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Subject: What HOT books are you reading in JULY???
Date Posted: 7/1/2015 8:07 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/1/2015 2:04 PM ET
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Hi, Becky! Thanks for starting this thread for us!

I've just started Green Darkness by Anya Seton. Still very beginning pages, but if it's anything like her other titles, I know I will love it!

Kelly

 

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Date Posted: 7/2/2015 9:34 PM ET
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Just finished An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. It is a YA based on Roman times. Didn't do much for me.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/5/2015 3:31 PM ET
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I just finished The Harvest Man, the fourth book in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series by Alex Grecian.  I love this series, and now I'm waiting VERY impatiently for the next installment!  

Last night I picked up the new Will Thomas, Anatomy of Evil, another goodie.  

I'm a little over halfway through Child of the Sun by Pauline Goudge, but these came in at the library and I had to grab them first!wink  I'll go back to Hatshepsut and Ancient Egypt after Barker and Llewelyn take care of Jack the Ripper!

Date Posted: 7/5/2015 9:14 PM ET
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Vicky --- I have had book 3 of that series on my wishlist forever with very little movement and now you have read the 4th one!!!  Working long hours for little pay in a library does have one perk does it not???  You get to read books very quickly after they have been published!!!

Date Posted: 7/7/2015 9:56 AM ET
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Probably not a hot book but I picked  up another Amelia Peabody book by Elizabeth Peters.  Read The Hippopotamus Pool which was fun.  Yup, I am still plugging away at the older HF books on my shelf!   Exciting and well done.  However, I didn't like the ending because after all cats do their thing.   Read a wonderful book called  The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Flanagan.  It won the Man Booker Prize and it's a great read.  Lots of depth so don't expect an easy read.  Take time to mull over the characters, their experiences and the Japanese culture.  The author does an outstanding job of tracking both the surviving Australian prisoners of war and their captors.  The novel begins before the troops ship out, goes through experiences in the prisoner of war camp, and through the lives of those who survive after the war.  Some readers have trouble getting into it.  A simple read this is not!   On the other hand, if you are looking for a quick entertaining romp pick up India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy by Carr.  I moved from Flanagan to Carr.  What a change!  Now into Sashenka by Simon Montefiore which has been on my shelf for longer than I care to say.  Sashenka is the daughter of a very wealthy Jewish man in Russia.  Her uncle shares readings from Lenin and other radical thinkers of her time.  Only one hundred pages in and she has been arrested for her activities.

 


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Date Posted: 7/7/2015 10:17 AM ET
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I need to get going on some of my older HF books too REK!

Anatomy of Evil will be on it's way to me soon but I have a question about Harvest Man, Vicky. Is it a cliff hanger ending? I hate that so I tend to put off ordering/reading until the next is soon to be released.

Date Posted: 7/7/2015 11:10 AM ET
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Becky, yes, that's a great perk. That and being the one who orders the books. wink  

REK, I love Amelia. Her books are always fun, and I have them on my Kindle so I can revisit her any time.  So much fun.  I know what you mean about getting to the older HF! 

Jeanne, Anatomy of Evil is fun so far.  As to Harvest Man, YES. It's a HORRIBLE cliff hanger ending, so you may want to wait.  I know he's working on the fifth book, but I haven't seen a release date yet.  I believe I yelled, "Oh. My. GOD" when I finished that last page...

Life has been beyond crazy lately, so I'm not here as much as I would like to be.  That half-hour of reading before I turn in is becoming more and more precious!  

 

Date Posted: 7/8/2015 12:39 AM ET
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I'm still reading Green Darkness, by Anya Seton ... and love it!

And! After learning about Overdrive, I've finally joined the world of listening to audio books and just finished Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Has anyone else read this? It started out strongly, but ended weakly ... for me, anyway. Best I can muster for it is 3 out of 5 stars. I'll pull some more cohesive thoughts together and post them in the Challenge discussion thread tomorrow.

~!Kelly

 

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Kelly, I read Shanghai Girls, and did enjoy it. There is a sequel, so you might want to investigate that...Dreams of Joy.

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Epitaph, a Novel of the O.K. Corral, by Mary Doria Russell.  Her novel, Doc, was one of my top favorites back in 2012, and this will definitely make my top five this year.

Linda

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I just finished A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, a current fiction read for my IRL book group. Very very good, but a tough read--subject matter is keeping one's humanity in the midst of war. Very raw and unsettling but excellent nonetheless.

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Date Posted: 7/17/2015 3:03 PM ET
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I finished my of my favorite historical mystery authors book today

A Dangerous Place (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 11) :: Jacqueline Winspear

This book is very different than the rest of her series. Maisie is in a very dark place in her life and the book reflects. Just because it is dark and depressing does not mean it was not good. I missed our usual characters but I think this is a transition novel. It will take us into WWII and the next phase of Maisie's life. It will be interesting to see where the next book takes us.



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Date Posted: 7/17/2015 4:31 PM ET
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I'm reading Theft of Life by Imogen Robertson. 

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I hate to say this, but I was disappointed in Anatomy of Evil.  Jeanne, let me know when you've read it--we can compare notes!  I don't want to post any spoilers right now...

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I'm reading Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn.

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Date Posted: 7/24/2015 7:13 AM ET
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I liked Mistress of Rome

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I just finished Revelation - the fourth book in the Matthew Shardlake series and the best yet. This was a travel month for me so I didn't get much reading in.