I must say, I am currently at a point where I rarely watch TV aside from throwing Netflix on while I cook/bake. Most of my free time is spent reading, I’ve been on a few different kicks. Chick lit, cozies, and history. In no particular order, these are my recent reads:
1) A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England, Suzannah Lipscomb
I have been considering this book buying this book for ages, and I finally bit the bullet right before flying home from SLC. I’m not upset I don’t have this in hard copy, a Kobo version will suffice- it was a good read but unfortunately my lack of shelf space wouldn’t allow for a physical copy. Lipscomb looks at 50 different sites connected to Tudor England; she has two criteria: it must be connected to a Tudor, and there must be something left to visit. Interesting approach which I can only guess helped narrow down her research. If you are at all interested in Tudor history, you will most likely enjoy this book! The only downfall is there are no maps and no images (not sure if the physical version does).
These are the second and third books in a chick lit series (Prada and Prejudice being the first) by Katie Oliver. I personally love chick lit, and these fulfil all of the standard chick lit requirements. Humour, friendship, romance, a crisis- it’s all there. This series is a fantastic nod to Jane Austen without being an over-the-top, modern copy. Carina is a smaller publisher, and I have bought quite a few e-books from it in the past 4-6 months. If you at all enjoy chick-lit, I would recommend giving any of the Carina books a try!
4) The American Heiress, Daisy Goodwin
Terrible, predictable- an utter and complete copy of Downton Abbey, but a boring, dry one. Avoid this at all costs.
5) The Rook, Daniel O’Malley
This is an interesting political urban fantasy book (if that’s a thing)- O’Malley does well at building the suspense surrounding an English court of magic. I don’t know why, but London lends itself incredibly well to urban fantasy. I suppose that indescribable mix of urban, history, and culture allows for magic. The only disappointing element to this book is that it is the first in the series- meaning you, along with me, will be waiting for the others.
6) Royal Affairs, Leslie Carroll
Sometimes, you just need some good ol’ historical gossip. On the one hand, Carroll discusses some of the mistresses in quite a bit of depth. On the other hand, there aren’t really any sources. Anyways, it’s quick and fun read for anyone interested in the British Royal Family!
7) Winter Wonderland, Belinda Jones
Possibly one of the best pieces of chick lit I have ever read- a rare feat considering it takes place in Quebec and not in England (my preferential setting). Nothing is predictable, the setting is magical, and the characters are unique. The protagonist mentions wanting to see the polar bears in Manitoba, and I am sincerely hoping she follows up with a sequel.
8) A Cookie Before Dying, Virginia Lowell
I randomly discovered this cozy series- I accidentally read this book, the second in the series, first. However, I wasn’t missing anything at all, no confusion whatsoever. No crazy violence, only slight romance, and they mention the Royal Winnipeg Ballet!!!! I couldn’t put this down, I would recommend grabbing this now!
I’m continuing on my streak with more cozies and some medieval historical surveys!