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What Are You Reading? December 2011

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TiciaRoma
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Post by TiciaRoma » Tue December 13th, 2011, 2:20 pm

[quote=""weirdfishes4""]I really loved that book! I think it's my favorite Kearsley novel.

I'm currently reading Green Darkness by Anya Seton. I'm about halfway through and I'm liking it so far! I'm on an Anya Seton kick so I'm thinking about picking up Avalon next![/quote]

And I've always loved Seton. I think her Katherine was one of my first adult HF finds.

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Post by DeAnnaCameron » Tue December 13th, 2011, 4:43 pm

An ARC of THE LAST ROMANOV, by Dora Levy Mossanen. A lovely tale weaving a woman's mysterious and mystical past with the final years of the Russian Imperial Family's reign. Like her past novels, it contains a wonderful bit of magical realism.
DANCING AT THE CHANCE, love and vaudeville in Old New York (Berkley/April)
THE BELLY DANCER, a novel of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (Berkley/out now)
www.deannacameron.com

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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 » Tue December 13th, 2011, 5:44 pm

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]And I've always loved Seton. I think her Katherine was one of my first adult HF finds.[/quote]

Katherine was my first foray into historical fiction, too. It started off my love of it.
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Post by Ludmilla » Tue December 13th, 2011, 6:41 pm

Currently reading The Earl by Cecelia Holland. Does anyone know how you pronounce the female name, Hawisse? I don't believe I've come across that one before.

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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.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue December 13th, 2011, 8:48 pm

I am reading Puck of Pook's Hill, a Kipling I somehow missed growing up.

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Post by SGM » Tue December 13th, 2011, 9:49 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Currently reading The Earl by Cecelia Holland. Does anyone know how you pronounce the female name, Hawisse? I don't believe I've come across that one before.[/quote]

Are you enjoying it? I read it recently but the writing style didn't suit me.

[quote=""MLE""]I am reading Puck of Pook's Hill, a Kipling I somehow missed growing up.[/quote]

Kipling, like Milne, was a huge part of my childhood -- enjoy!
Currently reading - Emergence of a Nation State by Alan Smith

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Post by Brenna » Tue December 13th, 2011, 11:34 pm

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]The Game of Kings. I'll start it tonight. I've never read The Lymond Chronicles, but notice that many here list it as one of their top 10 HF favorites. I'll be spending the Christmas holidays in Scotland (as we drive from Virginia to Texas!). :) [/quote]

I am too! Reading the Lymond Chronicles I mean!

[quote=""Leyland""]I'm reading my first real Kindle book purchase - Susanna Kearsley's Every Secret Thing, which was originally published under her pseudonym Emma Cole. I'm about 35% of the way through and enjoying it every bit as much as all her other work.[/quote]

I wish they would put more of her books on Kindle!!
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Post by TiciaRoma » Wed December 14th, 2011, 12:53 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I am too! Reading the Lymond Chronicles I mean!


II wish they would put more of her books on Kindle!![/quote]

I'm reading the Lymond Chronicles on my Kindle (iPad app). I'm finding I'm making use of the dictionary function a lot and trying to polish up my French and Italian, too. Not an easy read, but lots of layers there.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Strings of Murder" by Oscar de Muriel
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
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Post by Madeleine » Wed December 14th, 2011, 9:58 am

I've just started Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body by M C Beaton - more murder in the Cotswolds.
Currently reading: "The Strings of Murder" by Oscar de Muriel

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Post by Leyland » Wed December 14th, 2011, 1:32 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Currently reading The Earl by Cecelia Holland. Does anyone know how you pronounce the female name, Hawisse? I don't believe I've come across that one before.[/quote] I'm guessing it is pronounced similar to "Avisa". I read The Earl several years ago and thought it was an intense story - not fluffy by any means, but then that's the Holland we know and love!
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