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Subject: Tricks or Treats? Tell us about your October books...
Date Posted: 10/1/2014 11:03 AM ET
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So what is everyone reading in October so far?

I'm on an audio...Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert. Goes back and forth between the 1950's and the early 1960's. Really interesting so far, I like where it's going...



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Date Posted: 10/1/2014 4:08 PM ET
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I have a library book checked out titled Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer. This is an interesting take on the life of Irena Sendler - the Polish Catholic Nurse/Social worker who was instrumental in saving 2500 children from the holocaust. Nobody really knew much about her until this group of Kansas high school students decided to do a report on her for National History Project. The book starts out describing the three girls who are working on this and why they are doing it - pretty interesting. Then we get into the life of Irena Sendler. I"m in that part now. Poland has been invaded and surrendered. The Nazis are posting their proclamations which start out not so bad but by the next day have gone to VERY bad.

I'm not that far into the book but the interesting thing is that the girls started this project in 1999 and they were looking for sources of more information (assuming Sendler was dead and buried). Irena died in 2008 at the age of 98! She had been captured, tortured, and sentenced to death but managed to escape that fate. I'm guessing that these girls finally get a chance to communicate or actually meet with her!

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Date Posted: 10/1/2014 4:45 PM ET
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I am reading one of my favorite historical cozy mystery series right now Queen of Hearts (Royal Spyness, Bk 8) :: Rhys Bowen

I love Georgie and her romance with Darcy. Almost makes you feel bad for her being a royal.

Enjoying this book

Date Posted: 10/3/2014 3:44 PM ET
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That's so interesting, Jeanne. I will look for that one.

I finished The Widow of the South this morning, it was fairly good until the very end when it got really fabulous.  I will start the next in Robert Vaughn's American Chronicles series Hard Times tonight (unless it gets slow at the office today ;) )

Date Posted: 10/3/2014 3:51 PM ET
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I'll have to find a copy of that book, Jeanne...it sounds right up my alley!

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Date Posted: 10/3/2014 6:45 PM ET
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Oh, this book is so heart wrenching and at the same time so inspirational (Life in a Jar). These girls, this woman and the author are so great! I recommend this book to everyone and I gave it a solid 5 stars. Lauri - I thought of you when I was reading this and just knew that it was your kind of book! I enjoyed every line of it!

Date Posted: 10/3/2014 7:22 PM ET
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Thanks, Jeanne -- one more for the WL!!

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 11:33 AM ET
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In the past few weeks I have finished books 2 & 3 of the Thomas Silkstone series.  Just now am reading something set in more recent times.

I am STILL in Oklahoma, but hope to head back to Delaware next week.  It has been a LONG stay and I do need to get back to Delaware to get the house on the market up there before the dead of winter.  I think I am at a point where it only lacks a new exterior paint job to be ready for listing.  The remodel here in Tulsa continues on.  Hopefully it will be ready for habitation by early 2015!!!!  The stories I could tell about what one finds in the walls and under the floors of a house built in 1928!!!

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 4:10 PM ET
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Almost finished with Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn. Loving it.

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 2:51 PM ET
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I've been reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield off and on for several weeks.  I'm about half way through, and it's still dragging.  It's first person, and not good enough to let me get past that.

I'm also reading the anthology Dangerous Women.  Short stories are working for me better than full books right now.

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Date Posted: 10/8/2014 7:47 AM ET
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For my book group this month we are reading Fierce Radiance :: Lauren Belfer.  It is quite good. Little slow to start. It is set in NYC during WWII with the emergence of penicillin. Lots of information I did not know about the development of antibiotics. Good read.

Alice

Date Posted: 10/8/2014 8:29 AM ET
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As soon as I finish the latest Daniel Silva "Gabriel Allon" novel I'm going to tackle the 1,120 page finale of Ken Follett's "Century Trilogy", Edge of Eternity

-RD

Date Posted: 10/8/2014 11:05 AM ET
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Alice --- That sounds like a very interesting book. 

I have just started "Blue Asylum" by Katherine (?) Hepinstall.  Set during the Civil War.  A woman is sent by her husband to a lunatic asylum quite unjustly.  Have yet to find out just what her "hysteria" involved, but thus far really holding my interest.

Date Posted: 10/8/2014 4:56 PM ET
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I loved Fierce Radiance, Alice!!! I read it last year - adored it! It's on my keeper shelf, actually, being a WWII novel and all...

Finished my audio of Last Night at the Blue Angel. I did love the book, but it is a sad, hollow type of story. When it is done you feel kind of empty inside. It is beautifully written, though, and very "imaginable". You can see everything as you should from the descriptions. 

I'm reading a NF book, and listening to a contemporary on audio, but my next audio up will be another historical, The Fortune Hunter: A NovelDaisy Goodwin.

 

Date Posted: 10/9/2014 5:38 PM ET
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I finished the Robert Vaughn (always good reads) and am working on the sequel to Lois Lowry's The Giver, which is  Gathering Blue.

Date Posted: 10/10/2014 11:15 AM ET
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Well I did finish "Blue Asylum" and although was interesting concerning the treatment of "lunatics" the ending did not make me a happy camper.  I realize that just now I have much going on in my life that is frustrating so I try not to read frustrating books so that certainly colors my opinion.  It was well written.  Has anyone here read it???  Would love to hear your opinions.

Date Posted: 10/10/2014 5:39 PM ET
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I finally finished God is an Englishman by R.F. Delderfield.  This was a lovely re-visit of a book I had read years (and years) ago!  Now I think I might actually have to read the second one of that series.  I also just started The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard.  His books are always interesting and well written.

Bruce -
Date Posted: 10/11/2014 1:17 PM ET
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Into some new series: Nancy Bilyeau ' s The Crown and The Chalice and Charles Finch's Charles Lenox HF mystery series.
Date Posted: 10/11/2014 2:26 PM ET
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Bruce - I really enjoyed The Crown - the Chalice not as much. Bilyeau has another one coming out titled The Tapestry.

Date Posted: 10/13/2014 9:53 AM ET
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I'm taking a break from HF right now and mainly reading mysteries. It seems to be helping with my reading slump. One HF book I have that I want to get into is The Reckoning by Rennie Airth! I've already loaned it to two friends and they say it's great!

Date Posted: 10/14/2014 7:42 PM ET
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Finished The Three Passions of Countess Natalya, or The Terioki Crossing by Alan Fisher depending on what version you purchase. According to the Goodreads page, it won the 1984 Georgette Heyer Historical Fiction award. Russian Revolution, quite a nail-biting ending. Mimi-I sent you a recommendation, if you'd like to have my copy sent your way via our usual method. Now reading a lighter Texas historical romance. 

Date Posted: 10/15/2014 1:35 PM ET
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The Three Passions of Countess Natalya, or The Terioki Crossing by Alan Fisher depending on what version you purchase. According to the Goodreads page, it won the 1984 Georgette Heyer Historical Fiction award. Russian Revolution, quite a nail-biting ending. Mimi-I sent you a recommendation, if you'd like to have my copy sent your way via our usual method.

I saw the recommendation, but through the vagrancies of Goodreads (Probably caused by user error) I couldn't find it to respond.  YES! Very much so, although our usual method pick-er-upper will not be able to do so on Friday, but if next week works, that would be great!

I am working on a breathtaking (albeit religious, just so you know) historical fiction set in Croatia The Island of the World by Michael O'Brien.  It's a huge book, but I am just inhaling it, it is amazing.

Date Posted: 10/15/2014 6:00 PM ET
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@ Mimi, I'll get if off to its destination towards you next week.

Date Posted: 10/16/2014 2:36 PM ET
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Oh, thank you so much!

Date Posted: 10/16/2014 11:58 PM ET
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I've been on a memoir kick the past couple of months. Between those, birthday gaiety, traveling to North Carolina to be the MOH in my best friend's wedding, and having my head stuck in a pharmacology textbook…I haven't had time to read much HF as of late. frown 

That said--anyone have recommendations for any good HF set on the African continent? Particularly Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, but interested in anything. I think I've read every memoir set there in print right now, and would love to use that as a starting point to get back into reading HF.



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