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What are you reading August 2011?

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Post by Misfit » Thu August 18th, 2011, 1:46 am

[quote=""LoobyG""]LOL - very, very amusing Misfit, well done for persevering with it :D EC - I love Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, they're a real guilty pleasure for me. Currently not on HF, reading 'The Lost World' by Michael Crichton, the sequel to 'Jurassic Park'.[/quote]

Thankfully it is almost over. A couple more (do love the kindle quote feature, no typing just cut and paste).
Her nipples rose proudly, blushing pink on small breasts shaped to perfectly fit his cupped hand, begging without shame for his kiss.
He ran a hand down her silken stomach to the nest of soft curls that hid her secrets.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu August 18th, 2011, 2:05 am

I finished a few days ago:
"The British Abroad: The Grand Tour in the Eighteenth Century" by Jeremy Black (330pgs, 1992orig, 1999ed).* Interesting for the most part, it did drag in places.

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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
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Post by Madeleine » Thu August 18th, 2011, 8:45 am

I've ditched Jack Reacher in the middle of Nebraska - don't care if he ever gets out of there - managed half the book which actually started off quite well, but then got more and more tedious as it went on. Finally bailed after he took nearly 4 pages to describe breaking into a car.....

Now reading "Water for Elephants" which I know has had fab reviews, promising so far.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
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Post by Vanessa » Thu August 18th, 2011, 9:43 am

I can't repeat enough how fantastic Water for Elephants is!!
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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Post by Brenna » Thu August 18th, 2011, 7:05 pm

Still reading Lady of the English. My husband and I traveled to Ohio for the funeral arrangements of his grandmother so reading hasn't been much of an option. So far though, I am not a big fan of the portrayl of Geoffrey or Matilda. More on the buddy reads.
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Post by rebecca » Fri August 19th, 2011, 12:54 am

The one thing that I love about Amazon is the variety of books available for instance I never heard of the book version of 'The Phantom' and came across it by accident and was intrigued in that I loved the movie version(with Gerard Butler)...Not that I was bedazzled by Gerard..noooo!! :D LOL.

As I stated before I love to read about villians and Erik is such a tortured soul that one simply must find out why? Susan Kay did a brilliant job of making Erik a truly tragic, flawed genius and the way she describes his inner turmoil and agony is brilliant.

What came across in her story is the question, who are the real monsters? For instance Erik's mother was beautiful and yet her cruelty towards Erik is despicable, but also understandable in that disabilities or deformities in those times were seen as a punishment from God. The part that really touched me was when Erik made his birthday wish known and the pathos of the situation was not overdone by the author. It's just a pity that Christine Daee is such a blah character and it was a marvelous move by the author to keep her till the end.

I did like the book and have ordered her other book on Elizabeth 1...It is always a real joy to find another wonderful writer.

Bec :) PS LOL & Misfit I laughed out loud with those awful quotes.
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Post by Misfit » Fri August 19th, 2011, 2:01 am

PS LOL & Misfit I laughed out loud with those awful quotes.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri August 19th, 2011, 2:06 am

I've finished "A House of Kings: The Official History of Westminster Abbey" ed. by Edward Carpenter (535pgs, 1966orig, 1992ed)*. Not quite what I was expecting, there wasn't that much about the Kings (or Queens), or coronations, or monuments which I was more interested in then the men involved with the Abbey over the centuries.

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Post by Ludmilla » Fri August 19th, 2011, 1:26 pm

My eyes have been bothering me lately, so I decided to try some of the free Librivox audio books. Finished Sense and Sensibility and started The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson last night. THoaTC is one of those old, forgotten bestsellers from the early 1900s. As I listen, it feels very familiar to me. I might very well have read it when I was young, but I can't recall enough at the moment to know for sure yet.

Also have read the first three of Cornwell's Saxon Stories. Plan on picking up books 4 & 5 at the library this weekend.

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Post by Susan » Fri August 19th, 2011, 4:42 pm

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; decided to wait until I visited Stockholm before I read this so I could better visualize the setting.
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