Question: Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think he looks like?
Answer: I’m not really into the smexy hotties that seem to be splashed over so many books these day. I’m an old-fashioned kind of gal who loves simple and elegant.
My crush is Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility and who would he look like? Alan Rickman, of course (he’s also my secret Hollywood crush).
Sharon Kay Penman is my absolute favorite HF writer. The Queen’s Man is her first attempt at a historical mystery and it is wonderful. There are four so far in the series and you should definitely try them. There are several covers for the first book in the Justin de Quincy series, but this one is my favorite and it’s the First Edition.
I found another great reading challenge for 2013. Historical Tapestry is hosting the 2013 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. My goal is to read 15 HF books in 2013; that would make me a Medieval Reader. Here are the details if you would like to participate as well.
From Historical Tapestry:
We are excited to announce that the we will again be hosting the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge in 2013, and we hope that you are all excited at the prospect of joining in.
The challenge will run in the same way as it has over the last couple of years that we have hosted the challenge. The only thing that has changed is the names of the categories.
Here are the details:
Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:
- everyone can participate, even those who don’t have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)
- add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)
- any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,…)
During these following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:
20th century reader – 2 books
Victorian reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History -25+ books
You can tailor the challenge to suit you in whichever way you like! For example, I know of one participant who over the last couple of years has only read historical mysteries as it suits their own reading tastes!
Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson
To be released on December 31, 2012
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…
The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?
Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
What are you waiting for?
Jack is a teenager who wants nothing more than to be normal – even if being normal means having divorced parents and a rather strange best friend. But when Jack’s father takes him out in a rowboar on Lake Watchmayoyo and tells his son that he’s gay, nothing will ever be normal again.
I read this book for my book club and I was really excited to read it. From the synopsis, Jack sounded so relevant to what kids are facing today. However, I was a little bit disappointed. Besides Jack, I had a difficult time liking the characters. Jack’s mom, dad, and best friend are, at best, tolerable and, at worst, self-absorbed.
Jack is a really sweet kid and the only child of divorced parents. At first he is only dealing with his parents’ bitter divorce. His mother is extremely angry and his father seems very distant. Jack is having a hard time making sense of everyone’s emotions, especially his own. After some time after their divorce, his dad decides that Jack is old enough to know the truth; that he is gay and that’s why he left. Jack’s anger is heart-breaking and made me very sad.
When this book was published, in 1989, life was very different. AIDS was still a deadly disease without hope of a cure. Bitterness and hatred toward gays was at its peak. All of the hatred and anger of the book really depressed me. I guess, I want a world where divorce is more of an issue than homosexuality. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal when someone admits that he/she is gay. I tried to put myself in a fifteen-year-old’s shoes and see how I would react to my father admitting that he is gay. I would hope that I would be accepting and wanted nothing more than his happiness. But, in the real world, I don’t think that really happens. It seems so many people feel anger and, even shame; not love and acceptance.
The kids at Jack’s school are just plain vicisous, including his best friend, Max. They write nasty things on his locker and call him horrible names. It really makes you cringe when you read it. However, I found it amazing that Jake is so resilient to handle everything. Ms. Homes made him a very strong and loving character. In the end, he discovers that his family life could be a lot worse and his parents are really not that bad.
In the end, things are still unresolved and a lot of pent-up anger faces Jack and his mom. However, they seem to be going down the road of acceptance.
Spies, poison, and curses surround her…
Is there anyone she can trust?
The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the “Kingmaker,” Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.
At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the kingmaker’s daughter will achieve her father’s greatest ambition.
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Answer: Only one?! Well, I can’t quite do that. I have several that I want to thank. So, I will! Laurel Ann at Austenprose for sharing all the wonderful Jane Austenesque fiction that there is to be had. I have so many that I want to read. And lastly… Rachel at Parajunkee’s view for creating my blog template and having a wonderful place where bloggers can meet and connect. Thank you all for a wonderful six months of blogging!
Q: Feature a blogger that you are thankful for.
Answer: Only one?! Well, I can’t quite do that. I have several that I want to thank. So, I will!
Laurel Ann at Austenprose for sharing all the wonderful Jane Austenesque fiction that there is to be had. I have so many that I want to read.
Rachel at Parajunkee’s view for creating my blog template and having a wonderful place where bloggers can meet and connect.
Thank you all for a wonderful six months of blogging!
I want to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving filled with great food, friends, family, and, don’t forget, football.
Also, here is a special Happy Thanksgiving to some of my favorite blogs who I’m thankful for and inspire me.