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Subject: November: What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 11/1/2012 9:58 AM ET
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Current reading:  Howards End for the classic challenge.

My HF was Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow, rather simplistic language compared to the other reads I am tacklling.  It's a charming story though and the author gave an outstanding view of what it would have been to live through the war in Charleston with the fear, death, famine and patriotism that people of the area felt.  Enjoyed A Trail of Ink by Melvin R. Starr, too.  My next read was historical:  People of the Deer by Farley Mowat which was so very interesting.  He wrote with such passion that one cannot help but love this read.  Did it!  Love Novik's series and I'm done with Empire of Ivory which is a series I've read out of sequence and hope to clear from my shelves.  Good read and now I want to read the next one.  Too bad I traded it off before I could read it.  

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson is a three star read about two mountain climbers who succeed in their climb but the return is fraught with tragedy and terror.  Read for the world literature challenge.  The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories by Mark Twain was a four star read for the classics challenge.  Read Geist by Philippa Ballantine for the fantasy challenge, a very good fantasy.  It's the first of a new series and I hope to keep up with it.  Finished King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman for my nonfiction challenge and I have just one more to go on this one.  Hooray!  The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney is the second in this series I've read about child abduction.  Telling the story from the child's viewpoint at 16 is quite interesting.   I think the author caught the emotions quite well.  Found Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris funny in many spots, particularly the sections about speech therapy, living in France and learning the French language and experiences with a father whose sons and daughters are not what he hoped they would be.  Done with The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen, a delightful, magical YA completed for the fantasy challenge.  Finished The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr, the story of Luca Turin, whose obsession with how we smell makes for a fascinating but slow reading (for me). Read Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews and The Other Wind by Ursula LeGuin, one of my favorite authors, for the fantasy challenge.  Enjoyed The Wailing Wind by Tony Hillerman.  Also located my Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling that I misplaced which is the last for my YA challenge.  It's good but a bit long-winded.  Some serious editing would have tighted the story.  Aall of these are for various pbs reading challenges.  From the library, another Louise Penny mystery:  The Brutal Telling for the mystery challenge, not as good as earlier mysteries by this author.  I figured out who the killer must be but kept hoping I was wrong.  I wasn't.  Hate it when that happens.

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 11/1/2012 10:53 AM ET
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Just started Maria by Eugenia Price. Florida, starting 1763. The British subjects still think George III is a good king.

Date Posted: 11/1/2012 12:10 PM ET
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I'm interested in your reaction to Maria, Cathy.  I read most of Price's books 20+ years ago and liked them a lot.  I don't know what I'd think of them now, but Maria is the one book that I definitely plan to re-read at some point.  A few things from it stuck with me.



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Date Posted: 11/1/2012 1:04 PM ET
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I'm reading CF Regency era romance, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen. Privilaged girl runs away from home and gets a job as a maid in her former beau's home. I'm about a third of the way through and enjoying it so far. I also got The Pioneer Woman's book From High Heels to Tractor Wheels on my Kindle. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Date Posted: 11/1/2012 2:06 PM ET
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@ Sharla, so far so good. I've also read the first of her Savannah quartet which I liked. It had strong religious overtones, but appropriate for the period and the characters. I'm not too familiar with early Florida history so picking up new stuff here.

Date Posted: 11/1/2012 3:49 PM ET
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Finishing up vacation and "The Prince of Tides".  Will pick up on "The Name of the Rose" on the plane ride home. Also plan to start two non-fiction read alongs with the Goodreads History Book Club - "What God Hath Wrought" and "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power."  



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Date Posted: 11/1/2012 4:34 PM ET
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I am hoping to finish "The Orchardist" by Amanda Cronin tonight

Date Posted: 11/1/2012 8:58 PM ET
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I liked the Annette Blair book I just read, so I decided for another -- Sea Scoundrel.  DNF.  Almost a wall-banger.  Maybe I really was sick yesterday, because this is dreck.



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Date Posted: 11/2/2012 7:46 AM ET
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I've had Noah Gordon's The Physician and sequels on my TBR shelf for a long time and picked it up yesterday---really really enjoyng it, great example of the genre.

Date Posted: 11/2/2012 8:55 AM ET
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Colleen, I read The Physician a  few months ago and really enjoyed it.  Plan to read the sequel some time soon.  Currently I'm reading Before Versailles by Karleen Koen.

Linda



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Date Posted: 11/2/2012 2:44 PM ET
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I am reading  Cleopatra: A Biography :: Stacy Schiff  for my HF swap and it my book group's book this month. Well it is a bit dry. Good thing there is reading discussion questions on line because I am skimming this one. I am familiar with Cleopatra's history so I can get through the discussion.

Alice

Date Posted: 11/2/2012 4:06 PM ET
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@Linda: I'm not surprised; our tastes are similar! I was surprised at how much I liked it, and wondered why I have let it languish on my TBR for so long...probably those darn challenges.....harumpf!

Date Posted: 11/2/2012 5:16 PM ET
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Colleen and Linda --- "The Physician" sounds as though I would really enjoy reading it.  So, now it is on my wishlist!!!  Just what I needed.

Today I finished "Open Season" by Archer Mayor --- not historical but a police mystery that I really enjoyed.  The main character is Joe Gunther and this is the first of the series.  David will enjoy this one as well, so will likely proceed SLOWLY with another series!!!

Really do not know what I will pick up next.  I am in the midst of the 3rd installment of the Leadville, Colorado E-books so finishing that one is always an option.

Date Posted: 11/2/2012 5:40 PM ET
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Still reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton - hold over from October.  It's just not grabbing me yet so I go days in between picking it up again.  Also about half way through a NF In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.  I loved Devil in the White City, but this one is slower going.  Maybe I need to pick up a third book to jump start my reading to help me get through these ones.

Date Posted: 11/2/2012 8:37 PM ET
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I'm still in a romance mood, so after tossing Sea Scoundrel, I went to Surrender by Pamela Clare. Muuuuuchh better.

Date Posted: 11/3/2012 7:20 PM ET
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I'm still reading Dreaming the Bull by Manda Scott.  This is the second in the excellent Boudica series that pits the ancient Britons against the Roman legions.  Interesting that the author never ever uses the term "Druid".  I wonder if that is a modern usage term?  There are warriors and dreamers and singers but no Druids.

Date Posted: 11/4/2012 3:16 PM ET
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Kate, I also found The Secret Keeper slow going at first.  It did get better but does not compare with my favorite by her, The Forgotten Garden.

Date Posted: 11/4/2012 3:48 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Before Versailles by Karleen Koen.  Having read some rather luke-warm reviews of it, I approached it with limited enthusiasm.  I think some people were disappointed because of comparisons to her earlier books (Through a Glass Darkly, etc) - I didn't like this one as much as TAGD, but still found it fascinating, and it held my attention.  There are so many real characters in it, lots of history which sent me to wikipedia often..  I for one (although I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it) did not know that d'Artagnan was a real person - guess because of old movies I just assumed the three musketeers were fictional.  Anyway, I liked this book.  And now, I'm starting The Three Musketeers.

Linda

Date Posted: 11/4/2012 5:11 PM ET
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I am trying madly to get back into my reading routine. I haven't completed a book since June. JUNE, folks!! Of course, we went on vacation at the end of June, so all of July was a crapshoot and then on into August. And I haven't been able to get back into it since. I think part of the problem is that I was mid-way through two big doorstoppers, so I'll pick them up and read a little here and there but it doesn't seem like I'll finish them anytime soon. Maybe I should just pick up a completely different book to get back into the swing of things. Something short and light, like a Stephanie Plum book or something. And I'm so sad that I'm not even close to finishing the 2012 HF challenge. I'll probably continue it into 2013 until it's done because I don't like leaving unfinished challenges, lol.

Date Posted: 11/4/2012 5:39 PM ET
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Aw, don't beat yourself up over it Kelly - I rarely finish a challenge. I haven't even finished my OWN challenge - the 2012 historical mystery challenge! sheesh! Read whatever appeals to you. If you are in any kind of a slump, that's the best way to get through it, I think. It certainly isn't as if you haven't had other things take precedence over reading, for heaven's sake. Give yourself time.....eventually you will get into a normal pattern again. In the meantime, grieve your brother whenever  you want to and enjoy that wonderful new addition to the family! That's life - not always kind but then some eventwink comes along to lift you right up. heart



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Date Posted: 11/4/2012 5:46 PM ET
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Kelly - have you read any of the Imogen Robertson books or Ariana Franklin or CJ Sansom? they may intrigue you enough to get your interest....

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 12:21 AM ET
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So true, Jeanne. Just trying to find my new normal still I guess. I did just buy a Nook book on a whim yesterday, one of Susanna Kearsley's books. I might start that one up. Or the next Black Daggar Brotherhood book I'm on. Hehe

I've had both Robertson's and Franklin's series on my radar for a while now but have not yet checked them out. My library has the first one in Franklin's series. I might pick that up as well while I'm in town tomorrow. Though with all 3 little kids in tow, maybe not. Ha! :) Never heard of CJ Sansom, but I will check that out as well. Thanks! :)

 

 

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 1:17 AM ET
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Finally finished The Secret Keeper.  Susan, you were right it did get better!  The ending made me glad I stuck with it.  Though I agree, The Forgotten Garden was by far my favorite!  :) 

Linda, I loved The Three Muskateers.  Wonderful book!

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 6:56 AM ET
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I'm like Jeanne....can't even finish my own Challenge!  But don't worry about leaving that unfinished, Kelly. Just jump right in to the 2013 challenge in January.  It is much easier and will make you feel accomplished right away.

I'm continuing with my quest to catch up on series until the end of the year.  I just finished The Queen by Steven James, so that catches me up on this techno-thriller series, except for a pre-quel that came out this year.  The next book in that series is due out in 2013, so I can breath easy for a while. Now I'm reading Unhallowed Ground by Mel Starr, which will catch me up on that one. And then I'll go back to Uhtred.  Dang it.

 

Date Posted: 11/5/2012 9:25 AM ET
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I'm deep into Pamela Clare's Untamed, the second book of the Scots/Indian, upstate NY 1750s series.  These McKinnon laddies are becoming my newest crushes. Can't spend all my time pining for Uhtred, now can I? :) 



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