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What Are You Reading? March 2012

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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Sun April 1st, 2012, 12:55 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I finished Hunger Games this morning and have started the second book-but not my choice. Our internet isn't working at the house, so I can't read Susan's Queen of Last Hopes on my Kindle and I received an e-mail from the company I bought the Lion of Alnwick trilogy from letting me know I will only be receiving one of the books. Blah!

I thought the Games was ok, but not all it's been cracked up to be. Interested to see what they do with the second one but I really wanted to go back to my challenge.[/quote]
I am on the last book in the Hunger series; the students really enjoy them. (So many of the high school kids up here don't read or have difficulty reading)
I have quite enjoyed the series so far, recognizing that it was written for a younger audience. Katniss is a strong female character who can be a role model of sorts for the girls who have just entered high school and are struggling with confidence.

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Post by fljustice » Sun April 1st, 2012, 4:16 pm

Finished Jocasta: Mother-Wife of Oedipus last night. It started slow, but the ending delivered.
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Post by Ariadne » Mon April 2nd, 2012, 12:09 am

I really enjoyed Jocasta - I read it when it was first published a while back. I lent my copy to a friend and never saw it again, so I ought to buy the new edition.

Just finished Tony Hays' The Stolen Bride, 4th in his Arthurian mystery series, which was very good, with many twists I didn't see coming. Not sure what's next... probably a review book.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon April 2nd, 2012, 3:02 am

March 2012 13
"Celebrity In Death" by J.D. Robb (390pgs, 2012) (3/3)* - A good book in the series.
"For the King" by Catherine Delors (336pgs, 2011) (3/6) - A good historical mystery (sort of), set in Napoleon's Paris, before he was emperor. I wonder if it'll become a series.
"The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion" by Elizabeth Chadwick (539pgs, 2005) (3/8) - Excellent historical novel!
"Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee" by Noralee Frankel (263pgs, 2010) (3/12) - Good biography, though rather short. She was born in Seattle, found that cool.
"A History of Courting" by E.S. Turner (242pgs, 1954) (3/12)* - Good but way out of date by now.
"Dead Hunt: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #5" by Beverly Connor (372pgs, 2008) (3/20)* - Another good book in the seires.
"Monsieur d'Eon Is A Woman: A Tale of Political Intrigue and Sexual Masquerade" by Gary Kates (320pgs, 1995) (3/20)* - Very good book about a fascinating person.
"The Dragon Seekers: How An Extraordinary Circle of Fossilists Discovered the Dinosaurs & Paved the Way for Darwin" by Christopher McGowan (221pgs, 2001) (3/20)* - Short but interesting book.
"Plunder: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #7" by Mary Anna Evans (296pgs, 2012) (3/22) - Another good book in the series.
"English Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Roy Porter (386pgs, 1983) (3/23)* - Very good book, informative.
"Feast: Why Humans Share Food" by Martin Jones (304pgs, 2007) (3/23)* - Not quite what I was expecting and some parts were a little more scholarly then I would've liked, but not bad.
"Concierge Confidential: The Secrets of Serving Champagne Bitches & Caviar Queens" by Michael Fazio w/Michael Malice (270pgs, 2011) (3/27) - Fun book, only complaint, too short!
"A Voyage Long & Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, & Other Adventures in Early America" by Tony Horwitz (391pgs, 2008) (3/31)* - Fun and informative book.
Pages: 4330 - 333pgs aver (5 BF, 8 Own)
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Post by Brenna » Mon April 2nd, 2012, 12:48 pm

I'm halfway through the second Hunger Game books. Berengaria, I think it's great if these books get kids reading; I'm all for that. I should preface my comment by mentioning I'm reading these on my Kindle and for some reason, I enjoy Kindle books much less than regular books. Hubby and I saw the movie yesterday; stayed pretty true to the book.
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Post by Ludmilla » Mon April 2nd, 2012, 1:28 pm

Recently bought the ebook omnibus of the first three books of Deanna Raybourn's Julia Grey Mystery series. Finished the first one and have started the second. No surprise that I'm hooked.

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Post by Berengaria » Tue April 3rd, 2012, 1:02 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I'm halfway through the second Hunger Game books. Berengaria, I think it's great if these books get kids reading; I'm all for that. I should preface my comment by mentioning I'm reading these on my Kindle and for some reason, I enjoy Kindle books much less than regular books. Hubby and I saw the movie yesterday; stayed pretty true to the book.[/quote]
I'm having a time getting used to my e-reader, too. However, I can stuff it in my handbag when I'm waiting for an appointment. Nothing, though, can take the place of the smell of a good book! Nice to hear that the Games movie follows the book!

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