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SonjaMarie's Books Read In 2012

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Tue September 25th, 2012, 2:25 am

Sorry it took me awhile to post this:
August 2012 17
"Absolute Power: The Real Lives of Europe's Most Infamous Rulers" by Chad Denton (639pgs, 2006) (8/9)* (K)
"Uncertain Unions & Broken Lives: Intimate & Revealing Accounts of Marriage & Divorce in England" by Lawrence Stone (612pgs, 1995) (8/9)*
"The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown" by Claire Ridgway (249pgs, 2012) (8/14)* (K)
"The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frakenstein" by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler (331pgs, 2007) (8/14)
"Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First Class Passengers and Their World" by Hugh Brewster (373pgs, 2012) (8/15)* (K)
"Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici" by Miles J. Unger (468pgs, 2009) (8/16)
"The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean" by David Abulafia (695pgs, 2011) (8/17)*
"Jennie: The Life of Lady Randolph Churchill" by Ralph G. Martin (622pgs, 2007) (8/19)
"Chasing Graveyard Ghosts: Investigations of Haunted and Hallowed Ground" by Melba Goodwyn (289pgs, 2011) (8/19)*
"The Astors 1763 - 1992: Landscape With Millionaires" by Derek Wilson (437pgs, 1993) (8/20)*
"Jane Austen for Dummies" by Joan Klingel Ray, PhD (340pgs, 2006) (8/21)*
"An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain" by Diane Ackerman (261pgs, 2005) (8/21)*
"The Great Survivors: How Monarchy Made It Into the Twenty-First Century" by Peter Conradi (413pgs, 2012) (8/21)* (K)
"Executioner: The Chronicles of James Berry, Victorian Hangman" by Stewart P. Evans (358pgs, 2004) (8/25)*
"Henry VI (Yale English Monarchs)" by Bertram Wolffe (398pgs, 1983) (8/25)*
"Star of the Morning: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Hester Stanhope" by Kirsten Ellis (416pgs, 2008) (8/27)*
"The Wild Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria's Defiant Daughter" by Mary Hart Perry (420pgs, 2012) (8/29) - I'm reading a biography on Louise and the novel is definitely a fictional take on her life, hardly recognizable as the same person, but I did like it.
Pages: 7321 (+82) - 430pgs aver (4 BF, 13 Own (4 Kindle))

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Postby SonjaMarie » Wed October 3rd, 2012, 2:39 am

Another great month for reading:
September 2012 21
"Mr. Brigg's Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder" by Kate Colquhoun (304pgs, 2011) (9/2)*
"Dust to Dust: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #7" by Beverly Connor (375pgs, 2009) (9/3)* (K)
"Chronicles of Old London: Exploring England's Historical Capital" by Kevin Jackson (377pgs, 2012) (9/4)* (K)
"Fatal Depth: Deep Sea Diving, China Fever, and the Wreck of the Andrea Doria" by Joe Haberstroh (268pgs, 2004) (9/5)*
"Henry VIII and His Afterlives - Literature, Politics, and Art" ed by Mark Rankin, Christopher Highley, and John N. King (266pgs, 2009) (9/5)*
"Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris" by David King (351pgs, 2011) (9/7)
"Stones, Bones, and Ancient Cities" by Lawrence H. Robbins, Ph.D (249pgs, 1990) (9/8)*
"Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game & How It Got That Way" by Philip E. Orbanes (281pgs, 2006) (9/9)*
"Ghosts, Apparitions and Poltergeists: An Exploration of the Supernatural Through History" by Brian Righi (200pgs, 2008) (9/11)*
"A Crack In the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906" by Simon Winchester (426pgs, 2006) (9/13)
"Ghost Story: Dresden Files #13" by Jim Butcher (477pgs, 2011) (9/15)* - One of the best books of the series, and Yeah "Cold Days #14" out in Nov, already on preorder for Kindle!
"Emma" by Jane Austen (462pgs, 1815) (9/17)* (K) - Was interesting see how it was similar and different from my fave version of "Emma" with Paltrow, but P&P still my fave of the two.
"Murder, New England: A Historical Collection of Killer True-Crime Tales" by M. William Phelps (199pgs, 2012) (9/17)
"My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir" by Dick Van Dyke (293pgs, 2011) (9/17)
"The Mistresses: Domestic Scandals of 19th Century Monarchs" by Betty Kelen (335pgs, 1966orig, 1993ed) (9/18)*
"Secrets of the Lost Symbol" ed by. Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer (409pgs, 2010) (9/19)*
"The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World" by Shelley Emling (227pgs, 2009) (9/20)
"Delusion In Death" by J.D. Robb (400pgs, 2012) (9/20)* (K)
"The Witching Hour: The Mayfair Witches #1" by Anne Rice (1039pgs, 1990) (9/22)* - I read this almost 20 years ago and hardly remembered any of it, reading "Lasher" now and the same thing, it's like I never read them at all, not sure what that says about the books or my memory!
"The Night Killer: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #8" by Beverly Connor (342pgs, 2010) (9/27)* (K)
"Edward IV (Yale English Monarchs)" by Charles Derek Ross (467pgs, 1974) (9/30)*
Pages: 7747 - 368pgs aver (5 BF, 16 Own (5 Kindle))

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Postby annis » Wed October 3rd, 2012, 7:47 am

I read Mr Brigg's Hat when it first came out and thought it quite fascinating.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Fri November 2nd, 2012, 2:27 am

"annis" wrote:I read Mr Brigg's Hat when it first came out and thought it quite fascinating.


It made me question whether Muller was actually guilty or not, but there was a lot of circumstantial evidence against him.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Fri November 2nd, 2012, 2:39 am

October 2012 22
"Dr. Johnson's London" by Liza Picard (337pgs, 2001) (10/1)*
"Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Unconventional Daughter" by Jehanne Wake (414pgs, 1998orig, 2012ed) (10/3)* (K) - The character of Louise in the novel "The Wild Princess" by Mary Hart Perry was hardly recognizable to the real woman and her real life it was very loosely based on. Her next book is on Beatrice, I'll probably read it and then read the biography about her after.
"The Stories Behind London's Streets Pt #1" by Peter Thurgood (357pgs, 2011) (10/6)* (K)
"I, Jane: In the Court of Henry VIII" by Diane Haeger (389pgs, 2012) (10/9) - It was ok. A couple of anachronism though! She has Catherine of Aragon and ladies hearing from the Book of Common Prayer, she was dead 16 years before it came out! And Anne Boleyn talks having her head on a spike on Tower Bridge, which wasn't built until the late 1800s.
"Haunted Ground: Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire Mystery #1" by Erin Hart (475pgs, 2004) (10/10)
"The First Detective: The Life and Revolutionary Times of Vidocq, Criminal, Spy, and Private Eye" by James Morton (251pgs, 2004) (10/12)
"Consuming Splendor: Society and Culture in Seventeenth-Century England" by Linda Levy Peck (359pgs, 2005) (10/13)*
"The Encyclopedia of Ancient History" by Charlotte Hurdman, Richard Tames, Philip Steele, Fiona MacDonald (498pgs, 2011) (10/13)*
"Near A Thousand Tables: A History of Food" by Felipe Fernández-Armesto (228pgs, 2004) (10/13)*
"If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Renovation Mystery #1" by Juliet Blackwell (316pgs, 2010) (10/14)
"The Pig-Faced Lady of Manchester Square & Other Medical Marvels" by Jan Bondeson (283pgs, 2004) (10/16)*
"The Making of Victorian Sexuality" by Michael Mason (306pgs, 1994) (10/18)*
"501 Movie Stars" General Editor - Steven Jay Schneider (628pgs, 2007) (10/20)*
"Mistress of Mourning" by Karen Harper (377pgs, 2012) (10/20)* - Good mystery, but not spectacular.
"The Secret Life of Aphra Behn" by Janet Todd (467pgs, 1996) (10/21)* (Not a novel)
"The Purple Shroud: A Novel of Empress Theodora" by Stella Duffy (394pgs, 2012) (10/22) - Very good follow up and final to her first book "Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore".
"Water Witch: Fairwick Chronicles #2" by Carol Goodman (339, 2012) (10/26)*
"One Grave Less: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #9" by Beverly Connor (391pgs, 2010) (10/26)* (K)
"Richard III (Yale English Monarchs)" by Charles Derek Ross (301pgs, 1981) (10/27)*
"In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran" by John Taylor w/Tom Sykes (416pgs, 2012) (10/29)* (K) - John is my favourite member of the band since I was 11, good book, interesting to see how he has viewed his life and career.
"Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights" of Jessica Kerwin Jenkins (266pgs, 2010) (10/30)*
"Lasher: The Mayfair Witches #2" by Anne Rice (629pgs, 1993) (10/30)*
Pages: 8421 - 382pgs aver (5 BF, 17 Own (4 Kindle))

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Postby SonjaMarie » Thu December 13th, 2012, 4:08 am

November 2012 20
"Post Mortem: Solving History's Great Medical Mysteries" by Philip A. Mackowiak, MD (343pgs, 2007) (11/3)*
"Elizabeth I in Film and Television: A Study of the Major Portrayals" by Bethany Latham (677pgs, 2011) (11/5)* (K)
"Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky (450pgs, 2002) (11/7)*
"Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages" by Phyllis Rose (275pgs, 1984) (11/14)
"Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and The New Eroticism" by Deborah Lutz (281pgs, 2011) (11/14)*
"The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous & Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici" by Elizabeth Lev (292pgs, 2011) (11/16)
"Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code" ed by Dan Burstein (381pgs, 2004) (11/17)*
"Casanova's Women: The Great Seducer and the Women He Loved" by Judith Summers (359pgs, 2006) (11/18)*
"Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists" by Anthony M. Amore & Tom Mashberg (227pgs, 2011) (11/19)
"Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self" by Claire Tomalin (416pgs, 2002) (11/21)*
"Relish: The Extraordinary Life of Alexis Soyer, Victorian Celebrity Chef" by Ruth Cowen (342pgs, 2007) (11/24)*
"Villages of Britain: The Five Hundred Villages That Made the Countryside" by Clive Aslet (678pgs, 2010) (11/24)*
"Sugar: A Bittersweet History" by Elizabeth Abbott (408pgs, 2010) (11/24)
"Terrors of the Table: The Curious History of Nutrition" by Walter Gratzer (262pgs, 2006) (11/26)*
"Dead Bolt: A Haunted Renovation Mystery #2" by Juliet Blackwell (278pgs, 2011) (11/26)* (K)
"Anything Goes" by John Barrowman with Carole E. Barrowman (239pgs, 2009)* (11/27)* (K)
"Henry VII (Yale English Monarchs)" by S.B. Chrimes (365pgs, 1972) (11/27)*
"Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between The World's Greatest Chocolate Makers" by Deborah Cadbury (344pgs, 2011) (11/29)
"Wait for Me! Memoirs" by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire (360pgs, 2010) (11/29)
"The Complete Murders of the Black Museum 1835-1985" by Gordon Honeycombe (381pgs, 1992) (11/30)*
Pages: 7378 (-1043) - 368pgs aver (6 BF, 14 Own (3 Kindle))
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Postby SonjaMarie » Sat January 12th, 2013, 3:17 am

December 2012 18
"Imperial Requiem: Four Royal Women and the Fall of the Age of Empires" by Justin C. Vovk (585pgs, 2012) (12/4)* (K)
"Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII" by Kyra Cornelius Kramer (287pgs, 2012) (12/7)* (K)
"Infamous Murders and Mysteries - Cold Case Files and Who-Done-Its" by Dr. Robert J. Girod, Sr (489pgs, 2009) (12/10)* (K)
"The Tale of Halcyon Crane" by Wendy Webb (326pgs, 2010) (12/12)
"Theodora: Empress of Byzantium" by Paolo Cesaretti (345pgs, 2004) (12/16)*
"Assassination: The Royal Family's 1000 Year Curse - The Murder or Attempted Murder of the Every King or Queen" by David Maislish (496pgs, 2012) (12/18)* (K)
"The Other Victorians: A Study of Sexuality and Pornagraphy in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England" by Steven Marcus (286pgs, 1966) (12/19)*
"How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance" by Marilyn Yalom (370pgs, 2012) (12/19)
"Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayham, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy" by Paul Thomas Murphy (551pgs, 2012) (12/20)* (K)
"Murder on the House: A Haunted Renovation Mystery #3" by Juliet Blackwell (275pgs, 2012) (12/22)* (K)
"Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert" by Michael Krondl (370pgs, 2011) (12/27)* (K)
"Cold Days: Dresden Files #14" by Jim Butcher (600pgs, 2012) (12/27)* (K)
"Four Sisters, All Queens" by Sherry Jones (450pgs, 2012) (12/27)*
"Taltos: The Mayfair Witches #3" by Anne Rice (557pgs, 1994) (12/28)*
"Lake of Sorrows: Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire Mystery #2" by Erin Hart (491pgs, 2004) (12/28)*
"Haunted Britain & Ireland: Over 100 of the Scariest Places to Visit in the UK & Ireland" by Derek Acorah (290pgs, 2009) (12/28)* (K)
"Henry VIII (Yale English Monarchs)" by J.J. Scarisbrick (547pgs, 1970) (12/29)*
"Pleasures & Pastimes of Victorian Britain" by Pamela Horn (454pgs, 1999orig, 2012kindle) (12/30)* (K)
Pages: 7769 - 431pgs aver (3 BF, 15 Own (10 Kindle))

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