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January 2015 What are you reading?

For discussions of historical fiction. Threads that do not relate to historical fiction should be started in the Chat forum or elsewhere on the forum, depending on the topic.
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Lisa
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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Post by Lisa » Mon January 26th, 2015, 10:08 am

I've started Dublin by Edward Rutherfurd. Mixed reviews and it's a long one, so hoping I'll like it. Fred and I have a trip to Dublin planned in March so I'm brushing up on my history before then.

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Berengaria
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Joined: July 2010
Location: northern Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Post by Berengaria » Tue January 27th, 2015, 1:05 am

I went back to work in the fall after being retired for 5 years, so have been pretty busy with work. However, I have kept up with my reading.....
I have just started reading Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff....very good book about a ghostwriter with her own "ghosts" who is writing the memoirs of a woman who was in a Japanese concentration camp in Java in WWII. I am enjoying it, and the author's description of life in the camps is mesmerizing! I highly recommend it!
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“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.” ~Lady Montagu

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princess garnet
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Location: Maryland

Post by princess garnet » Tue January 27th, 2015, 5:40 pm

Half a King by Joe Abercombie

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sweetpotatoboy
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Location: London, UK

Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue January 27th, 2015, 6:11 pm

About a third of the way into The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson.

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Nefret
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 2977
Joined: February 2009
Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
Location: Temple of Isis

Post by Nefret » Tue January 27th, 2015, 11:48 pm

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
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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emr
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Joined: January 2009
Location: Castilla

Post by emr » Wed January 28th, 2015, 7:08 pm

Just one Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
This is fun! :D Thanks Madeleine
"So many books, so little time."
— Frank Zappa

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Madeleine
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Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: The Chalet by Catherine Cooper
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Thu January 29th, 2015, 9:55 am

Glad you're enjoying it! It was recommended to me by someone on another book forum and we've all been buying them! The author will be happy at the boost to her sales.
Currently reading: The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

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Nefret
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Posts: 2977
Joined: February 2009
Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
Location: Temple of Isis

Post by Nefret » Thu January 29th, 2015, 4:25 pm

Lords of White Castle by Elizabeth Chadwick.
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
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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

Post by Vanessa » Thu January 29th, 2015, 7:43 pm

I'm just about to start The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley.
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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blueemerald
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Location: Seattle, WA, USA

Post by blueemerald » Fri January 30th, 2015, 2:18 am

Well, I gave up on the YA Arthurian book "The Dragon Stone" by John W. Conlee. Not surprisingly, very simple and too much so for me at this time.

I've begun "The Passing Bells" by Phillip Rock. This is the first book in the "Greville Family Saga" trilogy. Misfit recently made mention of it.
WW1 historical fiction and multi-generational family sagas are two of my reading interest areas. So far I am enjoying it. (Could be a cousin to "Downton Abbey"!)

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