Well folks, the votes are in and it was a close one! So close in fact, that we thought it would be fun to do read-alongs of the top two books, since both got a lot of votes. I was most excited for Cleopatra, so I’ll be hosting this read-along with the lovely Becca from I’m Lost In Books. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) and Leslie (Regular Ruminations) were both most excited about The Restless Sleep, so they’ll be hosting that read-along. Continue reading
Author: Kara Cooney
Source: from publisher for review
Summary: The subject of this book was fascinating, even though the writing was sometimes a bit dry, and I loved how transparent the author was about her sources.
In ancient Egypt, royal women were expected to defend their family’s bloodline, marrying their brothers and producing royal heirs. Women might act as reagents for their young sons, but it was almost unheard of for them to rule in their own right. This biography tells the story of Hatshepsut, “the longest reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt” (source) and her rise to power. The author uses what little archaeological evidence remains to speculate about Hatshepsut’s feelings and to analyze the political maneuvering required for Hatshepsut to retain power in a traditionally male leadership role.
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Summary: This was a fun, fast-paced read, but the mystery was a bit predictable and the I didn’t find the characters emotionally engaging.
Riley and her older brother grew up in a family shocked by their sister Lisa’s death. Riley has always been told Lisa committed suicide, but when her father dies twenty years later, she finds hints in his belongings suggesting that Lisa might still be alive. As she digs deeper, the secrets she discover will challenge everything she thought she knew about her family. Continue reading
Author: Alix Christie
Source: TLC Book Tours
Summary: Although this story was slow-paced, I loved how the author captured the way people would have thought and acted at such an interesting time in history.
When Peter Schoeffer’s foster-father insists he return to Munich, abandoning a promising career as a scribe in Paris, he’s dubious about Gutenberg’s invention. He doesn’t believe that a machine can replace a scribe and at first thinks the idea borders on blasphemy. However, as he is able to add some beauty to Gutenberg’s process, he begins to see the potential of the printing press. However, Gutenburg’s volatile temper and warring political and religious factions threaten what Peter has come to see as a divinely inspired project he must complete.
Last year, I had a ton of fun participating in Nonfiction November, hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie at Regular Rumination. So this year, I jumped at the chance to help host and will be joining Kim, Leslie, and Becca at I’m Lost In Books to bring you an event which will hopefully be just as exciting as last year’s! Continue reading