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sweetpotatoboy
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Fri October 28th, 2011, 3:41 pm

[quote=""scubachick420""]Hmm, does she mean ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder or maybe Add - as in need to add more too?? I vote for the latter myself!![/quote]

Me too. I've decided not to beat myself up about my book-buying habit. There are so many more harmful and expensive addictions out there.
That having been said, I tell myself I'm a "collector", not a shopaholic. It sounds more urbane.

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Post by Susanna Kearsley » Fri October 28th, 2011, 6:23 pm

In honour of the time of year I've finally broken down and ordered Tryst by Elswyth Thane. I really love a well-told ghost story, and have heard such amazing things about this one.

Besides which, Elswyth Thane was one of the favourite writers of one of my favourite writers, Jan Cox Speas, according to Jan's daughter Cindy, so I've been meaning to try one of Thane's books for ages.

Has anyone read her Williamsburg books? Any recommendations?

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Post by Berengaria » Sat October 29th, 2011, 3:07 am

[quote=""scubachick420""]Hmm, does she mean ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder or maybe Add - as in need to add more too?? I vote for the latter myself!![/quote]
Attention Deficit Disorder....she read this in some magazine. But I like your interpretation!
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Post by scubachick420 » Sat October 29th, 2011, 9:45 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Me too. I've decided not to beat myself up about my book-buying habit. There are so many more harmful and expensive addictions out there.
That having been said, I tell myself I'm a "collector", not a shopaholic. It sounds more urbane.[/quote]

I agree with you. I am definitely a "collector" also. Or maybe even a "connoisseur" (I'd like to think!) I also switched my word to "Passion" from "addiction", so i could feel better about my life-long compulsion for more books!

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Post by Madeleine » Sun October 30th, 2011, 12:18 pm

Just ordered from Amazon:

Circus of Ghosts by Barbara Ewing
Fevre Dream by George R R Martin
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore
Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross

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Post by rebecca » Mon October 31st, 2011, 12:52 am

[quote=""catlvr14""]I promised myself "no more books", but I had credit on Amazon....I know I don't have to justify myself to all the other addicts out there, just makes me feel better! :D

Secrets of the Tudor Court by DL Bogden
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Importance of Being Kennedy by Laurie Graham
Irish Princess by Karen Harper
Peachtree Road by Ann River Siddons[/quote]

LOL catlvr....At last count I have over 80 books on my TBR list and I have more on the way :D ....And when I come to this site I can't help but buy more :D ...I have so many bookshelves I'll soon be sleeping on the veranda ;) :D heehee.

Bec :)

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Post by catlvr14 » Mon October 31st, 2011, 3:32 am

I added 2 more this weekend (I'm learning self control!).

Mary of Carisbrooke: The Girl Who Would Not Betray Her King by Margaret Campbell Barnes
Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

My daughter moved out recently and took all her books with her, so I've got lots more room.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon October 31st, 2011, 4:47 am

[quote=""catlvr14""]I promised myself "no more books", but I had credit on Amazon....I know I don't have to justify myself to all the other addicts out there, just makes me feel better! :D

...Irish Princess by Karen Harper
...[/quote]
Let me know what you think of this one. Once at a rare Mary I period renaissance faire they got me in noble garb to play Elizabeth 'Geraldine' Fitzgerald-Browne (before she married Edward Clinton). But when I scanned the novel, there didn't seem to be any mention of her first marriage to Anthony Browne; and my guild portrays the Browne family in all its various incarnations. Altho since reading her bio I think I was a little old for the role, even if I was playing the stepmother of my daughter's character.

Anyway, if it's a good read, I should get more familiar with the lady in case I ever have to play her again.

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Post by Vanessa » Mon October 31st, 2011, 9:53 am

[quote=""catlvr14""]I added 2 more this weekend (I'm learning self control!).

Mary of Carisbrooke: The Girl Who Would Not Betray Her King by Margaret Campbell Barnes
Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

My daughter moved out recently and took all her books with her, so I've got lots more room.[/quote]

Sounds lethal!! ;) :D
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Post by Misfit » Mon October 31st, 2011, 2:42 pm

[quote=""Susanna Kearsley""]In honour of the time of year I've finally broken down and ordered Tryst by Elswyth Thane. I really love a well-told ghost story, and have heard such amazing things about this one.

Besides which, Elswyth Thane was one of the favourite writers of one of my favourite writers, Jan Cox Speas, according to Jan's daughter Cindy, so I've been meaning to try one of Thane's books for ages.

Has anyone read her Williamsburg books? Any recommendations?[/quote]

LoobyG has read some of them, I've read the first of them (enjoyed it a lot). I had planned on continuing on, but then the library's copy of Yankee Stranger was lost by the previous borrower so I'd have to go interlibrary. Got side tracked with other books and never did get there.
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