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What are you reading? July 2011

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Michy
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Post by Michy » Wed July 13th, 2011, 10:28 pm

That's kind of how I felt about it, too. There was only one small part of the book where I felt connected to the main character -- the rest of the time I felt distant and disconnected.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu July 14th, 2011, 3:03 am

I've finished "The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty" by G.J. Meyer (596pgs, 2010).* If you're looking for a complete look at the Tudors, this isn't it. It focuses a huge amount of the text on the religious upheavals, which is fine if that was what you were interested in. It only cursorily looks at the wives of Henry VIII, and other aspects you would've thought would be covered more. It's still a good book.

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Post by Vanessa » Thu July 14th, 2011, 8:14 am

I'll be starting The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell tonight.
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Post by Judith Starkston » Thu July 14th, 2011, 10:12 pm

I'm reading The Small Book by Zina Rohan. It starts in WWI and goes to present day. In some ways it's more a book of ideas than plot. Her characterization is accomplished largely through vivid voices given to each of the various narrators. Definitely an interesting read, though unconventional.
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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu July 14th, 2011, 11:04 pm

[quote=""Judith Starkston""]I'm reading The Small Book by Zina Rohan. It starts in WWI and goes to present day. In some ways it's more a book of ideas than plot. Her characterization is accomplished largely through vivid voices given to each of the various narrators. Definitely an interesting read, though unconventional.[/quote]

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Post by CrimsonPetal » Fri July 15th, 2011, 4:45 am

Started reading Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain last night.

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Post by SCW » Fri July 15th, 2011, 8:27 am

Washington Square by Henry James and then I'll delve into Hard Times by Charles Dickens

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Post by Brenna » Fri July 15th, 2011, 2:03 pm

George R.R. Martin's The Game of Thrones.
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Post by Vanessa » Fri July 15th, 2011, 6:25 pm

Will you be reading all four one after the other, Brenna? You'll have to let us know whether you think it was worthwhile reading the first one after watching the series.
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Post by annis » Fri July 15th, 2011, 8:51 pm

Hella S. Haase's The Tea Lords. Easy to mistake this for a simple, straightforward family saga set in Dutch colonial Indonesia, but there's a lot going on beneath the seemingly placid surface. Impressive.

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