Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What's On My Nightstand (August)

These are the books I'm currently reading--or thinking about currently reading! (5 Minutes for Books--What's On My Nightstand)

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. This one is definitely a chunkster--at a little over 900 pages--but so far it's good. So good I don't even mind how heavy it is!

Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer. I am enjoying this more the second time around. I don't know that I'll finish it this month--though I hope to--but I am enjoying this one.

Lighthouse by Eugenia Price. Yet another historical fiction. This time set in America. I am liking it so far. I just wished that my library had the rest of the books in the series!

I, Claudius by Robert Graves. Historical fiction, again. A reread, again. But the second Claudius book said "read me, read me, read me" the last time I was at the library. And at first I thought this was a just-in-case book, just-in-case I need to look up something. But I started reading it and I just couldn't put it down!


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7 comments:

mouseprints 8:17 PM  

I enjoyed Bath Tangle, but not as much as some of Heyer's other books. (I love all her historical, non-mystery books-her mysteries are not as interesting, in my opinion.)
I've heard of the others, but not read them. I'm looking forward to reading the reviews.

Kailana 8:41 PM  

The Sunne in Splendour is all kinds of amazing. I loved that book! I really need to read more from her, but I never have...

Nancy 10:27 PM  

I love historical fiction and am always looking for new material. 900 pages can be daunting but satisfying. Thanks for linking up!

-Nancy@5M4B

Beth 2:16 AM  

I didn't know any one still read Eugenia Price. My favorite series by her is her Savannah Quartet.

Melissa (Avid Reader) 11:21 AM  

i'm curious to hear your final thoughts on The Sunne in Splendour. I got it as a gift last year and have yet to read it.

Cassandra 4:39 PM  

Looks like some good books! Happy reading!

Marg 8:58 PM  

Stopping by VERY late to say Sunne in Splendour is an awesome, awesome book!

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