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Subject: It's October - What'cha reading?
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 1:50 PM ET
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I can't believe this thread hasn't been posted yet!

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 1:54 PM ET
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I have just barely started "Isabella - Queen Without a Conscience" by Rachel Bard. It's still too early to make a judgment of any kind, but I've read so much on Isabella lately that I'm curious to see what's in this book!

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 2:29 PM ET
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I finished McCullough's Ceasar's Women last night.  It bogged down a bit in the middle, but finished strong, and was very good overall.   I've rated the three prior books in the series as 5 stars, but I have to knock this down to 4.5 for the middle lull. 

I started Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave this morning.  I didn't get far enough to even begin forming an opinion before deciding to nap instead of read. 

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 2:45 PM ET
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Game of Thrones, 

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 2:54 PM ET
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I'm almost done with an Elizabeth Berg fluff, "Year of Pleasures"

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 4:15 PM ET
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I can't believe it's October already!

Jeanne - this is really too weird - I decided to read that same book last night and started it this morning while waiting at the BMV to register my daughter's car.  Of all the books in the world to pick...

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 4:24 PM ET
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Last night I finished The Alehouse Murders by Maureen Ash, the first of the Templar Knight Mysteries.  I enjoyed it and added the second one to the WL.

Now I'm reading Daphne Du Maurier's The King's General.

 

Linda

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 5:14 PM ET
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A couple of chapters in to The Last Queen by CW Gortner

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 7:00 PM ET
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OH boy , I just got the Game of Thrones also.

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 8:07 PM ET
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Oh Daphne, I can't believe that I'm in such good company - both of us starting to read the same book at the same time! That really is a coincidence in spite of the fact that so many of us do read the same books. ;-)
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 8:57 PM ET
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Linda, you are in for a treat.

Still working on Seventrees by Janice Young Brooks.

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 9:03 PM ET
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Cool Jane I'd like to here what you think.   I am at page 261

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 9:11 PM ET
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Oh Juana, Juana, Juana.....how many times do I have to tell you princesses?  DO NOT go running in to your husband's chambers in the middle of the night when he isn't expecting you.  I don't care how urgently you think you need to talk to him.  You will not like what you find.

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 9:19 PM ET
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This week I finished up For the King's Favor, my first Chadwick! I loved it!! It definitely lived up to all the expectations I had. I also read The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin which I ended up enjoying more than Mistress. I'm now getting into Empress Orchid by Anchee Min.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2010 9:19 PM ET
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I liked the Last Queen too Christa. Makes you feel really bad for Juana.  Well written. Haven't been reading HF last couple of books back to vamps and cozy. Mistress of the Sun did me in. I haven't been doing very well finding a Diamond in the Rough lately. Maybe I need to pick up a Elizabeth Chadwick or Anya Seton they are always good.

Alice

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 9:40 PM ET
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Getting close to being done with Dragonfly in Amber.  Not sure what's next. Possibly I, Mona Lisa for the letter "I" in HF Challenge 2.

Keep hoping for more time to hang out here, but it's not happening.  Work has been crazy! I'm a paralegal/loan closer, and with interest rates at all-time lows, everyone and their brother is refinancing.  It's insane!  Hopefully it will soon be over.  I'm hoping by month's end.  Also, I will admit (somewhat shamefacedly) that I spend most of my limited computer time at my other favorite on-line place, Hoop City.  I've been hoop dancing for 5 months now and taking on-line lessons, and I will admit to being obsessed.  If I'm not working or sleeping or taking care of home and family, I'm hooping!  laugh Still love you guys, and I hope to be spending more time with you all soon!

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 9:51 PM ET
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Hi Shelley!  I had to go to Hoop City and see what that's all about.  Looks like fun!

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 11:07 PM ET
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Still reading Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant, and I'm enjoying it so far. I was settling in for a long read this afternoon since the DH has duty and the kiddo is grounded, so he's stuck in the house. But then I fell asleep instead of reading. For 2 hours. Oops. Guess I needed it.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 8:54 AM ET
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Arika, Sacred Hearts was a DNF for me. It was so slow that I couldn't even handle it as my *treadmill book* (which are usually slower paced books for 30-40 mins a day). Even cut the cardio short to relieve me of the pain of it blush

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 9:08 AM ET
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I got home late last night from my dd's and tried to start "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield for my "X" book.  (Xerxes)....but it required brain power that I did not possess.  So I picked up "Hard Eight" by Evanovich.  I have to say, Stephanie Plum is a peach when I need to unwind, read but not think, or need a laugh.  I'm slowly working my way through the series, so I don't get tired of the repetition.  It's perfect!  ;)

My dh is gone until Monday night!  It's gonna be a read-fest this weekend!  

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 4:55 PM ET
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Aubree - I loved Empress Orchid, it was one of my first HF books.  I'll be looking forward to hear what you think of it.

Jeanne - I hope you enjoy Isabella.  I'm glad someone is reading it since it was just sitting on my shelf for so long!

I'm almost done with Jean Plaidy's The Italian Woman.  I'm really enjoying this series, and my intro to Jean Plaidy.  I'll move onto the last in the trilogy after I finish this one up....hopefully tomorrow!

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 5:10 PM ET
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Finished up Seventrees by Janice Young Brooks. Anyone with an interest in strong women, pioneer, Kansas history would probably enjoy it. If you can find a copy that is. cheeky

Starting Tamarisk by Claire Lorrimer.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 5:48 PM ET
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I've completed Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael,and, yes, it is a romance.  I truly enjoyed the story as Gael wrote it.  Her hero, Arthur Nichols, is strong, manly, kind and affectionate.  He falls in love with Charlotte Bronte after knowing her for many years.  At 38, Charlotte marries him, believing that this is her last chance to avoid loneliness even though she knows she doesn't love him.  However, Arthur earns her respect and love.  I felt that the author did a wonderful job with the characters of Arthur and Charlotte.  Am also working on Dracula by Bram Stoker, and have only 200 pages left of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  If you have ever read a little story you found it hard to forget it might have been The Stranger by Albert Camus (read for the classics challenge).  It's about a quite ordinary little man who lives a quite ordinary life which takes an unusual turn when he finds himself unwittingly committing a murder for which he is arrested and convicted.  He faces death as he facedlife believing it to be the next stage in his life.  Finiahed Fairoaks by Frank Yerby for the HF challenge.  Great book!  Finally, the library has found two fantasy books I had on my WL for months - Little Big and Naamah's Kiss - so my reading is quite scheduled now that I am through antelope hunting.

Has anyone read Dawn on the Distant Shore by Sara Donati?  Picked up a great copy at the thrift store last week.



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Date Posted: 10/2/2010 6:21 PM ET
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I am reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  After I finish that one its a toss up between The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory and Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 7:59 PM ET
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Cathy- Yeah, I agree that Sacred Hearts is a slower read. It's not the sort that has you turning the pages, dying to see how it all gets resolved. But I think the writing is lovely and I'm enjoying it. It helps that I've always been a little bit fascinated by nuns and monks. Not enough to be one, mind you, but enough to enjoy seeing what happens behind the walls of a convent or a monastery.

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