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Cleopatra: A Life - Stacy Schiff

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Title: Cleopatra: A Life
Author: Stacy Schiff
Pages: 380
Published: 2010
Genre: Non-fiction, History, Biography
Rating: 3.5/5

Her life spanned fewer than 40 years, but she was the last Egyptian pharaoh and one of the most influential women of the age. She married twice, each time to a brother; she poisoned one and waged a war against the other. To this day, the life of Cleopatra VII (69-30 B.C.) intrigues us. This adept biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff tells us why it should. The true story of the woman behind the myth. (via Goodreads)


Thoughts: I picked up this book due to the fact that a lot of people were reading this book and that it had been recommended by a number of sources. It was an interesting read and I got more out of what the political world was like during her time. It was interesting to see how she was a very manipulative individual and pretty much got what she wanted, at least until her demise. I really liked how the author allowed t…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Pages: 366
Published: 2004 (originally published in 1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Rating: 5/5

Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys were so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls' bathroom. But then the real trouble begins--someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hog…

The King's Speech - Mark Logue, Peter Conradi

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Title:  The King's Speech: how one man saved the British Monarchy
Author: Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
Pages: 256
Published: 2010
Genre: Biography, History, Non-Fiction
Rating: 4/5

The subject of a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century - amazingly he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed The Quack who saved a King'. Logue wasn't a British aristocrat or even an Englishman - he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied, Duke of York into the man who was capable of becoming King. Had Logue not saved Bertie (as the man who was to become King George VI was always known) from his debilitating stammer, and pathological nervousness in front of a …

Blog Hop

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Friday Follows asks this week: Give us five book related silly facts about you.

1.  Most of the books that I have bought, I haven't read and are still in purchased condition.
2.  My TBR is really insane and I don't know what the count is.
3.  I have probably spent thousands of dollars on library fines
4.  I am able to read a number of books at one time, as I can separate the storylines and can follow them all quite easily.
5.  I typically borrow more books than I know I can read.




Crazy for Books asks this week: If you could physically put yourself into a book or a series, which one would it be and why?

The series that I would put myself into would be the Harry Potter series.  I know it probably sounds cheeky and typical, but I liked how even if one was slightly different, one was accepted for who they where.  It is also a world that seems so different from the one that we live in and if I wanted to escape the realities of the magical world, one could always go into the Muggle…

Booking Through Thursday

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This week's question is:  Series? Or Stand-alone books?

Answer: Depends on the book.  For the most part I prefer stand-alones, as I can put the investment into only one book and not think of the next books that are in the series.  Its not that I don't like series, I just find that if you find a book in a series that you don't like, especially the first one, then you may be missing a really good book in a series that may come down the road.  Also there is the financial and time that one invests into a series, depending on how long the series goes on for and how long the books are. There is also the factor that if you can't get the first book in a series, its really not worth the effort to read it. There are always exceptions.

Update

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For those of you who regularly follow my blog,  I am really sorry for not updating regularly.  I have been so bogged down in books the last month or so that I really don't spend enough time updating.  That and Facebook games and a lack of willingness to make sure that I am posting regularly.  I realize that you all don't expect regular updates on blogs, but its kinda nice to have updates from the people that you follow.  I will try my best to make sure that it is updated regularly, but I can't promise anything, especially with NHL playoffs starting in a few weeks time.  I will do my best to make sure that I have something up on my blog on a regular basis, even if its just book memes during the week.  Now back to my reading.....

Juliet: a novel - Anne Fortier

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Title: Juliet: a novel
Author: Anne Fortier
Pages: 464
Published: 2010
Genre: Historical fiction, Romance, Literary fiction
Rating: 4/5

Of all the great love stories ever told, hers is perhaps the most famous. To me, she is the key to my family's fate. To you, she is Juliet.

When Julie Jacobs leaves for Italy per the instructions of her late aunt's will, she never imagines that she'll be thrust into a centuries-old feud, not to mention one of the most legendary romances of all time. However, as she uncovers the story of her ancestor, Giulietta, whose love for a man named Romeo proved ill-fated, Julie finds herself increasingly under threat, and can't help but feel that the past and present are very much connected.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed it.  There was a time that I was struggling to get through it and really had to concentrate to be able to go back and forth, despite the fact that there was dates for the ones that when back.  Overall, I really enjoyed the b…

The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger

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Title: The Mistress of Nothing
Author: Kate Pullinger
Pages: 272
Published: 2010
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: 3/5

Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London. But when her debilitating tuberculosis requires healthier climate, she and her lady's maid, Sally, set sail for Egypt. It is Sally who describes, with a mixture of wonder and trepidation, the odd menage marshalled by the resourceful Omar, which travels down the Nile to a new life in Luxor. When Lady Duff Gordon undoes her stays and takes to native dress, throwing herself into weekly salons, language lessons, excursions to the tombs, Sally too adapts to a new world, affording her heady and heartfelt freedoms never known before. But freedom is a luxury that a maid can ill-afford, and when Sally grasps more than her status entitles her to, she is brutally reminded that she is mistress of nothing. 

Thoughts: Thought that the first part of the book really dragged, but the second part really picked up in a big …

Dawn's Prelude - Tracie Peterson

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Title:  Dawn's Prelude
Author: Tracie Peterson
Pages: 368
Published: 2009
Genre: Historical fiction, Christian fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

Married off at a tender age to a harsh, older widower, Lydia Gray can't help but feel a measure of relief when an accident claims his life. What happens next, however, is a surprise to everyone#58; Through an unforeseen fluke, Lydia finds herself the sole recipient of her late husband's fortune. But instead of granting her security, strife ensues as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves. pLydia longs to wash her hands of the situation and determines to join her aunt in Alaska, putting financial decisions in the capable hands of her lawyer. The beauty and serenity of life in Sitka appeal to Lydia, as does Kjell Lindquist, the handsome owner of the local sawmill. But a new discovery in Lydia's life forces her to rethink her future. She is bound to her past as never before...but what more must she …