Tuesday, 8 February 2011

February Bookworm

Not a right lot of time to read recently until a bad cold the past few days made me want to do nothing but sit and mope with lots of Lemsip and black coffee (not in the same cup) and a good book!!
So my very short recent reading list is as follows.

1. Michael Faber- Crimson Petal and The White.

I got this monster of a book from  Lynda 
as part of my advent swap parcel back in december.

Its the incredible story of a prostitute 'Sugar' and her rise in the world with the help of the head of  perfume/soap company heir William Rackham.
Not is all as it seems though, the book really delves into the minds of the numerous interesting  characters and eeks out all their little neurosis.
The attention to detail is incredible, I could at times almost smell the filthy backstreets of victorian London.
I have read that some people found this book a bit distasteful because of the very graphic descriptions of various things such as the prostitutes contraceptive ritual, but in my opinion whilst the descriptions might have made me go 'eeew' a couple of times it did nothing but add to the overall effect of the book.
The ending was a little abrupt and  rather sad and poignant, I'd love to know what happened next!!!

Overall a brilliant read...thanks Lynda!

Alison Weir - The Lady Elizabeth.

The first book I've ever read by this author.
The story of the early life of Queen Elizabeth I.
Apparently most of the content of this book is based either on historical fact or on historical rumour and gossip!
This book tells the story in great detail of Elizabeths life from just after her mother is executed to the moment she becomes queen.
It deals with her troubled relationships with both her father and her sister Mary, who eventually becomes queen and spends most of her reign trying to find ways to find Elizabeth guilty of high treason and execute her!
I really enjoyed this and will definitely read Alison Weir's other novel.

I also read the first in the Manga Battle Royale series.

 Its been a very, very long time since I last read a graphic novel and whilst I absolutely loved the film I was not at all impressed by this book.

How cute is this???

I got this in my advent swap parcel too and I've kept a note of every book I've read so far this year in it!!

Thats all for now.
Back soon with a tapestry in progress.
Em xxxx


Pammy Sue said...

OMG, I read that first book a few years ago. I thought it was good too!

Ruth said...

The Queen Elizabeth book looks very interesting - my daughter is currently studying the Tudors at school - in particular Henry VIII and I think this would be a great book for her to supplement her studies. Thanks for showing!

Maggie said...

The Bookworm's Journal is lovely. I keep notes of all the books I read in my daily journal, the title and what I thought about it, brief synopsis. Then I have another book where there is just a list, title and author. Sad, I know!

frou-frou said...

The Crimson Petal and the White is a stunning book. I absolutely loved it. Quite a hefty read and I'd love to re-read it someday. Glad you liked it. Fiona x

The Girl said...

The Crimson Petal looks great, I'll have to add it to my ever-expanding list of things to read!

Jane and Chris said...

Sorry to say I haven't read any of these books. The lemsip and coffee reminded me of 'Only Fools and Horses'....Delboy's drink of choice? Pernod and Tizer.
Jane x

♥ emma bear forever ♥ said...

The crimson petal and the white looks like a good read. Hope your feeling much better now x