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January 2011: What Are You Reading?

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boswellbaxter
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Post by boswellbaxter » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 12:29 am

[quote=""rockygirl""]How is the Cleopatra book?[/quote]

I enjoyed it--thought it was very well written. Historically, I'm incapable of making any judgments about the soundness of its research. I'm reading the Adrian Goldsworthy book about Antony and Cleopatra now, and it does seem meatier, but it's slower going.
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Post by SCW » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 9:32 am

I'm giving up on 'Fall of Giants'. As so many people here post positive comments about 'Great Maria' I shall try and get hold of a copy.

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Post by LoobyG » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 6:04 pm

Am putting 'When Christ and his Saints slept' to one side for the moment for a bit of a break, and am 30 pages into 'All Together Dead' by Charlaine Harris :)

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 6:57 pm

I've finished "Cartier" by Hans Nadelhoffer (329pgs, 2007)*. A very good look at the jewellers and loads of wonderful images!

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Post by Brenna » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 8:22 pm

Finished Penelope's Daughter and have now started The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis. We'll see how it goes.
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Post by Vanessa » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 8:27 pm

I'm reading The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood.
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 8:29 pm

Reading Hood by Stephen Lawhead.

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Post by Brenna » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 11:35 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Reading Hood by Stephen Lawhead.[/quote]

Ohhh that is on my TBR. Let me know what you think!
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Post by Carine » Mon January 24th, 2011, 7:30 am

I've finished Time of singing by EC and now started The Reckoning by Sharon Penman

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Post by Ash » Mon January 24th, 2011, 11:46 am

Gave up on Galileo's Dream. Great premise, and some really good descriptions of Galileo's experiments, but the rest of the story was eh, and her poor writing kept me from getting too far into it. It would have been much better if she wrote a biography, instead of trying for Speculative HF.

Just started reading: How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer. I had heard of this French philosopher back in college but never had an interest in reading him. This new book explores his work in a rather intriguing way.

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