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What are you reading? February 2013

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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon February 4th, 2013, 6:10 pm

[quote=""princess garnet""]Margaret Tudor[/quote]

I'm reading that one too.
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Post by J.D. Oswald » Mon February 4th, 2013, 7:48 pm

Just started Lustrum by Robert Harris.

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Really liking Alain de Botton's 'Religion for Atheists'

Post by Pasky » Tue February 5th, 2013, 2:36 pm

Full disclosure: as a lapsed Catholic, I struggle with irrational guilt, which makes it difficult for me to abandon books that I've started. Tried pushing through 'English Patient' but finally acknowledged I was deriving no joy from it. Plus I realized Sister Mary Ignatius was no longer keeping track of whether I was keeping commitments to finish reading novels.

So, I've switched to reading de Botton, which I am liking. For anyone who is enthused by reading about the meta-aspects of art, including fiction, you might enjoy 'Religion for Atheists.' It's de Botton's attempt to acknowledge that, although orthodox religion may be fading, the religious impulse remains. The challenge is to explore secular means, such as artistic creation, to achieve transcendence and meaning.

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Post by princess » Tue February 5th, 2013, 11:36 pm

I've just started Wine of Violence: Medieval Mystery 1 by Priscilla Royal.
Currently reading: The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch

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Post by annis » Wed February 6th, 2013, 12:12 am

Posted by J D Oswald
Just started Lustrum by Robert Harris.
I read Imperium & Lustrum years ago and have been waiting for RH to get on with the third one, but I'm starting to give up hope as there's still no mention of it being in the works, sigh...

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed February 6th, 2013, 1:08 am

Reading Child of the Northern Spring, the first in Persia Wooley's Guinevere trilogy. Reminiscent of Mary Stewart, but from the female perspective.

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Post by Ludmilla » Thu February 7th, 2013, 4:05 pm

Just finished reading The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, which gives me a new appreciation for just how terrible the German U-boat threat was in the N. Atlantic and how devastating it was for many of those convoys, especially during the first half of WWII. Debating what to read next. I'm really trying to stay away from book hype and work on my TBR this year.

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Post by Tanzanite » Thu February 7th, 2013, 11:16 pm

Finished an old OOP - Navarre's Mistress by Richard Gaunt set around the Battle of Coutras (the mistress really has very little to do with the story) and now reading The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson (Catherine Valois/Henry V)

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Post by Berengaria » Thu February 7th, 2013, 11:45 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Finished an old OOP - Navarre's Mistress by Richard Gaunt set around the Battle of Coutras (the mistress really has very little to do with the story) and now reading The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson (Catherine Valois/Henry V)[/quote]
Let me know what you think of Agincourt Bride I bought it from Amazon UK and my plan is to read it after The Forgotten Queen

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Post by rebecca » Fri February 8th, 2013, 1:26 am

I just started reading 'The Reluctant Empress.' By Brigitte Hamann. I find the author seems to be in awe of her subject, but it was first printed decades ago. It's an enjoyable read and I had no idea she was so young when she married.

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