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What Are You Reading? February 2012

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Post by princess garnet » Wed February 29th, 2012, 12:50 am

I read The King's Daughter last year and enjoyed it. I liked reading her story, seeing what she was like as a young princess. Other books I've read about her have her as a widow and exiled Queen.
A young Elizabeth appears in Plaidy's Murder in the Tower.

Last month I read Henry, Prince of Wales by Roy Strong which is an old biography about the Prince.
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Post by Madeleine » Wed February 29th, 2012, 9:33 am

I've just started "A Gathering Storm" by Rachel Hore.
Currently reading "Murder on the Moorland" by Helen Cox

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed February 29th, 2012, 4:15 pm

Gentian Hill, by Elizabeth Goudge.

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Post by Misfit » Wed February 29th, 2012, 4:43 pm

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Post by TiciaRoma » Thu March 1st, 2012, 3:15 am

The Dragon and the Raven, or The Days of King Alfred by G.A. Henty

I'm about one third of the way through. It's pretty good, especially considering it was written for children in 1886. I'm thinking that my grandfather, born in 1890 and very well read, probably read it. I wonder if Bernard Cornwell did? It is similar, in many ways, to his Saxon Tales.

"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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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu March 1st, 2012, 3:51 am

"Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III" by Flora Fraser (427pgs, 2006) (2/2)* - Very interesting, well written.
"Ancient Inventions" by Peter James & Nick Thorpe (631pgs, 1994) (2/3)* - Very good, informative.
"31 Bond Street" by Ellen Horan (350pgs, 2011) (2/3) - Not a bad story, based partly on a real life murder.
"The Court of St. James's" by E.S. Turner (363pgs, 1959) (2/3)* - About royal courts, good book, but ends just at the start of Elizabeth II's reign.
"Permanent New Yorkers: A Biographical Guide to the Cemeteries of New York" by Judi Culbertson & Tom Randall (401pgs, 1987) (2/12)* - Good book.
"Dead Past: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #4" by Beverly Connor (381pgs, 2007) (2/15)* - Another good book in series.
"The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain Was Poisoned at Home, Work, & Play" by James C. Whorton (370pgs, 2011) (2/19)* - Excellent, fascinating and very good read.
"Bob Hope: A Tribute" by Raymond Strait (483pgs, 2003) (2/20)* - Good, but sometimes it doesn't pay to read about actors/actresses you like, or in this case comedian, and learn they weren't all that great in their personal lives.
"Seven Ages of Britain" by Justin Pollard (294pgs, 2005) (2/22)* - Good read.
"England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton" by Kate Williams (395pgs, 2006) (2/25)* - Good read, feel really bad for her esp. after Nelson's death.
"The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: Betsy-Tacy, Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill and Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown" by Maud Hart Lovelace (722pgs, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 2011ed) (2/27) - Read the 2nd book when I was quite young and still remembered it all these years later, so decided to read the first four stories.
"Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor" by Rosina Harrison (358pgs, 1975orig., 2011ed) (2/28) - Good book, but man could Nancy Astor be a major bitca.
"Death and the Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I and the Dark Scandal That Rocked the Throne" by Chris Skidmore (389pgs, 2010) (2/28)* - Interesting book on this subject.
"Ghosthunting Florida" by Dave Lapham (210pgs, 2010) (2/29) - Good.

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Post by Brenna » Thu March 1st, 2012, 3:21 pm

I'm almost done Wainwright's Within the Fetterlock. I was hoping to be done by now, but I read two other books instead...oops.

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Post by fljustice » Thu March 1st, 2012, 4:55 pm

Having trouble settling on something. Set aside three different books (none HF) in past two days. I have a short trip coming up this weekend (my daughter's play is being produced at her college) and think I'll finally give in and start reading some of the books on my Nook. Probably will start with Children of Tantalus by Victoria Grossack.
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Post by Leyland » Thu March 1st, 2012, 5:08 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart[/quote] One of all my all time favorites. No telling how many times I've read it since the 70's. If I ever visit Delphi and other Greek places, it will due to this story!
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Post by Vanessa » Thu March 1st, 2012, 5:09 pm

Yes, I've just finished it and thought the descriptions were lovely. A very nice little read.
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