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I wish I could be more like you when it came to reading multiple books at once! It sure would help me get through my TBR pile at a much faster rate! But I find that the more I multitask when it comes to reading, the more I get all confuddled until I'm not really reading any of the books I started! Good luck with your NF goal for the new year - its one of mine as well!


I am planning to start the Morland's series this year, and I really should read some Sarah Waters as well!


I'm definitely a one book at a time sort of person--or at least one book per situation (main book, audio for the car, collection of shorts, maybe an easy read for the office). Whenever I end up juggling multiple books, one of them inevitably gets put to the side for too long, and then I have a terrible time getting back into it.

I just finished the third Morland book and agree that they're a good way to get a taste of how people lived away from court.


Chelsea--I usually will 'juggle' about four books a day and I try not to let any sit for very long without me reading a bit so I don't end up lost in the story. Usually one will eventually grab me and I will read it through to the end. I know most people prefer just one or two at a time, but this seems to work for me and now that I've gotten into the habit I have a hard time sometimes just reading one.
Marg--I think you'll like the Morland books--I've really liked what I've read so far and am always ready to pick up the next one. And Sarah Waters is really great if you've not yet tried her. I loved Fingersmith, and I think Affinity will turn out to be a good read as well.
Teresa--I try to vary what I'm reading as well--one NF, one mystery, on novel, but I tend to go overboard with the fiction. Occasionally something will sit for too long unopened and then I know it's time to pare down the pile, but otherwise I really like having a variety of books waiting for me. And the Morland books are great. The court life aspect is interesting, but I do like that the books are mainly set in Yorkshire. I'm always looking ahead in the series, and it looks like there are lots of interesting stories to come!


Hi Danielle. I have just spent a pleasant hour reading through your last month's posts! I especially enjoyed your year end wrap up statistics and Best Reads of 2008. I have put down Sue Gees Mysteries of Glass to further investigate. Also Singled Out - I remember when you were talking about this one earlier in the year.

I have not seen The Duchess though a friend said, like you, that it was a good movie. I will have to get a hold of the dvd here :-)


Every now and then I decide to read one book at a time, but it doesn't last long. I know so well that feeling of wanting to read yet more books. I like to have a variety.

I must look for Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' books - I overdosed on Jean Plaidy years ago and tend not to read much historical fiction, but this sounds an interesting series.

You've reminded me I started Slipstream a while ago - must get back to it.

Dorothy W.

I'm a multiple book person, too, although I generally like having only one high-interest novel going at once (I say high-interest because The Recognitions, as great as it is, isn't exactly something I want to spend hours with). I like reading a few pages in a few different books and then settling down with my fun novel for a little longer. That seems to work fairly well.


Yep, multiple books for me too :)

I'm so excited you are discovering Affinity - I hope you love it. So far it's my favorite Sarah Waters book.


I thought The Duchess was gorgeous to look at, but it didn't come close to portraying Georgiana's life in full. I guess this is to be expected when a 300+ page book is condensed into a 2 hour film. Highly recommend the book, though!


Nutmeg--I did talk about Singled Out a lot last year. I hope to find some equally interesting NF reads this year.
BooksPlease--I've been picking up and putting down Slipstream for a while, now, but I need to get on with it. Every time I do read it I fall in happily with whatever new events she's relating about her life. I've also been thinking of reading the next Cazalet book. I really like historical fiction, but I need a break from it sometimes, too. The Harrod-Eagles series is good if you do pick them up.
Dorothy--I like having a few different books to pick up depending on my mood or being able to switch to something else when I get tired of something. I probably have too many novels started, but I can't help myself. The Gaddis sounds like a really challenging read, so I'm sure it's nice having something else to pick up as well!
Joanna--The movie did really leave quite a lot out. Even reading the book blurb it was easy to tell they concentrated on just a few big themes in her life. That's why I went to seek out the biography--knowing I wanted to know more. Of course I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to reread the book, but it's tempting to start right now.


I usually stay with one or two books at a time, carrying them wherever I go. If I'm reading a non-fiction, I would definitely be involved in another fiction. I guess I cannot absorb too many facts all at once and I need the comfort of a good story!


Like you Danielle I like to be reading more than one book at a time - I like to have different books for different moods and times of the day. I have not seen the Duchess movie as yet but am looking forward to it. I also have Amanda Foreman's biography on my shelf waiting to be read.


Matt--I always carry a couple of books with me, too. One bus read and another for my breaks at work. I sometimes bring one for the gym as well--nothing too difficult but absorping as the gym can be loud!
Karen--It's nice being able to choose from a few books-whatever fits your mood at the moment. The Foreman book is really good when you get to it, and I really enjoyed the movie.

Margaret Powling

I love Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet Chronicles but I don't think they could be classed as historical fiction as E J Howard would've been alive at the time when the books are set (although today they read as historical ficiton.)
If you enjoyed Georgiana, then perhaps you might also enjoy Janet Gleeson's book, An Aristocratic Affair which is about Georgiana's sister, Harriet Spencer, Couness of Bessborough (published by Bantam Press, 2006.)


I'm beginning to sound like a broken record but I'd like to read Affinity and also the book on Georgiana (which I possess somewhere, I'm sure). Well done you for finishing all those books, Danielle! It's amazing what a holiday can help you do!


Margaret--You're right she did live the events she is writing about--it's hard not to think of it as historical fiction. I must get on to the next book, soon, as the first was a great reread (I had forgotten nearly everything!). I do have the Gleeson book, though it has a differen title here in the US. I pulled them both off my shelves--not sure when I'll get to them.
Litlove--Uninterrupted reading time is really nice, isn't it. Now it'll be back to fitting it in wherever I can! Oh well, there's a holiday (one day off, so a three day weekend) coming up at the end of the month here! The Georgiana bio is wonderful and Affinity is so far very engrossing.


I enjoyed Affinity and look forward to your review of it! Not as good as Fingersmith, in my opinion, but very good. I'd like to see The Duchess, but have cancelled my netflix sub. Maybe the library has it.


Tara--Not much could bear Fingersmith! I am enjoying Affinity a lot, though. I think you can't go wrong with Sarah Waters' books! I bet your library will get The Duchess--I expect mine already has a nice long list for it.

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