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What Are You Reading? December 2012

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon December 31st, 2012, 3:38 pm

I'm reading Martin Farrell and the Passing Bells. On my Kindle I have N. Gemini Sasson's Owain Glendower novel, can't remember the title.

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Post by fljustice » Mon December 31st, 2012, 3:49 pm

Finished my commuting book, Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen--a light tale of corruption and environmentalists in the Florida Keys. Hiaasen is reading comfort food--predictable plot, quirky characters and a strong dash of the absurd. Basically, if you've read one Hiaasen book, you've read them all, but I like the way he handles his female characters. Continuing to reread The Hobbit and will probably start on A Dance with Dragons (Christmas gift!)
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat January 12th, 2013, 3:16 am

Sorry for posting so late:
December 2012 18
"Imperial Requiem: Four Royal Women and the Fall of the Age of Empires" by Justin C. Vovk (585pgs, 2012) (12/4)* (K)
"Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII" by Kyra Cornelius Kramer (287pgs, 2012) (12/7)* (K)
"Infamous Murders and Mysteries - Cold Case Files and Who-Done-Its" by Dr. Robert J. Girod, Sr (489pgs, 2009) (12/10)* (K)
"The Tale of Halcyon Crane" by Wendy Webb (326pgs, 2010) (12/12)
"Theodora: Empress of Byzantium" by Paolo Cesaretti (345pgs, 2004) (12/16)* - Good ending to the first book, but after reading a biography of her life I was able to compare how the author took liberties with her real life.
"Assassination: The Royal Family's 1000 Year Curse - The Murder or Attempted Murder of the Every King or Queen" by David Maislish (496pgs, 2012) (12/18)* (K)
"The Other Victorians: A Study of Sexuality and Pornagraphy in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England" by Steven Marcus (286pgs, 1966) (12/19)*
"How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance" by Marilyn Yalom (370pgs, 2012) (12/19)
"Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayham, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy" by Paul Thomas Murphy (551pgs, 2012) (12/20)* (K) - Ironically the only person to actually hurt her, was a guy named Pate, who hit her with a cane on her head, also known as the pate, snort.
"Murder on the House: A Haunted Renovation Mystery #3" by Juliet Blackwell (275pgs, 2012) (12/22)* (K)
"Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert" by Michael Krondl (370pgs, 2011) (12/27)* (K)
"Cold Days: Dresden Files #14" by Jim Butcher (600pgs, 2012) (12/27)* (K)
"Four Sisters, All Queens" by Sherry Jones (450pgs, 2012) (12/27)* - Good book, focused more on Sanchia and Beatrice then "Sister Queens" by Sophie Perinot
"Taltos: The Mayfair Witches #3" by Anne Rice (557pgs, 1994) (12/28)*
"Lake of Sorrows: Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire Mystery #2" by Erin Hart (491pgs, 2004) (12/28)*
"Haunted Britain & Ireland: Over 100 of the Scariest Places to Visit in the UK & Ireland" by Derek Acorah (290pgs, 2009) (12/28)* (K) - I don't know if he's just dumb or if it was a major typo but he called Benjamin Franklin one of America's presidents!
"Henry VIII (Yale English Monarchs)" by J.J. Scarisbrick (547pgs, 1970) (12/29)*
"Pleasures & Pastimes of Victorian Britain" by Pamela Horn (454pgs, 1999orig, 2012kindle) (12/30)* (K)
Pages: 7769 - 431pgs aver (3 BF, 15 Own (10 Kindle))

I finally read over 200 books in a year (212)! *WOOT* I also read 10625 more pages this year then last year.

I read 155 books I bought (37 on Kindle), 56 books from Booksfree, and 1 Loaner.

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