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What are you reading? July 2011

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Fri July 15th, 2011, 11:22 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]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.[/quote]

Oh I'm pretty sure that I will be reading them back to back. Especially after seeing the end of the first season on HBO. I have to know what happens next! I'm only a little ways in, but I'll be sure to let you know my thoughts on reading the first book even if you have seen the series. So far, I'm leaning towards absolutely! :D
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Post by Ash » Sat July 16th, 2011, 6:52 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]I'll be starting The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell tonight.[/quote]

I loved that book. Have you read her other ones? She's become one of my fav Brit writers of late (non HF)

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Post by Vanessa » Sat July 16th, 2011, 10:07 am

[quote=""Brenna""]Oh I'm pretty sure that I will be reading them back to back. Especially after seeing the end of the first season on HBO. I have to know what happens next! I'm only a little ways in, but I'll be sure to let you know my thoughts on reading the first book even if you have seen the series. So far, I'm leaning towards absolutely! :D [/quote]

That's good news! I really must bump them up the pile.



[quote=""Ash""]I loved that book. Have you read her other ones? She's become one of my fav Brit writers of late (non HF)[/quote]

I'm very much enjoying The Hand That First Held Mine so far. I've read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and really enjoyed that one, too. I'm sure I have another book of hers on my TBR pile as well. Yes, I agree she's a good author.
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Post by Ash » Sun July 17th, 2011, 4:33 am

After You'd Gone and The Distance Between Us were two of her earlier ones that I enjoyed as well.

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Post by Vanessa » Sun July 17th, 2011, 10:25 am

I've had a look on my Librarything and see I have The Distance Between Us. So LT does come in useful sometimes!! :)
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Post by Amanda » Sun July 17th, 2011, 12:59 pm

I am just about to start Sons by Pearl Buck, the second of the Good Earth series. It has been a while since I read The Good Earth........

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Post by Steve Anderson » Mon July 18th, 2011, 2:09 am

I'm getting into Die A Little, the first of Megan Abbott's historical crime noir novels with a female POV. The writing's good but it feels more like a literary novel than a crime/mystery story so far, with no real incident to move the plot forward almost a quarter of the way in. I'm a sucker for the 1940s and 50s era so I'll keep going in any case. If Patricia Highsmith wrote stylized historical crime, it might go something like this.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon July 18th, 2011, 2:12 am

I finished 2 books yesterday the 16:
"Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England" by Amanda Vickery (340pgs, 2009)*. Not quite what I was expecting, but interesting regardless. B/w images through out with two coloured image sections.

"The Man Who Outshone the Sun King: A Life of Gleaming Opulence & Wretched Reversal in the Reign of Louis XIV" by Charles Drazin (320pgs, 2008)*. A very interesting look at the rise and fall of Nicolas Foucquet, the superintendent of finances in the early part of the reign of Louis. He worked under Mazarin and then under the king, but his riches caused jealousy and it was suggested that after a dinner at his palatial Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis decided to ruin him, putting him on trial for embezzlement and high treason. A very sympathetic and well written book.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon July 18th, 2011, 9:10 am

Just started Helena by Evelyn Waugh, a novel about the mother of Emperor Constantine.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue July 19th, 2011, 12:45 am

I'm reading The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller. Excellent so far.
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