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text 2016-03-02 17:17
February Reading Roundup
The Heretic - Henry Vyner-Brooks
How To Be A Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life - Ruth Goodman
Medieval Britain in 100 Facts - Matthew Lewis
A Rule Against Murder - Louise Penny
Ivanhoe - Walter Scott
Food & Feasts in Tudor Times - Richard Balkwill
The Jesuit Letter - William Dean Hamilton
A Burnable Book - Bruce Holsinger

A great month of reading with some gorgeous book covers - just what I needed after a couple of disappointing months.

 

I'm still working my way through Jesuit Letter and A Burnable Book but had to include them because - look at those covers! Yes, I am in cover love this month.

 

How to be a Tudor was fabulous & I will get a review up for it soon. However, the best book of the month was definitely Henry Vyner-Brooks' The Heretic. It is an amazingly stand out novel, complex & thought provoking but also full of action.

 

Best Book:

The Heretic

 

Audio Books:

A Rule Against Murder

Ivanhoe

A Burnable Book

 

#IndieBooksBeSeen:

The Heretic

Medieval Britain in 100 Facts

The Jesuit Letter

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review 2016-02-08 15:36
Medieval Britain in 100 Facts by Matthew Lewis
Medieval Britain in 100 Facts - Matthew Lewis

Medieval Britain in 100 Facts is a quick paced, blog style collection of entries that is an ideal introduction to medieval Britain for younger readers or those who are beginning their journey into the past. It also has enough little tidbits to be fun for those who have greater expertise in this era.

Beginning with Edgar II, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, Lewis takes the reader on a trip through medieval times along an easy to follow chronological path. Each topic is covered briefly in a page or two, giving enough detail for basic understanding and to provide inspiration for further research. This format is wonderful for people who like to read in article style form or in short spurts.

Although I consider myself fairly well-read on the time period covered, I learned some fun facts, such as that there is a legal date set for 'Time Immemorial' - July 6, 1189. Other facts include the discussion of prophecies, mysteries, betrayals, and minor events that made a huge difference in British history. All in bite size portions.

Perfect for kids who have expressed an interest in history or for the long-suffering spouses of history enthusiasts. This book will provide enough background to make history fun without getting too deep to be confusing or overwhelming. I think I will be handing my copy over to the hubby. ;-)

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text 2016-02-01 16:15
February TBR
The Heretic - Henry Vyner-Brooks
Medieval Britain in 100 Facts - Matthew Lewis
A Rule Against Murder - Louise Penny
The Jesuit Letter - William Dean Hamilton
A Burnable Book - Bruce Holsinger
Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
To Be a Queen - Annie Whitehead
Blood and Roses - Catherine Hokin
Martyr - Rory Clements
The Invention of Fire - Bruce Holsinger

I know, I know. You're thinking, "Samantha, there is no way you will read all those this month . . . even if it does have 29 days."

 

You are right, but I just can't help myself.

 

The Heretic I have already started and am loving it. It was just what I needed after too many duds over the last couple of months.

 

The Jesuit Letter is entered for the current MM Bennetts Historical Fiction Award, so I am reading as part of judging for that. And because I wanted to read it. Did you see that awesome cover?

 

A Burnable Book is a reread in preparation for Invention of Fire and as part of More Historical than Fiction. Join us!

 

Ivanhoe is for my local book club & I'm hoping to listen to it rather than reread it. I don't remember being amazed the first time.

 

The rest are just books that look awesome & I cannot wait to get to! Happy February reading!

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text 2016-01-04 00:50
January TBR
The Herald of Hell: A Brother Athelstan novel of Medieval London (A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery) - Paul Doherty
Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way. - Todd Gerelds,Mark Schlabach,Bobby Bowden
The Stand - Stephen King
Black Christmas 1349 (Longsword Saga Book 2) - John R. O'Connor
The Chimes - Charles Dickens,Richard Armitage
The Wars of the Roses: The Key Players in the Struggle for Supremacy - Matthew Lewis
Medieval Britain in 100 Facts - Matthew Lewis
The Invention of Fire - Bruce Holsinger
The Jesuit Letter - William Dean Hamilton
Band of Brothers: The Game's Afoot - Richard Foreman

It's so much easier to compile my monthly TBR when I wait a few days to see what books I have started!  ;-)

 

I requested Woodlawn from NetGalley to read with my star athlete 12 year old...let's just say I may end up reading it by myself. The Stand is a book club read that I am enjoying more than I anticipated, though I am less than 100 pages into this 1000 page book. On the other hand, The Herald of Hell, another NetGalley read, looks right up my alley and I'm having a difficult time getting into it. I guess 2016 is going to be full of surprises!

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text 2015-12-05 18:47
Database Errors
The Wars of the Roses: The Key Players in the Struggle for Supremacy - Matthew Lewis
Medieval Britain in 100 Facts - Matthew Lewis
Loyalty - Matthew Lewis

Is there a place to report book catalog errors? These first two books are listed under the classic author Matthew Gregory Lewis, when they should be credited to the Matthew Lewis who also wrote the third book, Loyalty. Thanks!

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