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What are you reading? July 2011

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Wed July 20th, 2011, 8:11 pm

Fortunately my work load is slow and they let me bail for the rest of the day and tomorrow so I plan on being busy...
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu July 21st, 2011, 4:22 am

I've finished "King John" by W.L. Warren (293pgs, 1961orig, 1978ed)*. A very sympathetic look at this supposedly villainous king, he definitely had his faults but he wasn't as bad as other people have made him on out to be. Good book.

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Post by EC2 » Thu July 21st, 2011, 10:36 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I've finished "King John" by W.L. Warren (293pgs, 1961orig, 1978ed)*. A very sympathetic look at this supposedly villainous king, he definitely had his faults but he wasn't as bad as other people have made him on out to be. Good book.

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I liked his final summing up of John - The abilities of a great king and the inclinations of a petty tyrant.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by fljustice » Thu July 21st, 2011, 4:39 pm

I've been on a non-fiction kick lately with Molly Ivin's You Got to Dance With Them That Brung You and Tina Fey's Bossypants. Got an ARC The Hardest Thing to Do by Penelope Wilcock over the weekend, so need to start on it.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu July 21st, 2011, 5:50 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I liked his final summing up of John - The abilities of a great king and the inclinations of a petty tyrant.[/quote]

Yes, exactly. He was just to suspicious and paranoid and it affected his judgements at times.

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Post by Tanzanite » Thu July 21st, 2011, 6:33 pm

On various airplane/train trips this month, so far managed to finish The Tudor Throne by Brandy Purdy and The Lady Royal by Molly Costain Haycraft.

Now about halfway through Outlaw by Angus Donald.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu July 21st, 2011, 11:49 pm

Not HF right now. Just finished Same Kind of Different as Me, a memoir by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Right after the Glass Castle reread--I must be on a memoir kick. But both of them pack a serious punch-- firsthand experience of the South in the 70's, the latter covering the sharecropper system in Louisiana. Wow.

I'm used to thinking of slavery as a problem imported from other countries-- horrifying to think that there are pockets in the US where citizens can be so used.

And now to finish with Jaycee Dugard's A Stolen Life for bookclub. I'm gonna be depressed.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri July 22nd, 2011, 2:35 am

I've finished "One Grave Too Many: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #1" by Beverly Connor (383pgs, 2003). I've read her other series, and wanted to check this one out, a good start to it, will eventually read #2.

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Post by SCW » Fri July 22nd, 2011, 8:25 am

People Might Hear You by Robin Klein....(set in the 80s, suppose that could be classed as historical)

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Post by LoobyG » Fri July 22nd, 2011, 3:53 pm

Finally finished 'The lion of Alnwick' by Carol Wensby-Scott about the Percys of Northumberland, which I really, really enjoyed :) Fab historical fiction. Now on 'Sophie Scholl - the real story of the woman who defied Hitler' by Frank McDonough.

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