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Ticia's 2012 Reading Log

Keep track of what you read in 2012. One thread per member, please.
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Post by lauragill » Fri March 23rd, 2012, 6:17 am

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]Laura Gill

29. Helen's Daughter, 307 pp.

When Helen sailed off to Troy with Paris, she left behind her nine year old daughter. While I might have been able to come up with her name, Hermione, I would have been hard pressed to remember anything else about her. Laura Gill has changed that with her excellent book. I felt like I really got to know Hermione and understand her problems. And she did have some challenges in her life. Besides being abandoned by her mother (and then by her father who went off with the Greek army to reclaim Helen and was gone for a dozen or more years) everyone thought she was probably tainted by her mother's moral flaws. She was affianced to a seven year younger cousin. She was kidnapped and forced to marry a stranger. And her former fiance, Orestes, whom she had grown to love, was insane after having killed his mother and her lover whom he had witnessed murder his father. The story is great, but made even better with the attention to detail by Ms. Gill who is clearly well versed in the customs and culture in that time. Don't miss this one. I've already ordered the book about Orestes, The Young Lion.[/quote]

Thank you so much for the lovely review! I hope you enjoy The Young Lion.

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Post by TiciaRoma » Thu March 29th, 2012, 8:37 pm

Steve Berry

30. The Emperor's Tomb, 528 pp.

I listened to this one on the CD player in my car. A fast-paced thriller with an ex-government operative, Russian agents, digging around among the terra-cotta warriors, and a secret eunuch brotherhood trying to influence the government succession in China. Great escape reading.

Louisa May Alcott

31. Eight cousins, 258 pp.

I listened to this one, too. It was my workout listening, on my iPod. This was a favorite when I was a girl. I had my mom's copy. I re-read it because my middle granddaughter is coming to spend a few weeks with us this summer. She's eight and her name is Rose, like the main character in the book.
I think she'll like it. All five of my grandkids like to read--a former juvie librarian's dream-come-true!

"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads but what he rereads." Nobel Laureate Francois Mauriac


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