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What Are You Reading June 2019?

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princess garnet
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What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by princess garnet » Thu June 6th, 2019, 7:29 pm

New thread for the month!
Library copy of Anna of Kleve by Alison Weir. It's the 4th entry in her "6 Tudor Queens" series. More here:
http://alisonweir.org.uk/books/bookpage ... -kleve.php
The US edition cover features a costumed lady holding a book as she's looking out the stained class window.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The King's Witch" by Tracy Borman
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by Madeleine » Fri June 7th, 2019, 8:42 am

"The Last Hours" by Minette Walters, set during the plague of 1348, and "The Mechanical Devil" by Kate Ellis, modern day crime in Devon, coupled with the discovery of a mysterious early automaton, found buried near a village church.
Currently reading "The King's Witch" by Tracy Borman

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Vanessa
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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

Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by Vanessa » Fri June 7th, 2019, 10:27 am

I’m reading The Brief by Simon Michael, a courtroom/murder mystery set during the 1960s. I’ve already met the Kray twins! :o It’s a review book and I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by it.

I’m also reading Not Speaking by Norma Clarke via the Pigeonhole app. It’s a memoir about Nicky Clarke, celebrity and royalty hairdresser. It’s written by his sister and I’m finding it very interesting. I hadn’t realised it was a memoir or about the Nicky Clarke when I joined!

I’m listening to La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith which I’m finding a gentle, light-hearted read (or listen!).
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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Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by princess garnet » Fri June 14th, 2019, 4:10 pm

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White (Codebreakers #1)
The novel features math prodigy Margot de Wilde who first appeared in A Song Unheard as the main lead. A few characters from "Shadows Over England" trilogy appear too.

The sequel On the Wings of Devotion will release in early 2020.

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Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by red805 » Mon June 17th, 2019, 9:48 pm

Just finished the audiobook Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly, who also wrote Lilac Girls. I had really liked Lilac Girls, & had been looking forward to this book set in the WWI era in Russia, Paris, & New England, but all of the 3 main characters had something that bothered me enough that I downgraded my rating for this book. Whiny, entitled, or corrupted, I didn't really care for the protagonists of this one, although thankfully they were not that way throughout the entire book. I haven't read much about the White Russian emigrees fleeing the Russian Revolution, so I have to say the story was interesting. Oh well, can't win them all.

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Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by Madeleine » Tue June 18th, 2019, 8:38 am

"The Lost Man" by Jane Harper, contemporary drama set in the Australian outback.
Currently reading "The King's Witch" by Tracy Borman

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Vanessa
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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

Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by Vanessa » Tue June 18th, 2019, 8:52 am

I’ve just finished The Silent Woman by Terry Lynn Thomas, a tale of espionage and murder set just before WWII. I very much enjoyed it.

I’m reading Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon and, via Pigeonhole, Tell Me a Secret by Dorothy Koomson, both co temporary stories.
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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Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by red805 » Sat June 22nd, 2019, 7:21 pm

I am really loving The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, set during & after WWII in Germany with 3 women as the main characters. I'm about in the middle of it, but it's looking like a 10/10 for me at this point.

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Vanessa
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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

Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by Vanessa » Sun June 23rd, 2019, 1:53 pm

I’m reading Tudor Dawn by David Field, the first in the Tudor Saga series. It’s a review book. It begins with Edward IV on the throne and Henry Tudor growing up in exile.

Im also reading Via Pigeonhole Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson, a contemporary psychological thriller. I’m looking forward to reading The Book of Bera: Obsidian by Susie Wilde, a Viking tale set in Iceland, which begins on 8 July.
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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Re: What Are You Reading June 2019?

Post by Madeleine » Mon June 24th, 2019, 9:12 am

I've just started "Cragside", 6th book in the DCI Ryan series, set in Northumberland at a real-life National Trust property.
Currently reading "The King's Witch" by Tracy Borman

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