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Subject: Historical Fiction We Are Reading in July
Date Posted: 7/1/2016 7:10 PM ET
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I just started Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi - a new release about two half sisters born in 18th century Ghana. The book follows their very different life paths and those of their descendents up until the present. I'll keep you posted!

Date Posted: 7/2/2016 8:46 AM ET
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Finished The Bone Is Pointed by Arthur W. Upfield.  It's a great read and quite different from the normal run of mystery books. Yes, with this read I have finished the HF mystery challenge but I want to thank whoever it was who suggest this author to me.  I am about to look for other books by him.  If they are as good as this one I'm in for a real treat.

Date Posted: 7/2/2016 10:12 AM ET
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Way to go, R E K!

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2016 11:41 AM ET
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I've started Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris and yes whomever said the series improves as it goes on was correct!



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Date Posted: 7/2/2016 2:07 PM ET
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I started Murder on Black Friday (Gilded Age, Bk 4) :: P. B. Ryan

Love this series. It is set in 1869 Boston. A few weeks ago some friends and I went around Boston and looked at the Brownstones were they all lived. Lovely period peace but I commend you start from the begining.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/4/2016 9:54 AM ET
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Congratulations R.E.K.! I love the Upfield books and have read many of them - still have some to go yet. Bony is quite the character!

I just finished a book I got for my Kindle titled Enza by Kristy K. James. It's about the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. Here is my review:

This was a wonderful but painful read for me. Approximately the first half of this book deals with life in a small Michigan town in the early 1900's. WWI is raging but life goes on. The characters in this book are engaging and very well developed. As the Spanish Influenza makes it's way around the world, one wonders if it will affect this lovely little town. 

Since I knew very little about the effects of this pandemic, this was an education for me. I will not continue for fear of spoilers but suffice it to say that I loved this book and zipped through it in one day since I could hardly bring myself to put it down. This author definitely has a talent for bringing you right into the lives of her characters, the setting and the events. Highly recommended. 4.5 stars

Date Posted: 7/5/2016 7:38 AM ET
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It was you Jeanne!  Thanks for reminding me!  So enjoyed my first Upfield book and have ordered two more.

Date Posted: 7/5/2016 12:24 PM ET
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I had a rare two days off in a row and spent both of them reading the monstrous book 5 of the Outlander series The Fiery Cross.  Now on to The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader.

Date Posted: 7/5/2016 6:05 PM ET
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Hi All --- The book Jeanne mentions, "Enza", is available for Kindle for $2.99.

Date Posted: 7/6/2016 1:24 PM ET
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Finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - a literary, historical novel that transverses 300 years following the descendents of sisters in Ghana. It begins during the slave trade along the Gold Coast with the two sisters and follows their respective descendents in Ghana and America. Each chapter tells the story of one descendant and how his or her life has been shaped by historical forces as well as the decisions made by those who came before. A solid but difficult read due to the subject matter focusing on slavery and its aftermath. I gave it 4 stars.

Date Posted: 7/7/2016 1:54 PM ET
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I started re-reading the Fremont Jones series by Dianne Day. It is very difficult to downsize without re-reading everything (and keeping ALL books), but I have to limit what we will put into storage. no



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Date Posted: 7/12/2016 12:02 AM ET
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Well.....I may be in trouble.  Half Price Books is having a coupon sale all week.  I went to one of the nearby stores tonight.  I was good.  Only brought home 3 books!  But.....if I do the same thing every night?  Another 21 books (or more) in the stacks.  SIGH

All 3 were HF.  Circling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain, Dreaming Death: A Palace of Dreams Novel by J Kathleen Cheney, and Chapelwood: The Borden Dispatches by Cherie Priest.

Date Posted: 7/13/2016 9:15 AM ET
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Ah, I found a copy of The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes and am enjoying it very much.  Took my copy to a family event and misplaced it.  It has yet to be discovered so I ordered a copy by interlibrary loan since I liked what I had read so far!   Wonder if my copy will ever show up.  Barnes is a new author for me but if this one is as good as it appears now I will have to look at her other work.



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Date Posted: 7/14/2016 10:57 AM ET
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As I posted in the May topic (have no idea how I ended up there! surprise), I am currently about halfway through:

Good King Harry (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

by Giardina, Denise

It is VERY small font, so I am slowly enjoying the future king's perspective very much!  Debbie

Date Posted: 7/14/2016 11:11 AM ET
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Oh Deb - that very small font is beyond me these days! I admire your perseverance. Hope all is well with you and the family!!!

Date Posted: 7/15/2016 10:30 AM ET
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Oh my goodness, I kept posting on the May thread! Not sure how I missed that TWICE, lol. So sorry, carry on! angel

Date Posted: 7/15/2016 4:56 PM ET
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REK,  The Tudor Rose was one of the first historical fiction novels I read -- when it was first published back in the 50s when I was in HS.

Date Posted: 7/16/2016 7:50 AM ET
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Kelly:  Have you read any of her other books?  This one was a very good read and I enjoyed it.  What did you think?



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Date Posted: 7/18/2016 10:11 AM ET
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I finished Good King Harry and found it very interesting. Not too many books address the reluctance of a prince-to-be-king! I also finished Watermark http://www.paperbackswap.com/Watermark-Novel-Middle-Vanitha-Sankaran/book/0061849278/  which I thought was really good too.

Getting a lot of reading done, when I really should be working to get the house ready to sell laugh
Debbie



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Date Posted: 7/18/2016 11:31 AM ET
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Debbie - are you moving very far away??

I am currently reading the most recent in The Gower Street Detective series by M R C Kasasian - title is The Secrets of Gaslight Lane. 

This is the craziest HM that I think I've ever read and it's so nice for a change to have something so serious as MURDER make me laugh out loud.

Date Posted: 7/19/2016 8:43 AM ET
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Jeanne we are staying in Vermont, downsizing & paying off student loans by moving in and sharing expenses with my sister cheeky. Our plan is to purchase a good garden site laugh that we can put a modular-solar home on. In the interim, I may follow your lead and find historical murder mysteries that I can laugh at!

Date Posted: 7/19/2016 9:34 AM ET
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Sounds like a very doable and practical plan, Debbie! As for this series I've been reading I would suggest you read them in order to make the best sense of them. Beware though - they aren't for everyone. It might just be my warped sense of humor that does it for me - LOL

Date Posted: 7/19/2016 2:15 PM ET
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Just finished The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Randel.  This and the 1st book were both really good but I think the first one was just a tad bit better.  Now speeding through a YA-City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare and then it will be on to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.  After I finish that one I get to do the walk of shame into the library to let them know I accidentally spilled Kool-aid on it.  sad

Date Posted: 7/19/2016 9:19 PM ET
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Uh oh, Holly.

I am reading a non-HF fluff Chick Lit, but recently finished O Juliet by Robin Maxwell. I liked how it drew on several sources, not just the most famous play. 

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Date Posted: 7/21/2016 7:36 AM ET
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I am reading A Shocking Assassination: A Reverend Mother mystery set in 1920s' Ireland :: Cora Harrison

This is Ms Harrison's new series. Very enjoyable this one is set in 1923 Cork, Irelan. I enjoy Reverend Mother Category

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