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Subject: What are you reading in December?
Date Posted: 12/1/2016 8:06 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/1/2016 8:09 AM ET
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I just started Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake #5)  -  a series that is one of my favorite comfort reads.

Date Posted: 12/1/2016 10:49 PM ET
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Just fiinished The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert, not to be confused with The Girl on the Train.  This is historical fiction set in Poland, Germany, and South Africa in the years following WWII.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, a 5-star read for me.

Now, I'm about half way through The End of Innocence (aka Harvard 1914).  Pretty good so far.

 

Linda

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Date Posted: 12/4/2016 8:56 AM ET
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I have read many books in this series just not the first one Murder and the First Lady (Eleanor Roosevelt, Bk 1) :: Elliott Roosevelt

I have finally got around to reading book one. It is a wonderful series, with Eleanor Roosevelt as our main sluth. Here son Elliot is the author of the series.

Needless to say the Roosevelt white house years are well captured. highly recommend this series.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/4/2016 12:22 PM ET
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Just finished The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki about Peggy Shippen, wife of Benedict Arnold.  What a "piece of work" she was!  Enjoyed the novel even though I knew a lot of the story from other novels, and from the TV series, TURN.

Linda

Date Posted: 12/4/2016 2:17 PM ET
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I'm starting The Seer of Egypt the second volume in Pauline Gedge's The King's Man series.

Date Posted: 12/8/2016 9:37 AM ET
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Wow!  Two five-star reads within the past few days :  Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  Both have WWII settings, riveting stories.  Recommended.

Linda

Date Posted: 12/8/2016 2:53 PM ET
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Your 5-star reads always end up on my tbr list, Linda. I love Ruth Sepetys.

Date Posted: 12/10/2016 8:53 AM ET
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Hey ladies:  Just ordered the Roosevelt book from PBS Alice and both books you recommended Linda from the library.  Thanks so much for the recommendations.

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Date Posted: 12/10/2016 9:38 AM ET
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I hope you enjoy it. Their son Eliot is the author I find it he is so forecoming with informatoin about their personal lives. Very enjoyable series.

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Date Posted: 12/14/2016 8:40 PM ET
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I am starting A Certain Age :: Beatriz Williams

I have read a couple of her books and enjoyed them. This one is set in New York City in the 1920's. I enjoy reading about that time period

Date Posted: 12/16/2016 9:01 AM ET
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I finished Cotillion by Georgette Heyer this morning ... her books are always such a delightful romp!

I am also about half way through The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.

 

Date Posted: 12/17/2016 1:19 PM ET
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I've been trying to read the latest by Will Thomas titled Hell Bay but too many interruptions.

I wanted those of you who have been in this forum for quite a while that I heard from Deb B. (book zealot) and she wanted me to send along her best wishes for the holidays!!!

Date Posted: 12/18/2016 7:35 AM ET
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Oh I am so glad that Deb has made contact with you, Jeanne!  I miss our goddess of all things Secret Santa,



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Date Posted: 12/18/2016 7:43 AM ET
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I know Cheryl, I miss her too!!!! What a hoot she is.heartlaugh

Date Posted: 12/18/2016 9:33 AM ET
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Miss Deb - thanks for sharing, Jeanne.

Just started Madame Toussaud by Michelle Moran for my book discussion group, although only able to catch a few minutes here and there to read right now.

 

Date Posted: 12/24/2016 11:17 AM ET
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone!  Flavia de Luce and I are getting reaquainted.  I'm reading Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley.

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Date Posted: 12/29/2016 4:50 PM ET
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I am reading America's First Daughter :: Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray

I was expecting better. I lot of it is focusing on Patsy Jefferson whining about not be able to date the guy she wants. I want more history!!