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Subject: March.... What Are You Reading and Ordering
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 8:16 PM ET
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I am reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.  Next up?  Either Katherine the Virgin Widow by Jean Plaidy or the Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:10 PM ET
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Looks like its a pure HF month for me.  I'm reading Bernard Cornwell's Arthur trilogy, and then the Virgin's Lover and the Widacre trilogy by Philippa Gregory.  That should keep me busy for the entire month and I don't plan on ordering anything unless something on my WL pops up. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 10:01 PM ET
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I finished Sula by Toni Morrison (set in 1917-1965)  Different, a little too graphic for me.  I started "The Painted Kiss" by Elizabeth Hickey today.  It's about the mistress of Gustav Klimt.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 10:40 PM ET
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Debbie-- You'll love Year of Wonders!  Can you imagine being alive during those times and having half of the people that you know die a horrible death?    (For those who haven't read it, it's about the plague).

I'm reading Outlander again for the "Outlander Book Club" here on PBS.  We're only reading 5 chapters a week, so that's a nice pace to read other stuff, also.

I'm also going to start Dr Zhivago after I get home from work.    I 've always wanted to read it.  If my Mom would have had her way, I would have been named Lara.  Instead, I'm boring old "Lisa". 

 



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Reading Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides by Princess Michael of Kent.  So far so good!

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 11:50 PM ET
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Ooooh, I love "Dr Zhivago" I read it in college. It's not a love story, though, it kind of got mislabeled.

I'm about to start "The Dragon and the Rose" by Robert Gellis.  I am also going to start "War and Peace" in the middle of the month

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Date Posted: 3/2/2008 1:20 AM ET
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Yes Lisa I did love Year of Wonders.  What a horrible way to die and watching those around you die of it.  I could not fathom living in the 1600's with the wonders of today's modern medicine.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 5:16 PM ET
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The Painted Kiss is turning out to be quite good.  I wasn't so sure at first.  Good one for folks who like the late 1800s/Europe.

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 6:04 PM ET
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I'm having trouble concentrating on HF - been sick with the flu. I started, and put aside, The MacGregor Trilogy. Then I read Sword Song, but I can't remember much of it. LOL!

I finally decided to try some historical romance, thinking it'd be mindless and entertaining. Don't even ask me why I thought Alice Borchardt was HR. I read half of The Silver Wolf before it finally sunk in that it's not. Just what are they putting in cold medication nowadays, anyhoo?!

Then I switched over to Slightly Married and Slightly Wicked by Mary Balough. At least now I'm in the right genre. Read both books this weekend. But I don't think they did much for my fever. Yousa!

I'm going to try to read Lady MacBeth, especially since I know a couple of you are waiting on it. But if my head doesn't clear, I think I still have some older Roberta Gellis and a couple of Julie Garwood's hanging around. :)

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 6:16 PM ET
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Hope you feel better Genie!  I can't concentrate on reading at all when I'm sick, I give you a lot of credit!

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 1:16 AM ET
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right now Iam being a bad girl and reading historical romance Lady Sophias Lover by Lisa Kleyras

next up I havent decided yet

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 12:13 PM ET
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I finished Mistress of the Art of Death and I just started reading The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. I'm also hoping to get to The Complete Persepholis (graphic-novel account of a young woman growing up in revolutionary Iran).

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 9:08 PM ET
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I just finished reading The Blood Axe : Story of Viking Kings Knut Olav :: Eileene Harrison Beer and it was really good, especially if you are interested in the time period. I have it posted on my shelf if anyone is interested in it.

 

I just started reading Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, the first book of The Black Jewels Trilogy. I decided to read a fantasy book since I've read nothing but HF for years now! Its very interesting so far!



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Date Posted: 3/3/2008 9:31 PM ET
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Jennifer - I really enjoyed The Black Jewels Trilogy.  You'll have to let me know how you like her books.  I liked her writing style and the storyline was different and unique and I think that's why I liked them so much.  Enjoy!!

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 6:52 AM ET
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Jennifer, I just ordered from you. Thanks! Genie

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 10:48 AM ET
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Sorry Genie. I had to turn down your request because I am a smoker!

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I just started Queen of Shadows: A Novel of Isabella, Wife of King Edward II by Edith Felber, pretty good so far but I am only 40 pages into it:)

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 1:33 PM ET
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No problem, Jennifer. Thanks for the heads up about a good book!

Subject: Anne Boleyn
Date Posted: 3/4/2008 3:31 PM ET
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I just finished up Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell. It was very good but some moments in it I seemed to think I had read it before but, by the end decided I had not.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 9:34 PM ET
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I just finished THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett and I absolutely loved this book!!  It is probably the best book I have read over the past year.  I think having some knowledge of the history of this time period made it even more enjoyable.  I was fascinated to see how the historical events were worked into the telling of the story.  I will probably wait a couple weeks but I am sure I will HAVE to buy WORLD WITHOUT END.



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Date Posted: 3/5/2008 10:43 PM ET
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Finished the Painted Kiss.  It was really good!  I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys the late 1800s.

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 12:41 PM ET
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Have the PAINTED KISS on my TBR list and maybe need to move it up.

Just started THE TERROR by Dan Simmons about an 1845 expedition to find the Nortwest Passage using the first steam-powered vessels.  Am only 55 pages into it and am not sure what I think of it yet.  Reviews I read were good though so will let you know when I finish.



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Date Posted: 3/7/2008 4:23 PM ET
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Linda, I thought the Painted Kiss was well written.  I like how she doesn't denigrate Emilie Floge.  She's a formidable talent of her own right.

I just finished The Chisellers by Brendan O'Carroll.  It's the 2nd book in the Agnes Browne trilogy :)  The first was Agnes Browne (originally titled The Mammy).  It's historical fiction, though not very far back.  Agnes Browne takes place in the 1960s, Dublin, Ireland.  The Chisellers takes place in 1970, Dublin.  Enjoyable, humorous, realistic fiction about a woman suddenly widowed and left with 7 children to raise.  The books also show the transitions going on in Ireland and how they affect people.  He packs alot in books that are less than 200 pages.

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Date Posted: 3/7/2008 8:37 PM ET
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I just finished The Kitchen Boy and Plum Lucky.  I am going to the local library tomorrow and get something off of my wish list!!

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 8:08 AM ET
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Just started THE TERROR by Dan Simmons about an 1845 expedition to find the Nortwest Passage using the first steam-powered vessels.  Am only 55 pages into it and am not sure what I think of it yet.  Reviews I read were good though so will let you know when I finish.

I've got this one on my WL. I'd be interested in hearing what you think when you finish it. It sounds intriguing.

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