Not surprisingly, I haven’t had any time to read today. Well, read for pleasure that is – I have completed school reading for about half the coming week instead. Yesterday I attended a conference on medieval stone monuments, specifically effigies, though the most interesting presentation was on the tomb testers of Edward the Black Prince and Henry IV and his wife Joan of Navarre. A tomb tester is a rectangular, flat cover, usually made of wood and highly decorated, suspended above the tomb. Click here to see a black and white photo of the Black Prince’s tomb; the tester is at the top below the decorations. It was very interesting to see how the paintings on and the construction of the testers demonstrated the ruling family’s wealth and piety as well as medieval methods of construction. A collective gasp went up when the speaker revealed medieval chalk marks on the Black Prince’s tester. Of course, that likely doesn’t interest all of you reading a book blog, but I felt compelled to share. It was just too exciting!
So what have I been reading this week? Well, I consumed The Heretic Queen in record speed for someone in graduate school, losing sleep and actually crying at one point. This is I believe book number 4 to bring me to tears this year, out of 152 total read. Yes, it was good. Come back tomorrow for a guest post by Michelle and come again for my review and giveaway on Tuesday! I also read Life after Genius by M. Ann Jacoby, which has a blog tour stop here on the 29th, Her Only Desire by Gaelen Foley, a disappointing foray back into my romance-reading past, and Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik, the fifth book in an AU Napoleonic wars fantasy series. Reviews of the last two will be posted soon, either this week or early next week.
I probably won’t be reading at all today in favor of getting my school reading done and doing an archaeological report on a castle/hunting lodge. I will be bringing books along the rest of this week though! Up next on my library list are The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick, The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon, and The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie. I also hope to finish off Passions and Tempers this week (sorry for taking so long to read and review it, Jennifer!) and get to a review book, Natural Talent by Sheelagh White. I do have to say, though, that if one of my copies of Brandon Sanderson’s The Hero of Ages arrives, I will drop everything and read that next.
Have a good week!