12 July, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

What are you reading Monday  is hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey. Head over and check out what others are reading!

What I have finished this week

A Quilter's Holiday by  Jennifer Chiaverini 
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (review coming)

What I am reading now

Culloden Tales: Stories From Scotland's Most Famous Battlefield by Hugh G Allison

From Goodreads:
The last battle on British soil, Culloden marked the end of clan culture, was the harbinger of the Highland Clearances, ensured the inevitability of the American Revolution, and increased the outpouring of Scots across the globe. It is the only battle that British Army regiments are not permitted to include on their battle honors; the only battle that Bonnie Prince Charlie ever lost; and the only battle that Cumberland ever won. As visitors make their way to the site of Culloden, they bring with them their stories and their grandfather's stories—sometimes haunting, sometimes humorous, but always impressive. A poignant location, resonant with past deeds and emotive memories, the battlefield inevitably affects those who work there, including the author. Having worked there for many years, he has collected these stories and offers them here as a unique record of the power of the place. There are tales from both before and during the battle, stories from those who visit from all corners of the globe, and tales from those who work there. These stories tell of civil war, love, the unexpected, and even the supernatural.
 I've been fascinated by Culloden every since reading Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon. (I think it was published in the USA as Outlander.) I frequently say that when I finally get to Scotland (it will happen one day!) that there are two things I have to do - go to a Scottish pub and listen to them talk and stand on Culloden Moor.

What's next?
Still  We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. I need to get it off the friend I lent it to so I can read it before Book Group at the end of the month.

So, what are you reading? Leave me a link!

5 comments:

  1. I'm reading Breath of Snow and Ashes, Never Let You Go, and A Space Between Us...crazy right??

    Have a great week of reading!

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  2. I loved the Handmaid's Tale and shall be reading it again for an online book group. You current read sounds interesting. Have a wonderful week reading. My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-3.html

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  3. I absolutely LOVED the Outlander series! So NOW I have to look up your Culloden book!

    Great reading week for you!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

    My Monday: http://jewelknits.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-july-12.html

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  4. I will be reading The Handmaids tale for the read along in August. I am really looking forward to it. Have a super week :)

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  5. Haha. My siblings and I pitched in to buy our mum "We Need To Talk About Kevin", which is doubly funny because our brother's name is Kevin...she hasn't read it yet. :( Kev also gave her Twilight last year for her birthday...hasn't read it either.

    If she's not going to read the Kevin book, I will! It sounds interesting, though I'm not exactly within the target audience.:P

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