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What Are You Reading? October 2013

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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!
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Post by Vanessa » Mon October 14th, 2013, 8:39 pm

I'm just about to start Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff, a WWII story.
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Post by Berengaria » Mon October 14th, 2013, 10:17 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I'm just about to start Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff, a WWII story.[/quote]
I ended up reading all of her WWII and post war books! They are all connected through a character or two! Read The Diplomat's Wife after this one if you like the one you are reading now!

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Post by Ludmilla » Tue October 15th, 2013, 4:24 pm

I finished my re-read of Anya Seton's Katherine yesterday. It's still a page-turner but the book overall doesn't quite live up to my memory of it.

Next: A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter.

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Post by princess garnet » Tue October 15th, 2013, 5:33 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]I finished my re-read of Anya Seton's Katherine yesterday. It's still a page-turner but the book overall doesn't quite live up to my memory of it.[/quote]
The novel has been reissued with a different cover here in the US; Philippa Gregory's intro has been dropped.

I read the novel from the public library while I was in college. It was a good, well-written story.

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Post by Ludmilla » Tue October 15th, 2013, 5:40 pm

[quote=""princess garnet""]The novel has been reissued with a different cover here in the US; Philippa Gregory's intro has been dropped.
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My edition is an old 1950s book club edition that belonged to my husband's grandmother. It has torn pages taped together and is falling apart at the spine (I'm guessing it was much loved and re-read by my husband's grandmother). Somewhere I have an old edition of Green Darkness which I'm thinking of fitting in this month as well.

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Post by Berengaria » Wed October 16th, 2013, 1:38 am

[quote=""Ludmilla""]My edition is an old 1950s book club edition that belonged to my husband's grandmother. It has torn pages taped together and is falling apart at the spine (I'm guessing it was much loved and re-read by my husband's grandmother). Somewhere I have an old edition of Green Darkness which I'm thinking of fitting in this month as well.[/quote]
I bought a new edition of Katherine a few years ago; I hadn't read it since I was a college girl. It was a wonderful story, but I, too, didn't find that "magic" of years ago. Maybe because there are some superlative writers out there now??
Buy Green Darkness; it is still great to read! (Bought a new edition of this one too!)
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Post by EC2 » Wed October 16th, 2013, 10:05 am

[quote=""Ludmilla""]I finished my re-read of Anya Seton's Katherine yesterday. It's still a page-turner but the book overall doesn't quite live up to my memory of it.

Next: A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter.[/quote]

I had the same response with Katherine. It's never been my favourite Seton, but I did enjoy it very much and it was a 'wow' novel at the time of first reading. Some books stay keepers forever, and some you move on from.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed October 16th, 2013, 12:23 pm

Spending the day in hospital today so brought with me something light. Long Live the King by Fay Weldon.
It's the sequel to a book I panned last month, so was curious. So far, it's better. But there's still a load of poor writing.
The countess has just said "our daughter Rosina" to the earl. As if he doesn't know who she might be! Very clumsy.

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Post by Lisa » Wed October 16th, 2013, 3:39 pm

I'm reading Delilah by Eleanor De Jong.

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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 » Wed October 16th, 2013, 4:05 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]I ended up reading all of her WWII and post war books! They are all connected through a character or two! Read The Diplomat's Wife after this one if you like the one you are reading now![/quote]

I'm enjoying it so far! I have The Diplomat's Wife on my TBR pile as well as a couple if other books by the same author.
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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