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What Are You Reading? January 2012

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Amanda
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Post by Amanda » Wed January 25th, 2012, 3:04 am

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, because I have to read it before I watch it!

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Post by Leyland » Wed January 25th, 2012, 1:31 pm

A Kindle freebie, Base Spirits, by Ruth Barrett. I'm not enjoying the contemporary storyline as much as the storyline set in 1605, which features actual events surrounding family murders at Calverley Old Hall near Leeds in York.
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Post by fljustice » Wed January 25th, 2012, 4:27 pm

[quote=""SCW""]Now I am reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder....[/quote]

I read the whole series with my daughter years ago. Still have a soft spot in my heart for those books.
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Post by LoobyG » Wed January 25th, 2012, 5:08 pm

A biography of 'The Duchess of Windsor' by Diana Mosley, about Wallis Simpson.

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Vanessa
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Post by Vanessa » Wed January 25th, 2012, 5:25 pm

[quote=""Amanda""]Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, because I have to read it before I watch it![/quote]

I've watched the first part and it's very good. I haven't read the book, though, so don't know how it compares.
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Post by Vanessa » Wed January 25th, 2012, 5:26 pm

[quote=""Leyland""]A Kindle freebie, Base Spirits, by Ruth Barrett. I'm not enjoying the contemporary storyline as much as the storyline set in 1605, which features actual events surrounding family murders at Calverley Old Hall near Leeds in York.[/quote]

Actually Leeds is in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire to be precise. York is in North Yorkshire. They used to be known as the Yorkshire Ridings (there were three - North, West and East Riding of Yorkshire).

I know Calverley but haven't heard about the above. I'm intrigued now!
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Post by Leyland » Wed January 25th, 2012, 5:55 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I know Calverley but haven't heard about the above. I'm intrigued now![/quote]
Thanks for clarifying the area! I think I meant Leeds near York since the book describes the distance at 30 miles or so.

I'm familiar with a different branch of Calverley family history, so I was intrigued by the novel's characters. I'm 52% of the way through and am really enjoying the part of the novel set in 1605. I'm glad I stuck with it through the first part which was not really appealing to me. I'm not sure how the author will bring the two time periods together to a satisfying storyline end, but will find out soon enough!
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Post by Vanessa » Wed January 25th, 2012, 6:11 pm

Is it scary? The reviews say it is.
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Post by Berengaria » Thu January 26th, 2012, 6:37 am

[quote=""rebecca""]I figured out the ending in the first few chapters, but it was still worth the read :D Let me know how you find it?

Bec :) [/quote]
I'm reading this book in bits, as I'm trying to finish some other books as well. So far, it's not a bad read. However, I was entranced by Elizabeth George's latest!
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Post by Leyland » Thu January 26th, 2012, 1:13 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]Is it scary? The reviews say it is.[/quote] Base Spirits is definitely a ghost story containing violent elements - which is how Ruth Barrett pulls the contemporary and historical storylines together. It was an interesting and well written story.
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