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What Are You Reading? September 2013

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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Thu September 12th, 2013, 12:41 am

I just finished reading Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle. An excellent read! :)
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu September 12th, 2013, 1:07 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I'm reading The Tudors, too! Love her writing![/quote]

But is there anything new to learn? I read G.J. Meyer's excellent book on them on a few years ago, why should I want to read another bio on them i.e. what is it about hers that I should want to read it?

Currently reading Meyer's book on the Borgias (among my many other books).

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Post by LCW » Thu September 12th, 2013, 1:58 am

I finally slogged my way through a vine selection and now that that's out of the way I can start chipping away at my own Mt TBR. Paths of Exile by Carla Nayland is next up for me. It looks really good and I can't wait to start reading it.
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu September 12th, 2013, 3:18 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I liked the part that took place in the Malaysian world of the 1890's, but got bogged down in the spirit world.[/quote]
The spirits of the dead part did go on a bit long. It was more fun when she came back to the dilemma of her body being occupied by somebody else!

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Post by Vanessa » Thu September 12th, 2013, 11:20 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I just finished reading Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle. An excellent read! :) [/quote]

I thought it was excellent, too. I think I wrote a review for it on here.

I'm just about to start 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster.
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Post by Misfit » Thu September 12th, 2013, 2:28 pm

Without Honor , by Elizabeth Stuart. Set in Scotland during Henry VIII's reign. I've read another of this author's books and really enjoyed it for the blend of history and romance, it was a good Outlander fix.
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Post by Brenna » Thu September 12th, 2013, 8:48 pm

Bouncing back and forth between Howatch's Wheel of Fortune and Webb's A Half Forgotten Song. Enjoying both but in small, spaced out pieces.
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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Sat September 14th, 2013, 4:36 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]But is there anything new to learn? I read G.J. Meyer's excellent book on them on a few years ago, why should I want to read another bio on them i.e. what is it about hers that I should want to read it?

Currently reading Meyer's book on the Borgias (among my many other books).

SM[/quote]
I hadn't read about the Tudors in some time, so this tome has been more of a refresher for me. It does discuss a little more about Owen Tudor and about Margaret Douglas and Arbella Stuart. I like the flow of the words.I will check out the book you mentioned!

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Post by princess garnet » Sat September 14th, 2013, 8:03 pm

Finished Vanished Kingdoms by Norman Davies yesterday. (Please note, Mr. Davies's website isn't as updated as it should be)
Very interesting read; the illustrated plates are worth looking!

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Post by fljustice » Sun September 15th, 2013, 4:29 pm

On a non-fiction kick because I haven't found any compelling fiction lately (and I've been writing which always makes reading fiction more difficult). FINALLY, finished Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. This hardback tome took me longer than usual not only because it's loooong, but because it's the last of the trilogy about Teddy's life and I knew his last years were difficult. I didn't want to read about his decline and death. A flawed, but remarkable man. Continuing with American's Hidden History and starting Old Wive's Tales: Fact or Fiction for something light.
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