What books are you reading?

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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby GJ » Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:01 am

I'm reading Line of Duty by Terri Blackstock. :) It's cool. If anyone has read anything by her, could you tell me what you like the most or if there's another similar author to her you recommend? She mostly writes Christian Crime Fiction, I'm told. Anyways I would really appreciate it. :D
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Catspaw » Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:32 pm

Hey GJ, I've read Terri Blackstock's older books, but not her newer stuff. If you enjoy that kind of book, you will probably also like books by Dee Henderson. She's a fantastic author! I highly recommend all of her books. I would also recommend Susan May Warren, who writs a variety of genres, including suspense. I love all of her books, but in the suspense category, her Team Hope series and Mission: Russia series are both excellent!

And speaking of Susan May Warren, I'm very excited to finally have book three in her Montana Rescue series in my hands! I just started "A Matter of Trust" and plan to finish it today because I promised a friend she could borrow it tomorrow! :lol:
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby GJ » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:35 am

Thank you Catspaw! I need to look for those authors and books next time I'm at the library. They sound intriguing. \:D/
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Smaug the Dragon » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:56 pm

I'm reading a few on rotation - The Tailor of Panama (intriguing so far!), some Terry Pratchett, and a Jeeves and Wooster omnibus that I've forgotten the name of, but am greatly enjoying nonetheless. ^_^
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Catspaw » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:49 pm

GJ wrote:Thank you Catspaw! I need to look for those authors and books next time I'm at the library. They sound intriguing. \:D/

You're welcome! Let us know what you think once you track them down! :D

I'm reading an old favourite - "Moon Over Tokyo" by Siri Mitchell. I've been thinking about it this summer as things remind me of it, so I decided it was time to read it again!
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Laurie » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:54 am

I finished Fraying at the Edge, excellent. Up next for me is The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Catspaw » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:01 pm

I just started "A Promise to Love" by Serena Miller today. It's the first book I've read by this author (though it isn't a new book) and it's quite interesting so far! The main character is a Swedish immigrant in Michigan in 1871. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book!
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Laurie » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:00 am

I finished The Innocent last night, very good. It took me longer than I thought it would because I got side tracked by a library book: Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman, it is the first book in her The Heart of San Francisco trilogy. I stumbled across books two and three in one of my many TBR stacks and knowing that I'd read it when it first came out and that it would take me forever to find my copy, got it from the library and re read it. Very good. I am now reading Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love, first time reading this author.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Catspaw » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:15 pm

I've never read a book by Julie Lessman, but I've always meant to because they look good! It's nice to hear that you like some of her books, Laurie!

I recently finished "The Ruins of Lace" by Iris Anthony, which is apparently actually Siri Mitchell (one of my favourite authors) publishing under another name! After I read it I could see why she wanted it separated from her Christian fiction. It wasn't scandalous by any stretch of the imagination, but it also wouldn't be a good fit for a traditional Christian publisher and I'm guessing the alternate name was to make sure people didn't get confused. It was a really great read! There were 7 distinct (and labelled) character perspectives that wove together in one way or another, but tons of historical detail. Very interesting!
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Laurie » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:21 am

I have read her historicals, except for books 2 and 3 in the Heart of San Francisco trilogy. She has some contemporaries but I prefer the historicals. I finished Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray last night, excellent. I've been to Arlington House so it made for a very nice read. I'm now reading A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky. It is the third and final book in her Edwardian Brides trilogy. Similar to Downton Abbey, very good so far.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Tsukuyomi » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:31 am

Maus by Art Spiegelman.

For as little as this book is, it's really quite huge.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Catspaw » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:36 pm

I'm not familiar with that one, Do you mean it has lots of big ideas? A book definitely doesn't have to be long to make an impact!

I just finished a short novel (more than a novella, but not by too much) called "12 Days at Bleakly Manor) by Michelle Griep. I've really enjoyed her previous books, and this one was a bit different from those, but still very good! It's the first in a series, so I'm looking forward to the next one! :D
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Tsukuyomi » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:23 am

Catspaw wrote:I'm not familiar with that one, Do you mean it has lots of big ideas? A book definitely doesn't have to be long to make an impact!


Yes, that's precisely what I meant. Maus doesn't only have big ideas, but breakthrough ones too. You will find a book told in a very minimalistic style, but that rather than demean the incredibly touchy subject matter, enhances and outlines it with its provocative simplicity. I actually cried in the end, which is something not even the -similarly themed- Holocaust by Gerald Green could accomplish, despite it being just as good and touching a book.

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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Laurie » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:56 pm

I finished A Refuge at Highland Hall, very good. Up next for me is A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan, it is the second book in her Virtues and Vices of the Old West trilogy.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Catspaw » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:12 pm

Last night I was trying to decide which book to read next when I opened a Chapters package that had arrive in the mail, revealing "An Inconvenient Beauty" by Kristi Ann Hunter! Decision made. ;) It's the fourth and final one in the series, and I really liked the first few chapters so far. :D
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Laurie » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:54 pm

I finished A Sweet Misfortune, excellent. Up next for me is High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Catspaw » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:54 pm

I have been super busy lately and haven't wanted to start a book this week because I know I won't have enough time to really read, but I've been enjoying an audiobook in my car during my commute to work. :D I'm listening to "A Bride Most Begrudging" by Deanne Gist. I've read the book previously, but that was a long time ago, so while I remember the main stuff, it's been fun rediscovering the details!
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Laurie » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:16 pm

I finished High as the Heavens, excellent book. Up next for me is In My Father's House by Bodie Thoene. It is the first book in her Shiloh Legacy trilogy.
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Catspaw » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:07 pm

I'm reading "A Dangerous Engagement" by Melanie Dickerson. It's really only okay. I read the first two books in the series, so I felt like I should read this one (the third) as well, but while it's fine, it really isn't great. :(
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Re: What books are you reading?

Postby Laurie » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:39 am

I finished In My Father's House by Bodie Thoene, excellent book. Up next for me is The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis. It is the fourth book in her Home to Hickory Hollow series.
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