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Subject: It's January, what are you reading?
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 7:30 AM ET
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I am reading my first mystery for the challenge. A Better Quality of Murder by Ann Granger. Victorian setting so far so good, of course I just realized that it is the 3rd or 4th in the series.  ~Sigh~ when will I learn to check first.

Also after YEARS on my TBR I am reading The Devil's Company by David Liss, I am not certain where I will put it on my H/F Challenge.



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Date Posted: 1/1/2013 7:43 AM ET
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I stuck to my vow of getting some contemporary fiction out of the way during the end of 2012.  (Go me).  But now I've been sucked into Martha Grimes' series about Richard Jury.  So I'm reading #4 The Dirty Duck. (Letty, I HATE finding a book only to realize it's a series...and not the first one!) 

I want to do the Mystery challenge as well, so I'm hoping Jury fits in there somewhere.  

 

 

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 8:08 AM ET
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Started The Shoemaker's Wife and enjoying it so far.

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I am reading The Huntress, by Susan Carroll, #4 in the Dark Queen series.   I really like this series-- and there's still two more to read.  

It is such a relief and basically brain candy-- after just completing To Lie With Lions and Queens' Play by Dorothy Dunnett. smiley

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I'm about to finish The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth (River of Darkness). It doesn't quite stand up to River of Darkness, but ROD was a tough book to follow. Still enjoyable at about 3.5 or 4 stars.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 8:21 AM ET
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RIver of Darkness is on my list for this year, I just don't know why I haven't picked it up yet, I should listen to Jeanne and Genie I suppose.blush

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 10:22 AM ET
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I'm starting Anne of Green Gables on my Nook and then the highly recommended, Doc, by Mary Doria Russell. I had started Mistress of the Art of Death on audio before Christmas, but I might just restart it because I got through the first disc and really don't know who's who or what's going on. I was wrapping gifts as I listened, and must have been spacing out quite a bit. LOL
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 10:29 AM ET
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I read a lot of heavy stuff towards the end of the year, so I'm going light for a bit.  The next Stephanie Plum and then the next Women's Murder Club.  Those will both be quick easy reads AND catch me up on two more series!  Then I'll dive in to some challenge books.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 10:44 AM ET
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Well, I've picked up The Dark Monk by Oliver Potzsch which is the second in the Hangman's series and I see it will fit in the historical mystery challenge. What does that say about the coming year - that my first book is the first in the "Bad Luck" category? I enjoy the characters in these books but whoever did the translation uses too many comtemporary phrases (e.g. "smart aleck"). Still, I'm overlooking it since many events actually make me laugh out loud so, for me , this is a light read.

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Date Posted: 1/1/2013 10:46 AM ET
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Happy New Year everyone,

I picked up a YA dystopian novel that is quite good.  Masque of the Red Death :: Bethany Griffin Okay so I really liked the cover but the story is good too!!! I am a cover art junkie (I buy wine because of pretty wine labels too)

Alice

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 11:15 AM ET
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I just started Tnagled Dreams by Julie Tetel. Georgian period, arranged marriage. It's actually starting off quite well, good writing and realistic characters. Also getting ready to start Madam Will you Talk by Mary Stewart for a large buddy read at Goodreads. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 11:21 AM ET
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  • Six of the books for this month are HF  - Murder on the Leviathan by Boris Akunin, The Snake Stone, A Northern Light, The Rose Rent, The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman,and To the Tower Born by Robin Maxwell.  Have decided to double post where I can so I have more freedom to read what strikes my fancy.  In the past two years I have chosen different books for each challenge I chose.  Kept me tied to my lists even though I made changes where I could.

Finished the science fiction Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey which is getting rave reviews.  It is so well done if a bit long.  Also read I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui which reminds us that life in some countries is far different for women then in the U.S.  A tragic reminder about life in another culture for a young girl who grows up quickly.  Some tribes in her country consider marrying a female as young as nine as a privilege.  However, this Nujood is determined to live out her childhood while making a very grown up decision to seek a divorce.  City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, library copy, is done but I am beginning to get a bit tired or the series.  Same scenarios with just a different twist.    Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong was an awesome read.  It took me awhile to get used to it but I found that I loved the book as it went into the last 100 pages.  Great, great read.  And, The Lost Wife was wonderful - a romance written in a poetic, lyrical way that charges the heart.  For you romance lovers, do pick this one up.  It's outstanding and several of the characters are based on real people.

Continuing with Country Driving A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler and Calling on Dragons by Patricia Wrede.   Me, the Missing and the Dead by Jenny Valentine is an excellent read.  I so enjoyed this novel that I gave it four stars.  Perhaps it should have been five.  Have to think about it for a bit.  Barrack Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling, was entertaining and interesting.  Murder on the Leviathan was a good read but I enjoyed The Winter Queen more.  Chose to read Downhill Lies and Other Falsehoods (golf) by Rex Lardner because my sister and some friends are into golf.  I've never played the game.  Enjoyed some of the history and explanation of terms but the humor was a bit overdone for me.  2 stars.  Bridge of Dreams by Anne Bishop is very good but it does have a few flaws.  Nevertheless, I like Anne Bishop's writing so much that I am glad that I read it and will read theso next one she publishes.  Read A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, an HF that I  really liked.  It's sad but so well done.  I have mixed feelings about To The Tower Born.  Enjoyed the story but I just don't know how I feel deep down.  So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld is interessting but I wouldn 't recommend it.  The author has done much better books. Also read The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon, a Hugo award winner, for the fantasy challenge.  It's quite good but it would certainly help the reader to understand Yiddish.  It's a mystery, a science fiction/fantasy and a romance rolled into one.  Finished Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, another Hugo Award winner, which I wanted to read for years but never got around to reading.  The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin, the last in a series I've been reading by this author.  It's soo good.  If you like mysteries set in exotic countries you may enjoy his writing as much as I do.  So much detail and so complex.  Read America Street A Multicultural Anthology of Stories edited by Anne Mazur for the YA challenge which was was quite interesting!   Also read Dealing with Dragons and Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede for the fantasy challenge for which I've chosen the character theme of dragons.  It's the first in The Enchanged Forest Chronicles series.   Yes, a YA book by an author a thirteen-ear-old in our family loves.  And, since I've been so busy the past couple of months I need to catch up on my reviews/comments on those I have finished!

 

 

Fantasy challenge: 3; Contemporary, 1; YA, 1; 



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Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:25 PM ET
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I'm reading CF, Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall. It's set in the early 1800's. A runaway slave that can pass for white falls for a plantation owners son. It's a little on the romancy side, but I'm enjoing it. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 2:18 PM ET
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Jill, I have a couple of Tyndalls's books on my shelf but have not read any by her. Glad to hear you are enjoying this one!
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 4:06 PM ET
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Jerelyn, have you read (& did you enjoy) the first two Benjamin Weaver novels? Linda has read the first one (A Conspiracy of Paper) and it's on my short list for 2013. We now have all three so maybe I can get the entire trilogy read this year!

I'm still reading Jubilee Trail (Gwen Bristow). 

Kelly

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 5:22 PM ET
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Kelly,  I am reading the Liss books out of order,  I read Whisky Rebels 3 or 4 years ago and now I reading Devil's Company mainly because I am interested in the East India Company's history.  I plan on reading the Coffee Trader and Conspiracy of Papers at some point. 

As I recall I found Whisky Rebels rather dry, and that it dragged a bit. I am still in the first chapter of Devil's Company, so I have no opinion as of yet.

I just finished A Better Quality of Murder and it is quite good. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 6:10 PM ET
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The Anatomist's Apprentice. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 8:38 PM ET
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The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot, about the sisters from Provence, Marguerite and Eleanor, who married the kings of France and England respectively in the 13th century.  I noticed it on several 'Best of 2012' lists, and I am enjoying it.

Linda

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 9:54 PM ET
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I finished Veil of Pearls tonight. It was a nice satisfying read. Pretty predictable, but good enough that I will read more by this author.

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Date Posted: 1/1/2013 9:55 PM ET
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I want to read a book for the challenge but I am in a picky mood. I want to read about someone I have never read about before. I found this one on my shelf

 
It is about Queen Margaret of Scottland.  Should fit many categories in our challenge. The most obvious is the Queen category. First two chapters are good so far.
 
Alice
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 6:44 AM ET
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Alice, I read Queen Hereafter  about a year ago and really enjoyed it.  She was an amazing woman.

Linda



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Date Posted: 1/2/2013 7:38 AM ET
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@Letty, you should definitely listen to Jeanne and me. LOL.

@Alice, I enjoyed Queen Hereafter, but not as much as Lady Macbeth.

I started Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva. I've enjoyed the Gabriel Allon series from the beginning. I'm not sure I can read all of them before the end of the year to qualify for Christa's challenge. But they are always enjoyable.

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 9:49 AM ET
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I started re-reading SKP's When Christ and His Saints Slept as a group read over on SKP's FB fan page.  They're only reading two chapters a week, so I'll be reading this probably one day a week for the next few months. 

 

 

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 9:52 AM ET
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Alice, I really enjoyed Queen Hereafter. Queen Margaret was quite a woman!

Genie, I'll have to put Lady Macbeth on my short list - thanks!

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 10:07 AM ET
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@Letty, you should definitely listen to Jeanne and me. LOL.

Actually, you should listen to me -- what do I have to do to get you all to read series in order?? Do I really need to get the wet noodle out? Well, enjoy -- Benjamin Weaver is an interesting character to hang out with.

Oh, Vicky -- I envy you your second go-round with Richard Jury --  love him.

I`m starting the year off with The First Man in Rome -- a book that many of you have highly recommended. But, boy oh boy, talk about complicated genealogy and politics -- I`m only on p. 35 and already flipping back and forth to the glossary and list of characters. Should have paid more attention in my Ancient History classes!

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