Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bout of Books: Progress Day One

I finished my first book yesterday.  Did Lucrezia Borgia poison her husbands?  Was incest a part of her life?  What was life as a Papal bastard like?  Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant reveals some of the secrets in the life of this historical figure.

Not so long ago, we watched the Showtime series The Borgias.  I didn't know much about this family and after binge watching, I was hooked.  I needed to read more.  Blood and Beauty proved to be a good start.  While the television series concentrated on Roderigo Borgia the Pope, the novel centers on Lucrezia.  I admit the book is not a page turning thriller but it certainly satisfied my curiosity. 

I am taking an entirely different turn for my next choice.  Next Up:  Miss Julia Takes over by Ann B Ross

Monday, May 8, 2017

Day One: Bout of Books

First book of the challenge.

Friday, May 5, 2017

It is time for the Spring edition of Bout of Books.  I participated last year and made a dent in my TBR pile.  What better chance to cross off more titles.   Below is a brief description from the Bout of Books blog.  Visit the site to see all the rules and challenges.  I will list some of the books on my list but as the mood strikes, I may add or delete titles.  I am looking forward to this read-a-thon.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

The Great Gatsby

I think I will join the Great Gatsby discussion at The Edge of the Precipice.  The discussions begin June 1 and run through June 30.

Hamelette says  "If you've never participated in one of my read-alongs and are curious about how they work, basically I will write a post for each individual chapter.  Each post will contain my own thoughts on the chapter, some favorite lines, and a discussion question or two that I think people might want to ponder.  All participants are then invited to discuss the chapter in the comments, both with me and with each other.  You don't have to stick to the questions I ask!"

Sounds easy enough.  Gatsby is one of my favorites.  It should be fun to discuss the book in a group.