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What are you reading in February?

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite 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.
Location: California Bay Area

What are you reading in February?

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu February 1st, 2018, 11:35 pm

What is everybody else reading? Something fun, I hope.
My reading is pretty heavy sledding at the moment. I'm reading up for a trip to Spain next month to do some on-the-ground research.
1. Empire of the Cities: Charles V, the Comunero Revolt, and the Transformation of the Spanish System.
2. The Great Revolt in Castile: a study of the Comunero Movement of 1520-1521.
3.A reread: Juana the Mad: Sovereignty and Dynasty in Early Modern Europe.
#2 is pissing me off. It's about a century old, and the author is on the wrong side. :x
Working on a novel (in English, there are plenty in Spanish) on 'the Lioness of Castile'. And trying to get through a truly awful 1951 film on the same lady, in very rapid Castilian Spanish, La Leona de Castilla.

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princess garnet
Bibliophile
Location: Maryland

Re: What are you reading in February?

Postby princess garnet » Sat February 3rd, 2018, 8:06 pm

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufman (NF)
Profiles several men and women of African heritage who lived in Tudor England--really interesting!

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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson & Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager(Pigeonhole)
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 in February?

Postby Vanessa » Sun February 4th, 2018, 9:54 am

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry
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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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: What are you reading in February?

Postby Susan » Sun February 4th, 2018, 1:22 pm

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
~Susan~
~Unofficial Royalty~
Royal news updated daily, information and discussion about royalty past and present
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite 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.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: What are you reading in February?

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun February 4th, 2018, 3:26 pm

I read that! Her best so far, IMHO.

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George & Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: What are you reading in February?

Postby Madeleine » Sun February 4th, 2018, 5:08 pm

"Nightblind" by Ragnar Jonasson, Icelandic Noir.
Currently reading "A Suitable Vengeance" by Elizabeth George and "Force of Nature" by Jane Harper

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red805
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Location: Southern California

Re: What are you reading in February?

Postby red805 » Mon February 5th, 2018, 5:57 pm

MLE (Emily Cotton) wrote:What is everybody else reading? Something fun, I hope.
My reading is pretty heavy sledding at the moment. I'm reading up for a trip to Spain next month to do some on-the-ground research.
1. Empire of the Cities: Charles V, the Comunero Revolt, and the Transformation of the Spanish System.
2. The Great Revolt in Castile: a study of the Comunero Movement of 1520-1521.
3.A reread: Juana the Mad: Sovereignty and Dynasty in Early Modern Europe.
#2 is pissing me off. It's about a century old, and the author is on the wrong side. :x
Working on a novel (in English, there are plenty in Spanish) on 'the Lioness of Castile'. And trying to get through a truly awful 1951 film on the same lady, in very rapid Castilian Spanish, La Leona de Castilla.


Oh, I'd love to read your novel when it's out, as Spanish history is one of my interests. Do you have an expected publication date?

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite 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.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: What are you reading in February?

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon February 5th, 2018, 6:47 pm

red805 wrote:Oh, I'd love to read your novel when it's out, as Spanish history is one of my interests. Do you have an expected publication date?

It usually takes me about a year to write/polish a book. And then, as I'm indie, I monkey with it as the reader comments come in.
Which is why I'm always reluctant to market--I might decide to change it again! But if you love Spain, you can try the first in this series (the one I'm currently researching is #4). It just got the IndieBrag award (a hard award to get-- 5 reader-judges have to choose it, and all must give a thumbs-up, which took 7 months from the release date of July last year. They can put in comments if they want. One said: "Most original book I have read in years! Thank you for a great read." Wish I could use that quote, but alas! the Indiebrag judges are anonymous, and part of the system is that they remain so.
Barbarossa's Barb: Heirs of Andalusia. https://www.amazon.com/Barbarossas-Barb-Andalusia-Emily-Cotton-ebook/dp/B0748TQ861/
I play a bit of a joke on the unsuspecting reader in the first chapter. Some get it right off. Some don't realize until...
Well, why spoil a good laugh.

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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 in February?

Postby Nefret » Thu February 8th, 2018, 1:29 am

Just started The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory.
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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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George & Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: What are you reading in February?

Postby Madeleine » Sun February 11th, 2018, 12:38 pm

just started "The Body in the Ice" by A J Mackenzie, the second in the Romney Marsh historical crime series, and I'm also now reading "A Death in the Dales" by Julia Chapman.
Currently reading "A Suitable Vengeance" by Elizabeth George and "Force of Nature" by Jane Harper


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