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What are you reading June 2012?

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Post by Tanzanite » Sun June 3rd, 2012, 8:54 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]I finished C.W Gortner's The Tudor Secret which I thought was really good. Now onto Nora Loft's The Concubine.[/quote]

That's one of my favorite books about Anne Boleyn.

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Post by Nefret » Sun June 3rd, 2012, 10:20 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]That's one of my favorite books about Anne Boleyn.[/quote]

Mine too. I also really like her book about Catherine of Aragorn.
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Post by J.D. Oswald » Tue June 5th, 2012, 4:47 pm

Nearly half way through Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Finding it very amusing. I liked her foreward to 'Anthony Pookworthy, Esq.' (took me a while to realise that she was poking fun and that he was a fictional critic! 1930s equivalent to the Telegraph guy maybe?) apologising for offering a funny book and saying that she'd realised to achieve good reviews, she had to write 'as though I were not quite sure about what I meant but was jolly well going to say something all the same in sentences as long as possible.'

Be interested to know what Madeleine thinks of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Been a Sherlock Holmes fan since early teens - the style of writing is obviously of its time but I've always found it was the characters that made the stories interesting for me.

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Post by Elizabeth » Tue June 5th, 2012, 5:53 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]I finished C.W Gortner's The Tudor Secret which I thought was really good. Now onto Nora Loft's The Concubine.[/quote]

[quote=""Tanzanite""]That's one of my favorite books about Anne Boleyn.[/quote]

[quote=""Nefret""]Mine too. I also really like her book about Catherine of Aragorn.[/quote]

I am also a Norah Lofts fan. One of my favorites is Crown of Aloes, about Isabella of Castile... which of course brings us full circle to CW Gortner. :)
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Post by princess garnet » Tue June 5th, 2012, 5:57 pm

Started Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones

I've already read The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot so it'll be a different take.
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Post by rockygirl » Wed June 6th, 2012, 1:00 am

I'm finally reading Madame Tussaud!

Not entirely my fault, as my mother accidentally put my first copy in the donation bag, and I had to get another copy!

I'm really enjoying it!

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Post by Madeleine » Wed June 6th, 2012, 9:08 am

[quote=""J.D. Oswald""]Nearly half way through Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Finding it very amusing. I liked her foreward to 'Anthony Pookworthy, Esq.' (took me a while to realise that she was poking fun and that he was a fictional critic! 1930s equivalent to the Telegraph guy maybe?) apologising for offering a funny book and saying that she'd realised to achieve good reviews, she had to write 'as though I were not quite sure about what I meant but was jolly well going to say something all the same in sentences as long as possible.'

Be interested to know what Madeleine thinks of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Been a Sherlock Holmes fan since early teens - the style of writing is obviously of its time but I've always found it was the characters that made the stories interesting for me.[/quote]

I'll let you know JD! I can see what you mean about the writing style but it doesn't feel as "dated" as I thought it would.
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Post by ranidays » Thu June 7th, 2012, 5:14 am

I'm reading Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey. I'm itching to get my hands on the next in the series because I love this book so far!
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Post by Margaret » Thu June 7th, 2012, 6:17 am

Norman Spinrad's The Druid King, about Vercingetorix (and Julius Caesar - no admiring portrait, this one, unless one admires cynical, ruthlessly ambitious, self-serving politicians).
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Post by Vanessa » Thu June 7th, 2012, 11:10 am

I'll be starting White Nights by Ann Cleeves later on - it's the second in the Shetland Quartet contemporary mystery series.
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