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What are you reading? May 2020

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Vanessa
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Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

What are you reading? May 2020

Post by Vanessa » Tue May 5th, 2020, 9:09 pm

I’m reading The First Lady by James Patterson with my local book group. The theme was politics and this is the book which won in our poll. It wasn’t my nomination, I must say. However, it’s fast paced and easy to read. Definitely what I would call a beach read, not that we can go to the beach at the moment! :(

I’m also reading The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman via Pigeonhole. It’s a hostage situation in a cafe, not by terrorists but by a young man who has issues. It’s very much a character based story. I’m really enjoying it, it’s quite gripping.
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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angstytimelord
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Joined: May 2020
Currently reading: Penmarric
Interest in HF: I've always loved reading about the past. Historical fiction has been my favorite reading genre since I was in high school. I'm 55 now, and still love it.
Favourite HF book: Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
Preferred HF: Not really. I'll read anything in the historical fiction genre if it sounds interesting. Though at the moment, I seem to have a weakness for WWI and Gilded Age themes.
Location: Southern Virginia, USA

Re: What are you reading? May 2020

Post by angstytimelord » Sat May 9th, 2020, 9:18 pm

Just started "Penmarric," by Susan Howatch. My grandma had this book -- and several other Howatch novels as well -- on her shelves when I was a teenager, so I don't know WHY I never read any of them before! But after doing some digging on the books online, and finding out that the stories parallel the history of the Plantagenets, I HAD to get them and settle in to read -- and of course, being under the "stay at home" order during this pandemic is a good time to dig into a huge family saga!

I'm nearly halfway through, and I'm loving it so far. Though, from all the reviews that I've read, so many people seem to love the character of Philip -- and I absolutely cannot STAND him. He's such a little brat! Though, as I haven't gotten to his "part" of the story yet (I'm only in Adrian's part, the third section), he may improve and grow on me. I hope so!

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: What are you reading? May 2020

Post by Madeleine » Thu May 21st, 2020, 8:43 am

Back in the present day now with Michael Connelly's "Dark Sacred Night".
Currently reading: Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

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