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    Have not quite gotten over the royal kick:

    Amazon.com: Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill: Susan Holloway Scott: Books

    Funny to have all my 101 level history come back to me. Entertaining, but not her best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ariesallover View Post
    Have not quite gotten over the royal kick:

    Amazon.com: Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill: Susan Holloway Scott: Books

    Funny to have all my 101 level history come back to me. Entertaining, but not her best.
    I'm going to add this to my list! I'm still on my royals kick too - I'm reading The Virgin's Lover by Phillipa Gregory. I've been on a waiting list for Elizabeth, the Queen by Alison Weir (which is supposedly fantastic) for over a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    I'm reading The Virgin's Lover by Phillipa Gregory.
    This is a name I keep seeing in historical fiction categories - how's her writing?

    Holloway is quite modern in the way she writes and not as...ponderous with language as Donoghue in Slammerkin, but still accurate to the time. Some historical writers are too stilted and affected. I can tell that Duchess was written before Royal Harlot because her characterization is much improved, though she isn't as tied to telling the history.
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    I'm not far enough into The Virgin's Lover to tell if I'm going to enjoy it as much as I did The Other Boleyn Girl. It took me a while to get into TOBG, but once I did, I was completely absorbed. She isn't the best writer I've ever read, but she manages to create characters complex enough to buy - you manage to hate and somewhat sympathize with Anne Boleyn all at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ariesallover View Post
    This is a name I keep seeing in historical fiction categories - how's her writing?
    more fiction than history
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    ^^ Thank you both.
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    Invisible monsters - Love Chucks books.

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    I'm reading Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer right now. I almost dread reading Breaking Dawn because of all the bad reviews...
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    The Innocents Abroad-Mark Twain. I've never read it for some reason and am very much enjoying it.
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    Amazon.com: Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities: Alexandra Robbins: Books

    I'm so-so right now on it, though I like the way the author's personality comes through. It's more comprehensive than a simplistic smear campaign. I'm intrigued because I couldn't have been further removed from, and suspicious of, all things Greek herdish.

    Funny to read about people wanting to be part of the group and going through hazing after skimming through Robert Greene's stuff, like Amazon.com: The 48 Laws of Power: Robert Greene: Books
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    Confessions of a shopaholic.

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    An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Sam Pulsifer. I'm half way done & still waiting for it to get exciting.

    Book: An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England - a novel by Brock Clarke

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    Just finished The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones of Lost In Translation fame. It has some very interesting stuff about classic, gourmet Chinese cooking wrapped up in a love story which is OK but the plot is lame and leaves a lot of holes. Like a Chinese meal, it was OK while I was reading it but it left me feeling unsatisfied afterwards.

    Now reading The Devil In The White City by Erik Larsson. The true story of the great Chicago World Fair in 1890 and the characters behind it. There's a serial killer in there too. It reads like the novel but all the people and events described are true. So far I'm enjoying it very much.
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    ^Ooooh that can go in my historical reading pile.

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    An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England
    This wins the award for title that made me lol today.
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    Pledged is going back to the library, unfinished. I can't stomach another woman mooing with the herd.

    Back to the court of Charles II: Amazon.com: The Perfect Royal Mistress: A Novel: Diane Haeger: Books

    It focuses on Nell Gwynne.
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