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Subject: What you you reading in November???
Date Posted: 11/1/2014 11:09 AM ET
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Imagine me, of all people, beginning this new thread!!!  Where is everyone???  Hung over from too  much chocolate????

Date Posted: 11/1/2014 1:31 PM ET
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Well, I just finished "Elizabeth Street" by somebody Fabiano.  It was pure historical novel and I really enjoyed it.  Although the Black Hand and kidnapping and extortion were involved, so there was some crime going on.  It was about Italian immigrants in New York.  It was a very well done book and I would recommend it highly.

Date Posted: 11/1/2014 5:28 PM ET
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Hi all -- Sorry I've been absent.  Or rather I've been lurking but not posting much for two reasons:   #1 - My computer died so I was reduced to using my Nook tablet for internet access and typing posts using the one-finger method on a tablet is mildly frustrating.  

And #2 --  I've been pretty much stuck in Outlander world since the 8th book was released in the summer.   I always fall down the rabbit hole when reading Outlander, but usually manage to pull myself out so I can read some of the other good books out there.  But then the series came out on Starz in August ... and I signed up to attend an Outlander convention in December.    So this time I finally gave up to the hypnotic pull of Outlander and started to re-read the whole series.    I've only read two non-Outlander books since then.   And I haven't been posting because I didn't want to bore you all because it would have been Outlander, Outlander and more Outlander!

But ..... there was one read I wanted to share with you all ... mostly to warn you LOL.   I was asked by my local library to be part of a special book club.   The purpose of this book club is to find a book to recommend for the annual city-wide read next June.   All of the books are Minnesota based.

Our first meeting was in October, and our first book was Stillwater by Nicole Helget.  It's set in 1840's - 1860's.   I soooo wanted to like this book ... but didn't.  It was twisted (and not in a good way like Gone Girl).  I think the author was going for a Minnesota Gothic style, but frankly it was just weird and disjointed.    Although some of us in the book club thought it was OK, nobody really liked it and we definitely won't be recommending it for the city-wide read.  Don't know how it got all those good ratings on Amazon.    Too bad really, because Stillwater is the kind of town that just screams for someone to write a good historical novel about it.    It's an old logging town on a MN river.   Today it's mostly a tourist town.



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Date Posted: 11/1/2014 5:33 PM ET
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Holly,  Glad you enjoyed Crocodile on the Sandbank!   You have a real treat ahead of you with the rest of the books in the Amelia Peabody series.  If you like audio books, I highly encourage you to listen to this series on audio.  The narrator does an awesome job.

Alice, I really like the Royal Spyness series also.   Got stalled after the 2nd book, but that's only because I haven't had time to get back to it.  Your review gave me a nudge though and I'll put the next book in the series near the top of my "post-Outlander" reads.

Date Posted: 11/1/2014 6:27 PM ET
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Not historical, but I have the new Anne Rice book out from the library. Die in a fire, it is so boring.

Date Posted: 11/1/2014 7:36 PM ET
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I'm just about finished with Cup of Blood, the new Crispin Guest prequel.  It's terrific!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 11/2/2014 7:00 AM ET
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Lynne,

 

they are going to make Her Royal Spyness into a movie. Can't wait. I love her grandfather's charater.

Alice

Date Posted: 11/2/2014 8:14 AM ET
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Hello all!  I've been MIA as well, but I do lurk and read everyone's reviews and recommendations.  I've been on a mystery kick lately, so I haven't been posting what I'm reading here.  I have the new Jodi Picoult book, Leaving Time, but I'm not too far into it yet, so I'm saving my comments.  My reading time has just about disappeared, with work, moving my DD back home, having my parents visit for a week (lovely!) but I'm determined that November will be stress-free and full of HF.  wink  I'm getting tired of mysteries for now...I grabbed a copy of The Yard by Alex Grecian out of the booksale.  I think some of you have read it...what did you think?  Yea or nay?

Date Posted: 11/3/2014 4:49 PM ET
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Hi everybody! I haven't posted much here either because, like Vicky, I've been reading mostly mysteries. That helped me out of my reading slump.

Vicky - I really liked The Yard! I've been keeping up with the series because I liked it so much. With the mixed reviews it received, you will probably either "really like it or...hate it" LOL!

Date Posted: 11/3/2014 5:55 PM ET
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My Dh had never read Stephen King's Carrie, so I got a copy for him through PBS.  After he finished, I picked it up for a re-read, I'm about halfway through.

Date Posted: 11/3/2014 9:56 PM ET
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I've been reading cheapie theme bundled HR's.  Nothing but bubblegum reads.  2-3s. Still with the brainlessness.  Short, easy to finish in a day or two if I want, or drop and then pick back up and not care if I remember the prior stuff or not ... it's just all bubblegum.

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 11/4/2014 12:12 AM ET
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Glad to see we are still alive.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 8:00 AM ET
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Mary--LOL, me too!

Sharla--Sometimes you need bubble gum!  I'm always telling my patrons that; some of them try to apologize to me for the books they select.  Honestly, I think 50 Shades is the only book one should apologize for reading...blush

Jeanne, thanks for your thoughts!  "Keeping up with the series"...uh-oh~how many has he written to date? What am I getting myself into??

Mimi, I just finished Stephen King's "Full Dark, No Stars" for my Halloween read.  I also would like to read 11/22/63 this month, if I can get Picoult out of the way and The Yard out of my system.laugh

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 8:17 AM ET
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Glad to see all the usual suspects popping in here --- me along with them!!!  For the most part, I read mysteries as well, although many (most) are historical in nature.  Just now I am reading something that was free on Kindle and not in my usual reading path, "The Ladies Room" by Carolyn someone (I think).  It has actually been quite enjoyable in a "Bridgette Jones" sort of way.  Late 30s woman coming to her senses about many things.  The most amazing thing is that it is set in Tishomingo, Oklahoma (a real place) --- who the heck has ever heard of Tishomingo???

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 8:38 AM ET
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Vicky - Alex Grecian has 4 in the series: The Yard, Black Country, The Devil's Workshop and a new one coming out titled The Harvest Man. There is also a short story based on this series titled The Blue Girl.

Right now I am reading another mystery titled Rage Against the Dying. I'm about a third of the way into it and enjoying it especially because it is written about Tucson - always fun to read a book about areas you know so well!

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 10:06 AM ET
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I'll jump in just to say how much I'm loving Donna Thorland's "Turncoat".  Someone here recommended her.  HF Revolutionary War.  Draws me right in.  Just picked up NR latest "Blood Magick" from the library yesterday.  3rd in this trilogy.  Looking forward to what is, for me, a comfort read.

Jan

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 12:38 PM ET
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I've started The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch.
 

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 11:47 PM ET
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I'm going to try and push a bit to get some challenge books read for 2014 - I want to get as close as I can to completing it. If I can get within 75-80% of complete I'll be happy.

I'm working on The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland now. I can put it into the TBR category or the six different nations category. I'm leaning toward the latter because I don't have anything yet from Canada. I also have a WWII novel going on audio - White Flag Down by Joel N. Ross - that will finish off my four from a specific time period section.

Date Posted: 11/5/2014 8:38 AM ET
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Read Silver Lies by Ann Parker, 4 stars, and finished The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall, 4 stars.  It's a good read and I liked Silver Lies, too.  Will move onto The Passing Bells which I need to send to someone. Surprise of surprises!  Marie Antoinette by Stefan Zweig, 5 stars, was one of the most incredible books I have read.  His research was beyond belief.  I found myself caught up chapter after chapter in what was happening in France.  The detail is far beyond what one expects of a diligent author.  Zweig gave the reader so much to think about as one journeys through the life of this tragic queen.  It's a long read - 508 pages - but well worth the effort.  Wow!  

Other reads in the month were Nemesis: A Marcus Didius Falco Novel by Lindsey Davis, 2 stars (author could have shortened novel considerably but I really liked Falco); Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1) by Jeff VanderMeer, GR monthly read (my rating still undecided but hubby liked it so much he bought the trilogy); The Passing Bells (Passing Bells, #1) by Phillip Rock, 4 to 4.5 stars (would have been 5 stars except for the last chapter which I felt was an afterthought); Nine Days by Fred Hiatt, 4 stars, (a YA adventure thriller well worth the read); Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, 3 stars, (an OK YA read, if a bit unrealistic); Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mays, 2 stars, (a diary/travelogue that is too long but interesting in parts); Euphoria by Lily King, 3 stars (a good read and a nice little romance with some death and sadness thrown in but characters seemed shallow to me); Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1) by Seanon McGuire, 3 stars, (my first read by this author but itreminded me of the Black Jewels series); Assumption by Percival Everett, 3 stars, (enjoyed till the final chapter which was disappointing to me); Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde, 5 stars, (a surprisingly heart touching read that left me with a phrase I adore: "forever love"); Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 3 stars, (been awhile since I read anything by this author but I liked it); and Cattery Row (Theda Krakow Mystery #2) by Clea Simon, 3 stars, (light fun cozy mystery); and  Jump When Ready by David Pandolfe, 3 stars, (YA based on an unusual premise with ghost characters interacting with those they left behind).

 

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Date Posted: 11/5/2014 8:52 AM ET
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REK --- I really enjoyed all of those books by Ann Parker.  Finished my "Ladies Room" book and am reading an historical mystery just now "Death in Hyde Park" by Robin Paige.

Date Posted: 11/6/2014 4:32 PM ET
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I am working on The Rose of Sevastapol by Katharine McMahon

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Date Posted: 11/9/2014 8:46 AM ET
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I am reading a really good historical mystery series Silent Murders (Roaring Twenties, Bk 2) :: Mary Miley. Well written weaves a lot of the old movie stars a vaudeville acts in. I can't help to think if my mother was alive how much she would like this series.

 

Date Posted: 11/9/2014 9:43 AM ET
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That series has me very intrigued too Alice - glad to hear you  like it!

Date Posted: 11/9/2014 9:46 AM ET
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Well, I put them on my wishlist as soon as I read Alice's post.  They are available to purchase in both book form and Kindle, but with all that I have to read, thought I might just try to wait it out!  At this moment the lists are not incredibly long.

Date Posted: 11/10/2014 3:26 PM ET
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I'm trying to get better at abandoning books that I'm not enjoying, so "Rose" is off the list and I am not working on a self-published YA fantasy written by a friend. 

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