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review 2017-01-28 04:12
It is the essence of man that he must question himself.
No Rusty Swords: Letters, Lectures and Notes 1928-36: From the Collected Works, Vol 1 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

-Deitrich Bonhoeffer

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text 2016-12-27 17:30
Top 10 Reads of 2016
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - Eric Metaxas
Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors - Conn Iggulden
The Heretic - Henry Vyner-Brooks
How To Be A Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life - Ruth Goodman
The Colour of Poison: A Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery (Volume 1) - Toni Mount
The Imp of Eye (Renaissance Sojourner Series Book 1) - Kristin Gleeson,Moonyeen Blakey
A Rule Against Murder - Louise Penny
Scythe - Neal Shusterman
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

I may have rated a few other books just as highly as these, but when I look through the 100 books that I read this year these are the ones that give me pause. Each of these books surprised me, challenged my way of thinking, uplifted me, or were extraordinarily memorable in their own way. It may seem easy to choose a top 10 for the year, but I am thankful that I've read so many fantastic books that this was a challenging task. To make it easier, I did not count re-reads (Pillars of the Earth) or books in the same series (Bloodline by Conn Iggulden).

 

I'm looking forward to another great year of reading in 2017! 

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text 2016-11-01 12:18
November TBR
Reginald Pole: Prince and Prophet - Thomas F. Mayer
The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman
The Cost of Discipleship - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Edward VI: The Lost King of England - Chris Skidmore
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
The Bookseller's Tale - Ann Swinfen
The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty - Tracy Borman
Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey - Nicola Tallis
Tudor: The Family Story - Leanda de Lisle,Leanda de Lisle

You can pretty much look at my 'currently reading' shelf to know what my TBR for this month is because I have way too many books in progress. A few of these are slow reads that I had no intentions of getting through in a single month, others are just suffering from my recent distractedness. Hopefully, I can get through more than four of them this month.

 

I also think I'm going to start doing something new, maybe a 'Books on my Radar' post or something instead of a TBR because it's kind of boring to create a post of what's already on my currently reading shelf.

 

Anyway, happy reading to all!

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text 2016-08-31 21:22
September TBR
Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors - Conn Iggulden
The Cost of Discipleship - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
A Corpse in Cipher: A Tudor Murder Mystery (The Elspet Stafford Mysteries) (Volume 1) - Lizzy Drake
The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Kay Penman
Buried in a Bog - Sheila Connolly
Jane Shore - Mary Bennett

Most of these books I have already started, & I don't really know where I'm going to go from there. I downloaded Buried in a Bog because I wanted a simple cozy mystery to listen to, but this is bland and I don't like the main character. I also thought about a light Christian fiction book, but I don't know why all my library's Christian audio books are Amish stories. What I really need is the rest of the Three Pines series on audio! Anyway, the rest of this list will probably be filled out by whatever I find to listen to. I'm not a good planner this month.  ;-)

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text 2016-08-31 21:11
August Reading Roundup
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - Eric Metaxas
Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII - Linda Porter
Jane the Quene (The Seymour Saga) (Volume 1) - Janet A. Wertman
Thunderstruck - Erik Larson
Jasper: Book Two of The Tudor Trilogy - Tony Riches
The Hangman's Daughter - Lee Chadeayne,Oliver Pötzsch
The Northern Queen - Kelly Evans
The Heretics of De'Ath (The Chronicles of Brother Hermitage Book 1) - Howard of Warwick

Not a bad month of reading for August. Especially Bonhoeffer. Amazing book. Inspiring person. I didn't write a review of this book, but I have thought about some aspect of it every day since I finished it & have ordered Cost of Discipleship.

 

The Hangman's Daughter was a fun group read for More Historical than Fiction

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