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Subject: It's June, what are you reading?
Date Posted: 6/1/2014 1:12 PM ET
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Notorious by Patricia Potter. A wallpaper western romance.

Date Posted: 6/1/2014 2:59 PM ET
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The House at Sunset, by norah Lofts- the 3rd house book.  I love these books!!  I'm borrowing it from the kindle lending library through amazon prime. 

Date Posted: 6/1/2014 6:47 PM ET
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I finished The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig  this morning.   Glad I gave it another chance, because this time I really enjoyed it and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it.     Here a link to my review on PBS:  The Ashford Affair

I'm using this for the Family Feud category of the Historical Fiction challenge, because one of the main plots was the sometimes contentious relationship between two cousins.

Now I'm on to a contemporary fiction for my bookclub meeting this week - Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende.



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Date Posted: 6/2/2014 7:49 AM ET
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Happy June, everyone!  

I'm going back to HF with Will Thomas.  I picked up "Some Danger Involved" to refresh my memory on the characters before starting book 3 in the series, and I'm 100 pages in!  Guess this is a re-read for me. laugh  I enjoy his writing so much, and this first book in the series is such fun as Barker and Llewelyn get to know one another.  

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 2:15 PM ET
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I'm almost done with the second of the Josephine Bonaparte books by Sandra Gulland, "Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe." - I haven't read the first one, but I just ordered it to go back and read - I'm really enjoying the book.

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 2:22 PM ET
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I started Silverswept by Linda Ladd last night, War of 1812. It's a romance, but so far so good. I also just downloaded from library Tomorrow is Forever by Gwen Bristow and Fortune's Bride by Roberta Gellis. Two purchase suggestions that just came true. For those of you whose libraries get digital titles via Overdrive, holler if you haven't found the suggest purchase options. I'm stalking that site daily watching for Gabaldon's new book to show up. If I time it right, I'll be in the #1 position on the hold list.

Date Posted: 6/5/2014 4:34 PM ET
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Mimi, I loved the Josephine Bonaparte books.  I read them years ago, one right after another.

I'm reading The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn and listening to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.  I still have the large floaty in my eye, so reading is difficult.  Thank god for Audible!

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Date Posted: 6/6/2014 7:13 AM ET
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I finished  The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley. I really liked some of her other books Winter Sea, Marianna. This book is the same style going back in the past some and future. It was writing earlier in her career, 1999. I don't think she was as polished of writer as she is now. It was okay not great.

Date Posted: 6/6/2014 10:53 AM ET
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@ Alice. I tried that once and couldn't get into it, but I'm not fond of Roman Britain. The young boy the book (Robby?) is the lead character in The Firebird.

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Date Posted: 6/6/2014 4:57 PM ET
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I didn't like Firebird either

Date Posted: 6/6/2014 5:55 PM ET
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Mimi, I loved the Josephine Bonaparte books.  I read them years ago, one right after another.

I am glad to hear they are all good - I was definitely impressed by the middle one :)   It made me Wikipedia her life as I knew very little, I realize.

I am working on a Michael Chrichton, Timeline, about time travel, the historical part is in 14th Century France. I'm about half-way through and enjoying the ride.

Date Posted: 6/6/2014 11:31 PM ET
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I will probably finish The Anatomist's Wife by Ann Lee Huber tonight . Anyone else read this? Thoughts?

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 6/7/2014 7:58 AM ET
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Kelly, I read The Anatomist's Wife awhile and liked it. I thought it was a nice historical mystery and well written.

Date Posted: 6/7/2014 10:05 AM ET
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I liked it a lot, have read the second book as well. The third book is coming out in a few weeks. The author is developing the romance very slowly, but I do like the mysteries.

Date Posted: 6/8/2014 12:15 PM ET
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Mimi, I am a plus one to Donna's comments re: the Sandra Gulland trilogy. LOVED them! Also read them back to back. Excellent historical fiction.

I finished The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber and it gets a solid 3/5 for me. Comments are in the Challenge Discussion thread.

Now, I think I'm going back to Patriot Hearts by Barbara Hambly. I am not too far into it yet, but what I've read I'm really enjoying.

Kelly

 





 

Date Posted: 6/9/2014 10:24 AM ET
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Kelly,  I have Patriot Hearts on Mt TBR and look forward to reading it someday.   I have read the first in both of the American historical mystery series that are written by Barbara Hambly (aka Barbara Hamilton) - the Abigail Adams series in colonial Boston and the Benjamin January series set in 1830's New Orleans.   This author seems to really know her history, because both books were chock full of it.  I plan to read more in each series.  Interestingly, she also writes Star Wars and other SciFi books.

Date Posted: 6/9/2014 10:26 AM ET
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Over the weekend I read two contemporary romance novels, but today I'm diving back into historical fiction.   Today I plan to do a thorough skim of Outlander #7 (An Echo in the Bone) to reaquaint myself with all of the key events and characters in that book.  And then tomorrow at lunch, I'll drop by B&N to pick up #8 Written in My Own Heart's Blood!

Date Posted: 6/9/2014 12:11 PM ET
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Hello!  Happy June to all!  As usual, not as much time to read as I'd like, but we'll start going to the lake every weekend here soon, so I'm hoping that will allow for more reading.

I finished The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas last week.  Eh.  A bit more romance and not enough "history" for me.  It's also a mystery, and as we all know, I am not the world's biggest mystery fan.  I'm sure that someone who enjoys some mystery and romance in their HF would really enjoy it.

I started reading Burial Rights by Hannah Kent the other night.  I won this book from the lovely Alice in the current HF game she has going.  Thank you, Alice!  This one is going to be depressing, but I think it will be good.  Also, it's a new-to-me time period/place - Iceland in the late 1800s.  I'm thinking "bleak" is the best word to describe the setting.  LOL!

Still listening to Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd, and loving every minute of it.

Date Posted: 6/10/2014 12:49 AM ET
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Hi ya'll well it is just about midnight and I am waiting For Diana Gabaldon's Written in My Own Heart's Blood. to appear in  my Audible library.  It's already been released on e-book, and I've had to hold myself back from ordering it. My youngest who now lives in Scottsdale is going to the book launch tomorrow and is meeting up with a couple of PBS'ers. L is getting me a signed copy and hopefully she will also get a photo with DG.

I've not been around much, so I'd like to say hello, and I miss you all very much.

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Date Posted: 6/10/2014 7:33 AM ET
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Shelley it is an interesting time period but the story is bleak. It would be tough living in Northeast  Iceland.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/10/2014 9:07 AM ET
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Lynne,

Good info re: Barbara Hambly! I didn't know she wrote under another name, nor have I ever heard of the two mystery series you mentioned! Mom & I will check into those. I am enjoying Patriot Hearts ...  I agree with you re: her historical knowledge! And, she rolls it all into an engaging writing style that makes her books easy to read.

Kelly

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I've started Sovereign, the third Matthew Shardlake book by C. J. Sansom.

Date Posted: 6/11/2014 10:03 AM ET
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You're very welcome Kelly!  Here's a link to Barbara Hambly's page on www.StopYoureKillingMe.com, that has all books in both of her historical mystery series on it:  Barbara Hambly Historical Mysteries

As for me, I picked up Outlander #8 (aka Written in My Own Hearts Blood) yesterday over lunch at B&N.  My intention was to read a little over lunch yesterday, then leave work as soon as possible (my normal quitting time is 4:00PM) and read, read read last night and all day today.  (I took the day off today for that express purpose.)   But unfortunately yesterday ended up being a VERY busy day at work and two of my co-workers called in sick.    So I didn't get out of work until 6PM, and when I did get home I was exhausted.   I tried reading, but only made to about page 25 before falling asleep.    And this morning I'm restless and distracted and can't seem to concentrate on reading.    I'm now all the way up to page 46!   Pretty sure I'm not finishing this over 800 page book today LOL.


 

Date Posted: 6/11/2014 3:56 PM ET
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Kelly - thanks for the +1 on the Josephine series - I'm eagerly anticipating the arrival of the first one (because I'm oh so close to being out of books to read, naturally :) )

I just finished the first book in an historical saga series about 20th century US The Dawn of the Century - I have read the English history series by Philippa Carr, and several of the Moreland books by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, but never done one that took me through US history, so I'm looking forward to continuing the series, if they remain as strong as the first.

I just started a contemporary fiction Faith by Jennifer Haigh - I've read a couple of other books by her, enjoyed but not loved.

Date Posted: 6/11/2014 5:06 PM ET
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Ah, it's fun reading what all of you are reading.  Many of these books are on my shelves so it's time to get going.  I have long enjoyed Barbara Hambly's work and have several of her books yet to read.  Patriot Hearts and  Sarum are on my shelf, too.  

So what am I reading?  Just finished the third in a YA science fiction series I enjoy - Cress, and the next to come is Winter.  Is anyone else reading these?  Cinder and Scarlet were the first two.  Anyway I'm anxious to see when the wicked queen of Luna will get hers.  For HF, I'm into Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander and have to get back to The Chaperone.  It's been a busy month - lots of gardening (one of my favorite activities), helping a daughter paint her new house, pack and move stuff from her old house to the new.  Too bad she lives a day away.  It's hard to get anything done the first and last day!

Read The Judas Kiss by Victoria Holt, a romantic suspense, earlier this month and enjoyed it.  Entertaining.  Just finishing The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  The novel is told by two women, Handful, a slave, and Sarah, an unconventional daughter of a southern gentleman.  



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