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What Are You Reading? September 2011

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Post by rebecca » Mon September 12th, 2011, 2:24 am

I finished 'Dance with Dragons' last week and over the weekend read 'The Kings Speech(the movie was better). Began reading 'Reading Jackie' then put it down and picked up 'The Help.' I don't know why but I simply could not get into this book. It was as if the author was merely skating over the surface of these women's lives without really involving the reader in what should have been a gripping read. I think this too will probably make a better movie, than the book. I was disappointed in it.

I will now be dipping into my TBR list to find a replacement...So much to choose from and would you believe it I just ordered 5 more books :eek: from Amazon U.S.A!

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Post by Margaret » Mon September 12th, 2011, 4:06 am

My last novel was a contemporary, My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, which I read for my book group and thoroughly enjoyed. Now I'm back to a historical, Josefina's Sin by Claudia H. Long, and am enjoying the 17th century Mexican setting, an interesting change from the more usual European settings.
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Post by Vanessa » Mon September 12th, 2011, 8:35 am

I will be starting Sanctus by Simon Toyne tonight.
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Post by cw gortner » Mon September 12th, 2011, 5:51 pm

Just finished a creepy mystery set in Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, THE SLEEPWALKERS by Paul Grossman. Now reading THE JANISSARY TREE by Jason Goodwin, first in a mystery series set in 19th century Istanbul. It's excellent!
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Post by Telynor » Tue September 13th, 2011, 1:21 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]My last novel was a contemporary, My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, which I read for my book group and thoroughly enjoyed. Now I'm back to a historical, Josefina's Sin by Claudia H. Long, and am enjoying the 17th century Mexican setting, an interesting change from the more usual European settings.[/quote]

There is a sequel to the Asher Lev book, if you're interested. Both are terrific reads.

Finished the ARC of Massie's Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, and it was better than I thought it would be. Now moving on to Dead and Buried, by Barbara Hambly.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue September 13th, 2011, 2:02 pm

Having just slogged through not one but two rather plodding books, I'm going back to get re-acquainted with the Bon Temps gang. I need a fix of escapism, so I'm re-reading "Living Dead in Dallas".
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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue September 13th, 2011, 4:34 pm

I've finished 2 books in the last few days:
"Huckleberry Finished: Literary Tour Mystery #2" by Livia J. Washburn (297pgs, 2010). Much better then the first book, so I'll stick with the series for now.

"The Great Fire of London, In That Apocalyptic Year, 1666" by Neil Hanson (264pgs, 2002).* Very interesting look at this tragic event.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue September 13th, 2011, 5:06 pm

Reading Sister Queens by Julia Fox (NF) and still reading Catherine the Great by Robert Massie.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed September 14th, 2011, 10:44 am

Just started Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

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Post by Ludmilla » Wed September 14th, 2011, 1:42 pm

I finished Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South yesterday and absolutely loved it. I started it as an audio book, but finished it as an ebook. The Librivox recordings usually have multiple narrators and there was one woman I just had too much trouble understanding, so I gave up on the chapters that were read by her and eventually became so involved that it was faster to read. I also watched the BBC production over the weekend, and loved that as well. Now I totally get what all the fuss is over Richard Armitage, and I also thought Daniela Denby-Ashe gave a wonderfully luminous performance as Margaret. I think this may be the first time I've mixed all three media in one reading experience.


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