Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery


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600th Post Giveaway!


UPDATE:

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER.  CONGRATS TO THE WINNER (BY RANDOM DRAW): KELLI!

It’s been a wonderful six years of blogging for me.  I’m the type of person who gets bored of things quickly, so for me to still be going strong at 600 posts is a bit of a feat for me!  I couldn’t have done without all the fantastic authors and amazing bloggers I’ve become friends with.  I’m happy to say that I’ve found some real kindred spirits during my blogging adventures.  And, of course, I have to thank the people who have read and supported my blog!  I appreciate you all so much – more than you’ll ever know.

I want to acknowledge all the support I’ve received by offering a small giveaway.  One of my readers will receive the book of their choice (up to $15) from Book Depository!  Contest ends on August 19 which is also my birthday – I always love giving gifts on my birthday!!  Contest is open world wide.  (as long as Book Depository ships to your country).  Comment on this post with your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Thank you again to everyone!

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Wishlist Wednesday


Virginie Says…

Today I’m going to share with you a book on my Amazon/Chapters.ca wishlist.  If you’ve read it, I’d love for you to share your thoughts on it (No spoilers, please).  Or maybe it’s on your wishlist or TBR list, too, and you’d like to tell why you want to read it?  I can’t remember any books that were set in this period, so I’m eager to get my hands on it.  So many books, so little time!

shadowsunkingIn the Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Keyes Parsons.

(Product description from the Amazon website)

Seventeenth century France is an unsafe time to be a Huguenot. By order of King Louis XIV, all French Protestants must immediately convert or face imprisonment–or death. The king’s dragoons ferret out the nonconformists, pillaging villages and destroying homesteads.

When the king’s soldiers descend on the Clavell estate, the family’s fate hangs in the balance. Quickly, quietly, they send their two sons into hiding, trusting that the young age of their daughter will guarantee her protection. But the dragoons will not be dissuaded; they hold the manor hostage looking for clues of their guilt or innocence. However, Madeleine Clavell, the lady of the manor, holds a secret–one possible chance to save the family. She and the king share a past.

Once a beautiful young lady in the French court whom Louis loved, Madeleine travels to Versailles to plead for mercy from the fickle king, hoping to regain his favor and save her family. It’s a gamble, but she is left with no other choice. Madeleine soon faces an agonizing decision–one that changes her family forever.

PS.  I just found out that this is the first book in what will become a trilogy!  Sounds fantastic.


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Book Review


Virginie Says…

I just finished reading Tracy Chevalier’s fourth novel, The Lady and the Unicorn.  It’s the first book I’ve read by this author.  The book was just excellent and if I’d had more time, I’m sure I would have had it finished in a day or two.  I like the idea of taking works of art and creating a story about it.  It sounds like something I’d like to do myself!

The story revolves around the creation of a set of tapestries.  From the family who commissions the work, to the artist who creates the beautiful scenes, to the family who skillfully weaves the paintings into reality, each character puts their own special marking into the tapestries in one way or another.  Even the Unicorn’s horn becomes like a character with how Nicolas uses it almost like a pick up line!  I really love how the author breaks the chapters down, writing about the lives and experiences of a different character in each chapter.  I think that is what made the people more real to me.

The book is rich with period detail and I especially enjoyed reading about the weaving process.  But mostly, I fell in the love with the characters (and hated the ones who were meant to be hated).  Tracy Chevalier made it easy with her writing style and how she was able to give them each something special that made you remember them.  I was able to laugh and cry through triumph and despair with them.

To some, Nicolas des Innocents may have been the lead character in the book, but to me, it was always the tapestries.  They seemed to breathe and live and tell the story themselves.  Really, my only complaint is that the book wasn’t longer.  I was sad to see it end.  I’d love to read more about the characters, know what others, not associated with the involved parties, thought of the The Lady and Unicorn, how it made them feel and think.

The book is just an all round good read and I totally recommend it.  I can’t wait to read my next Tracy Chevalier book.  Suggestions?


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New Release Monday


Virginie Says…

I saw this book in Chapters about a month ago and wanted to buy it instantly.  Only, I prefer paperback to hardcover (anyone else like that?).  So, I’m waiting, and quite impatiently at that!  I love Biblical fiction, so if anyone else can offer suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Eve: A Novel of the First Woman by Elissa Elliott

(from the publisher) It is the world’s oldest tale: the story of Eve, her husband, Adam, and the tragedy that would overcome her sons….   In this luminous debut novel, Elissa Elliott puts a powerful twist on biblical narrative, boldly re-imagining Eve’s journey.  At once intimate and universal, timely and timeless, this unique work of fiction blends biblical tradition with recorded history and dazzling storytelling.  And as it does, Eve comes to life in a way religion and myth have never allowed — in a novel that explores the very essence of love, motherhood, faith, and humanity.

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The Four Month Challenge


Virginie Says…

So, I decided to make up my own challenge – mostly to push myself to get off the computer and read more!  Plus, it will help me whittle down that TBR list…lol   Here it is.   Join if you like.  It runs from June 1 to September 30.

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5 Point Challenges

Read a Chick Lit book
Read a historical fiction book
Read a book just because you like the cover
Read anything by Jean Plaidy
Read a book with a number in the title

10 Point Challenges

Read a book about Royalty (biography or fiction)
Read a classic
Read a book by an author you’ve never read before
Read a celebrity biography/autobiography
Read a hardcover book

15 Point Challenges

Read a book with a one word title
Read a book based on a Biblical character
Read a book that was made into a movie
Read a book by an author born in June, July, August or September
Read a book with a summer word in the title (summer, sun, sand, hot, etc.)

20 Point Challenges

Read a book in a series AND the one after it
Read a Danielle Steele AND a Maeve Binchy book
Read a book from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list (http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die)
Read a book considered Christian Fiction
Read a book of your choice BUT read it outside

250 Points total

Anyone who joins me and posts their progress to my blog (I’ll post how I’m doing and you can comment how you’re doing) will be entered to win a book by Jean Plaidy.


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Book Review


Virginie Says…

To the Tower Born is the second book I’ve read that’s written by Robin Maxwell – the first being The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn.  I like her writing style.  It’s easy to follow, doesn’t get extremely repetitive and is all in all, very readable.

First off, there are some historical discrepancies, but since I’m certainly not a history major, I won’t get into those.  I suppose people that are sticklers for accuracy might find this annoying.  I’m of the opinion that people who write historical FICTION are allowed to take some liberties – unless they are totally blatant.

The story is about the disappearance of young King Edward V and his brother, Richard (Dickon), after they are put in the Tower by their uncle, Richard of Gloucester for ‘safe keeping’.  The story is basically told from the perspective of princes’ sister, Bessie(who would go on to become mother to Henry VIII) and her friend, Nell Caxton.  I like Nell – a lot!  She’s the type of friend I’d like to have.  She’s loyal, smart, funny and strong.  She becomes god mother to Henry VIII and together, they tell him the story of the princes.

As so not to give away any spoilers, I’ll stop there.  I found the book an interesting account of what might have happened to the Princes.