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What Are You Reading? March 2013

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What Are You Reading? March 2013

Post by boswellbaxter » Fri March 1st, 2013, 2:05 pm

I'm reading Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb. Looking forward to receiving Amy Licence's bio of Elizabeth of York this week.
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Post by Ludmilla » Fri March 1st, 2013, 2:41 pm

Still reading some NF about WWII. Just finished Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald L. Miller (the Spielberg/Hanks team will make another WW2 mini-series based on this book). This is full of interesting detail about the air war in Europe. I liked it, though I did struggle with the author's reporting style from time-to-time, e.g., the way he jumped from one character to another and in his timeline. It was sometimes hard to figure out if he was talking about a new character or one he'd already mentioned because there were so many of them.

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Post by Brenna » Fri March 1st, 2013, 6:42 pm

Still reading William Dietrich's Napoleon's Pyramids. Not very compelling but not a bad storyline either.
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Post by Nefret » Fri March 1st, 2013, 9:33 pm

American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
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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Post by Lisa » Sat March 2nd, 2013, 7:54 pm

I finished River of Destiny last night. I really enjoyed it, in fact I was so glued to it that I ended up reading the last half in one go, I hadn't even noticed the late hour by the time I finished. Normally when a novel has a historical time frame as well as one set in the present, I find the historical one more interesting, but in this case it was the opposite. I suppose the present-day story was fleshed out a lot more than the two historical ones, though.

I'm not sure what to read now, I think I'll probably start The Mist on Bronte Moor by Aviva Orr. I feel very up for the idea of a time-travelling YA novel just now.

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Post by rebecca » Sun March 3rd, 2013, 3:28 am

I finished 'Gone Girl' last night and wondered what the fuss was? I figured out most of the book in the first few chapters....

Spoiler below
I was disappointed with it especially as it garnered such rave reviews...It was meh :rolleyes: book!

Bec :)

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun March 3rd, 2013, 4:49 am

[quote=""rebecca""]I finished 'Gone Girl' last night and wondered what the fuss was?
I was disappointed with it especially as it garnered such rave reviews...It was meh :rolleyes: book!

Bec :) [/quote]
I had to read gone girl for a book club. Otherwise it would have been DNF. I didn't like ANY of the characters, the girlfriend was TSTL (or to be believed). Ditto the parents. Just not an enjoyable way to spend my time.

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Post by rebecca » Sun March 3rd, 2013, 5:24 am

[quote=""MLE""]I had to read gone girl for a book club. Otherwise it would have been DNF. I didn't like ANY of the characters, the girlfriend was TSTL (or to be believed). Ditto the parents. Just not an enjoyable way to spend my time.[/quote]

Well it will be listed as the worst book I've read this year. I don't mind villains, but two boring villains is beyond the pale :rolleyes: and I agree with the TSTL...They ALL were! But why so many excellent reviews(on Amazon)?:confused :p uzzling!

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Post by annis » Sun March 3rd, 2013, 6:56 am

The latest Flavia de Luce mystery by Alan Bradley- Speaking from Among the Bones. Loving it - could be the best one in the series yet...
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Post by Madeleine » Sun March 3rd, 2013, 12:17 pm

[quote=""MLE""]I had to read gone girl for a book club. Otherwise it would have been DNF. I didn't like ANY of the characters, the girlfriend was TSTL (or to be believed). Ditto the parents. Just not an enjoyable way to spend my time.[/quote]

My mum didn't like it either, she didn't guess the ending though. I must admit I'm finding the two of them irritating too, especially her. We shall see ;)
Currently reading: "Dreaming of Italy" by T A Williams

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