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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: It's July, What are you reading?
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 6:35 AM ET
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Lets start our list of July summer reading discussions.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 9:57 AM ET
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I started the second book in Sarah Donati's series, Dawn on a Distant Shore.  Sometimes after I've found a great book by a new author, you wonder later whether it was really as good as I thought.  Within 10 pages of starting this book, it was like, "Oh yes, this IS really, really good." 

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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 9:59 AM ET
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I loved into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore has been sitting on my self. Guess I should start soon. Should be a nice summer read.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 10:28 AM ET
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The Sixth Surrender by  Hana Samek Norton

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 10:51 AM ET
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Sharla and Alice, I devoured Sara Donati's WIlderness series, they are on my list for the best books I read so far this year! 

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 12:33 PM ET
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Still plugging away on Dickens' David Copperfield. As much as I like Dickens, I'm finding this slow-going despite having read it before. Maybe I should have gone with Nicholas Nickleby to have read something new. Oh, well -- I'm enjoying DC-- Dickens does have a wonderful way with words -- it's just taking me a long time to read it -- and it seems even longer because William Marshall, Jamie, and Uhtred are waiting, waiting, waiting....

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 1:12 PM ET
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I'm reading :
Hood (King Raven, #1)
by Stephen R. Lawhead

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 1:54 PM ET
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it seems even longer because William Marshall, Jamie, and Uhtred are waiting, waiting, waiting....

Deb, didn't you see what Shelley said earlier this week??  And I quote...."Uhtred waits for no man....."  Hopefully, he waits for us slow-reading women!

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 2:09 PM ET
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I started reading The Holy Innocents by Kate Sedley.  This is #4 in her Roger the Chapman mystery series.  After this book the rest in her series are really hard to find so I will probably have to stop till I can acquire #5.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 6:15 PM ET
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I am reading I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles.   Work has been wearing me out so much lately I've read a whopping 70 pgs in the last 3 days :(

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 6:27 PM ET
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I've been reading The House at Riverton forever.  I loved her second book The Forgotten Garden, but House . . .  is very slow.  I want to be done with it so I can move on.  I have the next 4 days off so maybe then.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 7:21 PM ET
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I started a really good book today. The Tenderness of Wolves :: Stef Penney

It is set in 1868 Canada. Just grabs you from the start. It won the 2006 Costa Award for book of the year. I can't believe I let it sit on my self this long.

It is her only book to day. It is a historical mystery

Alice

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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 8:13 PM ET
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Alice,

This sounds like a really great book. Are the wolves a significant part of the book? I am an animal lover.  I read a Nevada Barr book last year about a National Park somewhere off Lake Michigan, with the character Anna Pigeon. You know Anna is a park ranger.  Of course, murder and suspense were a large part of the book.

I will check this one out.

Thanks,

Mary

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 8:36 PM ET
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Donna, Sorry to hear Riverton is so slow. I've been wanting to pick it up before the second book. But maybe I'll just dive straight into the Garden. Let us know if it picks up.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 9:02 PM ET
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I'm about halfway through Sweet Passion's Pain by Karen Harper (about Joan of Kent) - it's good, but quite "bodice ripper" ish. And, it has such a cheesy cover and title, I was perfecting my holding it whilst reading at my son's baseball game while not showing the title or the cover :) 

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 10:20 PM ET
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I loved the Forgotten Garden which I also read first.  Riverton went slower, but I still thought it was a good book. 

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 10:20 PM ET
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That is a true art form that we all need to perfect from time to time, Mimi!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 7/2/2010 6:33 AM ET
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Mary I don't know if the wolves are a significant part yet. I am only 50 pages into it. I am thinking they will be if I have an idea where the story is heading. Nevada Barr writes wonderful stories about National parks they are always good reads. If you like animals try the Suzanne Arruda historical mystery series I picked up they are all in Africa. Wonderful descritpions of animals Set post WWI. Nice historical mysteryies.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 9:08 AM ET
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I'm reading "The Tailor's Daughter" by Janice Graham. This is one of the books I posted to my shelf after having read just the first chapter, but it got requested so I decided to read a bit more and now I'm hooked. Better read fast. I decided to post it because it's written in first person and I usually don't care for that much. This has turned out to be surprisingly good though. It has a very unusual heroine; a deaf girl.

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 10:37 AM ET
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Sara Donati is once again proving impossible to put down.  I read way too late last night.  I think ... maybe ... I just  MIGHT  ...  possibly ... like Elizabeth and her Nathanial better Gabaldon's Claire and Jaime.  Sacrilege ... treason ... I know.  (Ducking and hiding.)



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Date Posted: 7/2/2010 11:21 AM ET
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Sharla, you don't have to duck or hide from me.  I like Elizabeth and Nathaniel better too.  In fact, I much prefer the Wilderness series when viewed as a whole.  I really liked Outlander when I read it years ago, but got tired of the series by about the 3rd or 4th book, and quit it.  I never tired of the Donati books.

Valli, I read The Tailor's Daughter last year and really enjoyed it.

 

Linda

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 11:38 AM ET
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I'm with Jerelyn.  I couldn't read the Donati books because I was too stuck in Outlander-land.  

Finished Adam & Eve and I'm glad it's done.  It is a true WTF book with really deep, beautiful descriptions that unfortunately distract you from the convoluted storyline...  

With that said, anyone want the ARC?  Hehe.

Finally started my HUGE, brand new, eye-tearing bright green Gabaldon book, "Echo in the Bone".  =)  I've already burned last night's chicken because of this book.  Hubby should expect that.  He's been eyeing the big green book with dread.  =)

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 7/2/2010 1:17 PM ET
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Alice,

Thanks, I will try Suzanne Arruda.

Mary

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 2:38 PM ET
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I've been rather disappointed with the last two Outlander books; neither of them kept me up late reading.  And I think that may have diminished my overall appreciation of and attachment to Claire and Jaime.  (More Claire than Jaime, though).  I wonder if I'd feel differently about it if I'd read the Wilderness series after Fiery Cross, but before Breath of Snow and Ashes.   Regardless, I'm going to space out Wilderness--wait at least a couple months between each.  I do NOT want to burn out on it. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 2:58 PM ET
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I finished BC's The Burning Land it was great but  I was very sad too.  Now how long until the next instalment, has anyone heard?

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