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What Are You Reading? January 2013

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Post by EC2 » Mon January 14th, 2013, 5:05 pm

Just finished the John Guy biography of Thomas Becket. A few nit-picks of historical detail, but on the whole an excellent read that I'd recommend. If you're a fan of Henry II you might find it difficult medicine to swallow because Guy doesn't cut him any slack, but at the same time I thought he was fair and balanced, and he knew his sources. A strong addition to the oeuvre.
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Post by princess » Mon January 14th, 2013, 10:54 pm

Just started The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch.
Currently reading: The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch

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Post by Vanessa » Wed January 16th, 2013, 10:44 am

I'll be starting The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh later on today.
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Post by fljustice » Wed January 16th, 2013, 5:02 pm

Finished The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley--a little too romantic and slow moving for my taste; rescued by the ending of the historical story. Trying to decide between Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw or a reread of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo for next read.
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Post by emr » Wed January 16th, 2013, 9:31 pm

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens contemporary mystery + ghosts story. Not bad so far.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed January 16th, 2013, 9:40 pm

That sounds interesting, added to my BF quere.

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Post by Susan » Wed January 16th, 2013, 11:36 pm

Dearest Affie by John Van Der Kiste...a biography of Prince Alfred, the second son and third child of Queen Victoria. I searched and searched for a reasonably priced hardcover of this book years back with no luck. In 2012, it was revised and published for the Kindle. I just recently became aware of that and got it!
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Post by Ariadne » Thu January 17th, 2013, 2:43 am

I just finished Theresa Tomlinson's A Swarming of Bees, a mystery set at the time of the Synod of Whitby, with an herb-wife as the heroine. It's the author's first adult mystery (she usually writes for children). The link is to my review; I've been trying to review my own purchases more and more.

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Post by Berengaria » Thu January 17th, 2013, 5:25 am

[quote=""emr""]The Restorer by Amanda Stevens contemporary mystery + ghosts story. Not bad so far.[/quote]
Sounds interesting! Let me know how the read goes! :)

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Post by Berengaria » Thu January 17th, 2013, 5:27 am

[quote=""princess garnet""]Finished reading The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James on the Metro ride home last night. This novel is companion to James's earlier novel The Lost Memoir of Jane Austen.[/quote]
These titles sound intriguing! Are they fiction or non?

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