I am back from our wonderful spring break in Cancun and totally back on a routine. Actually that was achieved on the first day after doing a boatload of laundry, hauling food from the grocery store and cleaning up the house. I really think that all trips should a “get back home” service that would take care of cleaning up your house, filling up your fridge and taking care of the laundry from the trip. That would give some time to enjoy the vacation a little longer.
Well in the absence of that…I am home, kids are in school and the house is in functioning order and now off to talking about books.
The Lock Artist “Mute artistic safecracker” hardly sounds like a great start to a book but it works wonderfully. A tragic event in his childhood leaves Michael mute and no amount of therapy helps. He finds comfort in drawing and picking locks until the night that gets him in trouble with the law and gets him noticed by the wrong people. The story unfolds slowly as the voice of Michael today and in the past unfurl his story and slowly takes us back to the night he lost his voice. I am not a mystery/thriller reader but this book was beautiful!
The Life-Changing magic of tidying up I am an absolute sucker for organizing/simplifying books. This book was not life changing but I was able to pick a few tidbits but the gist of it is own less and respect what you have. Some of anthropomorphism were a bit too much for me objects are not living things, they’re objects but I understand what she tries to communicate. The stuff of your life should be taken care of and respected and the less you have the better
The constant princess if you’ve read my previous book report you know I am on the verge of obsession with Plantagenets and Tudors or maybe fully obsessed. This fiction is the story of Catherine of Aragon told from her point of view.
Daughter of Isabelle of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, betrothed since her birth to the prince of Wales and married at the age of 16. The story of this first marriage is highly romanticized and very sweetly written. The marriage is short lived as she is widowed a year afterwards leaving her penniless and abandoned by both her parents and Henry VII following disputes about the payment of her dowry. She schemes and waits for 7 years until Henry VIII is old enough and marries her. The book continues with her early years as a queen and her struggles with miscarriages and the death of her babies.
It’s a fiction and very nicely written but from a historical standpoint it is very inaccurate. Her depiction of both Henry VII and Henry VIII are not accurate and the life of the court of Isabelle of Castile is highly fictionalized. Its’ nevertheless a good book but if you want to read a more accurate version of Catherine’s life I would recommend The six wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir.
The other Boleyn Girl is very loosely based on the life of Mary Boleyn, the sister of Anne Boleyn and sister in law of Henry VIII. Inspired by her life, Gregory depicts the annulment of one of the most significant of royal marriages in English history (King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon), it conveys the urgency of the need for a male heir to the throne. Very enjoyable read and historically very inaccurate.