I missed last week because I was at the wedding of one of my closest friends, which was beautiful, but didn’t give me much time to read! This weekend has not been much quieter, what with today being Father’s Day, but I made my effort during the week, finishing off John Adams, The White Mary, and The Firemaster’s Mistress, the last of which has no review yet because I am still working on it. I liked it a surprising amount for a book that I purchased for £1. Reminds me that I should read all those books sitting on my TBR pile from that discount bookstore, which I hear has now sadly closed.
Today I am reading A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter. I am not too far in yet, but it’s interesting so far and not quite what I’d expected. I’ve never read anything by this author before (her more common pseudonym is Ellis Peters), so I’ve been looking forward to it. As ever, it is a LT recommendation, so I’m sure it will be excellent in the end. The prose feels a little stilted, but I’m really happy with the characterizations, so I’ll see how it goes and if I can “sink in” a bit more into it as time goes by! It so far heavily involves the Percy family, which I have done a lot of research on, and I’m always happy to see my favorite historical characters portrayed in fiction. You never quite know what an author is going to get up to with them. I’ve toyed with the idea of putting them in my own stories, but since I haven’t written one in years, that is an idea which is going nowhere. I’ll just read instead!
This week, I’m looking forward to reading The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly or Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, or maybe both! It’s going to be a rough week, so I think I’m going to need one of those long, historical, romantic sagas to escape. I also picked up Nefertiti by Michelle Moran, which I’ve been anxiously awaiting in paperback, so I’m sure I’ll be reading that soon as well.
Happy Sunday (and Father’s Day) everyone!