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What Are You Reading? December 2011

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Post by Madeleine » Fri December 30th, 2011, 5:40 pm

I'm just about to start "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness.
Currently reading "Murder on the Moorland" by Helen Cox

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Post by SGM » Fri December 30th, 2011, 6:04 pm

I finished She-Wolves last night and started Ian Mortimer's The Greatest Traitor about Roger Mortimer. The font is very small so I may be reading other books while attempting to get through this one![/quote]

I try to save the small-fonted ones until the better and longer daylight of the summer seasons.

If I want to read a book, it usually doesn't matter how much I am glued to it, hence the concept of eye-strain is rather alien to me. But I do have to be able to see the font and there is no way I can get round that one.

Mind you, if I am really desperate to get it read, I do have a cheat that will assist me.
Currently reading - Emergence of a Nation State by Alan Smith

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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon January 2nd, 2012, 2:54 am

These are the last books I read for Dec and 2011:
"Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain" by Judith Flanders (527pgs, 2006) (12/18)* - Fascinating and enjoyable look at what the Victorians enjoyed doing.
"London's Hidden Secrets: A Guide to the City's Quirky & Unusual Sights" by Graeme Chesters (304pgs, 2011) (12/19)
"Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy" by Roger Collins (522pgs, 2009) (12/19)*
"A History of Jewellery 1100 - 1870" by Joan Evans (360pgs, 1950orig, 1989ed) (12/23)* - Boring for the most part. Lots of French that wasn't translated, nice pictures though.
"Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking" by Kate Colquhoun (397pgs, 2008) (12/23)* - A very interesting book and enjoyable to read.
"The Elephant to Hollywood" by Michael Caine (330pgs, 2010) (12/23) - Fun, charming and interesting autobiography of this great actor. Wish it had been longer though!
"Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher (418pgs, 2011) (12/29)* - Short stories.
"The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III - Father of the English Nation" by Ian Mortimer (464pgs, 2008) (12/29)* - Good book, makes an interesting case that Edward's father, Edward II, wasn't murdered and lived for many years after his supposed death.
"The Civilization of the Middle Ages" by Norman F. Cantor (569pgs, 1963orig, 1993ed) (12/31)* - Not a light read, and not just because of it's side. Interesting though.

I read 193 books, 52 more then 2010, with a total of approx. 70536pgs, 24475 more then last year. Maybe this year I'll break 200!

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Post by silverstar » Thu January 5th, 2012, 1:22 am

Im re reading......
In the Steps of St Paul...by H.V.Moreton...
Pub 1936 ...

The 1930s.... nice time to be travelling around the Med....
jotting down your thoughts and descriptions.... wot a life !

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Post by Misfit » Thu January 5th, 2012, 1:45 am

[quote=""silverstar""]Im re reading......
In the Steps of St Paul...by H.V.Moreton...
Pub 1936 ...

The 1930s.... nice time to be travelling around the Med....
jotting down your thoughts and descriptions.... wot a life ![/quote]

Hi silverstar, glad to see a new face around here ;)
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