On My Bookshelf: A Finish and A New Start

The end of December I started reading Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir, the third book of the Tudor Queen Series, and finished it Saturday night. I really enjoyed reading this book and like all of Alison Weir’s books, found it to be well written. The only thing I didn’t like was the last chapter, to me it felt like it ended very abruptly but other than that, I liked the book. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, I definitely recommend reading Alison Weirs Tudor books. Her novels are long but well worth the read.

Twenty-five-year-old Jane Seymour wants nothing more than to become a nun. But her ambitious father has forced her to live at court as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon, a fellow Catholic whom she soon comes to love and admire. So Jane is appalled when King Henry shunts Katherine aside in his lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn, but even more so when he takes Anne’s life in his rush to wed – Jane herself!

from Goodreads

I am taking a break from this series to read Garden Spells by Sarah Addison. I started reading this book last night and so far I am enjoying it. This book will be a quick read and I most likely will read the sequel, First Frost, before continuing reading the Tudor Queen Series.

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

from Goodreads

I am truly enjoying reading of late. When I find a book that captures my interest and is able to transport me to a different time or place, to me it speaks volumes. For me, reading is an escape from every day life and there’s nothing better than reading before I go to sleep at night, as reading helps me to sleep better.

What are you reading?

Do you have a favorite author?

4 thoughts on “On My Bookshelf: A Finish and A New Start

  1. I read Garden Spells and First Frost years ago and remember enjoying them. These books remind me a little of Alice Hoffman’s magic series (I’ve read the first two and have the last two on my shelf … for this year?!) I’ve been thinking about Favorite Authors as I look back on my 2021 reading year – Anthony Doerr, Sarah Winman, Maggie O’Farrell, and James McBride are all authors I will pre-order!

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    1. Garden Spells is a re-read for me, as well as First Frost. I haven’t read the Alice Hoffman series but heard that they are good. I’ve not heard of the authors you mentioned.


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