Bermudaonion does it I have no idea! She remains the QUEEN of COMMENTING for sure!) and writing on Book Blab here.
From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.
I have one thing to say about that blurb: Yu...mmy.
Next is A LION AMONG MEN by Gregory Maguire
This is the next in the trilogy for his Oz series. I started this one over the holidays and it proves to be as weird and groovy as the last two. I only JUST started it, though, and as is the way with most of his books it takes a good chunk of the book to get me really hooked, so I'll keep you posted. Basically this is the life story of the Cowardly lion of the Wizard of Oz story.
And on to: PIRATE LATITUDES by Michael Crichton
I have to preface this by saying that I have never in my life... ever... read anything by Michael Crichton. Yes, I have seen the Jurassic movies, and that's about it. But there is something about Pirates, and the sea. I just LOVE to read about them! In fact, if any of you reading this right now have any recommendations for any sea faring type books set in the piraty type era I would be much appreciated. For example one of my all time favourite books I discovered last spring by total fluke was John Boyne's Mutiny on the Bounty.
ANYway, I don't know much about this one other than this manuscript was found among his belongings after his death, and from what I have heard about it, it's pretty good.
Here is the blurb from Amazon.ca:
The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Devoid of London's luxuries, Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate, life can end swiftly by dysentery--or dagger. But for a daring soul like Captain Charles Hunter, this wild outpost in the New World can also lead to great fortune, if he abides by the island's code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.
Word in port is that the Spanish galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in nearby Matanceros. Heavily fortified, the impregnable Spanish harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of King Philip IV. With the Jamaican governor's backing, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer the galleon and its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of Matanceros legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he makes it onto the island's shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure.
With the help of his cunning band, Hunter hijacks El Trinidad and escapes the deadly clutches of Cazalla, leaving plenty of carnage in his wake. But the danger--and adventure--are only just beginning. . .
And last but by no means least is the brand spankin' new cookbook by Ree Drummond from Pioneer Woman who I have loved since she launched her little wee blog two and a half years ago. This wee blog grew to the mammoth it is today (and I know you bloggers reading this will appreciate this stat) which has an AVERAGE OF 33 MILLION HITS EVERY SINGLE MONTH. Thaaaaaat's right. She is the little blogger that could. What started out as blog like we all have, to share her thoughts and a few recipes with a few family members, exploded into the juggernaut that it is today from her post on how to cook a steak. But it wasn't just that, the appeal about Ree is she is just like us, her blog is written in the funniest best voice E-V-E-R, and you will find yourself reading every little scrap she has on there, just because she is so damn charming and funny. Her cookbook is just like her blog, very charming and cute. I have only one small bone to pick with it though, I in no shape or form needed a recipe for egg in the hole. I just don't need to read how to cut a hole in a piece a bread and fry an egg in said hole. Don't need that. And I also don't need a recipe on how to mash potatoes. I mean puh- leeeze. Otherwise it is pretty good. But all of her recipes are available on her site FOR FREE, so in hind site I guess I didn't really need the book, but I am totally happy my hubby bought it for me. It is beautiful, and I look at it every night in bed and dream about all of the yummy things I'm going to make with it.
So, that was my Christmas booty! Not to mention my ACTUAL booty has grown about a size and a half due to the holidays, but I'm not going to cry about it. I'm totally not. Really.
We were at the library today and I aquired a copy of "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater (how much do I love that woman's last name? Go 'head, ask me.) which I have been in line to get for ages so I'll be reading that along with "Lament" (and OH MY GOD I literally JUST discovered as I opened another page to google the author of this one to type in here, and it is MAGGIE STIEFVATER! I had no idea! Okay, she may just be my new favourite YA author. I'm just sayin'.) by Maggie Stiefvater.
What was YOUR holiday booty???
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