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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: November-Historical Fiction We are reading this month
Date Posted: 11/1/2015 6:49 AM ET
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Wow November already!!

I am reading Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule :: Jennifer Chiaverini.   Ms Chiaverini has a beautiful writing style This books is about Julia Grant (Ulysses S. Grant's Wife) and her slave. She grew up in Missouri where slaverly was legal and making it difficult to be be his wife with her family's slaves around. The book goes in many issues, marriage, children, war, slavery and having to change you way of life after Civil. Very good read.

Date Posted: 11/1/2015 9:30 AM ET
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I'm into Girl with Gun by Amy Stewart and enjoying it very much.  Thanks Donna for the recommendation!

Date Posted: 11/1/2015 12:02 PM ET
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Last night I finished "Poldark".  It was an enjoyable read and I will likely continue with book two at some point.

My entire TBR shelf is packed somewhere in the Tulsa house or garage, so I am depending on Kindle until I eventually get around to getting things unpacked over there.  My ankle took a turn for the worse during the packing and moving stage and I went to an Orthopod when I got here to Tulsa.  Thankfully I had done nothing bad to the broken bone, but he told  me to stay off of it for another two weeks until I see him again.  So for now I am at my mother's which can be a bit trying, but do not have much choice for a while.

Date Posted: 11/1/2015 2:53 PM ET
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Glad you like it, REK. I understand this is the first of a series.

Becky, sorry to hear about your ankle. I hope you can get the rest you require.

I'm reading "The Moor's Account" by Laila Lalami. It's the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America - Mustafa al-Zamorie, called Estebanico - a Moroccan slave of a Spanish conquistador. It's a very interesting perspective in Mutafa's voice and promises to be a good but not quick read.

 

 

Date Posted: 11/2/2015 5:41 AM ET
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I started Prophesy by SJ Parris, the second book in her Giordano Bruno series.  I'm really like this series.

Date Posted: 11/2/2015 9:41 AM ET
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Oh, good Donna.  It was a fun read.  And, Carolyn, I just remembered that I have Prophesy on my shelves as yet unread.  Thanks for the reminder.  I'm beginning A Fish Caught in Time by Samantha  Weinberg, a book I had on my WL for a very long time and it finally arrived so I'm diving right into it.



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Date Posted: 11/2/2015 11:13 AM ET
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You're welcome laugh

It's pretty good, so far.

Date Posted: 11/2/2015 4:16 PM ET
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Alice, I also enjoyed Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule.

Just finished The Assassination of Governor Boggs, by Rod Miller (from 2011 TBR, such a satisfying feeling).  It's about an actual event, 1842, the  attempted assassination of the ex-governor of Missouri.  Fascinating to read about this, found myself constantly going online to read more about all the real characters that are part of this story.  Recommended.

Recently read another book from my TBR (2013) again based on a real event.  The Captain's Wife by Douglas Kelley about the wife of a clipper captain who assumed control of his ship when he became incapacitated.  Only 19 years old, she successfully completed the trip from NYC to San Francisco in 1856, piloting the ship past Cape Horn during a horrific winter storm.

Linda

Date Posted: 11/3/2015 11:25 AM ET
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I just finished The Black Moon, the 5th Poldark novel ... and loved it as much as all the rest of them! I'm sure I have more to tempt me on the TBR shelves, but I am thinking strongly about picking up book number six.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 11/4/2015 11:14 AM ET
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Gone on vacation with no internet access until Nov. 15-20.  Hope to have lots of entries to read when I get back.  By the way if anyone is interested in science fiction I just read an excellent novel called WWW:  Wake by Robert Sawyer.  The plot centers around a brilliant blind young woman who works with a Japanese expert to help her learn to see.  The unexpected result is that she can see the worldwide web and its many connections.  There is more to the story when she encounters a presence that is fascinated by her.  This is the first in a series.  Well done!  Sawyer has won many awards including the Hugo and Nebula.  He's an awesome writer.



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Date Posted: 11/4/2015 6:46 PM ET
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Have a great vacation, REK. I will try to hold up my end with postings! I haven't read much sci-fi, but that one looks interesting.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 11/7/2015 7:32 AM ET
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I finished The Family Way (Molly Murphy, Bk 12) :: Rhys Bowen   This series is one of my favorite historical mysteries. The books is set in 1904 NYC. Good historical background on anarchy of the time and roles of women.

Date Posted: 11/8/2015 10:05 AM ET
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I just finished The Moor's Account, which is a 4 star read for me. I thought it was difficult to get emotionally invested in this one - a little too detached in the story telling, but I think that was done on purpose.

And.... I just started Circling the Sun, which has me so excited because what I have read so far is awesome.

 

 

Date Posted: 11/8/2015 10:12 AM ET
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I was eyeing Circling the Sun, Donna. Glad you are enjoying it!

Date Posted: 11/10/2015 5:36 PM ET
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I haven't really been reading or listening to anything!  surprise blush 

I am teaching myself to sew, and I recently discovered a terrific yoga/massage therapy teacher (Jill Miller), so I've been reading nothing but sewing books and a huge book on self-massage.  Well, that's not true.  I just finished When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka last night, but that was a very quick read.  (Which is pretty much the reason I chose it from my book shelf. I want to try to get my book total up this year.  LOL!  However, then I sabotage myself by reading nothing but non-fiction.)  I ended up bailing on The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (although thanks for your PM on the subject of the book, REK!) because I just wasn't getting into it. 

I haven't been listening to any books since I finished Summer of Night by Dan Simmons (nor have I finished Doc), because I've been sidetracked catching up on knitting and crafting podcasts, which I really didn't listen to all summer.  Can you tell I'm obsessed with crafting and have no head for reading lately?  Must be that the Christmas season is upon us, and I am starting to get serious about knitting/sewing/crafting gifts! 

Date Posted: 11/11/2015 12:20 PM ET
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I finished An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iaian Pears. I must be the last person on the forum to have finally, finally read it.  I enjoyed it very much and loved the multiple viewpoints of the story. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/11/2015 3:06 PM ET
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Nope, Cheryl. My copy is on the shelf, still unread. Maybe it will go on the list for 2016.

 

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Date Posted: 11/14/2015 6:33 PM ET
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Checking in with my H Fiction friends. Sorry, have been out of loop. Think  I am back. 

Date Posted: 11/14/2015 6:38 PM ET
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Welcome Mary. Nobody has been real active here lately - at least not like before the charges for joining. Glad to see you! What have you been reading?

Date Posted: 11/15/2015 7:30 PM ET
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 I finished Circling the Sun and it did not disappoint. I thought it was better written than The Paris Wife. It's 1920's Kenya and the story of Beryl Markham, who was a horse trainer and record-setting aviator and also caught up in a love triangle with  Denys Fitch Hatton and Karen Blixen of Out of Africa fame. A good, quick, solid 4 star read.

Date Posted: 11/16/2015 12:01 PM ET
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I'm reading Sacrilege by SJ Parris, the third book in her Giordano Bruno series.  I'm really loving this series, btw.  I ordered the 4th book, Treachery, from Book Deposit because I couldn't find a US edition anywhere, which makes me think a US edition was never published, even though it came out in 2014...weird.  

Date Posted: 11/16/2015 1:03 PM ET
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Hello!  Finally decided that in an effort to up my book count for 2015, I was going to read short books, LOL!  When I last reported I had just finished When the Emperor Was Divine (which was good) and now I'm almost done with The Persion Pickle Club, which is a fun little book by Sandra Dallas.  My first time reading any of her stuff.  I've got two other shorter books lined up to read before the end of the year.  Am I the only one who is kind of anxious for the "reading year" to be done and to get on with a brand new year of reading?  LOL!  It sounds so stupid, but I looked at all my books and saw so many I wanted to read but they were either too long, or didn't fit into any of the challenge categories or into my personal "alphabet challenge."  So, I thought, "Man, I can't wait for a clean slate in 2016!"  So silly.

Cheryl - An Instance of the Fingerpost is one of my favorite books of all time.  I keep thinking I'll re-read it someday to see if I can check all the "instances" to figure out "who dunnit," but I need to face it that I never re-read books!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 11/17/2015 9:55 AM ET
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Jeanne,

Are you creating the Historical mystery challenge this year?

Alice

Date Posted: 11/17/2015 12:37 PM ET
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No Alice, I've mentioned that in a couple of other threads. I'm spread too thin with what is going on here at home. Hoping maybe someone else will take it over. Let me think on it a bit though....If no one else wants to do it, I will come up with some topics.



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Date Posted: 11/18/2015 8:12 AM ET
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Cheryl:  I haven't read Fingerpost but it is now on my TBR list, particularly after I checked the pbs reviews.  I just finished The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley which I really liked.  It had a strong female character who married the wrong man, extracted herself from the marriage and found happiness with a motherless boy who was her only living relative and another man. I'd recommend this one if you haven't read it.  I would be happy to send my copy to anyone here who wants it.  

My other current reads are Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami, recommended by a GR friend, and a solid five star read for me; The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters which I quite enjoyed, another five star read; and Secrets of Eden by Chris lBohjalian, which I am not sure I like but will keep reading, plodding along to see.  .



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