It's DAY 2 of my Luminous Blog Tour, and I am excited to share this first touching book review from author Stephanie Churchill.
So here is my reading wrap up for March, April, and May.
1. Golden in Death (In Death #50) by JD Robb - 4 stars
2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera - 3.5 stars
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - 2.5 stars
1. Pox: An American History by Michael Willrich - 4.5 stars
2. A Distant Melody (Wings of Glory #1) by Sarah Sundin - 3 stars
3. The Scandalous Suffragette by Eliza Redgold - 3 stars
4. The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - 5 stars
5. Beauty Queens by Libby Bray - 4 stars
6. The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby - 4 stars
1. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty - 1 star
2. Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis - Suez and the Brink of War by David A. Nichols - 4 stars
3. War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow - 5 stars
4. Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed - and Why It Still Matters by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles - DNF
5. Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1) by Rachel Caine - 1 star
6. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh - 4.5 stars
7. The Dead & the Gone (Last Survivors #2) by Susan Beth Pfeffer - 3 stars
8. 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal - 3 stars
9. The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay #1) by Susan Mallery - 4 stars
10. A New Life (West Meets East #1) by Merry Farmer - 2.5 stars
Goals and Challenges:
GoodReads: 40/125 (32%)
Library Love: 17/24 (70%) - I am thinking of moving up my goal to the next level
Participated in BoB28
Participated BL's Snakes & Ladders 2020
Participated in Dewey RAT
Participated in 24 in 48 Stay at Home RAT
My Luminous Blog Tour starts today! It is a little bit surreal to be sending this book out into the world in just a couple of days. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Coffee Pot Book Club to learn about life of the young women who would become known as Radium Girls.
Looking back more than half a century, most Americans know that Bobby Kennedy was shot while running for president, but not all realize that it was an agonizing decision, that he was late to the game, and that he had a great chance of being victorious. Kennedy could be a polarizing figure. Because he worked tirelessly and held staunchly to his beliefs, those who didn't agree with him though him ruthless and inflexible. However, those who agreed with his vision for a better America adored him and were intensely devoted to him. Keep Reading....
TITLE: The Attack on Troy
AUTHOR: Rodney Castleden
DATE PUBLISHED: 2006
3300 years ago Agamemnon, king of Mycenae in Greece, attacked the city of Troy in western Anatolia. The bloody siege that followed gave rise to one of the most famous legends of the ancient world, and the search for the truth behind the legend has intrigued scholars ever since. In this fascinating new investigation Rodney Castleden reconsiders all the evidence in order to establish the facts and give a historical basis to the most potent myth of ancient warfare.
This book is a little bit different to Michael Wood's In Search of the Trojan War, which reads like an archaeological detective story. Both books provide similar information but in a different "format". Castleden attempts to recreate what the Trojan War by comparing what is known from archeology of Bronze Age Mycenaean and Ancient Near Eastern civilization (Hittites, Luwians, Egyptians etc) to the information provided in various incomplete and lost epics such as the The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Kypria, and The Little Iliad. Castleden works through the ancient epics and explains what is plausible in terms of cultural and military factors and what is probably poetic license. The writing style is clear and easy to read, with the layperson rather than academic in mind. A nicely written introduction to the archaeology and mythology of the Trojan War.
PS: Another nonfiction book on the Trojan Was is Barry Strauss's The Trojan War, but I never did manage to read more than 2 chapters as the author had a tendency to novelize whole sections of the Iliad that did not appeal to me.