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what are you reading August 2017?

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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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

what are you reading August 2017?

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue August 1st, 2017, 5:00 pm

I'm reading Rutherford's Sarum. It's rather a slog at the moment--nothing wrong with the book, I think it's my mood. And in non-fiction, I'm reading The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise, which is a huge pile of original documents from all sides. I must confess it disturbs me to discover that the Arabic studies departments in most western universities are heavily dependent on grants from the House of Saud, and if any scholars/professors bring up data or documents that cast a negative light, their funding is cut off.

Wow.
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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: what are you reading August 2017?

Postby Susan » Tue August 1st, 2017, 6:36 pm

I read Sarum years ago and loved it. It's one I really should read again.

I've got too many things cooking:

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan (YA, but I would have loved all Riordan's books about mythology as a kid) was on hold at eLibrary NJ and came through today, so I am temporarily putting aside HF The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. I've had three NF languishing for quite a while: Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone, Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird and Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch by Kate Williams. Yes, I am somewhat of a Queen Victoria aficionado. It's been so long since I've been reading Four Queens that I think I need to start over. I can pick up the Queen Victoria books anytime and get right back into them.
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princess garnet
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Location: Maryland

Re: what are you reading August 2017?

Postby princess garnet » Wed August 2nd, 2017, 3:46 pm

Rereading A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander

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Nefret
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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 August 2017?

Postby Nefret » Wed August 2nd, 2017, 4:56 pm

Ides of April by Lindsey Davis.
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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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 August 2017?

Postby Vanessa » Sun August 6th, 2017, 9:50 pm

Just about to start The Hoarder's Widow by Allie Cresswell.
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 August 2017?

Postby princess garnet » Tue August 8th, 2017, 9:04 pm

Borrowed from the library: Dearest Cousin Jane by Jill Pitkeathley
Story of Countess Eliza de Feuillide, Jane Austen's cousin.

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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 August 2017?

Postby Vanessa » Tue August 15th, 2017, 11:44 am

I've just started Strange Magic by Syd Moore, a book I have to review.
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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Madeleine
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Currently reading: Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert & The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: what are you reading August 2017?

Postby Madeleine » Tue August 15th, 2017, 11:50 am

I've got that one, Vanessa, would love to know what you think of it!

I've just started "The Hanging Tree" by Ben Aaronovitch, and am about halfway through "the Dry" by Jane Harper.
Currently reading "Season of the Witch" by Natasha Mostert & "The Loney" by Andrew Michael Hurley

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FredQ
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Currently reading: Arthur The King
Interest in HF: I like how HF can fill in the gaps where we don't have enough information.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Re: what are you reading August 2017?

Postby FredQ » Thu August 17th, 2017, 8:50 pm

I'm reading Arthur The King by Allan Massie. So far I find it quite funny actually: from the style to the fact it's so loosely based on the tale of Arthur :lol:
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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Re: what are you reading August 2017?

Postby Misfit » Fri August 18th, 2017, 12:07 pm

I have the new PG checked out from the library. Meh.
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