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What are you reading June 2017?

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup
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 June 2017?

Postby Vanessa » Sat June 17th, 2017, 9:43 pm

I've just started Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession by Alison Weir.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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

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princess garnet
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Location: Maryland

Re: What are you reading June 2017?

Postby princess garnet » Tue June 20th, 2017, 2:49 pm

The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy (NF)
History of Ukraine

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Susan
Bibliomaniac
Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading June 2017?

Postby Susan » Thu June 22nd, 2017, 11:56 pm

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading June 2017?

Postby Susan » Fri June 23rd, 2017, 1:03 am

Susan wrote:Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


67 minutes after posting the above. Did not finish. The format of this book is just too weird for me. Glad I borrowed it from eLibraryNJ instead of buying it.
~Susan~
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: What are you reading June 2017?

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri June 23rd, 2017, 1:42 am

Susan wrote:
Susan wrote:Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


67 minutes after posting the above. Did not finish. The format of this book is just too weird for me. Glad I borrowed it from eLibraryNJ instead of buying it.

Curious. What about it was weird?
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Susan
Bibliomaniac
Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading June 2017?

Postby Susan » Fri June 23rd, 2017, 12:21 pm

MLE (Emily Cotton) wrote:
Susan wrote:
Susan wrote:Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


67 minutes after posting the above. Did not finish. The format of this book is just too weird for me. Glad I borrowed it from eLibraryNJ instead of buying it.

Curious. What about it was weird?


It was not really written in narrative form. In the beginning, the Lincolns are hosting a reception at the White House while their son is very ill upstairs. Instead of describing the scene or describing the Lincolns' emotions, the author has mostly one-liners from primary sources and other non-fiction. It's like reading footnotes. There's a whole page of these one-liners about the weather the night of the reception with some saying it rained and others saying it didn't. Whenever there is a dialogue scene, it's written like a play, but not in a play format. Instead of Character Name: followed by the dialogue, a character says something and then several lines are skipped and the character's name is in a smaller font in center justification. Yes, there are some parts written in narrative form (by that I mean paragraphs), but they are few and far between. There is no hint of a plot and no character development. There are good reviews of this book and I expected more. Interestingly, on Amazon, 48% are five-star reviews, but there are 19% one-star reviews. I have the same sentiments as the one-star reviews.
~Susan~
~Unofficial Royalty~
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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading June 2017?

Postby Susan » Fri June 23rd, 2017, 9:21 pm

Another reserved ebook from eLibraryNJ became available today: Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith. I usually like my royals long-dead, but this one should keep my interest as opposed to Lincoln in the Bardo which I borrowed for 67 minutes (unless I find some inaccurate, preposterous, or exaggerated things, which is entirely possible). If I could have, I would have thrown Lincoln in the Bardo against the wall!.
~Susan~
~Unofficial Royalty~
Royal news updated daily, information and discussion about royalty past and present
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Re: What are you reading June 2017?

Postby Misfit » Sun June 25th, 2017, 5:24 pm

Gilded Deceit by Tracy Grant.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

SCW
Avid Reader
Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
Location: Australia

Re: What are you reading June 2017?

Postby SCW » Wed June 28th, 2017, 11:58 am

Have just finished My Theodosia by Anya Seton. Novel about Vice President Aaron Burr's daughter.


Am now a third of the way through Orwell's 1984...

after that I might read something very cheerful (Carebears go to Disneyland perhaps...it that a book?

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup
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 June 2017?

Postby Vanessa » Wed June 28th, 2017, 1:49 pm

I'm having to put down Alison Weir's Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession, for the time being as I have a book to review by 2 July. So, I'm now reading Under an Amber Sky by Rose Alexander which is a contemporary story set in Montenegro.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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


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