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Feb 2009 - What are you reading?

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Post by EC2 » Thu February 19th, 2009, 1:45 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Today over lunch I started Knight's Honor by Roberta Gellis (about Roger, Earl of Hereford set during the Stephen/Henry II time frame)[/quote]

I read that many years ago and enjoyed it. The real Roger of Hereford actually married Sybilla FitzJohn of Ludlow!
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Post by Nefret » Thu February 19th, 2009, 2:04 am

The King's Pleasure by Norah Lofts

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Post by LCW » Thu February 19th, 2009, 4:37 pm

I can't decide between The Time Traveller's Wife and The White Mare. I'll figure it out by tonight though!!
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu February 19th, 2009, 7:35 pm

I've finished "Where the Bodies Are: Final Visits to the Rich, Famous & Interesting" by Patricia Brooks. A look at the final resting places of many famous/infamous people in America. The author doesn't go into detail about everyone because the book would be a lot bigger and heavier if she did, but does mini bios on quite a few and small snippets about others. There aren't as many images of the graves as I would've liked, but I guess if I'm really curious I could look them up at Find A Grave. All in all a very interesting read.

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Post by MissMarplestein » Fri February 20th, 2009, 12:13 am

I decided to start with Emma...thanks for all the suggestions!

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Post by Ludmilla » Fri February 20th, 2009, 1:57 pm

I needed something light and entertaining to read, so I picked up Heyer's These Old Shades. It alternates between being entertaining flufff and mildly annoying. I've never had much tolerance for shallow or superficial characters, and in a romance of this kind, I would imagine it's hard for an author to strike the right balance to keep it entertaining and light without feeling too superficial. This was one of Heyer's early novels, and I think she was still trying to perfect that formula in this one. Once I'm done with this, I think I'll be ready for something meaty to read.

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Post by EC2 » Fri February 20th, 2009, 2:09 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]I needed something light and entertaining to read, so I picked up Heyer's These Old Shades. It alternates between being entertaining flufff and mildly annoying. I've never had much tolerance for shallow or superficial characters, and in a romance of this kind, I would imagine it's hard for an author to strike the right balance to keep it entertaining and light without feeling too superficial. This was one of Heyer's early novels, and I think she was still trying to perfect that formula in this one. Once I'm done with this, I think I'll be ready for something meaty to read.[/quote]

I used to belong to a book group where this was chosen as a read. I'm not a Heyer fan and this one just cemented my awareness of that, but perhaps it was the wrong choice. I don't remember much about it, except a girl dressed as a boy and everyone 'making a leg' here there and everywhere!
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Post by Leyland » Fri February 20th, 2009, 2:16 pm

[quote=""LCW""]I can't decide between The Time Traveller's Wife and The White Mare. I'll figure it out by tonight though!![/quote]I have TTTW and started it, but couldn't get hooked so it's back into TBRland for another go in the future. I started TWM just last weekend and am really enjoying it so far - about fifty pages in. Tax season is starting to crank up and I'm taking an International Accounting night class with written assignments due weekly, so reading for pleasure will become a 'guilty' thing soon!
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Fri February 20th, 2009, 3:37 pm

[quote=""Leyland""]I have TTTW and started it, but couldn't get hooked [/quote]

I think The Time Traveller's Wife is a book that you either 'get' or don't. Those I know who've read it have either completely fallen in love with it and thought it was one of the best books they'd read in ages (me, my sister-in-law....) or found it just a bit odd and pointless (my Mum, my best friend...)

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Post by princess garnet » Fri February 20th, 2009, 3:39 pm

Marie Therese by Susan Nagel, a biography of the eldest daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

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