Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Would You Rather...#6

Happy Wednesday!

This is becoming one of my fave things. I love debating the pros and cons of a comfy and not-so-comfy reading nooks.

A



B

...Have Option A or Option B?
Why?

(Remember, you are choosing ONLY based on how comfy/cozy it would be for reading - and ease of access to books while reading!)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #31



Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's topic is "Best Character Names". Forget all those fantasy/paranormal/whatever names fluttering around, there are plenty of unusual/uncommon names found in all sorts of beautiful non-fiction books that I am happy to share. Today I am focusing on three figures from history, some pretty bad-ass women who have amazing stories to tell.

(Links go to Goodreads)

Eleanor of Aquitaine
Okay, so this name is not unusual, and is kind of making a comeback (something that distresses me to no end). But one of the things that makes her name special is that it is possible she was the very first Eleanor. (I find some variations to the story, so this is not a 100% for-sure thing). However, Eleanor's mother's name was Aénor. Eleanor was named Alíenor, literally meaning 'another Aénor'. Also, Aquitaine in itself is pretty neat.

Recommended Titles

Aethelflaed
While the name is a mouthful, she is a most intriguing figure from the long-ago days when the Anglo-Saxons ruled and William the Bastard was still nearly two centuries away from setting foot on England's soil. Aethelflaed was the first-born child of my fave king, Alfred the Great and there is some interesting research out there about her that shows perhaps she learned a thing or two military-wise from her father. When her husband died in 911, she became known as 'Lady of Mercia' and sought out her brother Edward the Elder as a partner so they could rule their respective kingdoms with aid from one another and attempted to further their father's idea of a united England - something that would come to fruition during the rule of Edward's son Athelstan.

Recommended Titles

Boudicca, Bouddica, Boudica, Boudecea

I have said, more than once, that my little lady is extremely lucky that I discovered Eleanor of Aquitaine before I learned about the mighty queen of the Iceni, Bouddica. And for the record, there are so many spellings even I use them interchangeably because honestly, it is easy to lose track of the number of consonants and vowels when one is typing quickly. Whether Bouddica's story is true or not, whether she was a warrior who rallied the tribes around her and defeated the Romans twice, rather completely before being routed in a third meeting and subsequently losing her own like (either from illness or suicide), the story is A-MAY-ZING. However, given the fact that her revolt was written about by both Tacitus and Cassius Dio, I am inclined to believe she existed. Not to mention the fact that there is a whole layer of earth in both Colchester and London referred to as the 'Boudiccan Layer' or 'Boudiccan Destruction Horizon' that reveals her presence the complete decimation she and her followers brought down upon the two Roman-controlled cities at the time. Her story is so intriguing, it is a shame we don't know more of it.

Recommended Titles


Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Leave a link to your TTT so I can take a look at what you've shared this week.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stacking the Shelves 20


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc. Never has my addiction been more obvious than when I am now keeping track of every single book I acquire.

Amazon
17289930 18593101 14680501

Kindle Unlimited
32471499 38724054 37540850
37003347 37651557 37809400
39729934 37819590 38560707

Much like the Charles River Editors books I have mentioned in the past, these Hourly History books are short and concise. I find this series to be of better quality than the Charles River ones, though they can sometimes be hit or miss. For the most part they are much more accurate and contain fewer typos and errors of that nature.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hopefully God and I Can Negotiate...


Okay, so of course I was not actually on my deathbed last week (though I definitely felt like it last Sunday when the pain was unbearable and I was driving myself to the ER), but I foresee this conversation in the future.

But, hopefully it is far far far in the future, when I will have read every book I will ever want to read.

Would You Rather... #5

In case you missed my little announcement about the fun at the ER on May 6th, I have been a little less active than usual. I returned to work this Monday, May 14th, and have been doing well until yesterday when I was experiencing pain again. I am supposed to take it easy for the next few days and hopefully that will help.

A

B

...Have Option A or Option B?
Why?

(Remember, you are choosing ONLY based on how comfy/cozy it would be for reading!)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stacking the Shelves 19


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc. Never has my addiction been more obvious than when I am now keeping track of every single book I acquire.

NetGalley
38891763

NetGalley Wishlist
36739995
Wishes DO come true! I have had this book on my NetGalley Wishlist for a long while and this week I was randomly selected as one to receive the book. I've never gotten one of these before!

Amazon (via BookBub)
8682940 16275050 25277073
28789718
St Marks is pretty special to me and I read it a couple years ago, but I had to have my own copy. You can check out my review HERE. At the end of the book Calhoun lists all the pop culture references to St Marks in movies, television, music, etc. In the hardcover version, the episode of Friends that first introduced me to St marks was not included. I mentioned this to her on Twitter and am happy to report that it made it into the paperback version!

Library
32571395

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, May 10, 2018

There are worse things to be addicted to...



Since I have started posting about cozy book nooks, I thought I would share my own reading spot that I love dearly. The chair is from my grandparents, who'd had the set (I have both now) for many years before getting new furniture. These chairs are among my most favorites, because they always bring back good memories of summers spent on grand adventures at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

As you can also see, the five-shelfer has quickly been overwhelmed. Not only have the stacks spilled over on the floor and end table, but with the exception of the top shelf, the rest are two-deep. Oops.

My plan was to read what I had and then sell back to Half Price Books in order to buy new ones. But I acquired books more quickly than I read them, and this is the result. I have another fiver in my room with the books I will never get rid of, and deep down I know that a lot of these will fall into that category once I am done reading them.

Happy Reading!
Sarah