The Constant Princess
My 1st hist. fic. book. Could’ve done w/o sexy bits. Didn’t read like a history book; princess determined to be queen to honor her lost <3.
Pride and Prejudice
Finally decided to read this. A bit dense, but didn’t hinder me. Enjoyed it, but I don’t get the infatuation with Darcy. #sorryimnotsorry
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic
Picked this up at my OBs office #weird Read in 2 days. Made me want to get more involved in my parish. Every Catholic should give it a read.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood
By @rachelheldevans (Is she #catholic?) Funny, interesting, informative, engrossing. Changed my view of chocolate. See http://bit.ly/151EiN5
Tale of long term amnesia. Love her style & this book was no diff. HATED the bad choice made by protag. Worth reading if u can handle that.
Linking up with Hallie and everyone else’s 5 Faves this week.
Of the three I’ve read already ~ I agree with your review, I’ll keep my eye for the other two.
I sort-of follow Elizabeth’s arc with Darcy, after Pemberley and learning about his devotion to his sister I started liking him more and more.
I guess he just seemed a little pompous to me, but I understand the appeal: he did a great thing for her family!
1. If you like Philippa Gregory, give The Other Boleyn Girl a read – more frisky business than The Constant Princess but so compelling to read and explains so much about the reasons behind Henry’s break with the Catholic Church. Oh – and the movie doesn’t even begin to do justice to the book. 2. Jane Austen is always a good read but I am not a fan of Mr. Darcy either. I get that some women are drawn to that type but he is a pompous rear-end in my opinion – and nothing like my wonderful husband (swoon)! 3 & 4. Thanks for the recommendations – I will give them a try!! 5. I can’t believe there is a Sophie Kinsella novel I haven’t read yet – I will check this out! Thanks you for su ch a fun & quick 5 Favorites!!
Thanks for your thoughts, Pam! It’s always wonderful to hear what others think about books I’ve read. I feel like it’s rare to get to chat lit with people these days :) I think I am going to stick with Gregory next time I crave a historical fiction book. And, I too have read almost all of Kinsella, but I still need to read Twenties Girl. Part way through it right now.
I read Remember Me a while back…I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite book ever.
Definitely not in “fave book ever” territory, but I might go ahead and say that Kinsella is my fave to read in Summer :)
Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy says
“Changed my view of chocolate:” laughing and nodding at this takeaway from Rachel’s book! (She’s not Catholic.)
I think the cultural infatuation with Mr. Darcy is tied to Colin Firth. See the 1995 version, then judge. :)
I didn’t think she was, but I had to check :) And, I neeeed to see the movie. Any tips for getting a husband to watch it? ;)
Shana Norris (@ShanaGibson) says
Philippa Gregory sure doesn’t read like historical fiction. At least not in the sense that say, Jean Plaidy does when she’s writing about the same era/characters/etc. I agree with Pamela about The Other Boleyn Girl.
I haven’t read any of Jean Plaidy, but if she reads like that, I’m going to have to pass. I didn’t do to well in history class ;)
The Anonymous Blonde says
I have to agree with Anne Bogel. The 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice is a must see! It’s about 6 hours long and is completely faithful to the book except for a scene where Colin Firth goes for a swim in a lake with his clothes on. This incidentally seems to be the scene that is most remembered! My husband watched it with me and actually enjoyed it. I had told him beforehand that Mr. Darcy was my literature dream man so I think he was curious to see what I found so attractive about Mr. Darcy.
I’m an avid reader of Rachel Held Evans’ blog so I can’t wait to read her book.
haha I am just imagining Mike’s face when he finds out it is 6 hours! “Um, you should just watch that on the ipad during nap time.”
Black ' n Write Reviewer says
I have never heard of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, it sounds like a really cool branch off from The Year of Living Biblically.. another title to add to my TBR list :-)
I haven’t read the latter. From what I understand (and I could be totally wrong), but that one sets out to disprove biblical teaching where Rachel’s book strengthens it. I’d be really curious to hear your thoughts on the comparison of the two :)
Black ' n Write Reviewer says
I’ll link you when I decide to read them :)
Awesome! Thanks :)
I loved Remember me!! i want to read Year of Biblical Womanhood too but they don’t carry it at my library, bummer.
Do you have an Amazon Prime account? Maybe you could rent it from there? I haven’t checked, but it’s a possibility :)