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    What book are you reading now?

    I like to know what others like to read. I love to read. I just finished The Hangman's Daughter by OliverP÷tzsch and will start the 2nd book of the series The Dark Monk. It's a mystery series set in the 1600's. Very interesting withall the details of life back then. I finished all the books of Game of Thrones and waiting for the next book in the series. Love those!
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    O, I know I am a little crazy. I love to read but usually Elm creek quilters books etc. Why now I decide to read" Mary queen of Scotland and the Isles" I do not know. lol It is going to take me months to finish it!

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    I just started Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, by Jennifer C, of Elm Creek fame. It is a stand alone historical novel, and it is excellent. More history than sewing but a good story about courageous women. I also recommend The Kashmir Shawl. I got it on my Nook for $1.99. Lovely story of the history of a special textile, back to the goats!!
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    I've got Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker on my list to read but right now I'm working on John Grisham's latest book The Racketeer ... fascinating book. I'm on the waiting list for Richard Paul Evans latest book too - A Step of Faith.
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    Janette Oke's: The Calling of Emily Evans and When Calls the Heart; Local Pittsburgh Author Harriet Parke (co-authored by Glenn Beck) Agenda 21; and Daniel Silva's Fallen Angel. I am a huge Gabriel Allon fan. My spectrum of reading is Amish/Christian fiction to the extreme assassin fiction with American history in between- my hairdresser says I have as many reading interests as I do hairstyles. When I was in high school, I hated American history because the teacher didn't relate it to anything. Just incidents and dates... Then in college, I took 2 courses that related inventions and throughout time with the happenings of the days. Made history so much more relevant. Next up is a mystery book that Bonnie Hunter posted on her quilting blog the other day to download on your kindle for FREE (and it still is right now). Lynne Murray's - At Last

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    I'm reading the fourth novel in the Elm Creek Quilt series. I love them. I bought Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, but have to at least finish this book before starting it. I also love James Patterson and books about Taoism. Taoism has changed my life completely.
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    I'm also reading Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker but on my Kindle. I usually pick books off the Kindle 100 books for free list but decided I needed to buy this one and it's good! Thanks for the recommendation of The Hangman's Daughter. I just went on Amazon and got it for my Kindle for $3.99.

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    When I'm 'down' (usually in the winter months), I read historical romance novels; I know, a ridiculously mind-numbing worthless pasttime, but that's the point. I guess I like that the women are usually strong and overcome the limitations of their society at the time.

    Other than that, I read a lot related to my passions: quilting, cooking, and cottage life.

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    I am a High School Librarian so when I do get the chance to read I usually pick something off the shelves at school. Although the kids seem to think I have read them all, that is just not the case! It helps me to promote the books if I've read them and can "booktalk" them to the students. It also helps when I ask them about their book when it's returned. They perk up when I say something about the ending or something that happens in their book choice.

    When I tear myself away from the sewing/crochet/knit/crafts room I usually just head for something entertaining. I'm a big Nora Roberts fan. Also historical fiction, especially when it's places I know. We have a BIG used book sale here three times a year at our Main Library so I keep well supplied.

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    I just finished The 18 Year Defense of Caril Fugate by Jeff MacArthur and have now started Tell No Lies by Julie Compton.

    I'm looking forward to Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker but have not convinced myself to pay for it. Your accolades may be what I need to get off the fence.

    For you e-reader folks, be sure to check out www.bookbub.com You can tell them what genre you like and they will e-mail you about free book. You can also do it by with a "Like" on Facebook. I get many free books through them.

    Also remember www.calibre-ebook.com It is a free software download that allows you to convert e-book formats. This means if you have a Kindle you can use free Nook books and vice versa. It gives you a chance to get many more books for free.

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    I recently read parts 1 and 2 of the Follett "100 year" trilogy ("Fall of Giants" and "Winter of the World") and am awaiting part 3. I enjoyed them so much I picked up Follett's "Pillars of the Earth". All are works of fiction with historical accuracy. I often found myself running to Wikipedia to get more details of the events that were described. All are highly recommend if you like "period" novels with historical accuracy. "Giants" and "Winter" take you from WWI through the end of WWII - with characters based in England, the US, Germany, and Russia. "Pillars" is a rough sketch of the relationship between the monarchy and the church in England in 1100-1170.

    Finished "Pillars" yesterday and started a "The Sign of Four" which is an Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) novel. Strangely enough ... I've never actually READ Doyle. Enjoying it so far and so far I agree that Downey Jr. was a much better Sherlock than Rathbone. Boy they sure did "tone down" Sherlock in those old movies. Anyway, this is what I am reading (listening to ) in my car.

    My other book (an actual book - I like to read in bed) is "Bliss" by O.Z. Livaneli. So far I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nena View Post
    O, I know I am a little crazy. I love to read but usually Elm creek quilters books etc. Why now I decide to read" Mary queen of Scotland and the Isles" I do not know. lol It is going to take me months to finish it!
    In July last year I was in Scotland at a wedding. I took this book to read.i had a wonderful time reading it in the rough scenery of the area. I found the book very compelling.
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    I've read all of Ken Folletts's books and the mini series of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are great tv. If you have Amazon Prime the tv series are free to watch and The Hangman series are free to borrow from the Kindle Library. Pixelofink.com has all the free Kindle books listed everyday. You don't have to search, the new ones are listed. Many are free just for one day. Many top sellers pop up every so often as free.
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    I love reading but I get very annoyed with those one chapter books where you become drawn into the adventure and it finishes with no complete book to purchase.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    I was reading "The Kite Runner". I am only halfway through it.

    But unfortunately due to school I don't have time to read, because all I ever do is read for school (one of the many perks of being a history major haha). But for school I've been reading (excluding actual textbooks) "The Holocaust" by Donald L. Niewyk, "War and Genocide" by Doris L. Bergen, "China in the Twentieth Century" by Paul Bailey, "Origins of the Chinese Revolution" by Lucien Bianco, and this weekend I'm going to have to start to read "Recollections of the Revolution of 1911" by Wu Yuzhang. And like I said this isn't even all of it...not even close.

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    I just finished "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly. I was a high school freshman when Kennedy was killed, so I found the story (with accurate facts) fascinating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    I love reading but I get very annoyed with those one chapter books where you become drawn into the adventure and it finishes with no complete book to purchase.
    Do you mean a preview of the book? Some give the first chapter for free but all I've seen, it's clearly marked preview only.
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    I just finished All Things New, a Christian Civil War era novel by Lynn Austin. If you like that era, she has a set of 3 related novels that are good--Refiner's Fire series. There's also a WWII era -A Woman's Place-that's good.

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    Although I only began reading "Sarah's Key" yesterday afternoon I'm about 2/3's through it already. Story unfolds in chapters alternating between France in 1942 and present day France. I belong to a small quilt/book group within my guild and this book is the most interesting book on our list in a long time.

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    Right now I am reading "The Chamber" by John Grisham. Lately, I have been reading books set in the UP of Michigan. I have spent a lot of time in the UP and am familiar with the towns mentioned in the books. My favorite authors of these books are Steve Hamilton and Richard Baldwin. I also like Nora Roberts books.

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    Just finished re-reading the Earlene Fowler series of Benni Harper mysteries, starting out with "Fool's Puzzle" and ending with "Broken Dishes". Her titles are all quilt block names. I had read them years ago, and although I remembered all the characters, I had forgotten some of the plots and the outcome, so I enjoyed them again. I am now reading a series by James Doss. I have read the Elm Creek series too. Jan Karon is one of my favorite authors, and my husband collects hundreds of misc. books by top selling authors, so I am never out of books to read. Happy reading my quilting friends. Both are GOOD for us!! '-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissSongbird View Post
    I was reading "The Kite Runner". I am only halfway through it.

    But unfortunately due to school I don't have time to read, because all I ever do is read for school (one of the many perks of being a history major haha). But for school I've been reading (excluding actual textbooks) "The Holocaust" by Donald L. Niewyk, "War and Genocide" by Doris L. Bergen, "China in the Twentieth Century" by Paul Bailey, "Origins of the Chinese Revolution" by Lucien Bianco, and this weekend I'm going to have to start to read "Recollections of the Revolution of 1911" by Wu Yuzhang. And like I said this isn't even all of it...not even close.
    LOVED "The Kite Runner"!! Outstanding read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    LOVED "The Kite Runner"!! Outstanding read.
    I loved it too! Fantastic book!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    I've got Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker on my list to read but right now I'm working on John Grisham's latest book The Racketeer ... fascinating book. I'm on the waiting list for Richard Paul Evans latest book too - A Step of Faith.
    A Step of Faith comes out in about four months. When it does I will put in a request at the library. I have read the other three Walk books and they are absolutely excellent. If you read Richard Paul Evans, it is best to start at his very first book. I did it like that and then I couldn't wait until the next one and the next one and the next one! I also like Nicholas Sparks, Earlene Fowler, all of them. Edie
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    This is a good thread. My book club just finished "Ahab's Wife" and we all agreed it's one of the best books we have read.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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