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What are you reading October 2017?

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby Vanessa » Thu October 19th, 2017, 5:30 pm

I've just started The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup, another review book. It's set in a creepy old house so possibly another appropriate read! :twisted:
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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princess garnet
Bibliophile
Location: Maryland

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby princess garnet » Thu October 19th, 2017, 9:15 pm

The Widow of Windsor by Jean Plaidy ("Queen Victoria" #4)
The final novel in the "Queen Victoria" series covering Victoria's life. The novels were originally published 1972-74 and had been out of print for years. In 2008, the novels were reissued in the UK but not released in the US. With the "Victoria" TV series on PBS, I thought I'd get this series.

I read and own a reissue of Victoria Victorious, part of the "Queens of England" series.

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Nefret
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Favorite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
Location: Temple of Isis

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby Nefret » Mon October 23rd, 2017, 2:44 pm

I'm re-reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susana Clarke for Autumn.

Audio book- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
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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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby Susan » Mon October 23rd, 2017, 11:32 pm

I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott - a preface to my going to see Hamilton on Broadway in January.
~Susan~
~Unofficial Royalty~
Royal news updated daily, information and discussion about royalty past and present
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby Vanessa » Tue October 24th, 2017, 8:46 am

I'm about to start The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall, another review book, set in 1938 Paris.
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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princess garnet
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Location: Maryland

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby princess garnet » Tue October 24th, 2017, 3:17 pm

A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden (Click on the title for full book description)
Opening in 1903 New York City, a young woman works as a telegraph operator in the Associated Press (AP) Office in the Western Union Building. Reuters Office is 2 floors up! The author will follow with a sequel next year.

From what I've read so far, it's descriptive of how the two news services operated at the time and news was reported by telegraph from across the US and overseas.
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Lisa
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Favorite 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

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby Lisa » Tue October 24th, 2017, 3:21 pm

I'm reading Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer.

It's one of her mysteries and I'd say it's Halloween-appropriate - rather than a murder, the mystery is a haunted house. Although none of the characters believe there's an actual ghost (yet to be determined...), there are a few spooky moments!

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Susan
Bibliomaniac
Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby Susan » Sat October 28th, 2017, 4:05 pm

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie - I binged-watched (10 episodes) of the Russian mini-series Ekaterina - The Rise of Catherine the Great on Amazon Prime this week. Beautiful costumes and scenery and also pretty accurate - highly recommend. I bought Massie's bio when it was first published in 2011. I read another bio of Catherine years ago and thought that now that I have some of the historical people in my brain and can picture them, it would be a good time to read Massie's bio. So far, so good.
~Susan~
~Unofficial Royalty~
Royal news updated daily, information and discussion about royalty past and present
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby Misfit » Sat October 28th, 2017, 10:06 pm

Susan wrote:Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie - I binged-watched (10 episodes) of the Russian mini-series Ekaterina - The Rise of Catherine the Great on Amazon Prime this week. Beautiful costumes and scenery and also pretty accurate - highly recommend. I bought Massie's bio when it was first published in 2011. I read another bio of Catherine years ago and thought that now that I have some of the historical people in my brain and can picture them, it would be a good time to read Massie's bio. So far, so good.


I think I read that when it first came out, what a history. If you're looking for a fictional take on her early years, Annette Motley's Men on White Horses is quite good. Hopefully the price has settled down on the used copies.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading October 2017?

Postby Susan » Sun October 29th, 2017, 1:38 pm

Misfit wrote:
Susan wrote:Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie - I binged-watched (10 episodes) of the Russian mini-series Ekaterina - The Rise of Catherine the Great on Amazon Prime this week. Beautiful costumes and scenery and also pretty accurate - highly recommend. I bought Massie's bio when it was first published in 2011. I read another bio of Catherine years ago and thought that now that I have some of the historical people in my brain and can picture them, it would be a good time to read Massie's bio. So far, so good.


I think I read that when it first came out, what a history. If you're looking for a fictional take on her early years, Annette Motley's Men on White Horses is quite good. Hopefully the price has settled down on the used copies.


Thanks for the recommendation. I think I read Motley's novel about a Chinese empress.
~Susan~
~Unofficial Royalty~
Royal news updated daily, information and discussion about royalty past and present
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/


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