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March 2009 - What are you reading?

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Post by Ash » Sat March 14th, 2009, 2:50 am

[quote=""EC2""]I wondered if Alison Weir has children - or if she does how long ago etc.
... Sorry, but no can suspend disbelief! One for the wall![/quote]

Phillipa Gregory's book about Catherine of Aragon was a wallbanger after just a few pages for this very reason. I teach preschoolers for gods sake.

Just got Master of Verona and plan to start reading it tonight.

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Post by nona » Sat March 14th, 2009, 12:42 pm

haven't had alot of free time so still reading The Scarlet Lion by EC sometimes I can't get over the cruelty of people.

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Post by Sheramy » Sat March 14th, 2009, 3:20 pm

I am finally reading Water for Elephants and enjoying it very much. I haven't had much time to read fun books this semester, so I'm hoping that this week (spring break! woot!) I will make some headway into my TBR pile.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat March 14th, 2009, 5:52 pm

I've finished "London's Dead: A Guided Tour of the Capital's Dead" by Ed Glinert.

When I ordered this book, I thought it was going to be where famous or infamous people were buried in London. It is, sorta.... This book actually much more, it tells you were famous or infamous people died and sometimes where they are buried, or where major deaths (liked during the wars or the 2005 terrorist attacks), or murders (Jack the Ripper, the Acid Bath Murders, etc) took place in London, and other little tidbits. Overall it's a very interesting book, though the author seems to have Charles I and son Charles II mixed up occasionally, informing readers that Charles II was buried in a vault Henry VII's chapel at Westminster Abbey immediately after his execution in 1685! (Charles II wasn't executed, his father was, in 1649). But despite the little mistakes I really enjoyed this book.

PS: One reason I was a bit mislead was that Amazon has this book listed as "London's Dead: A Guided Tour of the Graveyards of London", so who can blame a girl, huh?

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Post by Leyland » Sun March 15th, 2009, 4:35 pm

Will be making my way slowly through Kate Mosse's Sepulchre over the next few weeks of tax season and one university night class. I've read a few Amazon review comparisons to Kostova's The Historian, which I really enjoyed, so I'm thinking I'll like my first Mosse novel.
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Post by Vanessa » Sun March 15th, 2009, 5:01 pm

I loved Kate Mosse's Labyrinth and have Sepulchre on my TBR pile, Leyland.
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Post by Madeleine » Sun March 15th, 2009, 6:09 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Instead I have picked up The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee - 19thC Herefordshire, and already I'm loving it. What beautiful, writing, delicate as crystal, but muscular too.[/quote]

I read this one a few years ago, it is beautifully written, quite sad though. Glad you're enjoying it, it's very atmospheric too.

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Post by Telynor » Sun March 15th, 2009, 7:10 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I've finished "Faberge's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived An Empire" by Toby Faber. This is a very interesting and fascinating book. It discusses how Faberge got started, how he started creating the eggs for Empress Marie and then Empress Alexandra, and their "life" after the murders of the Romanovs. I really enjoyed this book.


I have this one on my Mt TBR. Faberge artifacts fascinate me, and the items that I have seen in person have simply blown me away.

Just finished up the new bio of Pauline Bonaparte by Flora Fraser. Alas, just a 3/5 read. Pity. And I agree about the idea of a three year old doing perfect embroidery -- it's just too much of a stretch. And when oh when will authors stop writing about the Tudors? enough already!

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Post by LCW » Sun March 15th, 2009, 7:19 pm

I gave up on The Dress Lodger. It was just too dark, weird, and I just didnt' "get it" and got sick of trying. I'm now giving Dark Angels by Karleen Koen a shot. I loved Through a Glass Darkly so I'm anxious to see how this one goes.
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Post by nona » Sun March 15th, 2009, 7:24 pm

[quote=""Telynor""]And when oh when will authors stop writing about the Tudors? enough already![/quote]

As much as I like reading about the Tudors I agree there are enough Tudor books out there waiting to be read that they could pick different subjects and all would be fine.


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