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What Are You Reading? July 2012

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
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Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 2:24 am

I'm reading Helen Hollick's Forever Queen. Liking it so far.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 3:21 am

[quote=""rockygirl""]I liked the Alexander book, too. In fact, he's done three that are Romanov related, and I liked all three.

I'm currently reading your book, and I like that it's told from the point of view of the mothers. Frances Grey is coming across as much more likable than the usual depictions of her.[/quote]

Thanks! I have The Kitchen Boy on the TBR pile; think I may have the third one buried somewhere here as well.
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Post by Brenna » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 1:28 pm

Reading both a NF and a HF- Elizabeth and Mary by Jane Dunn and Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey.
Brenna

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Post by Susan » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 8:41 pm

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness...Originally I was hesitant about this one because I am not all that keen on supernatural books, but I spent the weekend with a friend who said I would like this series and that I would love the second book.
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Post by EC2 » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 8:47 pm

[quote=""Susan""]A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness...Originally I was hesitant about this one because I am not all that keen on supernatural books, but I spent the weekend with a friend who said I would like this series and that I would love the second book.[/quote]

Ooh, me too - snap! I've had this on my Kindle for a while. Began reading it a few months ago and couldn't get into it. But a couple of days ago I picked it up again and I'm loving it this time around. It was definitely my mood that stopped me last time. I like supernatural as part of a wide reading diet, and I was interested to see what she said about magic and science and I've high-lighted a few areas. Rather like Terry Pratchett, the author 'gets it' I think.
Anyway, I'm well engrossed at the moment.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Susan » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 9:13 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Ooh, me too - snap! I've had this on my Kindle for a while. Began reading it a few months ago and couldn't get into it. But a couple of days ago I picked it up again and I'm loving it this time around. It was definitely my mood that stopped me last time. I like supernatural as part of a wide reading diet, and I was interested to see what she said about magic and science and I've high-lighted a few areas. Rather like Terry Pratchett, the author 'gets it' I think.
Anyway, I'm well engrossed at the moment.[/quote]

Good to hear! I saw you were reading it on Goodreads. I haven't started it yet, but will do so later this evening.
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Post by Berengaria » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 10:34 pm

Just thought I'd take a peak at Barbara Erskine's River of Destiny and ended up staying up til all hours reading it! ;)
I usually like to read tomes that are about real people, but I seem to be in the mood for time connections :p
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Post by Brenna » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 11:25 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Ooh, me too - snap! I've had this on my Kindle for a while. Began reading it a few months ago and couldn't get into it. But a couple of days ago I picked it up again and I'm loving it this time around. It was definitely my mood that stopped me last time. I like supernatural as part of a wide reading diet, and I was interested to see what she said about magic and science and I've high-lighted a few areas. Rather like Terry Pratchett, the author 'gets it' I think.
Anyway, I'm well engrossed at the moment.[/quote]

I have it on my Kindle as well! I think I will pick it up next!
Brenna

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Post by Vanessa » Tue July 24th, 2012, 8:09 am

Loved Discovery of Witches!

I'm now reading The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue July 24th, 2012, 8:44 am

I enjoyed Discovery... too, looking forward to the next one.

I've got that Marian Keyes on mount tbr, I went off her books for a while but might try them again.

I've just started "Cambridge Blue" by Alison Bruce, a murder mystery set in Cambridge, UK.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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