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What Are You Reading? June 2011.

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Post by oldhousejunkie » Thu June 9th, 2011, 1:50 pm

I am reading Katherine by Anya Seton. I'm 3/4 of the way through and it is starting to get a bit ridiculous. Or rather, I've been rolling my eyes a lot.

I'm running by the library to pick up "Vienna Waltz" by Tracy Grant today and will probably start on it sometime this weekend.
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Post by Michy » Thu June 9th, 2011, 3:47 pm

[quote=""oldhousejunkie""]I am reading Katherine by Anya Seton. I'm 3/4 of the way through and it is starting to get a bit ridiculous. Or rather, I've been rolling my eyes a lot.

[/quote] This is probably the most popular of Anya Seton's books, and while it was not my favorite of her works, I did enjoy it. I'm just curious what it is about it that has you rolling your eyes?

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Post by noodles » Thu June 9th, 2011, 3:53 pm

I started reading Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant and it's quite good so far. :)

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Post by Telynor » Thu June 9th, 2011, 4:04 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]I've just finished Garden of Beastsabout Ambassador Dodd and his family's experiences in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 38. Very riveting tale that has been well researched![/quote]

I've just finished that one as well. I don't know if I wanted to be angry at, or sorry for Ambassador Dodd, and as for his daughter! Talk about feckless...

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Post by fljustice » Thu June 9th, 2011, 4:19 pm

Finished A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini last night. Will be starting Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses by Isabel Allende.
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Post by oldhousejunkie » Thu June 9th, 2011, 8:11 pm

[quote=""Michy""]This is probably the most popular of Anya Seton's books, and while it was not my favorite of her works, I did enjoy it. I'm just curious what it is about it that has you rolling your eyes?[/quote]

It is overly sentimental at times, which I suppose is telling of the era it was written in. And then this morning, I was reading a section when Katherine started psychoanalyzing John of Gaunt. It just seemed a little unbelievable for time. On the whole, I have enjoyed it though.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri June 10th, 2011, 2:25 am

I've finished "Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883" by Simon Winchester (394pgs, 2003). A interesting book about this amazing event. Though when the book went into the more sciencey stuff, I didn't understand most of it.

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Post by javagirl » Fri June 10th, 2011, 3:53 am

[quote=""noodles""]I started reading Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant and it's quite good so far. :) [/quote]

I really liked that one, noodles.

I just finished Lynne Olsen's "Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour" - NF. I enjoyed much of it and learned a lot. I'd have probably liked it better had a little more been edited out.

Just started Jacqueline Winspear's 2nd in the Maisie Dobbs series entitled "Birds of a Feather". Enjoying it so far.

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Post by pixiedust » Fri June 10th, 2011, 12:27 pm

I just finished The Pillars of the Earth.

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Post by noodles » Fri June 10th, 2011, 12:38 pm

[quote=""pixiedust""]I just finished The Pillars of the Earth.[/quote]

What did you think? I really enjoyed it, but it got so much hype (thanks, Oprah) that I was somehow expecting to be more blown away. I figure the hype meant it was read by a bunch of people that normally don't read HF and therefore don't realize that there's sooo much other great, epic HF out there. Still really worth reading, though.

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