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What are you reading? April 2014

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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.
Favourite 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.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri April 18th, 2014, 11:34 pm

Orphan Train by --um, can't remember. Good read, though--I downloaded the sample and next thing I know I had bought the book. :p

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Post by annis » Sat April 19th, 2014, 8:24 am

The Hotel on the Place Vendome by Tilar Mazzeo - a gossipy, engaging non-fiction cultural history of the Hotel Ritz in Paris from its Belle Epoque beginnings, focusing on the Occupation period of WWII, as seen from the POV of the rich, famous and infamous who frequented it. Entertaining, but a bit messy.
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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Sun April 20th, 2014, 12:20 am

The Perfume Collector. On loan from the library. Not my typical historical fiction but I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by Misfit » Sun April 20th, 2014, 11:59 pm

Bailed on Rosalind Laker's To Dream of Snow. B.O.R.I.N.G. Started The Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt, also have D du M's Rule Britannia out from the library.
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emr
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Post by emr » Mon April 21st, 2014, 10:27 am

Finished Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough. Definitely Horror is not for me. Reading now Never Somewhere Else by Alex Gray.
"So many books, so little time."
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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Mon April 21st, 2014, 6:16 pm

Just finished reading The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer for the second time. It follows a young Jewish Hungarian through the late 30's and through the war. It is another amazing novel that I will probably read again in a few years! :)
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Twisted Sword" by Winston Graham
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Tue April 22nd, 2014, 3:18 pm

I've just started "Shakespeare's Counsellor", the final book in the Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris.
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Currently reading: "The Twisted Sword" by Winston Graham

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Post by emr » Wed April 23rd, 2014, 11:48 am

The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Wed April 23rd, 2014, 1:49 pm

Started and finished Riley's The Midnight Rose all in the course of 36 hours. Pretty amazing I have to say. Unlike her other novels, this one had a thorough review by an editor and the characters had some depth to them. 5 stars from me!
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Post by Susan » Thu April 24th, 2014, 8:21 pm

Allegiant by Veronica Roth, third book of the Divergent trilogy
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