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Subject: March already! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 3/1/2014 7:30 AM ET
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Wow, it's already March! I started (finally) the newest Crispin Guest book by Jeri Westerson titled Shadow of the Alchemist. It's going to Linda and Kelly soon per their request from the HF swap so I have to get with it! I'm about 50 pages in and it looks like it may be one of the best so far!

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 8:23 AM ET
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I'm over half-way through Rome: The Emperor's Spy by M.C. Scott (aka Manda Scott). It is fascinating, intricate and written in the same style as her Boudica books.

Kelly

 

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Date Posted: 3/1/2014 9:34 AM ET
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Just reading a cozy right now and have to get Hippieville by Marcia Matthews read for my book group then I can get back to historical fiction.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 11:42 AM ET
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Starting I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira today. It's about Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas, both of whom I know little to nothing about.

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 12:25 PM ET
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@ Aubree, I'm anxiously awaiting my turn at that at the library. The wait list is loooooooong. I started a mail order romance, Something More by Winnie Griggs. I don't think it's going to be as earth shattering as two very recognizable reviewers on Amazon think it is cheeky Also have Count Vronsky's Daughter by Carola Salisbury out from the library that I'm going to get to soon.

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 12:58 PM ET
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Aubree, I just finished I Always Loved You...I thought it was wonderful!  Very engrossing time period, and such an exciting time in the art world.  Let me know what you think of it when you finish!  I also finished listening to The Dead in their Vaulted Arches, the newest Flavia book.  Oh. My. God. LOVE.  I think Flavia is one of the most delightful characters around, and Jayne Entwhistle (or whatever her name is) is the PERFECT reader for this series.  

I also read a debut novel that defies categorization (in my mind at least).  It's set in contemporary New York City, and it's called The Last Time I Died.  I went back and forth between love and hate with this one; loved, loved the writing.  This man (Joe Nelms) has a great vocabulary!  Didn't like the character at times, thought the events were so dark, so sad.  But I couldn't put it down.  And at the end...I was glad I read it.  I closed the book and had that feeling one gets when you just step off a roller coaster.  

Picked up another Jodi Picoult last night--Perfect Match.  I'm slowly reading my way through her work, in chronological order of publication.  It's interesting (to me, probably to no one else) to see her evolve in skill and topics.  Plus, I'm so busy with this renovation I only read for about 10 minutes at night before I crash!   But we should be done in about 2-3 more weeks, so all is bright!  

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 5:59 PM ET
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I start The Running Vixon by Elizabeth Chadwick and blew through the first 100 pages last night. Enjoying it.

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 8:42 PM ET
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I am still reading Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield.  I keep going to the library and checking out more books and so there are 2 on the stack I need to get to soon before they are due : I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (glad to hear positive things about this one) and I Shall be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe.

Haven't been reading much lately because I got some really horrible news followed almost immediately by some really awesome news.  My BIL was diagnosed for the 3rd time with cancer and was given about 6 weeks.  My sister is devastated and he is now in a hospice residence. Shortly after that call I got another one from the director of the county library system saying I got the floating library assistant job I applied for which is great because I no longer have to commute 70 miles round trip every day to go to work and it feels like I'm finally moving in the direction I want to be going in.  In the process now of applying for Grad School at Wayne State to start my MLIS in the fall so the stars are starting to align career-wise.  Also running the show with the cat rescue for the next two weeks since the rescue owner is in Hawaii.  Just want some time to READ!!!!

 

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 8:55 PM ET
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Oh Holly - your poor family! Prayers going out to all of you. That is devastating news. I'm guessing that your BIL hasn't been doing well for some time but still that is so sad.....


So glad for you, career- wise though. I used to commute 50 miles one way to Chicago and I can only imagine what that 70 mile commute has been like for you. This will free up so much time for you!

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 9:59 PM ET
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Holly --- I too will be praying for your family.  Every experience I have ever had with hospice has been positive so hopefully yours will be as well and your brother-in-law can be kept comfortable.  My deepest sympathy for your sister. 

As for your job news, is that not wonderful???  So happy for you.

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 4:35 AM ET
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Holly, I am so sorry for the sad news regarding your BIL.  And congratulations on your new job and career plans.  Life can be such a roller coaster ride at times.
 

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 7:05 AM ET
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Holly, I'm so sorry to hear about your BIL.  I agree with Becky about hospice, and I hope your family gets great, positive support from them during this difficult time.

As to your career news, WhooHoo!  (I got my MLIS at Wayne State too!)  How exciting!

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 9:09 AM ET
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Holly -- Wow -- such divided emotions. So sad to hear about your BIL and so happy to hear about your new job. Prayers and congratulations!

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 10:46 AM ET
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Holly, I'm so sorry to hear about your BIL. My prayers to your sister, you and the families.

At the same time, I'm so happy for your career developments. As a longtime librarian, I'm happy to offer any information, insight, advice, whatever. Feel free to give me a holler.

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 11:08 AM ET
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Holly, I'm so sorry to hear about your BIL.  I'll be keeping your family in my prayers.

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 1:25 PM ET
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It's odd, Holly, how life hands you lemons and then the sugar to make the lemonade.

I also have had excellent experiences with hospice care for loved ones in the past, and hope your family's experience is similar. It is such a tough time, but the hospice folks I've met have all been able to help everyone along. I think it takes a special sort of person to work in that field, and I thank them all for doing it for us.

Congrats on your good news! Long commutes are so tough - I had a job last year where I spent almost two hours each day in the car. Luckily it was a contract job and only lasted a few months. I don't think I could have done that long term.

I'm outside of the HF loop for now - reading The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg for the WL box. I'm about halfway through. I'll then pick up a NF book for the NF box. After that I'll decide what is next. Probably finishing The Orphanmaster. It is a book I want to finish, but for some reason it is one that I can only seem to read in short doses. The writing style is a little strange, and even though it is supposed to be a mystery of a kind, it seems to be giving a lot away to the reader - unless there is a major twist coming that I don't see.

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 3:29 PM ET
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Recently finished Cornwell's The Pagan Lord  -- vintage Uhtred -- snarky, irreverent, fierce, resourceful -- with the obligatory, well-depicted shield wall battles. Perhaps not Cornwell's finest (only because you've read it before), but still quite entertaining and satisfying. I had to laugh a little at Uhtred's accidental killing of a priest within the first few pages which sets up the novel -- "oops, my bad, didn't mean to kill him, just stun him a bit; how was I to know there was a deadly spike on his staff?"

Now reading Louise Erdrich's The Round House (non-HF) for my book club. Narrated by an Ojibwe lawyer recalling the summer of 1988 when he turned 13, this novel recounts the aftermath of a brutal attack on his mother on the reservation. Haven't read much yet, but so far, very good.



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Date Posted: 3/2/2014 4:44 PM ET
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Finished Shadow of the Alchemist by Jeri Westerson and I used it in the challenges. It was full of intrigue and action. Found just a couple of minor discrepancies toward the end - most likely typos. She has another book already lined up and, of course I will be looking forward to it!

I just checked a book out of the library by Chris Nickson: Fair and Tender Ladies which is the latest in the Richard Nottingham series. I love these characters and the mysteries are VERY good!

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 2:01 PM ET
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Oh Holly. My love and prayers to you and your family.

 

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Date Posted: 3/3/2014 4:23 PM ET
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Holly,

Good news on your library job!!!! On a sad topic-----sorry about your BIL. One of my BFF went through hospice. The experience was as good as possible. Your furballs will keep you busy.

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Date Posted: 3/3/2014 5:45 PM ET
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I have been waiting to start this one for awhile. The Summer Queen :: Elizabeth Chadwick  I see it gets great reviews on Goodreads. I think I will curl up with it tonight

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 6:05 PM ET
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I LOVED that book, Alice!

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 6:28 PM ET
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Just poking my head in to say hello after a long, long, long time away. blush 

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 6:55 PM ET
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Oh Aimee --- I am so happy to see you.  You have been really on my mind so often since you have been away.  Going to send you a PM.

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 7:52 PM ET
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@Alice, that's a good un. I'm about half way through Vronsky's Daughter by Carols Salisbury.

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