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What Are You Reading? December 2011

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javagirl
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Post by javagirl » Tue December 27th, 2011, 3:09 am

I just finished The Tutor Secret. Enjoyed it very much and am once again impressed with CW's writing.

CW - I don't know how you pull off writing so many great books while working a day job, but thank you and congratulations! Looking forward to the next.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Tue December 27th, 2011, 7:43 pm

Just started "A Touch of Dead" by Charlaine Harris - 5 short stories which fill in some of the gaps in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Wed December 28th, 2011, 11:25 am

I'm reading another festive read, Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Wed December 28th, 2011, 1:45 pm

Picked up Stephen Baxter's new one, Stone Spring, yesterday. It's alternate history, taking place roughly 10,000 years ago.

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Wed December 28th, 2011, 2:14 pm

I thought I would have finished Dorothy Dunnett's Game of Kings over the holiday, but alas, wrapping presents, visiting family, recovering from a 24hr (which turned into 4 days) of a stomach flu all got in the way. Then it's time to hit the mother load of books I received for Christmas!
Brenna

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Leyland
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Post by Leyland » Wed December 28th, 2011, 6:06 pm

I read The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell while I was home for the holidays. The story was interesting as it was inspired by the author's ex-husband's great-grandmother's life story. The main characters are rather gritty and flawed but eventually predictable in what I thought was primarily a fairly enjoyable historical romance.

http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Diva-Novel ... t_ep_dpt_1
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TiciaRoma
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Post by TiciaRoma » Thu December 29th, 2011, 5:28 am

Mc Beaton's Minerva. I've loved her Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth books and look forward to seeing what she does with hf.

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Post by TiciaRoma » Thu December 29th, 2011, 5:34 am

[quote=""LoobyG""]I haven't TiciaRoma,:it's on my wishlist for books to buy when I have more pennies after Christmastide :) Is it as good as the Percy trilogy?[/quote]

Honestly, no. It's not as good. However it's still interesting as it has a lot of Matilda's POV. It's been quite a while since I read it--I think it will be on my list to re-read in 2012.

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Post by Ash » Thu December 29th, 2011, 5:47 am

Dovekeepers was good (tho it could have used lots of editing). The ending of course is horrific and brutal. I am in dire need of something light to read next, and most of my TBR shelf consists of depressing non fiction and fiction with iffy endings. Perhaps its time to reopen my tome of Don Martin "MAD" cartoons. Ah yes, thats the ticket.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu December 29th, 2011, 6:30 am

I just finished The Unexpected Miss Bennet by Patrice Sarath. A fun Jane Austen sequel with Mary Bennet as the heroine. There were a few loose ends, which suggests that a sequel is in the offing, and it helped to dispel the lingering bad taste from the last Mary Bennet book I read.
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