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What Are You Reading? March 2011

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Mon March 21st, 2011, 6:01 pm

[quote=""Ash""]I really enjoyed that book. I don't have much background in Scottish history either, but didn't find it too confusing, and thought it an excellent take on the Macbeth story.[/quote]

I started it last night and I was really tired, so it might have seem confusing in my foggy brain. Plus it takes be a few pages to work out the characters anyway-I have to wait until they distinguish themselves.
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Post by Elysium » Mon March 21st, 2011, 6:56 pm

reading The Sixth Wife by Jean Plaidy. It's been ok but I've read better from her.

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Post by Telynor » Mon March 21st, 2011, 10:20 pm

[quote=""cw gortner""]As soon as it does, I'll read it! And yes, would love to compare notes. I'm a huge Gedge fan, as you know, and have been eagerly awaiting this one for over a year.[/quote]

The King's Man is good. I gave it a four and half/five star rating, and it ties up a lot of loose bits and pieces and dovetails nicely into The Twelfth Transforming. Tiye is quite a character in this one!

Finished reading The King's Speech -- which is very good, still haven't seen the film yet. :mad: And I started A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book.

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Post by BrianPK » Mon March 21st, 2011, 11:42 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Started my re-read of Gone with the Wind today.[/quote]
Enjoy your read :) .I tried to watch the blu ray version of this yesterday but just wasn't in the mood and gave up ( my wife said that "it's just old hat now":eek :) .I've seen it on numerous occasions in the cinema and on dvd and always liked it. I read the book about 5 years ago and was surprised how faithful the movie was to the book. I suppose being so familiar with the story, I found the book interesting but not an outstanding read.
When I was a teenager in the late 60's my older sister had a book(possibly Rebecca) and at the back it said categorically (I paraphrase) that every woman had to read three books in her life ...Rebecca,Jane Eyre and Gone with the wind.I've always remembered the certainty of that statement with a smile and wonder would the average modern young woman read even one of them now?

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Post by Margaret » Tue March 22nd, 2011, 3:17 am

every woman had to read three books in her life ...Rebecca,Jane Eyre and Gone with the wind.
Interesting - I never heard this, but I would tend to concur. I've read all three more than once, and seen film versions of all three as well.

Both Rebecca and Jane Eyre are classics rather than historicals, so might be appropriate nominations for the BOM when we do "classics" month - though they would also both fit in the "books-to-movies" month. Hitchcock's movie of Rebecca is excellent; with Jane Eyre, there might be a dilemma of choosing which film version to discuss!
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Post by Madeleine » Tue March 22nd, 2011, 9:57 am

[quote=""BrianPK""] that every woman had to read three books in her life ...Rebecca,Jane Eyre and Gone with the wind.[/quote]

Yep I've heard that one too! I've read Rebecca and JE and they are all-time favourites, but never GWTW and not sure if I will, just too much other stuff to read :rolleyes: But you never know...... ;)
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Post by Ludmilla » Tue March 22nd, 2011, 1:22 pm

[quote=""BrianPK""]Enjoy your read :) .I tried to watch the blu ray version of this yesterday but just wasn't in the mood and gave up ( my wife said that "it's just old hat now":eek :) .I've seen it on numerous occasions in the cinema and on dvd and always liked it. I read the book about 5 years ago and was surprised how faithful the movie was to the book. I suppose being so familiar with the story, I found the book interesting but not an outstanding read.
When I was a teenager in the late 60's my older sister had a book(possibly Rebecca) and at the back it said categorically (I paraphrase) that every woman had to read three books in her life ...Rebecca,Jane Eyre and Gone with the wind.I've always remembered the certainty of that statement with a smile and wonder would the average modern young woman read even one of them now?[/quote]

It's been nearly 30 years since I last read the book (only read it once before) and at least 10 years since I last watched the film. Though Tara is fictional, the land where Tara was situated was actually inspired by land Margaret Mitchell's grandparents owned in South Clayton county (which is where I live). I found this civil war marker site, which shows (if you scroll down) a Sigma Chi marker in South Clayton. I've driven by that marker a thousand times and never knew what it was for. I guess I know now.
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Post by LoobyG » Tue March 22nd, 2011, 4:04 pm

The Turquoise by Anya Seton.

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Post by Brenna » Tue March 22nd, 2011, 4:10 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]It's been nearly 30 years since I last read the book (only read it once before) and at least 10 years since I last watched the film. Though Tara is fictional, the land where Tara was situated was actually inspired by land Margaret Mitchell's grandparents owned in South Clayton county (which is where I live). I found this civil war marker site, which shows (if you scroll down) a Sigma Chi marker in South Clayton. I've driven by that marker a thousand times and never knew what it was for. I guess I know now.[/quote]

That is really cool Ludmilla! Thanks for sharing.
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Post by Michy » Tue March 22nd, 2011, 4:21 pm

[quote=""BrianPK""]...every woman had to read three books in her life ...Rebecca,Jane Eyre and Gone with the wind.[/quote] How interesting... I've never heard that maxim, but those three just happen to be among my all-time faves. Books I've read numerous times and expect to read several times more in my lifetime.

[quote=""Madeleine""]Yep I've heard that one too! I've read Rebecca and JE and they are all-time favourites, but never GWTW and not sure if I will, just too much other stuff to read :rolleyes: But you never know...... ;) [/quote] Oh, you are really missing out if you don't read it. :) Coincidentally, two co-workers and I ended up discussing GWTW just last week. They are both bookies, too, and one of them (a male) is a Civil War buff, also. He loves the movie but has never read the book. We told him he definitely needs to read it, and that it's not a "girlie" book. Shortly after our conversation, he came and showed me that he had downloaded it to his Kindle. So I guess we convinced him. :)

[quote=""LoobyG""]The Turquoise by Anya Seton.[/quote] That is one of my favorite Setons. Let me know what you think.

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