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What Are You Reading? March 2013

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annis
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Post by annis » Sun March 24th, 2013, 7:10 am

Posted by MLE
It's very interesting, figuring out why a novel will work for a given reader and why it didn't.
I find it's very much to do with my mood at any given time, so one week I'll enjoy a gentle mystery and another a blood-soaked thriller or some fantasy. Basically I'll give anything a go - my only caveat being that the spelling and grammar must be correct- something that's getting harder and harder to find and one of my pet peeves.

I can see that Somme Stations wouldn't appeal to everyone- the hero is rather stolid and reflective and the pace is steady as she goes. My initial thought was that it might be boring, but I'm finding it absorbing, though as I said, flash and dash it doesn't have.
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
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Post by Vanessa » Sun March 24th, 2013, 12:45 pm

It depends on my mood, too, which book I pick up next unless it's a book group read.
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by Brenna » Sun March 24th, 2013, 2:29 pm

Finished the Tea Rose so of course I had to run to B&N and buy the other two-The Winter Rose and the Wild Rose. Lets hope they stand up.
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Post by JaneConsumer » Sun March 24th, 2013, 3:25 pm

I finished Miss Peregrine's and I didn't like it. It was well-written and imaginative, but it just isn't my kind of story. It's basic good versus evil with lots of monsters and other things that go bump in the night.

Started Storm of Swords, which is more up my alley.

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Post by Misfit » Sun March 24th, 2013, 3:31 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Finished the Tea Rose so of course I had to run to B&N and buy the other two-The Winter Rose and the Wild Rose. Lets hope they stand up.[/quote]

I just love the ending for Winter Rose :)

DNF The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler. I liked the premise and the mystery, but the switching time periods and POVs were distracting, and too much time was spent on the daughter's childhood. From reading the critical reviews on Amazon, I decided it wasn't going to pan out any better (for me at least), and decided to bail.

Had Ashenden out from the library and was ready to pick that up, but a quick look at the reviews indicated it was more like a series of short stories in flashbacks on the house, and not the Downton Abbey kind of book I was looking for.

That cut the library pile in half. Now working on Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell.
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
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Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Mon March 25th, 2013, 9:29 am

I really enjoyed Ashenden, Misfit. It is, as you say, little glimpses of life throughout several eras but nicely done. Here's my review.

I'm now onto the second part two of A Swords of Storms by George R R Martin, Blood & Gold.
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Post by Misfit » Mon March 25th, 2013, 12:00 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I really enjoyed Ashenden, Misfit. It is, as you say, little glimpses of life throughout several eras but nicely done. Here's my review.

I'm now onto the second part two of A Swords of Storms by George R R Martin, Blood & Gold.[/quote]

Thanks Vanessa. Ashendon would have to be a book I was in the right frame of mind for going in - and I was not in the right frame of mind for it. Coming off a really fabulous read always affects what comes afterwards. I may reloot it from the library another day.
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Post by Madeleine » Mon March 25th, 2013, 3:57 pm

I'm just about to start the next True Blood book, "Dead and Gone".
Currently reading: "The Strings of Murder" by Oscar de Muriel

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Post by EC2 » Mon March 25th, 2013, 5:14 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]
I'm now onto the second part two of A Swords of Storms by George R R Martin, Blood & Gold.[/quote]

I've just starte reading Blood and Gold too! I have read it before but barely remember any of it, which is par for the course :confused: but good because it's all new to me! :)
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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Madeleine » Mon March 25th, 2013, 7:24 pm

So much happens in that book that I could read it again! Enjoy it, ladies.
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