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What Are You Reading? November 2011

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri November 18th, 2011, 12:08 am

Posted by SCW: Can anyone recommend any novels set in Elizabeth England relating to the persecution of Catholics?

I have Man on a Donkey on my TBR pile, which is about the Pilgrimage of Grace under Henry VIII and the dissolution of the monasteries. It came highly recommended.

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Post by javagirl » Fri November 18th, 2011, 4:58 am

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Javagirl, I’m almost finished and do recommend this book, ... For what it’s worth, I noticed also that Rosina (author Sara Donati) who has posted here before gave this book a five star review on Good Reads.[/quote]

Thanks for the reply and the info about Rosina's review. Her Into the Wilderness series is one reason I like this time period. It's now on my wishlist to pick up soon.


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Post by Madeleine » Fri November 18th, 2011, 9:52 am

I've just started Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll, which is set in the present but apparently has various historical figures cropping up, such as John Dee. Good so far.
Currently reading "The Winter Garden" by Nicola Cornick

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Post by TiciaRoma » Fri November 18th, 2011, 2:40 pm

Off on a weekend trip. Loaded Daughter of the Red Deer on my Kindle and tucked The Stolen Crown in my suitcase.

Yesterday's dictionary.com word of the day was bibliophage . . .one who devours books. hmmmm

Love getting so many great book recommendations here!

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri November 18th, 2011, 6:31 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I've just started Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll, which is set in the present but apparently has various historical figures cropping up, such as John Dee. Good so far.[/quote]

That's a good book, I liked it a bit more then the 2nd one. I'm hoping there's a 3rd one at least, cause she can't leave it where it ended at, I hope!

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Post by princess garnet » Fri November 18th, 2011, 6:51 pm

Exiled by Anne Osterlund (teen read)
Sequel to Aurelia.

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Post by annis » Sat November 19th, 2011, 9:42 pm

The fascinating non-fiction book Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War by Hal Vaughan - the high priestess of couture defrocked, so to speak.

A lot of this is not news- the knowledge that Chanel was virulently anti-Semitic and a collaborator who only escaped punishment after the war because of her connection with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has been in the public arena for some time- see article here:
Coco Chanel: Couturier, Collaborator
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Post by Berengaria » Sat November 19th, 2011, 11:29 pm

[quote=""Texas""]Berengaria, I just have to comment on that baby picture: beautiful, beautiful baby, and beautiful name. As a college teacher, I always tell my students to put the tiny ones on their knee and start reading to them from birth. In fact, Maya Angelou recommends reading to the child in the womb!

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Why how nice of you to mention my grand daughter's photo! She lives in southern Brazil, so I Skype on a regular basis.....already have my books laid out!

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Post by Misfit » Sun November 20th, 2011, 8:52 pm

Just finished Csardas by Diane Pearson, liked it a lot although it took me a while to get into it. Set in Hungary WWI - WWII. Now starting the final Eden book, Eden and Honor by Marilyn Harris.
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Post by javagirl » Mon November 21st, 2011, 3:53 am

I gave up about half way through The Coffee Trader. Just didn't like the characters or plot that much.

Now I'm well in to Alan Brennert's Moloka'i.


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