Wednesday, December 31, 2008

last night and made it all the way to page 160. Few side notes I'm not happy with... In the first book Lady Jane Grey, Elizabeth was mentioned a lot on how Jane and her would interact. Why is it that in this book they don't even meet until page 141 right before the death of Henry the 8 or if they did meet it isn't brough to our attention until then?

Also there are two parts to the story the first part is a telling as if a story teller is sitting in front of us retelling a story of Elizabeth. In the first book she had different POV so that we could really feel like we the reader was in the mind of the person speaking. This feels a little odd. I prefer the POVs simply b/c I feel disconnected with Elizabeth and I really wanted that close connection with her like I had with Jane.

Particularly when King Henry dies. I would have liked to see what Weir thought Elizabeth was thinking or going through instead it felt like I was reading yet another history book on the topic. Not to mention but didn't Elizabeth have small pox at one point or does that come later? If so it is completely skipped her but I would have swore I heard that somewhere?

Other than these few little things I am still enjoying the book and can't wait to see what Elizabeth goes through in the second half.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

On page

70 of The Lady Elizabeth and I have to say things are picking up. I honestly didn't know that Elizabeth had so many bad things happen to her in her life at such a short time. No wonder she had a fear of getting attached. First she learned at 4 that her mother was killed by her father, then another woman Queen Jane dies after forming an attachment, then her governess leaves her to attend the prince. All of these things are major to a little girl who doesn't have a place nor a mother to love her. Its no wonder how she formed some of her thoughts (and before you flip out yes I know this is all spectulation but at the same time they did all die when she was young that has to be hard on a child.)

Needless to say I am really enjoying this book and I highly recommend it!

Well I did it

I joined some challenges in 2009 with the hopes of kicking my butt into gear and learning to take time for myself, doing what I want. Reading.

So if you would like to keep up with my progress please head over to and see where I'm at. I will also be posting here as I read the books for your entertainment and viewing pleasure LOL! It officially kicks off tomorrow YEAH.

Oh and I am hoping to post a list sometime soon but we shall see!

Monday, December 29, 2008

This is book 2 for Alison Weir's fiction books. She wrote The Lady Jane Grey which I reviewed as I read here a few post back. I rec'd this book for Christmas and I knew it would be the perfect book to get me back into reading for the New Year. So far I'm on page 25ish give or take and we are being told this book from what I believe to be Elizabeth's POV at around 3.
It is coming across as if someone is telling a story and I believe it to be Elizabeth but I'm not certain. Although I know she is around the age of 3 or 4 b/c she has just been told by her older sister Mary that her mother has been killed. It is refreshing to see what a young child might think during this time and even though I know it isn't pure fact I still find it mighty interesting the things that have happened to Elizabeth and I would like to image that maybe, just maybe she did react this way. Not to mention how interesting it is to watch her become the Queen we all know so much about.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

And sadly I have nothing new to post b/c yours truly hasn't been reading jack. Yeah that's right you heard me I haven't read crap. So instead I thought I would show you something positive in a way and let you know I havent' forgotten about the blog I just havent' been reading and I have no idea why that is.

Okay back in October I made a promise that I wouldn't buy books until I had read all of my list (here's the list again in case your curious)
2008 ban on buying books
1. The Last Mermaid by Shanna Abe
2. Midnight Awakenin by Lara Adrian
3. Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian
4. Grimespace by Ann Aguirre
5. Virgin Slave by Louise Allen
6. Night Keeper by Jessica Andersen
7. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
8. Deamon Eyes by Camille Bacon-Smith
9. For Her Pleasure by Maya Banks
10. Raintree: Sanctuary by Beverly Barton
11. Witch Fire by Anya Best
12. Too Scandalous to Wed by Alexandra Benedict
13. Daughter in Blood by Anne Bishop
14. The Devil inside by Jenna Black
15. The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne
16. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
17. Hundred Years to Reform a by Laurie Brown
18. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
19. Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
20. Firestorm by Rachel Caine
21. Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke
22. The Loin’s Daughter by Loretta Chase
23. No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole
24. Blood Magic by Matthew Cook
25. Sleepless at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro
26 Good with His hands by Alexa Darin
27 Unquiet Dreams by Mark Del Franco
28 Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
29 Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
30 The Wicked Ways of a Duke by Laura Lee Guhrke
31 Revenant by Carolyn Haines
32 Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
33 Happy hour of the Damned by Mark Henry
34 Lord Sin by Kalen Hughes
35 The Sword by Jean Johnson
36 Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
37 Low Red Moon by Caitlin Kiernan
38 Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge
39 Matters of the Blood by Maria Lima
40 Talyn by Holly Lisle
41 Holy Smokes by Katie MacAllister
42 Crimson City by Liz Maverick
43 Fallen by Erin McCarthy
44 The Queen’s Bastard by CE Murphy
45 Fairyville by Emma Holly
46 Sugar and Spice by Leda Swann
47 The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall
48 To Serve and Submit by Susan Write
49 In the Midnight Hour by Patti O’Shea
50 Carressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
51 Hunting the Hunter by Shiloh Walker

Now I have to say although I have read only one on the list I haven't bought any new books (yay me) so I haven't broken the contract however, I am going to get more books for Christmas. So here's my new revised "contract" I will not buy any new books next year until I read: the books listed above and 10 more from my TBR pile which I will list after Christmas when I get the new books. So I have to read 61 books before I can buy any new ones.

So you are more than welcome to join in the new revised "contract" and pledge with me to not buy any new books in 2009 until you have read X amount of books.