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Subject: Ho ho ho! It's December! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:50 AM ET
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I'm between books at the moment and indecisive about what to pick up next, but what are you all reading?

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:30 AM ET
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Stayed up late AGAIN reading I, Mona Lisa.  I'm exhausted!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:42 AM ET
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I'm still reading Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell.  Hoping to finish it in the next day or two.  Then I'm going to read the book for my one uncompleted 2009 HF Challenge, which is the book on Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir (for the non-fiction category). 

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Date Posted: 12/1/2009 10:37 AM ET
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I am actually reading one of my favorite mystery authors, Aaron Elkins, right now. The book is Icy Clutches and is set in Alaska. Wonderful story. I love all his books. He has my favorite all time mystery novel award, Old Bones. I think it won the Edgar award that year. If you like mysteries that is an excellent book.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 10:56 AM ET
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Today we start reading a Christmas Carol,  I do this each year beginning on Dec. 1st  My girls now 23 and 21 will come home from school/work and we all snuggle into my bed and begin to read  a bit each night the boys drift in and out. Last year I had 2 grown girls 3 grown men, me, my husband, 4 cats,and a dog on or in or near  the bed by the Christmas Eve Finale.    Other than that I am reading a romance, nothing heavy as I have sewing and other projects that are eating into my reading time.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2009 11:11 AM ET
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Just finished The Last Kingdom by Cornwell (which I liked a lot) and am now back to Dunnett's last Lymond book, Checkmate, which I put down a couple weeks ago to read a couple express (i.e., non-renewable) library books. I do love Lymond -- but he's so complicated....



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Date Posted: 12/1/2009 11:20 AM ET
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Alice, after reading your post, I looked at Old Bones on Amazon.  It does indeed sound intriguing, and I think I'd like to try it, but I noticed it is book 4 of the series.  Can it stand alone, or do I need to start with book 1?

Linda

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 12:28 PM ET
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I started Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro to satisfy the "Y" in my  09 alphabet author challenge.  It is boring me to tears so far so I put it down and picked up Sky Burial by Xinran (which satisfies the "X" requirement for the alphabet author challenge).  I'm finding that one much more interesting and its short too :)

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 1:30 PM ET
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Sky Burial by Xinran (which satisfies the "X" requirement for the alphabet author challenge).

I read that, it was really good!

Last night, I started a non-fiction book The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England 1400-1580 by Eamon Duffy.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 2:15 PM ET
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I'm still reading Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell, but I haven't had time to read in over a week.  I think I may drop this and finish it next year for the V in the alphabet challenge.  Looking over my wishlist and reminder lists, it's the only V I see, so ... I don't know what I'll read when I next have a chance.  I'm getting impatient for the 2010 challenge to begin!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 4:06 PM ET
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Sharz - Funny!  We're reading the same thing!  I'm going to finish Vagabond, and I intended to read the third book in the series, Heretic, before the end of the year as one of my personal reading goals for this year was to complete the series.  However, I've got the Eleanor of Aquitaine Book by Weir to read for my last 2009 HF Challenge (non-fiction), and I've also got an Elizabeth Chadwick coming from the library, so I may hold off on Heretic until January and then use it for the 2010 Challenge goal for reading a second or subsequent book in a series.  Are you enjoying it?  I like Vagabond better than the first one.  Less battle scenes! 

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:01 PM ET
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I loved Archer's Tale.  Not quite as much as the Uhtred series, but enough that I wanted to keep the whole series in the nice, new tradepaper covers, and so traded away the mmpb I received through PBS and bought the series new from Amazon.  I didn't want to wait for the WL for those covers, even though I was at 1 or 2 -- they didn't freaking MOVE!  I will definitely read both Vagabond and Heretic in 2010 -- I think Heretic is my H in the PBS 2010 HF alpha challenge.  I'm liking Vagabond, just don't have time to read right now.

My last book for the 2009 HF Challenge is on its way (the murder category) so that will probably be next if it arrives shortly.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:07 PM ET
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Still working on The Loves of Charles II by Jean Plaidy. I'm almost through the 2nd novel in the compilation, A Health Unto His Majesty. I went to bed last night at 11pm, absolutely exhausted and certain I'd only read for a few minutes. I finally turned the light off at 1am! Eeep!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:21 PM ET
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I'm reading   Hand of Isis :: Jo Graham.  I'm really enjoying it because it is a combonation of my two favorite genres, historical fiction and paranormal.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 6:23 PM ET
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Posie Greame Evans. I'm on the first book The Innocent and I'm really enjoying it. I have the second in the series but I'm looking for the third.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 6:53 PM ET
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I am reading The Book Thief.  I moved it to the top of my TBR pile when I saw it is heavily wishlisted.  It's compelling and written well, but so very sad.  After this I want to find a more cheerful book for the Christmas season.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:43 PM ET
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Judy, I really liked Black Ships by the same author. I'd be interested to hear if you like Hand of Isis when you finish it.

I'm finishing up The White by Deborah Larsen, which is about the life of Mary Jemison. It's interesting and a fast read. But Mary's character seems one-dimensional to me. Has anyone else read this book?

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:01 PM ET
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I'm finishing up The White by Deborah Larsen, which is about the life of Mary Jemison. It's interesting and a fast read. But Mary's character seems one-dimensional to me. Has anyone else read this book?

No, but I really want to. I had a YA Book as a kid about Mary Jemison, and it was fascinating - I read it again and again (and actually, it might have not even been my book, just the book of a friend as I think about it)

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:22 PM ET
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I am STILL trudging through The Travels of Marco Polo, but that's because I have had no time to read in 3 or 4 weeks--but I have some upcoming flying time and so will likely finish that quickly and begin Aztec Blood, third in the Jennings quartet that I am working to read all of.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 7:46 AM ET
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Mimi, I'm happy to send it to you when I finish it, which should be this week. No pressure. I'm sure there are copies available. I wouldn't necessarily classify this one as YA. Some of its descriptions are gruesome and some of the thoughts are deep. However, a mature 12-year-old could read and understand it.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 11:01 AM ET
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Ooooh, Genie, that'd be awesome. I think it's on my Reminder List.  It's ok if it isn't YA, I just remember a YA fondly about her.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 11:48 AM ET
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I'm reading Everlasting by Kathleen Woodiwiss, a historical romance to finish off the "Headless Ladies" category and then my 2009 challenge is finished.  I feel kind of sad about this book.  It really isn't very good, but it was the last book written by this author as she died of cancer I believe, not too long ago.   I had loved some of her earlier historical romances and  Ms. Woodiwiss was the first "romance" author I ever read. I have kind of a soft spot in my heart for her because of that and the fact that she was from Minnesota (where I live).

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 12:00 PM ET
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Judy - I read Hand of Isis earlier this year and thought it was pretty good.

I'm currently reading Desire the Kingdom by Paula Zabka (about Richard III)

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 12:15 PM ET
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Mimi, is the book you are thinking of Indian Captive, The Life of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski? I just read it a couple of weeks ago and thought it was good for that age range (9-12).

My son and I are currently reading a WW2 children's book called Someone Named Eva by Wolf. Very interesting HF account of the german invasion of Czechoslovakia. Children with Aryan characteristics (blonde hair, blue eyes) were taken from their parents to a "camp" where they were renamed with German names, taught to speak German only, and trained to become the perfect German citizens. The parents and children without Aryan characteristics were murdered or taken to work camps.

If anyone ever has questions about children's HF books, I have read dozens in the past 5 years as a Battle of the Books coach. While I enjoy coaching I am looking forward to reading some adult fare as soon as I read all of the required books for this year.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 12:45 PM ET
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Mimi, is the book you are thinking of Indian Captive, The Life of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski? I just read it a couple of weeks ago and thought it was good for that age range (9-12).

Yes! Thank you! And, I always remember Lois Lenski's books fondly anyway. Awesome, I may have to put that on my tbr!

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