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After a chat with Mummyk on the topic 'What to do if you have no friends' we thought it would be a nice idea to start a babychat club and a book club. She has beat me to it lol 📚👶

Anyway I am currently reading Lionheart by Sharon Penman and if you can't guess from the title it is about Richard the Lionheart and is of the historical fiction genre. Though of course the facts are real and it is a great way to learn a bit of history.

I will give a review when I have finished, which should be about a week, please feel free to let us know what you are reading and give a review.

Lynibis
4 months ago
What do you think of this?
Mummyk
Mummyk4 months ago

Look forward to that review.

Im reading " Tattooist of Auschwitz" its about two slovakian jews, who survived Auschwitz. so will review once I've read ❤

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

I find books like that heart breaking. I cannot watch films with bad endings (tragic or with cruel content) more than once and hate gangster books and films. I think I immerse myself in history because I can disconnect from the violence of the times, but when I read or see that stuff going on today it makes me so depressed and upset at man's inhumanity to man.

To me, the second world war is not history as I was born too close to the end of it but I know my granddaughter learned about it in history at school. They don't seem to teach anything pre Victorian these days, but I can understand why.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig4 months ago

Oh to have time to read! I've got a trilogy of books about the vikings to read but I don't currently have time. One day though..

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

My ex husband was in the navy when my boys were born and he was away for 9 months with the first and 6 with the second. In a way (despite missing him dreadfully) it was such a lovely time and I was able to devote myself to the children and not worry about ironing shirts, cooking dinners etc. I soon had a good routine going until he came home and wrecked it lol! But reading time was plentiful.

But I digress, I have devoured books since childhood and always have one on the go. I used to love the Nancy Drew mysteries, the Dimsie books, all the children's classics like Black Beauty, Lorna Doone before working my way through loads of Georgette Heyer, Dennis Wheatley, a few Dickens. I am a terrible romantic and books are my escape as I certainly cannot find romance in the real world!

Anyway if this gets any more comments (doesn't seem to be many readers on here) you can still see what we are up to and make a future reading list and join in. Your input is always sensible and welcome.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig4 months ago

Lynibis I have loved books since I was a child! I use to devour them! I would read anything and everything! I also love romance novels!

The last book I read was called Where's Spot? Spoiler alert he is under the rug! I do love reading to my son! He loves looking at the pictures and feeling the pages and on occasion turning the pages over.

He has a routine but due to his heart condition he doesn't sleep well and when he is teething or going through a growth spurt it is even worse. He can be up every hour at night! So the free time I have is spent sleeping!

But I like the idea of building up a future reading list. There might be some books mentioned that I have read, so I can offer my opinion on those.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

MrsCraig oh yes, please do. When I have finished Lionheart I will be starting a trilogy recommended by angemski.

I can see why your spare time is spent catching some zzzzz's and I hope the prognosis for your son is good. I am sure he will be an avid reader too.

When you do get a bit of time give us a review of the last really good book you enjoyed x

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig4 months ago

Lynibis he needs a major operation but will be fine after he recovers. Well he won't be allowed to play many sports so reading will be a good pastime for him! X

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

MrsCraig ah bless his little cotton socks, as the older generation used to say. So glad the future looks good for his health once you have got over the final hurdle.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig4 months ago

Lynibis thank you. He is such a wee fighter and to look at him you wouldn't know there was anything wrong. He is such a wee star 🌟

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angemski
angemski4 months ago

What a great idea! Count me in or should I say.....you had me at Sassenach! Through our many book conversations you'll realise that I just can't put Outlander down. I am on the 8th book so, although I will look in on the thread, I won't share anything until I've moved on to another Author.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

Lol that made me laugh. I may have to read them all again before number 9 is published, something about telling the bees I have gone. But do come back before you read someone else and give everyone a review of Outlander. I am sure lots of people would enjoy them.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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3 months ago

angemski I am well into the first book of the Thomas Hookton series, Hellequin. I can see the similarities with Masters of War and am enjoying it very much. I like Bernard Cornwell's style of writing.

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angemski
angemski3 months ago

Lynibis I am so glad you're giving it a try and enjoying it. I really enjoy Bernard Cornwell's style - he is very easy to read. Look forward to your review of the book so we can compare notes.

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Jamala
Jamala4 months ago

What a lovely idea. I have a freebie download on my Kindle of all sorts that means my reading is very varied. Should finish Anne of Green Gables tonight which I have really enjoyed.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

Look forward to you telling us about it Jamala, it is one I have never read but I have seen snippets of films.

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Jamala
Jamala4 months ago

Lynibis Anne of Green Gables is set in Canada in the early 1900's, this is the story of a shy brother and his no nonsense sister who decide to adopt a boy to help on the farm and end up with a skinny red headed girl with a wonderful imagination and lust for life. The story follows her life from 11 yrs to 16 yrs and her exploits ... getting her best friend drunk, dyeing her hair green and having to be rescued from the river by her nemesis Gilbert. It is a children's classic, but I enjoyed it very much as an adult.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

Jamala sounds good. Have you ever read Heidi? It is also a children's classic but can be enjoyed by adults. Also Louisa M Alcott's Little Women series which includes Good Wives, Jo's Boys and Little Men?

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Jamala
Jamala4 months ago

Lynibis I have read all of those but many moons ago so it would be nice to revisit them. Now reading Tom Clancy Executive Orders. Although I knew of Tom Clancy, I had never read any of his books until the end of last year but am now working my way through the Jack Ryan series

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KirsteyJames
KirsteyJames4 months ago

Does 50 shades of grey count 🤣 i only tend to read when im on holidays. Will follow for recommendations to go in September 👍🏻

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

All books count lol. Certainly isn't my cup of tea but it will be for many others. I think you will have to be careful with your review though. LD robots may have a field day!

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CathSho13
CathSho134 months ago

Im currently reading the twilight saga. Ive seen all the films but never read the books before. Much more detail than the films, im really enjoying.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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4 months ago

Yes, it is hard to squeeze a book or series of books into a film so always good to fill in the detail. I find it hard to watch films of the teen variety so would therefore not bother with the books. But we all are different ages and have different tastes so again, look forward to you review when you have finished.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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3 months ago

Well here we go.....review of Lionheart by Sharon Penman.

Unless you are interested in history it is only fair to warn you not to bother with the books or my review.

This is the story of Richard 1 and his crusade to the Holy Land, Outremer as it was then called. Although it comes under the genre of Historical fiction, it is very much fact based and goes into a lot of detail of his journey there as well as his time after arrival.

On his way he rids Cyprus of a despot ruler and rescues his younger sister Joanna after her husband dies and her Kingdom of Sicily is taken over by Tancred.

It is there that his bride is brought to him by his mother Eleanor and a happy family reunion ensues.

He then drags his Queen and sister around with him on crusade, anxious to beget an heir. Meanwhile England is going to the dogs under his brother John.

Although Richard's bravery is well recorded, his escapades might seem a work of fiction, but they are all upheld by the chronicles of the time.

He suffers bouts of illness and comes close to death but even his enemy Saladin regards him as a worthy foe and often sends gifts to Richard. His wife and sister suffer uncomplaining throughout and go home ahead of him when a peace treaty is finally made. Richard follows on with his trusted knights and it is during this time he is captured and held to ransom. This is the subject of the second book....A King's Ransom.

I could write loads more but won't!

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig3 months ago

Sounds fantastic. This sounds just like the sort of book my Dad would love, so will have to suggest it to him. Now he has retired he spends his time gardening, golfing and reading.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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3 months ago

MrsCraig the second one is even better. Until I read it I had no idea that Richard was held for ransom for such a long time, that he spent only 10 months of his 10 year reign in England or that he died as a result of bad luck after so many battlefield near misses.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig3 months ago

Lynibis I knew that as I studied it at uni, but was shocked when I first learnt about it. There was a programme about him last year, think it was channel 5, my husband and I watched it, it was fascinating. Will definitely mention both of these books to dad. He is where I get my love of reading and my love of history from.

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angemski
angemski3 months ago

Lynibis Although it is quite a few years old I was wondering if you ever read Labyrinth by Kate Mosse?

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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3 months ago

I can remember trying a Kate Mosse many years ago and not getting on with it, don't think it was Labyrinth though. I know she is a well respected author so I must give her another go now my tastes have matured bookwise. I will download a sample on kindle.

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angemski
angemski3 months ago

Lynibis It was a situation where someone falls back in time. Some heavy duty history - set in Carcassonne with Crusaders and the Holy Grail.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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3 months ago

angemski will deffo try that. Time travel and history!

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angemski
angemski3 months ago

I am saddened to say that the 8th book in the Outlander series has frustrated me - I'm not quite finished yet but I'm finding that I only want to read for a short time (alien to me) because I am frustrated by the long winded and 'back and forwards' time-frame of the piece. It definitely felt like the author was unnecessarily fleshing out the story. I totally understand the need to explain the War of Independence but I am finding the process hard going. I have decided that I won't continue with the 9th book, when it is becomes available and, instead, stick to the tv series. I also have to report that my husband is absolutely raving about the suggested Author Lisa Gardner - he has started his fourth book! I won't lie...... I am a little jealous.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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3 months ago

I must agree about all the war stuff, it was very heavy going. I nearly gave up on Drums of Autumn as I do find she loses her way sometimes. I am finding the same with the Grail trilogy of Bernard Cornwell. Pages and pages and pages of battle descriptions with a bit of story in between and even half way in to the second book I do not feel any connection with the characters and cannot visualise them. I think personally that Masters of War, while similar, was a better read as I really identified with the characters and cared what happened to them.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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3 months ago

Not heard of Lisa Gardner, what does she write about to induce this jealousy lol!

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angemski
angemski3 months ago

Lynibis I think I'm more envious that he is enjoying his reads and he is getting through them quickly and proving the point. Lisa Gardner, I'm told, is a American crime writer - these are based on the Boston Police Dept. It's not really my genre but he bought one half price at Asda and seems a little hooked. (friend recommended) Having said that I do l enjoy the occasional James Patterson read - short but full chapters that can be put down and picked up at any time without losing the plot. I have to agree with your opinion of Masters of War - a good read.

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amaksy
amaksy3 months ago

This is a good idea.

I’m reading Nicholas Sparks’ new one ‘Every Breath’ as I love a good love story.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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3 months ago

Come back and tell us about it when you have finished. The love story in Outlander is what made me continue to read and it has been transposed to screen really well.

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angemski
angemski3 months ago

This isn't a 'fresh' review but a recommendation to anyone who enjoyed the Poldark stories. Author - Kate Tremayne sets the scene in 18th Century Cornwall for the Loveday family. Key words:- family shipyard, smuggling, France and the Republic, love & betrayal and family rivalry.

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