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What are you reading March 2017?

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: A Death at Fountains Abbey by Antonia Hodgson
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby Madeleine » Fri March 17th, 2017, 8:10 pm

I really enjoyed "Winter siege" once it got going.
Currently reading "A Death at Fountains Abbey" by Antonia Hodgson

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby Misfit » Sat March 18th, 2017, 6:51 pm

A Shadow's Bliss by Patricia Veryan. Still stuck in Georgian England.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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red805
Reader
Location: Southern California

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby red805 » Sat March 18th, 2017, 7:23 pm

Currently listening to The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, a historical fiction/romance mix set in 1700s Scotland.

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: A Death at Fountains Abbey by Antonia Hodgson
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby Madeleine » Mon March 20th, 2017, 9:40 am

Just started "The Book Thief", not sure about this one.
Currently reading "A Death at Fountains Abbey" by Antonia Hodgson

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Soprano by Sarah England
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby Vanessa » Tue March 21st, 2017, 12:27 pm

Hope The Book Thief is improving for you, Madeleine! It's a fabulous read if you can get into it. It puts a different perspective on the ordinary Germans. There's a film, as well, which I enjoyed.

I've just started The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick.
currently reading: The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Susan
Bibliomaniac
Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby Susan » Tue March 21st, 2017, 12:48 pm

Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant Trying the Borgias again. Last year I tried C.W. Gortner's Vatican Princess about Lucrezia Borgia. I enjoyed the beginning in Rome with the papal politics, but once Lucrezia left Rome, something made me lose interest, and I did not finish it. I am hoping that without the focus on one person, this one will be better for me.
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~Susan~
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Susan
Bibliomaniac
Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby Susan » Tue March 21st, 2017, 12:52 pm

Madeleine wrote:Just started "The Book Thief", not sure about this one.


I loved The Book Thief. It is one of my few five-star books. I just looked up my Goodreads review and it supports Vanessa's opinion. Here's what I wrote:

I read several reviews of this book on Goodreads saying the readers could not get into this book. I will admit that at first I found it a bit disconcerting to have Death as the narrator and that the beginning seemed a bit slow. Don't give up on this book...persevere through it and you will be rewarded. It is set in Nazi Germany during World War II in a small town near Munich on a street in a poor neighborhood. Through the characters, including the narrator Death, the reader sees, feels, and understands the broad spectrum of the humanity of humans. As I read the book, I found it more compelling, the characters came more alive, and I realized who better to serve as a narrator than Death who sees what humans can do to each other. The book is also about the impact of words, both the positive and negative, as seen through the eyes of the title character, a young girl. The emotions felt while reading "The Book Thief" are not always pleasant ones, but they are emotions that help us understand our fellow humans.
~Susan~
~Unofficial Royalty~
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princess garnet
Bibliophile
Location: Maryland

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby princess garnet » Tue March 21st, 2017, 3:41 pm

Susan wrote:Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant Trying the Borgias again. Last year I tried C.W. Gortner's Vatican Princess about Lucrezia Borgia. I enjoyed the beginning in Rome with the papal politics, but once Lucrezia left Rome, something made me lose interest, and I did not finish it. I am hoping that without the focus on one person, this one will be better for me.


Of interest, Dunant has a sequel titled In the Name of the Family and is now on sale in the UK and US. (Click on the "US Books" tab to see the cover)

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: A Death at Fountains Abbey by Antonia Hodgson
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby Madeleine » Tue March 21st, 2017, 3:50 pm

The fact that Death is the narrator of the Book Thief doesn't bother me, I knew that before I started it, and think it puts an interesting perspective on the subject matter. It's more the style I think, the little explanatory "asides", there's just something about it which gives it the feel of a YA book, which I think it was originally.
Currently reading "A Death at Fountains Abbey" by Antonia Hodgson

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Nefret
Bibliomaniac
Favorite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
Location: Temple of Isis

Re: What are you reading March 2017?

Postby Nefret » Tue March 21st, 2017, 7:51 pm

Re-reading The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}


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