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What are you reading? November 2021

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Vanessa
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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? November 2021

Post by Vanessa » Thu November 4th, 2021, 5:26 pm

I’m reading The Beach by Alex Garland. It’s for my f2f book group and the theme was ‘adventure story’. I think it fits the bill as I’ve seen it described as a Lord of the Flies meets Lost type of book!

I’m also reading An Italian Scandal by Cecil Cameron via Pigeonhole. It’s a romantic adventure story set in the 19thC.
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: The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
Location: Essex/London

Re: What are you reading? November 2021

Post by Madeleine » Fri November 5th, 2021, 9:53 am

I'm taking a break from Victorian Gothic and going back to the Northumberland set DCI Ryan series, with The Shrine, set in and around Durham Cathedral.
Currently reading: The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine

ellisael
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Currently reading: Vegetarian
Interest in HF: I am interested in the stories of colonisation rn
Favourite HF book: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Preferred HF: Mughal Era
Location: New York

Re: What are you reading? November 2021

Post by ellisael » Tue November 9th, 2021, 5:41 am

i just finished reading this memoir called rumours of spring it is written by a Kashmiri woman about growing up under the indian occupation- it was truly so so very heart wrenching- The fact that it is called Rumours of spring really broke my heart because it pointed to the hope that gets often trampled on about a new beginning of self determination for her people and her. Just to balance out that v short 240 pager reality check giving book, I am also reading Jane Eyre- an old classic

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Re: What are you reading? November 2021

Post by princess garnet » Wed November 10th, 2021, 10:35 pm

Finished from the library: Kristin Lavransdattar by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally
I read the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition since it had the complete trilogy in one volume.

Seasons at Highclere by the Countess of Carnarvon (NF)
A fascinating in depth look at Highclere Castle during the year. This is the Countess's latest book about Highclere. I brought an autographed copy from PBS Shop since it was part of a promo sale.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
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Re: What are you reading? November 2021

Post by Madeleine » Thu November 11th, 2021, 11:08 am

The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine.
Currently reading: The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine

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Re: What are you reading? November 2021

Post by princess garnet » Sat November 20th, 2021, 10:54 pm

Finished from the library:
Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson (YA)
Artemisia, a young novice, must fight a dangerous spirit when her convent is attacked.

A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry
#3 and finale in the "Raven & Fisher" series. In 1850 Edinburgh, Will Raven and Sarah Fisher reunite to solve a case involving missing babies

Next up: In the Shadow of Queens by Alison Weir
A novella collection to the "6 Tudor Queens" series. I bought an autographed copy of the book from Waterstones online. It wasn't available here in the US.

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Vanessa
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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

Re: What are you reading? November 2021

Post by Vanessa » Sun November 21st, 2021, 3:48 pm

I’m reading Wakynhurst by Michelle Paver, an Edwardian gothic ghost story. And via Pigeonhole Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult, a drama about a girl who is stranded on the Galapagos during the pandemic. I can think of worse places to be! 🏝🌞
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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red805
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Preferred HF: I like a series the best - more to look forward to after one book ends. Masters of Rome, The Century Trilogy, & the Outlander series are some of my favorites.
Location: Southern California

Re: What are you reading? November 2021

Post by red805 » Tue November 23rd, 2021, 10:58 pm

Listening to State of Terror by Hillary Clinton & Louise Penny. I'm really liking it. It's sort of fascinating, because it's so different than Penny's other books. The author's voice seems more Rodham Clintonesque than I expected. I'm about 3/4 through it so I'm looking forward to seeing how they wind up. But I would recommend it.

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