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What Book or Kindle Book are you reading ??

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AnninGlos Report 22 Oct 2015 22:03

Will look out for that one Vera.


SuffolkVera Report 22 Oct 2015 20:33

That sounds a good book Ann. I'll look out for it.

I've just finished Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle. It's a fictionalised account of the adult life of Katherine Parr, based on real events and people. I hadn't come across this author before but found it an enjoyable read. If you like Phillipa Gregory you will probably like this.


AnninGlos Report 19 Oct 2015 09:52

Amongst other books, including The Sunrise by V hisslop Tess, I have just read The Tea Planters wife by Dinah Jefferies. I really enjoyed it. Set in Ceylon in the 20s it is a good read about the tea making process but also about the political problems of the times before Ceylon became Sri Lanka.

The sunrise was good too. :-D


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 18 Oct 2015 16:56

I am re-reading. The Thread. by Victoria Hislop.
Beginning in 1917 it tells the story of Thessaloniki, the people living there, and there every day lives.
In 1917 the city is a mix of christians, Jews and Muslims. For the most part getting on well together.
Things change after the conclusion of the first world war. Resulting in Christians (mainly of Greek extraction) being forced to leave what had been the Ottoman empir.
While in Thessaloniki (and other parts of Greece,) Muslims are forced to go to Turkey.

The refugee problem of these days are rather reminiscent of the situation then.

This is a story about people who are living through these difficult times. So not just a history lesson.
The author brings to life the happenings of the time by telling the story of Katerina and Dimitri, who were very young children at the time of the massive changes caused by the attrousities of war.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 26 Sep 2015 01:43

Vera, I was taught about Peter The Great at school, as well as Catherine The Great and Ivan The Terrible
The only thing I remember about them are their names! I think that Ivan The Terrible came first. As I (just) remember it they were a blood thirsty lot and so of interest to us teenagers.
You have now set me thinking (what hard work that is!), As I have difficulty carrying and or holding large tomes, I'll have to research on line as a boost to my memory.


SuffolkVera Report 9 Sep 2015 20:23

I have been reading a very large book by Robert K Massie detailing the life and times of Peter the Great, the man who modernised Russia and founded St. Petersburg, as well as giving his country a navy modelled on those of England and the Netherlands.

Before Peter, Russia was a backward and inward looking collection of regions with little contact with the Western world, apart from the trade in furs. Peter travelled abroad, spending considerable time in many of the countries of Europe, learning himself how to build ships and sending various Russians to Europe to learn a number of useful trades. He also brought to Russia, to teach his people, many of the top Europeans in fields such as shipbuilding, architecture, military and naval administration etc.

I learnt a lot about Russian history and also a fair amount of European history along the way. For instance, I had not realised how powerful Sweden was at this time (late 17th/early 18th centuries). Russia and Sweden were constantly at war and the book is almost a biography of Charles X11 of Sweden as well.

I found the middle section of the book the most difficult as it is concerned with a number of battles and I found it hard to remember the names of all the different generals and where they were fighting, but it is important as it was the Battle of Poltava in 1709 that seems to have started Sweden’s decline and Russia’s rise as a world power.

Peter is a complex character. Physically imposing - 6’7” tall – he was a generally “larger than life” character. Happy living very simply and working with his hands, he comes over as an attractive man. However he was also very cruel. I don’t know whether he was considered a cruel man in his own time or whether it is viewing him through modern eyes that make him seem so. His treatment of his first wife Eudoxia, who was not his choice, was appalling, and his son by Eudoxia, the Tsarevitch Alexei, died after torture ordered by Peter. To his generals and the people of his court he was cruel and forgiving by turns.

Although it took me a long time to read I really enjoyed this fascinating book and will be keeping it on my kindle to read again.


'Emma' Report 17 Aug 2015 19:24

Mersey I downloaded it in August last year :-)


Mersey Report 17 Aug 2015 19:20

Minxy Tuppence Across the Mersey was one of my favourite books... <3


'Emma' Report 17 Aug 2015 15:44

Just downloaded The Taming of The Queen by Philippa Gregory
from Amazon, £9.99


'Emma' Report 17 Aug 2015 14:39

Reading Twopence to Cross The Mersey at the moment,
forgot I had this on my kindle :-)


AnninGlos Report 1 Aug 2015 16:24

Ah,crossed wires, apologies.


Mersey Report 1 Aug 2015 13:24

Hi Ann ....I was talking about the book Perse was talking about

She Wore Only White by Dörthe Binkert

I did not join th GR Book Club



AnninGlos Report 31 Jul 2015 16:45

Mersey, do you mean that you received the free book? Well done.

However, does that mean that, because our messages were not opened we were not in with a chance I wonder? Nobody has said why they were not opened.

did you put a message on here or on facebook out of interest?


Mersey Report 31 Jul 2015 15:14

Hi Perse :-D <3

Lovely to see you as always...I have read it and I loved it.... :-D

Just starting to get back into my reading again so watch this space ;-)

~~~~~ s to one and all bookworms <3 <3


Persephone Report 13 Jul 2015 12:55

I asked for Man at the Helm in June it was unopened so assumed that I was too late.. missed out.


AnninGlos Report 13 Jul 2015 08:21

I haven't checked the application Vera but I have heard absolutely nothing. Seems like a waste of time this time. I just thought I had not been chosen. I do wish they would put something on the board if it has gone wrong. I am going to repeat this in an open message as I doubt they read this thread,


SuffolkVera Report 13 Jul 2015 08:14

Has the Genes Book Club gone completely to pot? My application for the June book, sent on 9th June, hasn't even been opened yet.


Persephone Report 12 Jul 2015 22:50

Hello Emms... I do see you dancing around on the boards from time to time.

Miss not seeing you on FB though..

Persie <3 <3


'Emma' Report 12 Jul 2015 14:08

Hi Persie <3

Long time no speak, hope you and yours are all well x


Persephone Report 12 Jul 2015 05:54

However, I will pass on that the book Mersey suggested a couple of GRreaders bookreads ago is really good.

She Wore Only White by Dörthe Binkert

The author spins this story from an article in the New York Times on August 3rd 1904; "Woman Crosses Ocean in an Evening Gown Without Another Dress"
The characters in the book reveal snippets about themselves, their transgressions and bits of their lives before their travel as the journey progresses on the "Kroonland" from Antwerp to New York.

and have you read it our Mersey? :-)