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Jane is starting The Bayeux Tapestry
Treated myself to this amazing book now that I'm living near Hastings. Huge color plates--you can see all the stitches and every tiny detail!
Jun 30, 2016 07:18AM Add a comment
The Bayeux Tapestry

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I now have 25 books pending review. Oh dear.
Jun 22, 2016 02:52PM Add a comment

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Jane is starting The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London
This book will soon be returned to me--it's moving house along with the rest of the physical books! No way was I carrying this chunk of paper around with me.
May 18, 2016 05:03AM Add a comment
The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

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Jane is 25% done with The Summer Before the War
There's a gentle charm about this novel that's really getting to me. Plus, I'm about to move to Rye!
May 07, 2016 11:59AM Add a comment
The Summer Before the War

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Hmmm, I'm now reading all non-fiction...is this good or bad?
Apr 19, 2016 06:28AM Add a comment

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Jane is 85% done with A Morbid Taste for Bones
NB: this book ends at 85 percent and is then followed by an excerpt from the next book + a glossary. I always feel slightly cheated when I think I'm going to get more story and I don't!
Apr 19, 2016 06:26AM 4 comments
A Morbid Taste for Bones

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Jane is 39% done with A Morbid Taste for Bones
Reading this novel is like taking a master class on how to do historical fiction well.
Apr 11, 2016 11:22AM Add a comment
A Morbid Taste for Bones

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Jane is starting Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck
I have a cognitively disabled (adult) child. I'm 10 minutes into this and I feel a bit sick, and hugely grateful that she was born into an era where disabled people are treated somewhat better.
Apr 11, 2016 09:53AM 4 comments
Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

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Just came across someone who's currently reading 1,349 books. Wut.
Mar 29, 2016 06:31PM 3 comments

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Last night my husband discovered he's related to DeWitt Clinton Cregier, who was a Chicago engineer famous for his fire hydrants, and later Mayor of Chicago--during the time period my series is about. My fictional characters are dying to meet him.
Mar 25, 2016 07:02AM Add a comment

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I have reduced my book collection to ONE bookcase. ONE. Yes, it was painful. But we're moving to a teeny tiny house in England and it must be done. If it weren't for the Kindle I'd be in big trouble.
Mar 24, 2016 03:21PM 36 comments

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Looking at other people's free books and noting all the keyword-stuffed "titles" (example) Seems so desperate...
Mar 24, 2016 06:14AM 4 comments

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So publishers are now waking up to the unpleasant fact that around 90 percent of readers give up after around five chapters. But is this because books are bad, or because we now have an abundance of books to read and can easily switch to another? Or is it the lure of TV and the internet? This should be known.
Mar 23, 2016 09:39AM 18 comments

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Does anyone hang out on thereadingroom.com? Wondering what it's like.
Mar 22, 2016 06:52AM Add a comment

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Jane is 75% done with The Lake House
This novel could easily have been shortened by about a third by cutting out unnecessary verbiage.
Mar 08, 2016 03:27PM Add a comment
The Lake House

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Jane is starting Black Rabbit Hall
Wait...oh blimey, I am now reading TWO books about stuff-that-happened-in-Cornwall-in-the-faraway-summer-of-youth. So this one immediately gets a "derivative" stamp in my head.
Mar 08, 2016 03:26PM Add a comment
Black Rabbit Hall

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FYI to those of you who read my books--Eternal Deception, the sequel to The House of Closed Doors, is now up on Amazon only till March 31. Which means you can borrow it or read it on Kindle Unlimited until that date. I'm working on the print edition.

If you haven't read The House of Closed Doors, I'm setting the ebook to free in the next few days on all non-Amazon platforms. Amazon will price match eventually.
Jan 02, 2016 12:24PM 6 comments

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Jane added a status update
I love this moment after Christmas when I can start thinking about normal life again. Which means books...and I have dropped my HNS reviewing commitment because of a forthcoming move so I'm free to read what I like in 2016. I have a hankering after biographies and history...what about you?
Dec 26, 2015 11:07AM Add a comment

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Jane is starting The Silent History
This is not really an ebook--it's an app. But the experience of reading it is very similar to an ebook, so I find myself wondering, what's the point? Of course I missed the initial excitement about it 2-3 years ago. Anyone read it?
Dec 16, 2015 07:14AM Add a comment
The Silent History

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Jane is starting The Lockwoods of Clonakilty (Lt Lockwood)
This is my swan song as an HNS reviewer (although I'll still be writing features). I just wish it were a better book. I've had a string of bad ones lately. Which isn't why I'm stopping, btw. But seriously, what's up with historical fiction lately?
Dec 08, 2015 12:09AM 10 comments
The Lockwoods of Clonakilty (Lt Lockwood)

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By the way, I'm doing NaNo--my handle's janesteen. Always happy to get buddies from GR! Can't wait to see if some of my "old" buddies are still writing.
Oct 29, 2015 07:50PM Add a comment

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Must..stop...reading..."NOPE" reviews of Life and Death and...get on with some actual work.

People of Goodreads, I love you.
Oct 08, 2015 07:20AM 4 comments

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Jane is 5% done with Au Bonheur Des Dames
Watching the TV series The Paradise reminded me I'd never read this Zola novel, on which the series (deservedly axed after two seasons) is based. Very loosely based, I suspect.
Sep 23, 2015 09:26AM Add a comment
Au Bonheur Des Dames

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Jane is reading Barchester Towers
Yes, I did read this recently--but I read the abridged version and am now glorying in the full version. Oh Trollope...
Sep 23, 2015 09:22AM Add a comment
Barchester Towers

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Fascinating. Don't click on any of the links in case it's a malware site, but take a look here. It's a pirate site that pulls my profile & reviews from Goodreads! Haven't seen one of those before.
Sep 08, 2015 08:35AM 7 comments

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Jane is reading To Kill a Mockingbird
My IRL book club has decided to read both TKAM and Go Set A Watchman. I'm pretty excited as I've never read this book. I'm a few pages in and can see why people love it.
Sep 03, 2015 12:22PM Add a comment
To Kill a Mockingbird

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Jane is on page 118 of 374 of Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal
The fact that I just added a whole bunch of Schechter's books and became a fan might clue you in--I'm enjoying this tale. I love a good sensational true crime from the 19th century.
Aug 20, 2015 11:40AM Add a comment
Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal

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Goodreads, damn your buggy site. I just spent ages putting book links into my blog post, only to lose the whole thing when I backed out of preview mode after checking one of the links. Please let Facebook buy you next time.
Aug 04, 2015 10:14AM Add a comment

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