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What Are You Reading? June 2013

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon June 3rd, 2013, 8:17 pm

I'm reading Tacitus 'On Germany'. I have never read anything by him, although he's referenced constantly in renaissance-era writings.

Not bad, all in all. Rather more even-handed than I would have expected a Roman to be about barbarians.

And I'm also slogging through Defending Jacob for book group. a police/lawyer proceedural. Not my favorite genre.

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Post by Susan » Mon June 3rd, 2013, 11:01 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]Thanks for starting the thread, Susan! I was away and the month slipped up on me![/quote]

You're welcome and yes, May did seem to disappear rather quickly!
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Post by Susan » Mon June 3rd, 2013, 11:05 pm

[quote=""annis""]Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. This debut literary novel is exceptional and immediately goes on my Best of 2013 list. Kent takes the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be be executed in Iceland, and weaves a multi-layered and moving tale around her last months of life. Although we know how it must end, as we get to know Agnes we desperately wish we could stop the steady, inexorable ticking of the clock and give her a second chance. Highly recommended.[/quote]

Thanks for posting about this one. I put it on my list.
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Post by Berengaria » Tue June 4th, 2013, 3:34 am

I have been devouring The Thirteenth Tale. I started it so many times and then left it to read something else. I read most of it into the wee hours; finish it tonight! British tv is doing an adaptation of the tome, to be broadcast sometime in the winter. Hopefully, Masterpiece will pick it up! :)
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Post by annis » Tue June 4th, 2013, 7:15 am

I hope you enjoy Burial Rites, Susan. I've just noticed (probably because Hannah Kent is an Aussie!) that BR has been released in Australasia ahead of the UK (August release date) and the US (September). Not often we get something first :)

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Post by Madeleine » Tue June 4th, 2013, 9:02 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I have been devouring The Thirteenth Tale. I started it so many times and then left it to read something else. I read most of it into the wee hours; finish it tonight! British tv is doing an adaptation of the tome, to be broadcast sometime in the winter. Hopefully, Masterpiece will pick it up! :) [/quote]

Yep apparently it's scheduled for this Christmas - Game of Thrones's Sophie Turner (Sansa) is playing one of the sisters as a teenager, and Vanessa Redgrave is presumably playing the old lady who tells the story to Margaret (it's a long time since I read it so a bit rusty on character names!).
Currently reading: "The Darkest Evening" by Ann Cleeves

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Post by princess garnet » Tue June 4th, 2013, 9:13 pm

Queen Jezebel by Jean Plaidy (reread)

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Post by Susan » Tue June 4th, 2013, 10:01 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]I have been devouring The Thirteenth Tale. [/quote]

I've got this one on my Kindle. Can't wait until June 26 when school is done and I can read when I want to. We missed six days of school due to Hurricane Sandy and we have to make up those days. That's why school is over so late. 16 days and counting!
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Post by Susan » Tue June 4th, 2013, 10:06 pm

[quote=""annis""]I hope you enjoy Burial Rites, Susan. I've just noticed (probably because Hannah Kent is an Aussie!) that BR has been released in Australasia ahead of the UK (August release date) and the US (September). Not often we get something first :) [/quote]

I just pre-ordered Burial Rites for my Kindle. I wish it was going to be released sooner.
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Post by Vanessa » Wed June 5th, 2013, 9:37 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I have been devouring The Thirteenth Tale. I started it so many times and then left it to read something else. I read most of it into the wee hours; finish it tonight! British tv is doing an adaptation of the tome, to be broadcast sometime in the winter. Hopefully, Masterpiece will pick it up! :) [/quote]

[quote=""Madeleine""]Yep apparently it's scheduled for this Christmas - Game of Thrones's Sophie Turner (Sansa) is playing one of the sisters as a teenager, and Vanessa Redgrave is presumably playing the old lady who tells the story to Margaret (it's a long time since I read it so a bit rusty on character names!).[/quote]

I loved The Thirteenth Tale - I read it a few years ago and it was a keeper for me so am excited to learn that there is an adaptation of it in the pipeline.
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