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What Are You Reading? March 2013

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Mon March 18th, 2013, 1:15 pm

Was in the mood for something epic, so I picked up Pargeter's The Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet.

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emr
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Post by emr » Tue March 19th, 2013, 4:28 pm

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers. Written in 1923 I guess this is only historical from our perspective, not any intention on the part of the author. Funny how their problems with the phone sound so much like our problems with the cell phone...
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sweetpotatoboy
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue March 19th, 2013, 9:44 pm

Not historical fiction but I started and finished "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga during a flight today. I wasn't crazy about it but I found it very readable.

Prior to that, I eventually finished "Henry of Guise", an early 19th century novel by G.P.R. James, a prolific Victorian historical biographer and novelist. It hasn't dated well, but was notable for a positive depiction of Catherine de Medici.

Not sure what's next. My Kindle is loaded with all sorts of goodies for my holiday. Maybe some non-fiction......

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Post by Misfit » Wed March 20th, 2013, 12:31 am

On the tail end of Summerset Abbey by TJ Brown, another Downton Abbey knock off. Going fairly well, although I don't love it. Need some experts on the peerage. The girls in the story are the daughters of the second son - oldest son (their uncle) is the current Earl of Summerset. The grandfather (now deceased) was mentioned on one page as the eighth duke (page 43), however on other pages later in the book he's referred to as the "old earl".

Anyone have an answer?
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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Wed March 20th, 2013, 11:31 pm

The Tea Rose. Wow, oh so good!
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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Thu March 21st, 2013, 5:15 pm

I am reading Her Highness the Traitor. As with all of Susan's books, I am enthralled with the story and stay up too late to read "just one more page"!
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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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Post by Vanessa » Thu March 21st, 2013, 5:59 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]The Tea Rose. Wow, oh so good![/quote]

Loved that one and The Winter Rose!
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Post by annis » Thu March 21st, 2013, 6:40 pm

Annabel Lyon's Sweet Girl. Reserving judgement at this stage..

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Post by Brenna » Fri March 22nd, 2013, 9:09 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]Loved that one and The Winter Rose![/quote]

Did you read the third one? It seems like people didn't like it as much as the first two as it never came out in paperback
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Post by Misfit » Fri March 22nd, 2013, 9:54 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Did you read the third one? It seems like people didn't like it as much as the first two as it never came out in paperback[/quote]

The last book doesn't quite measure up to the first two. Doesn't help that Willa and Seamie (sp?) are such walking pity parties. It was hard to care at times when you just want to slap them.
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