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Subject: It's January What Are You Reading!
Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:47 AM ET
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After having read very little last month I am beginning January with a book Cathy sent me Zemindar.  I am sure it will fit in the challenge I just haven't figured out where yet.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:58 AM ET
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Nothing yet--watching the ball drop. I plan to start the year off tomorrow with The Forgotten Garden. One of the books I bought for my ereader with the gift card my children bought me for Christmas. I was going to start it a couple days ago but decided to save it for the new year.

Lots of illegal fireworks going off around my neighborhood...

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 2:18 AM ET
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That was pretty darn good.  Finished my YA novel at the end of last year and now starting my first book of the year......The Lady in the Rivers!

Thought I'd get to her sooner, but this is better.  :D

Happy New Year everyone!

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 7:48 AM ET
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The Grail by Stephen Lawhead is flowing along in typical Lawhead style and I think I will probably like it.  Finished The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell and while I cried at the ending I thought it dragged about two thirds of the way.  And, I liked Juliet by Anne Fortier so very much.  Finished Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage, too.  What an interesting read!.  Doing pretty well at sticking to my challenge reads which is most unusual for me.  It's been hard to write though as I've been sick in bed.  Even reading gets tiresome!   

Ah, what can one say about The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor, a 1001 books before you die listing.  The description, the prose, all of it is done so well.  While the book is melancholy one cannot help admiring the writer's style.  It's amazing.  Finished 1984 by George Orwell for the fantasy challenge and Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne, yes, a romance, an ok read.  Chose this read following the reading of Eugene Onegin by Pushkin as I needed a light relaxing experience.  Read The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien and Stormwalker by Allyson James for the fantasy challenge.  Stormwalker is an exciting, action-packed read that was hard to put down.  Firewalker was almost as much fun as Stormwalker.  Fellowship?  What can I say?  Awesome read.  Finished Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee for the classics challenge.  Done woith Shadow Walker by Allyson James for the fantasy challenge.   Had so much fun with this series.  Read A Misty Mourning by Rett MacPherson, a cozy mystery, very poorly done, and Curtains for Three by Rex Stout for the mystery challenge (don't even give it a chance) and The Windup Girl, a science fiction, for the contemporary challenge.  What a book!  Science fiction can be very good or very bad.  Windup is one of the best.   I do love old mysteries like Curtains.  Can rarely firgure out who the murderer was.  And, I can't forget to mention A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer for Stranger Than Fiction, Biographies and Memoirs challenge.  This good read read is about a man who gives his all to everything he does and never gives up.  It's so inspiring.  Also finished The Secret Scroll by Lynne Ewing and First Test Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce (YA challenge), Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks for the contemporary challenge and A Good Fall by Ha Jin (Stranger Than Fiction, Biographies and Memoirs challenge).  Tamora Pierce created a wonderful heroine when she wrote about Kel wanting to be a knight.



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Date Posted: 1/1/2012 8:26 AM ET
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Happy New Year everyone!

I get to start a new book today...haven't decided which one yet.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 9:39 AM ET
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Jerelyn, you'll love it. Remember to send everyone away and unplug the phone for the last 100 or so pages. I'm reading Silver Storm by Cynthia Wright. It's one of those older romances that's been reissued on Kindle. Currently a freebie (or was yesterday). Not bad, but a bit on the light side which did suit yesterday's mood.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 10:47 AM ET
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I am working my way through Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory.  I would say it is just ok, but this might be my mood right now.  I had tests done on Friday and now waiting for results, I really want to get lost in a good book.  I have a substantial TBR pile, the challenge is finding the right one!  Happy New Year to all, and may 2012 be filled with good books!

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 10:49 AM ET
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Still on my Uhtred kick (Shelley--see new image in my siggy!), so am reading The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell. Am off to pre-order the newest in the Saxon Tales series, which I believe is due out this month.... happy dance!

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 11:13 AM ET
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Happy New Year!!!!

Right now I have just started a mystery by Arthur Upfield about his aboriginal detective Napoleon Bonaparte.

Our New Year goods news is that my granddaughter India is coming home from the hospital today.  She has done superbly with this second back surgery.  Thank you all for positive thoughts and prayers.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 11:43 AM ET
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Oh Becky, that's wonderful news!! So happy for you and your family.

Susan...hope the test results are good news.  Thinking positive thoughts for you...

 

I've spent some time going through wishlists here on the HF forum.  I think I might start reading the books that others are wishing for, and passing them on.  It makes getting rid of books more fun!

So...watch out, everyone!  laugh  You may be offered a book soon!

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 2:09 PM ET
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Yay Becky, happy to read that your granddaughter is doing well :-)

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 3:12 PM ET
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Getting back to The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites.

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Date Posted: 1/1/2012 6:32 PM ET
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Jerelyn, you should be in bed!

I am starting with Eragon, a sci-fi story. You know when you are the only reader your kids always buy you books to read? Well this is my daughters BF gift from Christmas so I have no choice...it's not bad tho. As soon as I can finish I'm reading Here Be Dragons by SKP

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 7:53 PM ET
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I found a HB copy of Lily Cigar at a consignment shop yesterday, so I'll probably start that soon. After that, I'm starting in on WL books so I can get them read and posted--I'm working on rearranging my bookshelves right now, and space is definitely at a premium.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 9:18 PM ET
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I'm finishing up a CF/HF, Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Whitson. The more high-quality HF I read, the more I am irritated by poor writing...or maybe it is poor editing.  This could be a really great story, but it's just so choppy it is driving me crazy!  I am constantly flipping back to see if I missed something, or just wasn't paying attention or what.  Next I will read The March-King's Daughter by EC to pass on to our dear Aimee in the HF swap, so I'm hopeful that it will be a little easier to read.

I've added discussion threads for the 2012 HF Challenge, and updated/re-arranged our Table of Contents thread so we are good to go for the New Year!



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Date Posted: 1/1/2012 11:01 PM ET
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I am starting The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau.

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 10:01 AM ET
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i'm about half way through Unhallowed Ground by Mel Starr and  The Wayward Apprentice by Jason Vail on the Kindle. and i think 

the Unhallowed Ground is the best one of Mel Starr's yet. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 10:55 AM ET
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Another Cornwell reader here! Reading The Archer's Tale, first in his Grail Quest trilogy. I had picked up a romance but discovered I was more in the mood for something realistic and gritty, with adventure and maybe a bit of gallows humor.

As soon as I read the early scene where mocking Frenchmen moon Thomas and his archers from the walls of a fortified town, I knew I'd picked the right book. wink

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 11:10 AM ET
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I read my first 2012 challenge book, Joan Wolf's No Dark Place.  Pretty good.  3 or 4 of 5, depending on how you weigh the history vs the mystery.  Not as good as her dark ages books.  I'll read the sequel, Poisoned Serpent, and then offer them to my fellow PBSers.

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 11:53 AM ET
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John, Mel Starr's series is high on my list for 2012. Glad to hear you are enjoying them
Date Posted: 1/2/2012 12:01 PM ET
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Nice score Aimee. I'm struggling with The Rebel Wife (perhaps it's too literate for me?) and reading a western romance, Never Love a Lawman. It really is a lot of fun, especially the verbal sparring.

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 1:21 PM ET
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Susan, prayers and best wishes for your test results. Keep us posted.

I am working on "A Clash of Kings" by George RR Martin. I'm not usually a fantasty reader, but enjoyed the first one. This one is a slow set up, but I'm getting glimmers that the storyline will be picking up soon, so i'm plugging along.

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 4:05 PM ET
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Felicia J    the Grail quest was the first series after Ken Follett's POTE and World Without End i read they are GREAT!!  

and Christa i have all of Mel Starrs books they get better and better the more he writes i really enjoy them!!

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 4:16 PM ET
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I'm finishing up a CF/HF, Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Whitson. The more high-quality HF I read, the more I am irritated by poor writing...or maybe it is poor editing.  This could be a really great story, but it's just so choppy it is driving me crazy!  I am constantly flipping back to see if I missed something, or just wasn't paying attention or what.

I loved that book, but I totally agree with you that the writing is extremely disjointed.  It is like the original book was twice as long and they made the author edit it to death.  I came to this conclusion at the end when I realized that all the characters were deeper than she was allowed to explain.

I decided to read the four books of the Larry McMurtry series that starts with Sin Killer.  I have all four books and have been looking over them for three years.  I will read them and either keep or post.  All are Large Print.



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Date Posted: 1/2/2012 4:16 PM ET
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Letty, told me to tell you all that  the Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbothan and I am the Choosen King by H.H. for 1.99 and The Greatest Knight by C.H. 1.79 at Amazon Kindle books 

enjoy sorry for the double post

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