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What's the best book you've read this year?

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Susan
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Post by Susan » Sat November 27th, 2010, 1:40 pm

My 2010 Five Star Books:
  • Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran
  • For the King by Catherine Delors
  • The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W Gortner
  • To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell
  • Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
I am just finishing up The Bells by Richard Harvell which also may be a five star book. It's difficult to pick one, but I'm leaning towards Watermark because of its uniqueness.
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat November 27th, 2010, 2:13 pm

[quote=""emr""]he World the Flesh and the Devil. [/quote]
Wow, I forgot about that one. I really loved it. Scratch the other two and put that in first place.

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Post by Ash » Sat November 27th, 2010, 2:33 pm

I read it for the first time this year and it certainly was among my several 5* reads for the year.

Wow, for the first time? I read that in Jr Hi and it became a reread many times over by the time I hit college. I loved the movie, but it left out so much of the book (like Bonnie Blue's two siblings), that it didn't do the book justice. There's a sort of parody of it in The Wind Done Gone, but its not all that well done (Mitchell's estate sued the author but lost. Avoid the sequel that the estate approved, its pretty bad).

If you saw the movie you might You might check out Carol Burnett's skit , Went With the Wind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH6TBEbP77Q

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Post by Misfit » Sat November 27th, 2010, 2:47 pm

[quote=""Ash""]I read it for the first time this year and it certainly was among my several 5* reads for the year.

Wow, for the first time? I read that in Jr Hi and it became a reread many times over by the time I hit college. I loved the movie, but it left out so much of the book (like Bonnie Blue's two siblings), that it didn't do the book justice. There's a sort of parody of it in The Wind Done Gone, but its not all that well done (Mitchell's estate sued the author but lost. Avoid the sequel that the estate approved, its pretty bad).

If you saw the movie you might You might check out Carol Burnett's skit , Went With the Wind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH6TBEbP77Q[/quote]

Oh thanks for that I think. I can see wasting my whole day watching videos from that show. What a cast that was...
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Post by Ash » Sat November 27th, 2010, 3:03 pm

This is the second part, with the famous curtain dress scene. Loved the ending

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjhtxfSMIWk&NR=1

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Post by Ariadne » Sat November 27th, 2010, 3:35 pm

[quote=""javagirl""]
Selden Edwards - "The Little Book"

The review here is where I learned about it.[/quote]

Cool, that's my review! Glad you picked up Little Book because of it -- I agree it hasn't gotten as much attention as it deserves.

For my own picks, I'll list four:

Kathleen Grissom, The Kitchen House
Dana Hand, Deep Creek
David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Kate Morton, The Distant Hours

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LoobyG
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Post by LoobyG » Sat November 27th, 2010, 3:45 pm

I've read so many good books this year it's hard to select one! I think the top three of this year for me would be 'Forever Amber' by Kathleen Winsor, the first Angelique by Sergeanne Golon and 'Yankee Stranger' by Elswyth Thane. All three definitely re-reads for me in the future :)

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Post by eddieo396 » Sat November 27th, 2010, 3:58 pm

best book this year was city of dreams by beverly swerling.....

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Michy
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Post by Michy » Sat November 27th, 2010, 4:47 pm

It's too soon for me to pick my best book of 2010 since there is still over a month and many more (hopefully!) books to go. That being said, two really stand out for me; it will take a mighty good book between now and December 31 to displace them as best reads of the year. They are: Zemindar by Valerie Fitzgerald and Bloodroot by Amy Greene.

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Post by fljustice » Sat November 27th, 2010, 5:13 pm

My top spot would go to A Mercy by Toni Morris with Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell and Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens very close seconds. All were "challenging" reads...in a good way...made me think. Many other books had good stories and fun characters, but these three both stretched my reader's muscles and excited my writer's envy.
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