed.  From this read to Laurie King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice.  It's a fun exciting read in which the cases and the relationship between Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are skillfully woven together..  Finally, I have found time to spend reading.  It's been such a busy two months with family and personal life issues that I have found less time to read than I like but that is called life and living to its fullest.  Ah, I can look forward to pushing on into my book shelves to reduce that TBR even more.   Have chosen two fantasy novels that have been on my shelf for a long time:  Temeraire by Naomi Novik, which I have begun twice before and is quite lengthy because it includes the first three of Novik's series, and Jovah's Angel by Sharon Shinn.



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Date Posted: 7/6/2014 11:27 AM ET
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I started reading Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran.

Date Posted: 7/7/2014 10:39 AM ET
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I'm going to begin again on The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham. I got a few chapters in a few weeks ago and put it down - I will pick it up for a second try. It is in the WL box and we're set to begin any minute, so I will need to finish it in case it is claimed. I don't think it's the book - I'm pretty sure it's me. I've had a lot of trouble finishing books lately - I seem to get bored and easily distracted with almost anything I read.

Date Posted: 7/7/2014 6:43 PM ET
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I have finally started The Morland Dynasty and am about half-way through with the first one - The Founding.

It is, as Linda told me it would be, wonderful!

Kelly


 

Date Posted: 7/8/2014 5:22 PM ET
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I like the Morland Dynasty books, Kelly, I'm glad you are enjoying.  I find them a bit hard to find, so I'm only through about five or six.

I am working on the most recently published Game of Thrones book, A Dance with Dragons - I like the characters we are working with better than the fourth, and so far it is a good read.

Date Posted: 7/8/2014 9:25 PM ET
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On an Elizabeth Chadwick kick.  Finished The Summer Queen, her most recent about Eleanor of Aquitaine, which was really good.   And started The Greatest Knight which was on my shelf screaming "pick me, pick me!"

Date Posted: 7/9/2014 9:02 AM ET
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Halfway through the fifth Barker and Llewelyn book, The Black Hand, which is all about the Mafia in Victorian London.  I have a bad feeling someone has checked out the newest one from the library.  Why didn't I grab it first?? 

Date Posted: 7/9/2014 10:09 AM ET
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I'm still stuck in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander world.  I finished the latest book (Written in my Own Heart's Blood) about three weeks ago, but am having a harder time shaking my Outlander "hangover" than I usually do.  So I've catching up on the Outlander novellas  (Diana calls them the :"bulges" in the series.  I think that's kind of funny.)   I finished The Space Between, and now am reading A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows.

I have been listening to audios that aren't part of the Outlander series, and have just started The Garden Intrigue - a Pink Carnation novel by Lauren Willig.   This is one of my favorite series and I'm enjoying catching up with these Napoleonic era aristocratic spies and their adventures.

Date Posted: 7/9/2014 2:19 PM ET
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Wait, Vicky...  Don't you work at the library? Just call the hapless patron who checked out the book and tell him/her to bring it back immediately because it was potentially infected with a deadly virus and you need to de-infect it, a process that will take approximately [fill in with however long it will take you to read the book]. 

Date Posted: 7/9/2014 4:57 PM ET
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Ha, ha.  Deb - don't you know librarians are supposed to do everything "by the book?"

Date Posted: 7/10/2014 8:07 AM ET
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Oh, maybe that's why my dreams of being a librarian never materialized....

Date Posted: 7/10/2014 9:30 PM ET
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Deb devil

Donna laugh

Date Posted: 7/10/2014 10:06 PM ET
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I've just started The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas - so far, so good!

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