Have you ever put off reading a book because your afraid that it won’t measure up to the author’s previous works? No? Just me? Okay lol. In the case of Age of Myth, book one of the Legends of the First Empire series, by Michael J. Sullivan, that’s what happened. I’d wanted to read this book since it was released but I put it off because I was afraid there was no way this series could be as good as the Riyria series’ (Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles). But since I was in the mood for a good story I picked Age of Myth up while I was at the bookstore. My fears, however, proved groundless. I found this book just as compelling as the Riyria books. (although, Hadrian remains my favorite character and probably always will). Continue reading
Who Was She?
Hatshepsut was a woman who had the courage to take power and the fortitude to hold that power in a society where women in power went against the status quo. Because she went against the status quo she was often thought of as power hungry, and that she stole power from the true (male) owner of that power. The author, Kara Cooney, of The Woman Who Would Be King goes a long way in proving Hatshepsut’s story was different than what was previously believed. Continue reading
Recently I picked up The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden while looking for a good fantasy novel. I chose The Bear and the Nightingale because it was blurbed Robin Hobb along with some other fantasy heavy hitters. The Bear and the Nightingale follows Vasilisa, as she grows up in Russia, with the ability to see and interact with spirits and creatures of folklore. Read the goodreads summary here. Continue reading
I thought I’d share some of the books that I have recently acquired.
Throughout the months of November, December and part of January I bought a total of 13 books.
Seven of the thirteen were fiction books from a variety of genres including fantasy, classics, and historical fiction. I picked up:
- Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
- Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Ruin by John Gwynne
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
- The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenerolla (translated by Sonia Soto)
The nonfiction books I picked up were related to what I found myself interested in during 2017. So they were all related to those interests such as women biographies, and since I loved reading Evening in the Palace of Reason (I’ll link my review here) by James R. Gaines I picked up a biography of Johann Sebastian Bach. I bought the following:
- The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by William Anderson
- The Woman who would be King by Kara Cooney
- Johann Sebastian Bach by Christoph Wolff
- The Story of Egypt by Joann Fletcher
- Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
- Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison