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Subject: Did Santa Bring you any historical fiction this year?
Date Posted: 12/26/2008 2:11 AM ET
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So, was Santa good to you?  Did you get any historical fiction for Christmas (or any other holiday you celebrated this month).  Santa brought me Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 3:48 AM ET
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Technically, no. BUT I did get a $25 dollar gift card for Half Price Books, so that should be enough to get me several HF books!

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 8:06 AM ET
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I got Lady of the Roses by Sandra Worth and Crossed by Nicole Galland.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 9:16 AM ET
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Yep, I got Epitaph for Three Women by Jean Plaidy, The Merry Monarch's Widow by Jean Plaidy, and The Other Queen by Phillippa Gregory.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 11:05 AM ET
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No, but then again I didn't ask for any nor did the adults in our families exchange gifts this year.  LOL!  However, on Christmas Eve day I did get two books I had requested through PBS in the mail.  The Lady In the Tower and The Family.  Looking forward to reading both!

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 12:24 PM ET
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My children (adult) really paid attention this year.  I got To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York ny Jean Plaidy, The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Host.  I'm so excited I don't know where to start.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 2:08 PM ET
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Oooh, Donna - start with "The Art of Racing in the Rain" one of the best books I read this year.  Loved it.  And, then Plaidy is always good.

I didn't get any, but then we also cut way back, I have a bazillion books in my TBR pile, and I didn't ask for any so I'm good.  If by any chance I happen to get a GC to a book store, I'll pick up the January BOM.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 4:11 PM ET
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I didn't get any as gifts, but I happened to pick up The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (a PBS swap) to happily discover it's set at Christmas.  It's just the right read.  Time travel is one of my favorite genre's.  I like to way the story shifts from "present day (2047) to the 13 th century and the parallel between what Kivrin is going through vs. her cohorts at the university.  The differences in what she expected the language to be vs. how it really sounds is also very interesting.  I'd like to explore more about that.  It may make me even brave enough to pick up the Canterbury Tales.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 5:36 PM ET
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I didn't get any HF books but I did get money, part of which will probably go to books :)

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 7:07 PM ET
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nope I didn't get any...:( but I did get some gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Borders so I plan on getting some! I'm kinda going on a Colleen McCullough binge since I've started The Thorn Birds and really like it so far...Might grab a couple more of hers...I loved The Ladies of Missalonghi too so hopefully I'll be pleased with the next ones of hers I read :)

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 8:16 PM ET
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My daughter bought me The Other Queen (not knowing that I've already read it).  She gave me the receipt so I'll take it back and get something else after the first of the year.

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 8:34 PM ET
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And a mere three hours after my post and 1 trip to Barnes and Noble later....

I got My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes, Finn by Jon Clinch, The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones and Doomed Queens by Kris Waldherr.  That last one is not HF just historical.

Also bought 1 non HF book at B&N and I have 3 more coming from Walmart.  Hurray for Christmas!  Its one of two times during the year that I can spend two uninterrupted hours at a bookstore and actually buy most of what I'm looking at :)

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 11:59 PM ET
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I didn't get any...so I had to go buy myself one....Mad Kings & Queens by Alison Rattle and Allison Vale.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 6:53 AM ET
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I did not get any, but like Mimi I've got way too many (at least 100) books in my TBR pile so I didn't ask for any.  My BF even commented that he wasn't going to buy me books because I have way too many since I've joined PBS.  I received a few cookbooks that I was excited about, but no more new HF for me for awhile until I catch up!

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 9:05 AM ET
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Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson - history, not HF - but definitely one that I've wanted!

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 12:14 PM ET
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I did not get one single book for Christmas, not even a gift card, poor me. I have to wonder if my entire family came together and decided I have a book problem that must be stopped. Hmmm....

I'll have to live vicariously through the gifts you guys received -  

Holly, you got some good ones! I really enjoyed Finn, even though it was a very dark story. I'm curious to know what you think of it. Let us know what you think of Doomed Queens too. I saw it at B&N while I was shopping for someone in my family and I was barely able to keep myself from buying it. I've never read anything by that author though and decided not to buy it until I have checked the reviews. I actually had a bit of self-control while in a bookstore that day. Weird.

Susan, I bet you will love Doomsday. I really enjoyed this one and I'm not even a big fan of time travelling books. Because I don't normally care for that type of book, I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Tell us if you love it too after you read it!

Jeanne, Isaac's Storm was so interesting! It was scary though, especially if you live in a hurricane prone area. ;-)

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 12:19 PM ET
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no. not a one. my DH and DSs are not readers. My extended family is, but they did not come through, not even with a gift card. so, I shall gift myself eventually....but Mt. TBR is quite high now, so it will likely be a Mother's Day gift, LOL.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 8:01 PM ET
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Valli I actually read through all of Doomed Queens last night!  It tells about 50 women who met untimely ends.  It was entertaining but it didn't go very much in depth, just two or three pages on each doomed queen.  I posted it and its on its way to Michelle R. next so we'll have to see what she thinks about it :)