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National Geographic Inside The Medieval World

Title: National Geographic Inside The Medieval World
Publisher: National Geographic Spring 2014
Genre: Middle Ages, Medieval World
Format: Periodical style
Pages: 128
Rating: 3 Stars
Source: Self purchase at Barnes and Nobles $13.99.

National Geographic has put together an remarkable book (they call it a book and not a periodical) on the Middle Ages. National Geographic is known for photography, discovery, and adventure in its pages.
The book should be considered an introduction to the Middle Ages, and not an exhaustive look.
Its focus is not on a particular country or continent, but the world in regard to the Middle Ages.

My Thoughts---There are several strengths and one weakness:

1. Photographic images.
2. The book includes the history of the world, not just one country or one continent.
3. Most of the known and emerging religions are described: Islam, Hindu, Christianity (Catholic Church), Buddhism.
4. The history of the Crusades.
5. Politics and power of the C…

Final Update for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

I have to admit that I did not read the entire 24 hours, nor even 12 hours, I read a total of 7 hours. I finished the three books I'd committed to, and began reading another.
The following books were finished:
The Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth,
Women Wartime Spies by Ann Kramer,
National Geographic Inside the Medieval World.
The book I began and it's an ebook, A Swarming of Bees by Theresa Tomlinson.

Thank you to those who worked hard to host, Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Thank you to those who left comments on my posts encouraging me to persevere.

Dickens Our Mutual Friend Reading Project

I came across a reading project which begins May 1st and runs through November 2015.
The reading is apart of the celebration for the anniversary of the novel. For more information: Dickens Our Mutual Friend Reading Project. 
To read the original periodical from 1864: Our Mutual Friend.
An additional project which is apart of this study of Our Mutual Friend, is a role play utilizing Twitter. For more information: Our Mutual Friend Tweets.
Another Dickens project: Cloisterham Tales.

I will begin reading May 1st.
My copy is an Oxford World Classic reprint 1998, 852 pages.

I had planned to read War and Peace this year, but have changed my mind.

6 o'clock Update for Read-a-Thon

I read for an hour in the early afternoon in the flower garden, which is located on the west side of my home. Last Saturday, my husband and I worked at landscaping and planting both a flower and vegetable garden. On the north side of the house, which is in the back yard, we planted a vegetable garden. I'm elated, the beans and peas have sprouted. We also planted okra, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, strawberries, and a blackberry bush.
I took a nap, and then read for over an hour in my regular reading area, office/library--cushy chair and with an ice pack for my lower back.
I finished Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth, and finished reading the National Geographic Inside the Medieval World. National Geographic is calling it a book, so I will too.
I'm taking a break soon in order to cook supper. I'll be cooking chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, white gravy, and green beans. Today (well it began with dinner yesterday) is my free day, I cook and eat wh…

Noon Update for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

I began reading at 0800 this morning. I had a tough night and did not sleep well. Both my neck and lower back hurt. I have disc-degeneration with bone spurs at C 5, 6, 7 and L 5. I used an ice pack for a couple of hours between 0400 and 0600, it helped.
Between 0800 and 0930 I read 100 pages from Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth. I'd already read the first 200 pages, there is a total of 450. I'm determined to finish this book today!
Between 1100 and noon I read 75 pages, plus prepared this post.
The next book I'll read is Women Wartime Spies by Ann Kramer. I bought the book at Barnes and Nobles last weekend, it was on sale for $6.98. The book has 171 pages, should easily be read today.
A National Geographic magazine special, Inside The Medieval World is next on my list of reads today. There are 128 pages in this magazine, which is more like a book.
I took a break from 0930 until 1045 in order to pick up prescriptions at Kroger's, plus do a bit of grocery shopping.…

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon will begin at 0700 today. For more information and to read the original link for this event:
The Facebook page for the event is at:
I have no idea how I'll do in this read-a-thon. I may fail, or maybe I'll do well. 
I plan to post a few updates on Saturday, including photos on the books I'm reading and the places I will be reading at, which includes my small garden, and eclectic library/office. 

[Review] 1066: What Fates Impose by G.K. Holloway

Title: 1066: What Fates Impose
Author: G.K. Holloway
Publisher: Troubador Publishing January 2, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction, England, Norman French, Battle of Hastings, Edward the Confessor, Earl of Wessex, Harold Godwin, Godwin family, 1066, Kings and Queens of England.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 456
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Source: Free copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, and Troubador Publishing, in exchange for a review.

Time period from 1045 to 1066, with a brief chapter in 1087.
Edward the Confessor, King of England, married Edith, the daughter of Godwin, Earl of Wessex. Their marriage did not provide an heir, and the state of who will succeed Edward, brings an unsettling and perilous period for England.
Earl Godwin (sometimes spelled Godwine) was a thorn in Edward's thin-skinned side. Godwin was a man of action. Edward was a man of piety. Godwin had a large family consisting of several able-bodied sons. Edward was without children.
Godwin's son Harold…

Claude de Vindes OEillets

Claude de Vindes OEillets (1635-1687). Claudette, or Claude is the heroine in the book The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland.

[Review] The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland

Title: The Shadow Queen
Author: Sandra Gulland
Publisher: Doubleday April 8, 2014
ISBN: 978-0385537520
Genre: Historical Fiction, France, 1600s, King Louis XIV, Sun King
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent. 
Source: Free advanced reader copy from France Book Tours, Doubleday, in exchange for a review. 

Link for book at Publisher: The Shadow Queen.

Link at Amazon: The Shadow Queen. 
Hardcover $16.73 and Kindle $10.99


From the author of the beloved Josephine B. Trilogy, comes a spellbinding novel inspired by the true story of a young woman who rises from poverty to become confidante to the most powerful, provocative and dangerous woman in the 17th century French court: the mistress of the charismatic Sun King. 1660, Paris Claudette’s life is like an ever-revolving stage set.  From an impoverished childhood wandering the French countryside with her family’s acting troupe, Claudette finally witnesses her mother’s astonishing rise to stardom in Parisian theaters. Working…

France Book Tours First Anniversary Celebration

France Book Tours is celebrating
its first anniversary
on April 18!

France Book Tours has been thrilled to present amazing books related to France for a year.
To thank the authors who submitted their books and the bloggers who read and reviewed them, France Book Tours organizes a mega giveaway from April 18-25!
Depending on the number of entries in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this page, they may give away up to 10 books, so spread the word!
The winners will be chosen on April 26.

Here are all the books available to win! Click on each cover to know more about it.

Please note what format the book is available in.
Note also that some books are only available for US/Canada residents.
If nothing is specified, it means you can receive the ebook or the print copy where ever you live.
Historical fiction

Spirit of Angels = print + ecopy Wolfsangel = print + ecopy
Becoming Josephine = print for US/Canada only

Unravelled = print The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte = print for US/Canada only



Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon April 26, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday, April 26. For more information the link is
@ Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon.
This is my 7th year in blogging and reviewing, but this is the first time to participate in a read-a-thon.
I doubt I'll stay up the entire 24 hours, but I do plan to pace myself during the event in order to read as many books as possible.
During the event, which for my time zone begins at 0700 April 26, I will read and post about how the read-a-thon is going for me. I'll also visit other bloggers who are taking part in this challenge.
The link at the end of this paragraph will take you to the history of how the read-a-thon began. A reader and blogger named Dewey, the author of a blog entitled The Hidden Side of the Leaf (no longer valid), began the read-a-thon in 2007. Link for more information: History of read-a-thon. 
Join us!