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What Are You Reading? September 2013

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Carine
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Currently reading: Jonkvrouw - Jean-Claude Van Ryckeghem
Interest in HF: I love history
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Preferred HF: Medieval, Tudor and Ancient Egyptian
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Post by Carine » Mon September 9th, 2013, 8:27 am

I finished The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Started The Forbidden Queen by Anne O'Brien now.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Mon September 9th, 2013, 8:59 am

I've just started "Briefs Encountered" by Julian Clary.
Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross

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Post by annis » Tue September 10th, 2013, 12:24 am

The Waiting Room, by F.G. Cottam - a ghost story set in the present but revolving around events from WWI. This the first Cottam I've read and finding nicely creep so far.

Posted by emr
Now I was looking for something funny so I picked The Humans by Matt Haig, the human race seen through the eyes of an alien. So far I'm not laughing. This is soporific.
If you haven't already read it, for a bit of fun I recommend Jonas Jonasson's The One Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, a clever farce laced with black humour which takes the reader on a tour with a difference of the Cold War era.
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Post by emr » Tue September 10th, 2013, 7:46 am

[quote=""annis""]If you haven't already read it, for a bit of fun I recommend Jonas Jonasson's The One Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, a clever farce laced with black humour which takes the reader on a tour with a difference of the Cold War era.[/quote]

Thanks I'll check that :)
The Humans did improve a little although I had a hard time liking the alien.
Now I have started The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell.
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross
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Post by Madeleine » Tue September 10th, 2013, 8:31 am

[quote=""annis""]The Waiting Room, by F.G. Cottam - a ghost story set in the present but revolving around events from WWI. This the first Cottam I've read and finding nicely creep so far.[/quote]

I've got that somewhere on a tbr pile, let me know how you get on with it!
Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross

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sweetpotatoboy
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue September 10th, 2013, 8:33 am

A few chapters into "Valentine Grey" by Sandi Toksvig. Everyone in the UK knows Sandi as a comedian and TV personality but she's been a novelist also for some time and I've never read anything by her and this, her latest, may well be her first historical. It's quite pleasant, if lightweight, so far.

I still have two non-history-related non-fiction books slowly on the go.

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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.
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Post by Lisa » Tue September 10th, 2013, 9:00 am

L'Homme au masque de fer (The Man in the Iron Mask) by Arthur Bernede. Trying to get my brain back into French mode before going to France on Saturday and this one, written in the 1930s, is a much easier read than the Dumas.

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Post by fljustice » Wed September 11th, 2013, 4:27 pm

Finished Daily Life in Biblical Times by Liora Ravid (translated from Hebrew by Jessica Setbon). I had mixed reactions to this one. It's not like my research "Daily Life" books, but had some interesting points to make. Going back to finish Colonel Roosevelt (only 200 pages to go) as the "bed book" and started America's Hidden History for the commute. I've started about three fiction books, but they didn't grab me in the first chapter--not bad books, just not in the mood.
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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Thu September 12th, 2013, 12:37 am

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]Two nonfiction books: Leanda de Lisle's Tudor: The Family Story and Alison Weir's biography of Elizabeth of York (through Netgalley).[/quote]
I'm reading The Tudors, too! Love her writing!

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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Thu September 12th, 2013, 12:39 am

[quote=""EC2""]The Ghost Bride by Yang Sze Choo (Amazon Vine). I'm loving it - an excellent read, although as a publisher I might have laid it out differently to appeal to the reading demographic. Set out on the page it looks like a lot of heavy reading. It isn't, but if you're flicking in a shop and are more accustomed to seeing the work set out in short paragraphs, you might baulk.[/quote]
I liked the part that took place in the Malaysian world of the 1890's, but got bogged down in the spirit world.

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