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Subject: October: What are you reading?
Date Posted: 10/2/2008 9:42 AM ET
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I just yesterday finished A Peculiar Grace by Jeffrey Lent. Loved it! This novel had it all: drama, a bit of mystery and surprise, some truly screwed up people, and great description of the beautiful setting.

I've just started the BOM, A Breach of Promise, and I'm also reading The Name of the Wind, a fantasy novel.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 10:14 AM ET
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*Sigh* I am still reading Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie. I swear, I WILL finish it one of these days! But alas! My time is no longer my own since college started back!

 

Still enjoying The Name of the Wind, Valli?



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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I just got Lucy in the mail last night! I plan on starting it today :) woopee!!  I also plan on reading Women of the Silk.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:52 PM ET
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Well, as all can plainly see :) , our October BoM choice. I'm pondering what's up next, and am thinking of an HF break, because in Sept, I read SKP's The Reckoning and Falls the Shadow, and after ABOP, I'm feeling like I want a break from HF--so either Tipping the Velvet, which I suppose does not actually fit the 'break from HF' bill, or possibly a straight history book I have on the Bayeux Tapestry and the supposedly 'hidden' meanings of the weavings in it.

Edited to add: I just reread this--I'm an addict, aren't I? I'm not capable of taking a break, LOL!



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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:59 PM ET
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LOL Colleen! We all are, so don't feel bad! What other genres do you like? When I need a break from HF I read fantasy and I could make a few great suggestions!

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:08 PM ET
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I'm still reading Penmarric by Susan Howatch. I just haven't had time to read lately. Between teaching and my day job, I barely have an hour to myself.

Penmarric's quite enjoyable, though. It's a family saga that takes place from the late 19th Century through post World War I. It may possibly go into World War II. I'm not sure.

It's an interesting (colorful) English family with their share of tragedies. Howatch is a masterful storyteller and writer. She also makes some interesting (albeit brief) analogies to Henry II and Eleanor and their brood. I'm not sure where she's going with that subtheme, but I'm finding it an interesting read.

Genie

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:16 PM ET
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I took a break from HF over my vacation and read The Kite Runner and Water For Elephants, both of which everyone else in the world has probably read already.  They were quick reads, and I loved them both - perfect vacation books!  I plan to start the October BOM tonight, and am not yet decided on what other book to start next.  I was considering starting a series, I have the Josephine B. series in my TBR pile.  Or maybe warm myself up for the November BOM with Court of the Lion.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:41 PM ET
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I just finished #3 of the Ladies Detective Agency series Morality for Beautiful Girls.  These are such lovely stories!  I am now reading Michael Gruber's The Forgery of Venus.  His books usually read pretty fast so I will be able to start the October BOM in a couple of days.  I'm also trying to start The War of the Roses by Alison Weir, but I am having a little trouble getting with this one.  Usually I love her N/F books and I was really interested in the subject matter.  I'll give it one more try and then on to the posting bookshelf it goes otherwise!

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:47 PM ET
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Well, I'm reading The Heretic's Daughter and not loving it.  I'm really disappointed.  I was expecting a page turner.  I have maybe 30 pages left.  I bought it brand new, but it's defintely not a keeper.  I'll be posting it, probably tomorrow.  If anyone wants it send me a PM and I'll post it to your WL. TAKEN



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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 2:42 PM ET
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I'm reading Breach of Promise and planning to start Voyager by Diana Gabaldon when I get done with that.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 5:21 PM ET
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Genie, is Penmarric part of a series? I was actually just looking at the Howatch books today, but I couldn't figure out what was part of a series. Fantastic Fiction is just showing one series, but I saw tags suggesting that there were other's. Any idea on what is what?

Jennifer, I only have about fifty pages left and I am loving it. Definitely want to read the next book!

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 5:36 PM ET
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I am currently reading Falling Man by Don Delilo. which is fiction about 9/11 and the aftermath.  I am about 100 pages into it and it is ok so far but not spectacular.  I am hoping whatever I read next is good because this is the second mediocre book I have read and I want to read one I'm really going to like.  After that I am hoping to be able to start the BOM.  I might be reading Eat, Pray, Love next though so I can send it out for a swap.

Date Posted: 10/3/2008 7:39 AM ET
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Valli, I don't think Penmarric is part of a series. If it is, it's definitely one you can read as a stand-alone. I think the connection to Henry II, Eleanor and brood is just to illustrate that similar tradegies occur in families across history. Just to emphasize, it's not a book about the 13th century family, but a fictional family at the turn of the century with similar issues and tragedies.

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 9:03 AM ET
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I completely scrubbed my Mt. TBR and found Jodi Piccoult's Change of Heart. I've never read any of her very popular books, so we'll see if I"m a fan or not. But after my earlier post, I WAS DETERMINED  to find a non-HF title to take a break with!

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 10:34 AM ET
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Am reading a cozy called Death of a Bore by M.C. Beaton.

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 10:39 AM ET
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I've recently been dipping my toes in the HF waters and that includes the BOM here's mine. 

Just finished:

Stiff by Mary Roach; Breach of Promise by Anne Perry (BOM)

Currently Reading:

Giving Up the Ghost by Helen Chappell ("The Night of the Elvii!  Plural Elvis!"  "There was blood and sequins all over the highway,"); Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?, A Biography by Marion Meade

Next will be my rentals of Nevada Barr's Track of the Cat and Christopher Brookmyre's Quite Ugly One Morning; Aside from reading Duane Swiercynzsyki's Severance Package, I'd better get back to the Puritans with American Jezebel and The Boston Massacre.

I think there's at least one or two HF books in my rental queue so they may send me something.  I like Lindsey Davis although I don't think she esp. qualifies, but I'm ready to fit in another one of hers.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 10:20 PM ET
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Not reading historical fiction right now, but I am readng something that feels historical :)  I'm reading A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott.  I'm completely surprised by it.  I liked the Little Women series (enjoyed the last book more than the first).  This is completely different.  I'm enjoying it alot.



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Date Posted: 10/5/2008 10:36 PM ET
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Ok I am reading Eat, Pray, Love now becuase I have to send it out for a swap soon and hopefully sometime in the next day or two I will be starting the BOM.  I need to pick up the pace with the reading since I have finally run out of shelf space for incoming books.  Guess I'll be adding new bookshelf to my x-mas list :)

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 9:02 AM ET
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Holly, I was disappointed by DeLillo's Falling Man as well. Definitely did not live up to the hype, but that wasn't really surprising because I've found that DeLillo's books are either hit or miss with me.

Genie, thanks for the Penmarric info! Is this your first Susan Howatch book? I have seen so many people recommend her books, but I've never tried one.

Diana, who is the author of Boston Massacre? That sounds like something I'd be interested in reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Stiff, very interesting, even though parts made me queasy. ;-)

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 9:04 AM ET
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I stared an ARC of Devil's Brood last week.  It's 700 pages of little, bitty type - it seems like it's taking me forever to read.  Not because it's not good but because there are so many darn words on every page!

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 9:12 AM ET
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Melody, did you see that Marek Halter has another new book out? This one is titled The Messiah and sounds very interesting - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781592642168-The+Messiah  This book was released in April, but I didn't even hear anything about it. I saw Mary recommended plenty, but I just happened to stumble upon The Messiah.

I'm now reading The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen. I wanted to get this one read before I watch the movie. So far, it's going well and I think I'm going to enjoy a little trip to the Wild West.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 5:59 PM ET
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I'm just finishing The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber.  I feel like Valli earlier "this one has it all"; drug induced altered states of being, a fascinating description on how "old masters" paintings are forged (makes you wonder if anything you see in a museum is authentic), the philosophy of art vs. commercialism, madness, nazis.  Dan Brown can't hold a candle to this guy!

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 6:57 PM ET
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I'm still reading Autobiography of a Yogi, which I should soon finally be done with.  Not sure what's up next?  I have 8 billion books in my TBR pile.  Thinking The Arrow's Flight, since I acquired that for the BOM last month but never actually read it.  I have so many that I want to get to.  The Twentieth Wife, some biblical fiction stuff, and the list goes on.  I'd say 90% of my TBR pile is HF.  I'm skipping October's BOM too, so hopefully I'll get a few things off my TBR pile so that I can possibly get in on the November BOM.  Speaking of which, I should probably go check the threads and see what's cooking with that!  Missing you BOM ladies!  Hope to see you in November!

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 12:02 AM ET
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I seem to be totally off of HF at the moment. I really am 'streaky' that way. Currently I'm doing 3 current mystery/thrillers (Storm Watch by Margaret Maron, Till the Cows Come Home by Judy Clemens and an ARC of Ken Bruen's Once Were Cops for Amazon) and one fantasy that I'm listening to in audio download--second in Jeanne DuPrau's Ember series, The People of Sparks. I'm enjoying them all, but will likely get to something historical sometime this week. Just don't know what yet!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 7:33 AM ET
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Shelley - hope you decide to join us in November.  The BOM is Snow Fox - last time I checked there were still some copies available through PBS.

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