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December 2010: What are you reading?

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Amanda
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Post by Amanda » Mon December 6th, 2010, 3:29 am

I have started listening to the audiobook of At Home by Bill Bryson. Very good so far with lots of trivia tidbits, and things that get you thinking. Also branches out into related topics, for example he talks alot about the 1851 Great Exhibition and the building of Crystal Palace. I think I will be asking Santa for the book to read, as although Bill Bryson is reading it himself, he goes through things just that little bit too quickly. I feel like I need to pause it to have a think and ponder what he has just been talking about.

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Post by LoobyG » Mon December 6th, 2010, 8:12 am

[quote=""Alisha Marie Klapheke""]I'm about half way through The Golden Compass because a dear friend of mine will not leave me alone until I read it. I have to say I don't care much for it so far. Not because of any devilish stuff--it's fiction after all--but I just am not in the mood for a young adult book. Or is this middle grade?[/quote]

I finished this book last week and I thought it was alright, but like Ash I think I'd have liked it a lot more if I'd read it when I was younger. The second half of the book was better and I love the daemon idea. I'm still pondering whether to keep the next two books in the series or give them away... :)

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Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
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Post by SCW » Mon December 6th, 2010, 10:23 am

I've just bought Water for Elephants, but would appreciate any recommendations for newly released Historical Fiction, thanks!

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross
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Post by Madeleine » Mon December 6th, 2010, 3:26 pm

[quote=""Alisha Marie Klapheke""]I'm about half way through The Golden Compass because a dear friend of mine will not leave me alone until I read it. I have to say I don't care much for it so far. Not because of any devilish stuff--it's fiction after all--but I just am not in the mood for a young adult book. Or is this middle grade?[/quote]

I enjoyed TGC (or Northern Lights as it was called in the UK back then!) and loved the second one, wasn't so keen on the 3rd book - it seemed to go on and on forever - so it's up to you if you want to read the next one!
Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross

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Post by Elysium » Tue December 7th, 2010, 6:19 pm

I'm reading The White Boar by Marian Palmer and I've liked it so far.

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Vanessa
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Post by Vanessa » Tue December 7th, 2010, 8:18 pm

I'm just about to start A Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory.
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Post by Berengaria » Wed December 8th, 2010, 2:35 am

I have a new copy of The Distant Hoursand another oneHammer of the Scots. Plus I'm trying hard to finish the book in mysignature. I don't where to begin or continue! :eek:
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Post by Divia » Wed December 8th, 2010, 2:38 am

Just finished Bright Young Things from the author who brought us the Luxe Series.

I have to say I enjoyed this one way more. The girls weren't bed hopping. Imagine that! :D
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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed December 8th, 2010, 3:07 am

I started Bloody Mary by Hilda Lewis after giving up in disgust on two recent HF novels. One was a whinefest, the other was a genealogical table with dialogue.
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Post by emr » Wed December 8th, 2010, 9:01 am

Started The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett a couple days ago and almost gave it up after 50 pages of latin-french-not-quite-english gibberish but I'm glad I persevered (and the gibberish improved) Accepting that Lymond talks like that, I find hard to believe that everybody else has the cultural level to understand him. Anyway I've got to like his quest for justice always destined to fail...

I think I'll need something brainless next :D
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