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What Are You Reading? January 2013

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Post by Misfit » Sun January 20th, 2013, 12:44 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I just finished The Imperial Scandal by Teresa Grant. Now I have no idea what to get into. I am in a book rut and would welcome suggestions. It looks like fictional choices during the Hanover era are scarce, so perhaps some historical fantasy or time slip would be nice. Any recommendations??[/quote]

I hate ruts and was in a bit of one this week. I've been glued to Covington's Folley by Cindy Holbrook. It almost flew early this morning until I looked at the Ammy reviews and found it was more of a screw ball type comedy of errors and not a straight regency. I've been laughing so hard, but driving kitteh nuts. She keeps trying to cuddle up just when I've got another guffaw coming.
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Post by Vanessa » Sun January 20th, 2013, 2:11 pm

I'm just about to start The Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle, an advance reading copy.
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Post by fljustice » Sun January 20th, 2013, 4:06 pm

Decided to go with Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw and leave Les Miz for later. About 1/3 through and interesting so far...more fantasy elements than I was expecting, but okay.
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Post by Susan » Mon January 21st, 2013, 1:33 pm

Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon January 21st, 2013, 2:36 pm

I'm reading Dragon's Whelp by Gwynedd Sudworth, a 1973 novel about Owen Tudor.
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Post by EC2 » Mon January 21st, 2013, 4:43 pm

Finished John Guy's biography of Thomas Becket - excellent. There are a few minor historical hiccups, but he's studied the meat of the matter well and I think he's got the psychology spot on - especially of Henry II, and it's not flattering.

Have also just finished Ralph Turner's biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine - again excellent apart from a few glaring gaffs. I was amused to see him call Alison Weir on her accuracy - accuses her of turning dubious hearsay into fact. Yup, that would be about right.

Now reading a book on Medieval cookery - book's downstairs so can't give the title offhand.
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Post by J.D. Oswald » Mon January 21st, 2013, 8:01 pm

'We danced all night' A Social History of Britain Between the Wars by Martin Pugh. Very engaging so far, particularly the sections on women, medicine and food. I now know, for example, that Bassett's Jelly Babies used to be called 'Unclaimed Babies' (very sinister!) and were renamed Peace Babies after the First World War.

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Post by Berengaria » Mon January 21st, 2013, 8:33 pm

I am now reading The Aviator's Wife. I can't put it down! I just love the "voice" of the protagonist! :)
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Post by Brenna » Tue January 22nd, 2013, 2:52 pm

I'm reading the Island of Swans by Ciji Ware. I'm not sure what I think of it thus far..I will have to wait and see.

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Post by Nefret » Tue January 22nd, 2013, 11:36 pm

Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding (it seemed funnier during the first read)
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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