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Aug 6, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

What are you Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

Last week, I reviewed the Wallis Simpson book that piqued every one's interest last week.
The Shadow QueenWords Spoken True

I also posted a review of Words Spoken True, by Ann Gabhart which has a really fun storyline about a young woman working in her father's newspaper business, and I really enjoyed this one. It had a great mix of romance and some scary moments all bundled up in an intriguing historical setting. 

I have just finishing the reading of Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck (holy moly emotive ending of goodness!!)...

and next up SHOULD be 

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer:

No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.

Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can't bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.

Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?

HOWEVER.. I felt like crap & wasn't in the mood for happy-joy-joy-love stuff (even if it's got burning houses in the synopsis) so I decided to jump into the brand new read along of Wolf Hall, which I've had the hardcover on my shelf soon after it came out in 2009. I wanted the new Philippa Gregory book to read as I am really in the mood for some Wars of the Roses material, but it looks like it's not going to land in my mailbox, so Wolf Hall will have to suffice (which, is probably good, as I'd probably rip a Philippa Gregory novel to shreds considering my mood)..

You can  join in now, it just started and you only need to read through part one this week. Here's the schedule.

And in case you haven't heard all about Wolf Hall from six different ways to Sunday, here's the blurb for this Man Booker Prize Winner:

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king’s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

Surprise of all surprises, the 2012 sequel, Bring Up The Bodies, is in the running for the Man Booker Prize yet again.

So.. what are you reading?