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What are you reading to start the week? (October 16 through 18)

We appear to be due for a new thread, so here it is. What are you reading? Tell us anything you'd like to about the book(s). :)

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We appear to be due for a new thread, so here it is. What are you reading? Tell us anything you'd like to about the book(s). :)
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The Sultan's Wife by Jane Johnson - set in th 17th century, OK but nothing special. I keep putting it down in favour of something more entertaining but I think the end is finally in sight . . . .

If My Father Loved Me by Rosie Thomas - I haven't read much yet but I think it's going to hold my attention when I get into it.

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir - the first and so far only published, volume of a planned set of four histories of the medieval queens of England from 1066 to 1485. It's intense, detailed and fascinating and I shouldn't have any trouble finishing it before it's due back at the library. I'm currently fighting the 12th century civil war between Stephen and Maud.

Raven Seek Thy Brother by Gavin Maxwell which is taking me back to the 1960s for a later part of the author's life than that covered in Ring of Bright Water - equally interesting, I believe!

I'm currently ignoring Godiva by Nerys Jones which was dragging somewhat, although not enough to abandon it completely - preConquest adventure.
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The Sultan's Wife by Jane Johnson - set in th 17th century, OK but nothing special. I keep putting it down in favour of something more entertaining but I think the end is finally in sight . . . .

Well I got to the end eventually, OK, nothing special!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14715325
I'm currently ignoring Godiva by Nerys Jones which was dragging somewhat, although not enough to abandon it completely - preConquest adventure.

I'll try this one again next!
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I'm currently ignoring Godiva by Nerys Jones which was dragging somewhat, although not enough to abandon it completely - preConquest adventure.
I'll try this one again next!

Well I tried again - but one chapter was enough to convince me not to bother! I'm not sure why . . . in theory it's my sort of thing . . .
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14548313
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Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir - the first and so far only published, volume of a planned set of four histories of the medieval queens of England from 1066 to 1485. It's intense, detailed and fascinating and I shouldn't have any trouble finishing it before it's due back at the library. I'm currently fighting the 12th century civil war between Stephen and Maud.

Finished it. Very interesting. I'm regularly impressed with the readability of her histories - and looking forward to the next one in the series already! This ended with the death of the Empress Maud in 1167, more or less a hundred years after it started.
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If My Father Loved Me by Rosie Thomas - I haven't read much yet but I think it's going to hold my attention when I get into it.

Yes, it definitely held my attention! I loved it, from start to finish.
Something completely different next: The Mangle Street Murders by MRC Kasasian
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Strange Disappearances ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14561274/ ), just started, a non-fiction book about mysterious vanishings of various types.

I've nearly finished The Haunted Bookshop ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13089460/ ). The latter is studded with delightful bookish scenes, dialogue, characters citing favorite books to other characters - great fun!

And then there's one of my newest acquisitions, Don't Be a Jerk ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14765592/ ), which I bought because it has a kaiju on the cover - but which turns out to be a philosophical work based on a Zen Buddhist classic. What, no kaiju? Darn...
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I've nearly finished The Haunted Bookshop ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13089460/ ). The latter is studded with delightful bookish scenes, dialogue, characters citing favorite books to other characters - great fun!


Have you read Morley's related book, Parnassus on Wheels? http://www.librarything.com/---/56929 If you haven't, you should! It actually precedes The Haunted Bookshop.
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I've just finished Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market", read for my Victorian Gothic class. My edition has wonderful illustrations by Laurence Housman. http://www.librarything.com/---/670728

I'm also reading "Chicago's Block Clubs: How Neighbors Shape the City", by Amanda I. Seligman, just because (well, it was on my library's "new book" shelf and looked interesting). http://www.librarything.com/---/19389964

And I'm just starting Michael Raleigh's Chicago novel, "In the Castle of the Flynns", for my book club. http://www.librarything.com/---/136595334 I'm getting to it a bit sooner than I'd planned, as another member asked to borrow it when I finish.
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'The Power Of One' by Bryce Courtenay
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It by Stephen King

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
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Started this one yesterday and stopped after three pages!
You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14709576/

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14680259/
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I got pretty caught up in it, and then got to part two, which jumped ahead a few years, and now it's dragging for me. I only have 52 pages to go though, so I will finish it.

I'm also reading One Night of Scandal by Teresa Medeiros, which I'm very much enjoying, so much that I sat up past reading past my bedtime last night.
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I felt the same way about Brideshead Revisited. I finished it, but it took longer than usual when I read a book.
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...Mr. Wuffles! ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14724287/ ), in which a cat who's bored by all the toys his people buy for him finds a fascinating new toy - that turns out to be a tiny UFO. Most of the story is from the viewpoint of the inhabitants of the UFO as they try to evade the cat and repair their ship, and the whole thing is quite exciting and often very funny.
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READING
1. The Names of the Holy Spirit by Elmer L. Towns -- almost finished; I read a little each morning for inspiration

2. Without Warning by John Birmingham KTM -- just started listening to on my phone; I have a hard copy but was able to download it on my phone to listen to as I work around; this is my first book by this author; so far it appears that most of the people in America have disappeared

3. Lincoln's Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk -- listening to in my car; about to finish disc 1; very interesting and appears to be well researched

4. The Shack by William P. Young rereading this book; I am enjoying it so much more this 2nd time around

5. Taking the Lead by Derek Hough -- my granddaughter, BabyPooh, wants this book so I am reading it so I can get it to her; I don't watch Dancing with the Stars but thought it would be an interesting read

ALL YEAR: God's Best for My Life by Lloyd John Ogilvie and New Testament (A challenge with my grandchildren)
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The fourth book of the Fairy-Tale Matchmaker series.
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...Haunted Nights ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14765670/ ), a recent on-a-whim purchase at Barnes and Noble. It's a good collection so far, and qualifies for both the Tick-Tock and Spooky October release challenges, so SCORE!
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A Most Curious Murder ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14770155 ), which I discovered in a LFL in a neighboring town while dropping off some books of my own, is from a "Little Library Mystery" series - and while I don't know how strongly the little libraries feature in the story, I was so tickled by the idea that I have to boost it to the top of the TBR stack. (So that I can re-release it in another LFL, of course!)
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Wow! I've got to check out that series. Thanks for posting!
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This was a very busy week for me with less reading time that I'd like, but still I loved this 688 pages' long novel.
As I mentioned in a previous thread, I'm quite impressed that this popular Turkish author is translated in various languages, but not so much in English.

This was his more recent book, published in Turkey in 2016 and in Greece in 2017. It takes place in 1906-1926 Ottoman Empire/Turkish Democracy and narrates all the political developments and the impact they had on people's lives. Very well-written and very interesting. I loved it!

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