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Subject: June - You're Reading WHAT This Month???
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:06 AM ET
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LOL!  No one started a new thread yet?  Well, here it is.

I'm still reading The Terror by Dan Simmons.  A bit slow-going in spots, but intriguing enough to keep me going.  A lot of reviews say it drags at first, but then picks up a lot. 

Well, what are you reading this June?

 

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:09 AM ET
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Pillars of the EArth.  Picked it up as my over 1,000 pages challenge book while searching fruitlessly for a copy of Frederica for the June BoM--realy enjoying it!  Obviously, my time at work has let up a bit and so I am more in evidence and reading at something like my normal level again--hoooray~!

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:49 AM ET
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I am working on Son of Shadows by Juliet Marillier, the 2nd book in the Sevenwaters Trilogy.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 1:27 PM ET
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I'm working on a book about Jane Seymour, Plain Jane

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 2:52 PM ET
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I'm a little more than halfway through M.M. Kaye's The Far Pavilions, and what a treat it has been! This is the kind of book that I'm always searching for- enchanting, exciting, well-written, and most importantly, sucks me in and won't let go!

When I finish it, I'm going to read the BOM, Frederica, which I ordered on interlibrary loan yesterday!

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:08 PM ET
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I'm reading The Cup of Ghosts by Paul Doherty, a mystery set in the times of Edward II and Isabella.

Linda

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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:17 PM ET
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I am forcing myself to read more books for the challenge this month. Right now I am reading Agatha Christies Cat Amongst the Pigeons for the Mystery Challenge.

I went to the used book store today and he had his re-ocurring sale of 3 hardbacks for $2. I picked up The Birth of Venus and Memoirs of Cleopatra, both were books highly recommended on PBS, so I thought I would give them a try. (more non-challenge books, lol)

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:19 PM ET
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I'm reading Nicholas and Alexander, which is my non-fiction for the challenge.  However, yesterday in the mail I got The Last Tsarina by Carolly Erikson which I really want to start.  I've gotten a boatload of WL books lately.  I'm nearing my 1 year anniversary with PBS (June 19); I guess I finally made it to the top

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 5:39 PM ET
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I'M READING SUSANNAH MORROW BY MEGAN CHANCE.  IT'S GREAT.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 9:15 PM ET
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Judy, I just got Susannah Morrow in the mail yesterday.  I think Valli recommended it.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 9:34 PM ET
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Arika:  I loved The Far Pavilions too.  You might want to try Shadow of the Moon by the same author which was also wonderful.  I am still reading The Glorious Cause for the reading challenge, but I'm nearly done.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:01 PM ET
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I just finished up Girl Captives of the Cheyennes: A True Story of the Capture and Rescue of Four Pioneer Girls. It was ok. I sort of wish there was more details or something. It kept my interest but at the same time it seemed to be lacking something.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:41 PM ET
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I'm reading, "Four Queens" the Provincal sisters who ruled Europe
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:55 PM ET
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I'm a little more than halfway through M.M. Kaye's The Far Pavilions, and what a treat it has been! This is the kind of book that I'm always searching for- enchanting, exciting, well-written, and most importantly, sucks me in and won't let go!

Oh my GOSH, I love that book. I will never forget reading it for the first time, I could not put it down. What a fantastic story. I read it as a teen, and I've been interested in British India ever since.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 10:30 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/4/2009 12:18 PM ET
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Cheryl- I already picked up Shadow of the Moon at my local used bookstore! lol  In fact, I grabbed it when I was looking for Pavilions, but the store didn't have any copies at the time. I ended up getting it from the library instead.

Janelle- isn't it neat how some books stick with us forever? I knew early on that Pavilions was going to be that sort of book. I've actually been reading it slower than I usually read, b/c I want to make it last. I knew from the first chapter that I was in the hands of a master storyteller!

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 1:56 PM ET
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Well, for Pete's Sake!! Guess I'll have to move Pavilion closer to the top of the TBR stack, based on all these glowing comments ...

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 9:24 PM ET
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I am reading The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur (The Warlord Chronicles: I) :: Bernard Cornwell and also a non-HF book called The Judas Strain :: James Rollins.  Thoroughly enjoying both depending on my mood. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 11:51 AM ET
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Instead of picking up any of my already-started books, I'm reading Cruel Sister by Deborah Grabien, the fourth in her "haunted ballad" series.  These are paranormal mysteries but there's also a bit of an historical bent to them.  Ghosties and ghoulies apparently hold my interest much better than the Vikings and the Saxons ;-)

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I'm nearing the end of classes (woo hoo!) and since I only have grading left to do after Wednesday, I started a book that keeps calling out to me from my shelf. It's nonfiction historical--Celia, A Slave. I think I'm about halfway through, and it's been pretty interesting so far! I'm probably going to finish this one before the Autobiography of Ben Franklin, so this will probably end up being my non-fiction book for the challenge.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 4:31 PM ET
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It has been hard to get my head screwed on straight after Little, Big. So I have gone heavy. R.G. Colingwood in The Idea of History takes 70 pages going over his idea of what History is. Also I am taking on Braudel's A History Of Civilizations, where he spends a most interesting 50 pages discussing the evolution of the word and concept of Civilization. I mix that in with WEB Griffin's series on the U.S.Army.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 6:03 PM ET
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I recently finished The King's Rose by Alisa Libby and have started Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 8:40 PM ET
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I just finished Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue, which I thought was wonderful.  Now I'm reading Murder on the Lusitania as I needed something light and brainless post-Slammerkin.

I think I need to re-read Little, Big one of these days.  I'm not sure I loved it when I first read it, but it stayed with me in really curious ways.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:44 PM ET
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I finished The Terror last night, which was a really good book.  Slow going in parts, but overall, I enjoyed it.  I can't believe I read the 766-page book in a week.  I got a few pages into The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette this afternoon.  Seems a bit "light" after The Terror, but it should be a quick read. I seem to gravitate more towards books with a bit of adventure in them, so I will probably return to those soon.  Bernard Cornwell's Stonhenge was really call me today (yes, I've been missing my beloved Cornwell), but I went with The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette so I could cross another one of my Historical Fiction Challenge List ("Viva la Revolution!"). 

Kelly - You aren't immune to the glowing comments, I just ordered The Far Pavillions from the library.  LOL! 

Daphne - Enjoy Signora da Vinci!  I really liked it.



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Date Posted: 6/8/2009 12:55 PM ET
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I am about halfway through Queen in Waiting, the second book in Jean Plaidy's Georgian saga. I knew very little about the Georgian period before picking up this series. (Mostly, I was curious to discover how a German family ended up on England's throne.) Whew, what a soap opera!

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