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What Are You Reading? May 2013

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Winter Beneath the Stars by Jo Thomas
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Tue May 14th, 2013, 9:05 am

Just started "Murder at the Laurels" by Lesley Cookman (cosy crime), and "Elijah's Mermaid" by Essie Fox (Victorian Gothic, yay).
Currently reading: A Winter Beneath the Stars by Jo Thomas

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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.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Tue May 14th, 2013, 9:39 am

[quote=""emr""]The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway, not bad so far...[/quote]

I loved The River of No Return - it's going to be a trilogy apparently.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Tue May 14th, 2013, 1:12 pm

Trying to tackle some of the older books in my TBR. Currently reading Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly.

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Post by emr » Tue May 14th, 2013, 6:43 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I loved The River of No Return - it's going to be a trilogy apparently.[/quote]

Please don't tell me it ends in a cliffhanger... :confused: :(
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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Tue May 14th, 2013, 10:17 pm

Song of Achilles
Brenna

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Post by Susan » Wed May 15th, 2013, 12:07 am

[quote=""LadyB""]Was intrigued by Six of One by JoAnn Spears - just read a couple of romances in a row, and this one seems more to make fun of romance, so thought I'd give it a go. 15% in and the dialogue is a bit irritating and it's very silly, but I'm going to plough on and remember not to take it seriously.[/quote]

This one was free on Amazon the other day, so I got it. I think sometimes we all need to read something we don't have to take seriously!
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Post by rebecca » Wed May 15th, 2013, 3:09 am

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

Surprisingly I'm actually enjoying this book. I thought it'd be the same as Harold Fry which I did not finish, but this one is better.

Bec :)

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Lisa
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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Post by Lisa » Wed May 15th, 2013, 10:36 am

Finished Six of One, it did get sillier and sillier and I suppose I would describe it as a mix of humour, nonsense, Tudor geekery and chick-lit. The story and ideas were far too outlandish to be taken seriously, and the dialogue was very annoying albeit, I acknowledge, cleverly put together. The editing was fine, only spotted a few typos. I wouldn't rush out to recommend it to anyone, but I wouldn't say avoid it either, just be prepared for a total mindless, nonsense read.

Now reading My Name Is Memory, by Ann Brashares.

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Post by Misfit » Wed May 15th, 2013, 3:35 pm

[quote=""LadyB""]Finished Six of One, it did get sillier and sillier and I suppose I would describe it as a mix of humour, nonsense, Tudor geekery and chick-lit. The story and ideas were far too outlandish to be taken seriously, and the dialogue was very annoying albeit, I acknowledge, cleverly put together. The editing was fine, only spotted a few typos. I wouldn't rush out to recommend it to anyone, but I wouldn't say avoid it either, just be prepared for a total mindless, nonsense read.

Now reading My Name Is Memory, by Ann Brashares.[/quote]

I have a copy that I picked up on a previous freebie sale.

Still working on The Light Heart by Elswyth Thane. Very good, but I keep getting distracted reading up on the internet kerfuffle over Amy's Baking Company and Kitchen Nightmares. Oh my... :eek: :eek: :eek:
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Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Wed May 15th, 2013, 6:15 pm

Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings
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"
{Ensiferum}

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