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Tsjmom's Book List 2012

Keep track of what you read in 2012. One thread per member, please.
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Tsjmom's Book List 2012

Post by tsjmom » Tue January 10th, 2012, 10:11 pm

New year, same goal = 52 books :)

1. 'Paris to Die For' - 2/5
2. 'Let's Take the Long Way Home' - G. Caldwell 3.5/5
3. 'Georgia's Kitchen' - 4/5
4. 'Saving Grace' - 3.5/5
5. 'Clara's War' - C. Schwarz 4/5
6. 'The Frenchwoman' - J. Mackin 3.5/5
7. 'The Mermaid's Chair' - S. Monk Kidd 2/5
8. 'The Canterbury Papers' - J. K. Healey 3/5
9. 'The Queen and the Courtesan' - F. Lightfoot 3.5/5
10. 'Left Bank' - K. Muir 1.5/5
11. 'The Rose Garden' - S. Kearsley 5/5
12. 'The Language of Flowers' - V. Diffenbaugh 4/5
13. 'The Great Gatsby' - F. S. Fitzgerald 3.5/5
14. 'Copper Beach' - 1/5
15. 'The King's Agent' - D. Russo Martin 3.5/5
16. 'Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons' - L. Londryk 5/5
17. 'The Murder in the Tower' - J. Plaidy 5/5
18. 'A Fatal Waltz' - T. Alexander 2.5/5
19. 'My Enemy's Cradle' - 5/5
20. 'Between Friends' - D. Macomber 5/5
21. 'The King's Agent' - C. Trent 2/5
22. 'The Crown' - 3.5/5
23. 'Cherry Cheesecake Murder' - 2/5
24. 'The House on Legare Street' - K. White 4.5/5
25. 'Holly's Inbox' - 3/5
26. 'Sister Queens' - 4/5
27. 'Twelve Sharp' - J. Evanovich 3/5
28. 'The Seamstress' - 4.5/5
29. 'Ocean Beach' - W. Wax 3/5
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Post by tsjmom » Wed February 15th, 2012, 3:20 pm

As you can see my book choices thus far have been "meh". Need to be more selective.

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Post by tsjmom » Thu March 22nd, 2012, 2:35 pm

I'm still in a bit of a slump re: the quality/enjoyment of the books I've been reading. Plus I'm finding it more difficult to have a good chunk of time to really get into them, but with spring break here I'm hoping to read 2-3 novels next wk.

Re: The Great Gatsby and Left Bank, I just don't enjoy reading about superficial people. That's one of the reasons I've never gotten into Jane Austen et al. I find them incredibly boring and "hard to swallow".

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Post by tsjmom » Thu May 10th, 2012, 6:51 pm

Yaaayyy! With 'The King's Women' I finally got a fabulous, can't put it down read. It had been a long time coming. Even though I really enjoy WW2 history and 18th century French HF, it's a challenge to find interesting books set then because I already know so much about those periods. With TKW by Deryn Lake I found a French HF set during the 15th century and King Charles VII that I knew very little about - a win/win situation!

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Post by rebecca » Fri May 11th, 2012, 3:11 am

Hi tsjmom :)
have you read 'The Second Duchess' by Elizabeth Loupas? It is a great read and I normally don't care for the mystery genre, but this book kept me intrigued to the last. It is the best book I have read so far this year. As for Jane Austen my favourite book is Persuasion where the leading character Anne Elliot is not wonderfully gorgeous, but she has a sweet personality & tries her hardest to win over Captain Wentworth. I just found the characters in this book more 'real.' When it comes to The Great Gatsby, I really don't want to read it and don't intend too. I am also not a great fan of Hemingway either.

Bec :)

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Post by tsjmom » Wed May 16th, 2012, 12:11 am

I did read 'The Second Duchess' and agree with you that it was a really good book! I've never read 'Persuasion' as I'm not a big Regency fan but I'll look into it. Thanks for the suggestion :)

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Post by rebecca » Wed May 16th, 2012, 2:49 am

[quote=""tsjmom""]I did read 'The Second Duchess' and agree with you that it was a really good book! I've never read 'Persuasion' as I'm not a big Regency fan but I'll look into it. Thanks for the suggestion :) [/quote]

I rarely read Regency except for Austen and even then I havent finished many of her books. I did like P & P but Mansfield Park I found tedious. But I really did love Persuasion, I think it is because the main character is not ravishing or has a sparking personality...If anything she is past her prime, but Anne is such a winning character that you long for her to find happiness. The DVD of Persuasion with Amanda Root as Anne is the best version...Though I do fast forward the start of it. I hope you enjoy it.

Bec :)

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Post by tsjmom » Tue August 28th, 2012, 11:05 pm

I've gotten behind in posting my reads and have forgotten some of them LOL! Oh well, as DH says a half a pie is better than no pie :)

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Post by Madeleine » Wed August 29th, 2012, 8:49 am

I was bored by Mansfield Park as well, although apparently it was the author's personal favourite.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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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!
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Post by Vanessa » Wed August 29th, 2012, 9:04 am

I loved Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons! Love the title, too - what a picture it paints! LOL.
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