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September 2010: What Are You Reading?

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Michy
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Location: California

Postby Michy » Fri September 17th, 2010, 2:28 pm

Literary authors are usually the most difficult for me to read. For instance, Joyce Carol Oates is vaunted as a great author, but I've never been able to read any of her books.

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Postby RichardWarrenField » Fri September 17th, 2010, 3:46 pm

Don't feel bad, it took me several tries and three books read in between until things finally clicked for me. That said, it is unfortunate with these *literary* books with that pressure that if you don't get it there must be something wrong. Definitely not literary, but I sure felt like the odd man out when reading Pillars of the Earth and then looked again at all those glowing reviews wondering if I had a different book. That's life.


Literary authors are usually the most difficult for me to read. For instance, Joyce Carol Oates is vaunted as a great author, but I've never been able to read any of her books.


The truth is, not every writer will connect with every reader. I liked PILLARS OF THE EARTH, and in fact blogged extensively about the mini-series. And the few Oates short stories I've read connected with me. But, a few years back, COLD MOUNTAIN didn't do it for me, though at least I finished it. I think we writers have a duty to create something that communicates what we want to get across clearly. If we're looking to experiment with form to create an effect, we do run the risk of losing readers. Ms. Mantel lost me, but obviously captivated many others!

I am now reading ON FALCON'S WINGS by Lisa Yarde.

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rockygirl
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Location: Upstate New York

Postby rockygirl » Sat September 18th, 2010, 11:51 am

You did better than me. I couldn't get past the first chapter of Cold Mountain.

Currently enjoying One Thousand White Women, which I got at the library.

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sat September 18th, 2010, 1:14 pm

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Telynor
Bibliophile
Location: On the Banks of the Hudson

Postby Telynor » Sat September 18th, 2010, 2:06 pm

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. Very well written, very moving, and you need those hankies in the earliest chapters.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell & And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Sat September 18th, 2010, 2:16 pm

I loved that book, Misfit. I hope you enjoy it.
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Kasthu
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Location: Radnor, PA
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Postby Kasthu » Sat September 18th, 2010, 3:51 pm

"Misfit" wrote:The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley


Oh, I loved this one!

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Sat September 18th, 2010, 5:59 pm

I've finished "Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin" by Susan Nagel (295pgs, 2004). Interesting biography, a bit laggy in parts. Seems almost amateurish compared to the other Nagel book I'm reading right now about Marie-Therese, the daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. The books are like day and night.

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Berengaria
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Location: northern Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Carolly Erickson's Rival to the Queen

Postby Berengaria » Sat September 18th, 2010, 6:28 pm

I know this book hasn't been published yet, but wanted to know if any of you were thinking of buying it.
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TLee
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Location: Westchester, NY

Postby TLee » Sat September 18th, 2010, 10:08 pm

I am about 1/3 of the way through Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen. Another wonderful romp with Lady Georgiana!


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