March 25, 2008The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
I loved this book. I know I'm coming late to the party, what with the movie having been out for weeks and the book out for years before that. However, like a lot of things, I didn't think I'd like it, so I put off checking it out.
It's long and that's daunting to me - it's about twice the length of most of the books I read today. I expected it to be hard to get through since it's historical and my mind is automatically geared to read for class (even still) instead of breezing through. But instead, I found it easy to read and would go through 50-100 pages a night without even realizing it. I think I'm really liking this genre, if only because there isn't always the unbelievable happily ever after - just the normal kind.
Though I know that much of the book is fiction since little is known for sure about Mary Boleyn, Gregory's style makes you forget that. I was immediately sucked into the work of the English royal court and I didn't want the story to end, even though I knew how it was going to end (since I passed history in 5th grade). Fabulous work - and I can't wait to see how they butchered it in the movie version ;)
I grabbed this book last week and literally couldn't put it down. I ended up staying awake until 3am, reading it straight through. I was exhausted the next day, but it was a really great read!
The plot was fresh to me and I didn't expect a lot of the twists and turns that it took. With as much chick lit as I read, it was nice not to see everything coming a mile away. I really loved trying to piece together the main character's life and seeing what was real and what was fake or just too good to be true. The characters were colorful and realistic. I just really liked the book and I was actually sad when it was coming to an end. It had a very movie-type ending, so I'm hoping it gets optioned sooner rather than later.
March 02, 2008The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
I picked this book up off the sale shelf at Borders ages ago, but never found the impetus to read it before now. Even when I put it on my list to read last month, I procrastinated nearly half the month away before starting. Now, I'm not sure why.
Just as the back cover described, this book appeals to both my love chick lit and European history. Most of the book (save a few proper names and places) is complete fiction; however, it's so masterfully written that I just don't care. Switching between the world of Napoleon and the world of Eloise the grad student in London was very well-done and left me breathless for more of both. Obviously the world of Napoleon makes up the bulk of the novel, but the peeks we get into Eloise's life and the interesting gentleman she meets definitely makes me want to find out more about her. I was a little surprised at the level of detail during the make out and sex scenes since that's something usually left to more classical romance novels. However, it was rather easy to skim and skip over with no plot points being missed.
This book leaves off at a great stopping place, but leaves itself open for the obvious sequel. Looking at my library's website last night, I discovered there are actually three more books that follow this one, which I will be checking out in the months to come.
Even at Costco! Yesterday, I went to Costco to buy my copy of TurboTax, so I could finally get my taxes done and the government could send me my money! Because of snafus with deductions from my paycheck, I've got next to no money to last me until my next payday (next Friday). However, they cleverly stock the software next to the books, DVDs and CDs at Costco, so I had no choice but to browse the aisle for bargain books.
I restrained myself however and only bought two! The Sophie Kinsella hardback was only $13.59, marked down from $25.00 and the Maeve Binchy paperback was only $4.49, marked down from $7.99. So really, it would have been dumb not to buy them. Right?