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What Are You Reading? February 2012

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Post by Nefret » Wed February 8th, 2012, 6:08 pm

The Laughing Jesus by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"

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Post by Vanessa » Wed February 8th, 2012, 9:44 pm

I'm just about to start Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed February 8th, 2012, 10:40 pm

Reading "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. It's about Ernest Hemingway's first marriage. Reading it for my book group. Our previous book was Hemingway's own "A Moveable Feast", which is a sort of memoir of those years in his life. So it's interesting to compare what he had to say about that period (though he focuses less on his wife than on his writing) with what a novelist has done with it.

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Post by Brenna » Thu February 9th, 2012, 2:58 pm

I finished Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden last night. Wonderful! Fantastic! Loved it! It is just an enjoyable break from reading the "hard core" historical "stuff" you can get bogged down in sometimes. I like to think of her as the Nora Roberts of historical fiction/romance. Maybe even Kathleen Woodiwiss in her hay day!

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Post by Tanzanite » Thu February 9th, 2012, 10:41 pm

A little more than halfway through The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins. I don't care for the title - but the book has been entertaining so far.

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Post by rebecca » Fri February 10th, 2012, 2:08 am

I am reading two books at the moment....

Secrets by Sheila Holland(I read this book in my late teens and have been after it for years when a friend failed to return it to me-Love the book)It's a romance...sometimes I really need to read a good old fashioned romance. :D

The Obama's by J. Kantor an interesting book so far....

Bec :)

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Post by javagirl » Fri February 10th, 2012, 6:05 am

Finished 11/22/63. It was great. Would make a great book club "discussion" book as there are so many ideas that could be discussed.

Just started The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau.

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Post by Brenna » Fri February 10th, 2012, 2:31 pm

I'm re-reading Katherine by Anya Seton because I'm in the Edward III-Henry V time period for my Arthur-Elizabeth II challenge. Good God the print is so small!

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Post by Misfit » Fri February 10th, 2012, 3:19 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]I'm re-reading Katherine by Anya Seton because I'm in the Edward III-Henry V time period for my Arthur-Elizabeth II challenge. Good God the print is so small![/quote]

As much as I still like dead tree books, there are times when those kindle editions come in handy. I have tons of older books waiting to be read, and then I pick them up and cringe at the thought of doing that to my eyes.

Getting back to Yankee Stranger, plus reading a fluff book that I picked up as a freebie, Windswept by Cynthia Thomason.
At home with a good book and the cat...
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Post by princess garnet » Fri February 10th, 2012, 5:41 pm

Sister Queens by Julia Fox (NF)
I'm reading a library copy of this book. I hope adding 'NF' helps to distinguish it from a novel with the same title!

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