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What are you reading October 2011?

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SonjaMarie
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed October 19th, 2011, 2:32 am

I've finished a bunch of books since the 12th:
"The King In Love: Edward VII's Mistresses: Lillie Langtry, Daisy Warwick, Alice Keppel & Others" by Theo Aronson (302pgs, 1988, reread) (10/12)* - A good and interesting book, Edward the Caresser indeed!

"Chaos In Death" by J.D Robb, short story in anthology "The Unquiet" (95pgs, 2011) (10/13) - A good short story in the series.

"She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth" by Helen Castor (470pgs, 2011) (10/14)* - A well written and interesting book about Empress Matilda (should've been the first Queen of England in her own right), Eleanor of Aquitaine (wife of Henry II, Matilda's son, and mother of Richard I and King John), Isabella of France (wife of Edward II), Margaret of Anjou (wife of Henry VI), Mary I, and a brief overview of Lady Jane Grey, and Elizabeth I.

"The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America" by Geoffrey O'Brien (300pgs, 2010) (10/16) - A book on the family Walworth and the murder of Mansfield Tracy Walworth by his son Frank.

"Saints & Sinners: A History of the Popes" by Eamon Duffy (308pgs, 1997) (10/16)* - A good general overview of the popes with images.

"To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn" by Sandra Byrd (329pgs, 2011) (10/17) - A Christian novel of the life of Anne and her friendship with Meg Wyatt, sister of Thomas Wyatt (but a fictionalized life, even though she was friends with Wyatt's sisters), not a bad story if you can get pass the overly religious tone (unless that's your cuppa).

"Lady of the English: One Queen, One Empress, and the Crown That Would Define Them Both" by Elizabeth Chadwick (509pgs, 2011) (10/18) - Wonderful novel about Empress Matilda and her stepmother Adeliza of Louvain.

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Post by Berengaria » Thu October 20th, 2011, 5:59 am

I have just started [/The Lady of the Rivers/] which I am enjoying much more than [/I]The Red Queen[/I] I first read the section of her biographical book The Women of the Cousins' Warthat discusses Jacquetta.I am also enjoying the Kindle for PC where I am starting to read most of my novels, etc.
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Post by Brenna » Thu October 20th, 2011, 1:35 pm

Re-reading Sharon's Fall's the Shadow. I'm skipping the Welsh sections and focusing on Nell and Simon's story. Since this is my third re-read, I feel ok skipping the Welsh sections just this once.
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Post by princess garnet » Fri October 21st, 2011, 4:41 pm

Becoming Marie-Antoinette by Juliet Grey

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Post by Nefret » Fri October 21st, 2011, 5:16 pm

[quote=""princess garnet""]Becoming Marie-Antoinette by Juliet Grey[/quote]

I read that a few weeks ago on the plane.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Post by Vanessa » Fri October 21st, 2011, 6:13 pm

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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Post by annis » Fri October 21st, 2011, 6:57 pm

Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson- a cracking historical adventure in the Bernard Cornwell style set around the northern rebellion by the English two years after the Norman Conquest. I must be getting old, though - the author only looks about 15! (see link for author photo)

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri October 21st, 2011, 6:59 pm

[quote=""annis""]Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson- a cracking historical adventure in the Bernard Cornwell style set around the northern rebellion by the English two years after the Norman Conquest. I must be getting old, though - the author only looks about 15! (see link for author photo)[/quote]

You're only 11 years off the mark! He was born in 85!

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Post by SLStevens » Fri October 21st, 2011, 11:36 pm

Right now I'm reading "The 19th Wife" by David Ebershoff. I like the sections that tell the story of Ann Eliza Young, but I prefer them to the contemporary murder mystery that the book also tells. I just got Stephanie Dray's "Song of the Nile" in the mail today. The postman somehow managed to jam it into my tiny apartment mailbox. It's a wonder it wasn't damaged! It took me some time to wiggle it out, but I was determined because I really liked the first book and I've been looking forward to this one. I've already read the first chapter and am enjoying it very much.
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Post by Miss Moppet » Fri October 21st, 2011, 11:46 pm

The Decision by Penny Vincenzi. Picked it up from the library today and another borrower has reserved it so I'd better make a start.

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