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Subject: It's May What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 2:13 AM ET
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I have been reading Caro Peacock's newest book Keeping Bad Company.  In this one her brother Thomas Fraternity Lane is back from 7 years in India, and his friend and mentor is in trouble.  I am thoroughly enjoying getting to meet Tom, all Liberty's friends are back.  This book has a lot about politics of  the opium trade between India and China, and the hand that the East India Company had in it.  As well as the policies of Victoria's government in regard to the drug trade. 

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 6:38 AM ET
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i'm reading "The Rape of England by M.G. Kelley

it's about the year leading up to the Norman  invasion of 1066 from the view of the normans and their allies 

not bad for free! LOL!

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 7:39 AM ET
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@ John. Every once in a while we find a freebie that's worth it. I'm reading A Wild Night's Bride by Victoria Vane (Emery Lee). What a hoot. I've still got the Gortner book going, plus The Frozen Lady by Susan Arnout Smith. Early Alaska/Gold Rush. Huge doorstopper, tiny font.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 8:31 AM ET
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I finished Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling.

I'm still reading Nicholas and Alexandria. I just started the audio version of Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden, which is very good so far. Her stories start to have a familiar feel after awhile though.

I'm also reading The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking. I know he's controversial, but I like his writing and I always learn something I'll never ever be able to use. wink

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 8:44 AM ET
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Took a break from reading challenges to check out some new authors.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, an ARC shared by a GR friend that was far too wordy.  Kept having the feeling that the author goes through and adds detail and words to make the tale longer.  Nevertheless, it's an exciting thriller that races toward the end.   Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante, is another story about alzheimer's disease and its effect on the mind but the author's writing style took some getting used to reading.  It's ok and gets quite exciting toward the end but I think I liked Still Alice better.  Turn is a mystery/thriller as well when the protangonist's best friend is killed and the protagonist is suspected of committing the murder.   Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford turned into a charming read about friendship and love.  Recommended by my niece, I loved it as much as she did.  What a beautiful story!   It's wonderful!  Just finished Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, a classic, that I have wanted to read for some time and it's a five star read for certain.  Do read it if you haven't already done so. 

Back to the challenges!  Too bad the series is over.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson which I read for the contemporary challenge is just as good as the other two.  If I had to pick just one from this series I don't think I could.  All were sooo very good.  Now on to a historical called The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan, a collection of stories by those who lived through the dust bowl.  The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi was a difficult but interesting read about two women who leave their countries as children, moving to England where the myth and tales from their childhood intertwines with reality. 

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain about Ernest Hemingway's wife, Hadley, is a delightful love story as told by the fictional Hadley.  McLain did very nice research to write the novel.  Since Hemingway was one of the first novelists I read I quite enjoyed this read about his first wife and his early experience as a struggling writer.  What an incredible time to live and work in Europe, especially in Paris.  Read for the contemporary challenge.

Also read Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge for my YA challenge, a poetry  book, short but sweet.  Finished Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare which is a sequel to Clockwork Angel.  Must admit I liked Angel a little better but it was a fun fantasy read anyway.   And, I enjoyed The Dark Inquiry by Deanna Raybourn.  Fun to discover that Lady Julia likes Heathcliff!  Good story.  I thought that this was one of the better Lady Julia stories.  I do so enjoy Lady Julia!    Finished Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann for the mystery choice of the YA challenge.  It's a  quick read - fits into horror as well.  Rather interesting approach.   Returned to the Mistborn author for The Alloy of Law by  Brandon Sanderson, a western take on the Mistborn concept for a good fantasy read.  Since I enjoyed the trilogy so much I thought I would go for this one, too.  If you like fantasy pick up The Native Star by M.K. Hobson, wonderful read, 5 stars from me.  I loved it!

 

 



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Date Posted: 5/1/2012 8:51 AM ET
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I finished Confessions of Catherine di Medici.  It was all good, but the last third was a real page turner.  I couldn't put it down. 

I started a mindless HR romance on my Kindle.  I don't even remember the name, but it is by Courtney Milan.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 9:27 AM ET
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Still reading Caleb's Crossing -- would go much faster if my iPad would stop distracting me.
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Date Posted: 5/1/2012 11:23 AM ET
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I am reading Caro Peacock's 1st book, A Foreign Affair. Pretty good so far. I am trying to figure out where to put in either the HF mystery challenge or HF challenge.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 1:40 PM ET
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Genie, I really struggled with "A Clash of Kings" - I was thinking I was done with the series, but I'm kind of tempted to continue. What do you think?

I'm working on a non-fiction about the Supreme Court, "The Nine" by Jeffrey Toobin. It is fascinating. 

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 6:05 PM ET
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About 3/4 of the way through Empress of the Seven HIlls by Kate Quinn.  Her previous books were OK but I"m liking this one better.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 6:35 PM ET
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Mimi, I struggled with it the first time too. But after watching Game of Thrones on TV, I found it much easier to get into. I could visualize the characters and I enjoyed the book much more. The series is kinda overwhelming. But if you like visual media and can watch the DVD first, I highly recommend it

REK, I just can't picture you reading Clockwork Prince. LOL. I'm totally curious about what you think when you're done.

hro
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 6:54 PM ET
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I'm just starting Tom-All-Alone's by Lynn Shepherd, a murder mystery set in 1850s London. (The US title is The Solitary House.) The author is using a third person omniscient narrative style, which I don't usually like, but it seems to work very well in this book.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 7:32 PM ET
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Happy May Day!!!  Anyone dance around the Maypole today???

Still reading "A Test of Wills" by Charles Todd and "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 7:43 PM ET
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I am about to dance out of the hotel bar when I finish this glass of sangria.  Does that count?

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 7:45 PM ET
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Ooooh, hro - that's on my WL - as The Solitary House. So I added your title as well. That's one I really, really want to read. Let us know how you like it!

Becky - if I was dancing around a maypole in Tucson, they would lock me up! wink

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 7:58 PM ET
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What am I reading? Well, I'm going from one thriller (The Fallen by Jassy MacKenzie) to another - Cell 8 by Roslund/Hellstrom. These, of course are not HF.



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Bonnie (LoveNE) - ,
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 8:10 PM ET
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Finishing Portia de Rossi's autobiography and The Red Tent is up next!

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 8:40 PM ET
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It is not a very happy May Day in the City of Seattle. Anarchists have disrupted the May day protests.

Sorry for going OT, I cannot understand the mindset that believes harming innocent people and property will advanced whatever the h*** your cause is.

hro
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 8:51 PM ET
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Alas, my pole dancing days are over. I'm not as young and agile as I once was. (Wait.....that is what you meant...isn't it? cheeky)

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 9:05 PM ET
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Cathy --- You are certainly not the one that went "OT".  It was me that brought up the whole May Day --- Maypole subject!!! 

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 9:29 PM ET
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Only this group could get from May Day to pole dancing in a thread about what we are reading. I love this place.

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Date Posted: 5/1/2012 9:29 PM ET
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No worries, Becky. I just hope things work out well here. The *hoodies* are gone for now, but there are still two large protest groups in the streets, and while one of them is peaceful, it's very large (2K is the reported count). Anything can happen, and this group in support of immigration reform, had mommies pushing babies in strollers. Aiyee! They've just converged with another group that's been getting increasingly hostile (and potty mouthed) with the police officers.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 9:43 PM ET
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Oh, that is terrible Cathy! Like you, I don't know what they think they can accomplish from that type of behavior. angry

hro - "pole dancing" - what a hoot! laugh

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 6:38 AM ET
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Only this group could get from May Day to pole dancing in a thread about what we are reading. I love this place.   yes   No kidding!!

 

I'm almost finished with Gorky Park.  It's not HF, but what a look into the Soviet Union!  I'm enjoying this one.  However, I feel the need to go farther back in time with my next book.  It's so hard to decide!



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Date Posted: 5/2/2012 10:27 AM ET
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I finished reading Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson last evening and loved the "tie in" with The Canterbury Tales.  I've started The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin for my "bonus" category of the h/f mystery challenge and then this challenge is completed.  Not quite sure yet what I think of the book; too soon to tell.

 

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