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What are you reading August 2011?

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Elysium
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Postby Elysium » Fri August 26th, 2011, 6:22 pm

I started reading The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent but didn't finish it. It was boring and I just couldn't care less what happened with the characters.

Now I'm reading My Lord John by Georgette Heyer. Bit on the dry side but I'm liking it more than The Conqueror.

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Sat August 27th, 2011, 3:29 am

I finished 1 book yesterday and 2 today:
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (759pgs, 2007, reread)*. Even though I read this twice when it came out (once to myself and once to Harm), I forgot a lot about it!


"The Watchtower: Watchtower Book #2" by Lee Carroll (aka Carol Goodman & Lee Slonimsky) (385pgs, 2011). A good book, though I like the first one a bit more, I hope there's at least another book cause she can't leave it where it ended!

"Bess of Hardwick, Empire Builder" by Mary S. Lovell (522pgs, 2005)*. Good book about a fascinating woman. One major error for me though:
Page 29: Says that Bradgate was built by Charles Brandon. Bradgate is mostly known as the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey. It was not built by Brandon, it had nothing to do with Brandon except that his daughter Frances married Henry Grey, and they were Jane's parents.

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Postby boswellbaxter » Sat August 27th, 2011, 3:47 am

"SonjaMarie" wrote:
"Bess of Hardwick, Empire Builder" by Mary S. Lovell (522pgs, 2005)*. Good book about a fascinating woman. One major error for me though:
Page 29: Says that Bradgate was built by Charles Brandon. Bradgate is mostly known as the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey. It was not built by Brandon, it had nothing to do with Brandon except that his daughter Frances married Henry Grey, and they were Jane's parents.

SM


Lovell also has Jane's parents plotting to marry their infant son to Mary, despite the fact that Mary was out of favor at the time and slightly older than Frances Grey to boot. When she went on to say that history recorded that Frances was cruel to her lower servants, without bothering to give a citation to where this history or the previous "fact" was recorded, I introduced Mr. Book to Mr. Wall and decided to find another book about Bess.
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Berengaria
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Postby Berengaria » Sat August 27th, 2011, 5:11 am

I have started to read Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I read it when it first came out many years ago, and thought a re-read was warranted. Also reading Michael Robotham's Bloodline and the EC book listed below. Sometimes, the nights go on too long because I skip back and forth between books, and I don't get up until just before noon. I'd best get back to my "regular" hours before school starts again!
BTW:To any of you facing Hurricane Irene, my thoughts are with you, and I hope that any damage is minimal!
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Brenna
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Location: Delaware

Postby Brenna » Sat August 27th, 2011, 3:20 pm

Finished Eragon and started EC's Shadows and Strongholds. Loving it so far!
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Telynor
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Location: On the Banks of the Hudson

Postby Telynor » Sat August 27th, 2011, 8:33 pm

Battening down the hatches, making certain I can get to the generator and that there's plenty of fuel for it; we have plenty of food, water and the like, and backed up the harddrives into the storage. Sigh. So I guess that we're ready for the visit by Irene. Cats are being mellow about all the bustling about, sensible creatures that they are.

Now reading Barbara Hambly's Dragonshadow and what a roller-coaster ride that one is turning out to be.

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Postby fljustice » Sat August 27th, 2011, 9:48 pm

Had a terrible bout of insomnia Thursday night and finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Queen by Right. Haven't decided what to read next, but it will probably be a non-fiction. Maybe a biography of Oscar Wilde and a research book. Must make up my mind soon, before the hurricane does for the power!
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson & Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager(Pigeonhole)
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Postby Vanessa » Mon August 29th, 2011, 10:53 am

I've just started Rose, Rose Where Are You? by Rosemary Ellerbeck, aka The House by the Sea by Nicola Thorne. It seems the author has two pen names and also decided the change the title of the book after 30 years!!!!! My copy of the book was published in the 1970s.
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George & Force of Nature by Jane Harper
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Mon August 29th, 2011, 11:35 am

I'm just about to start "Though the Heavens May Fall" by E V Thompson, a historical crime drama set in London and Cornwall, and I'm still ploughing through "The Distant Hours" - more like the distant ending!
Currently reading "A Suitable Vengeance" by Elizabeth George and "Force of Nature" by Jane Harper

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Postby SGM » Mon August 29th, 2011, 11:41 am

"Berengaria" wrote:I have started to read Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I read it when it first came out many years ago, and thought a re-read was warranted.


Aah. I read that when I was in college and many years later saw parts of the televisation. I only saws part because I discovered it by mistake (I must have been suffering from insomnia at the time) at a peculiar time of the night and recording was too much of a faff in the days when I had to use VHS. It is a fascinating read.
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