September/October 2016 Book Shelf

Apologies for the delay in posting my most recent reading list. I slightly fell off the reading wagon in September so I thought it better to wait until I had a longer list to display.

Here is what has been occupying my brain for the last two months:

How To Be a Tudor by Ruth GoodmanHow to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman

I’ve been a huge fan of historian Ruth Goodman since watching her on the BBC series, Wartime Farm. When I heard she had written a book on Tudor life I was beyond excited to read it. It was wonderfully refreshing to read a well cited historical book dealing with the day to day life of everyday people – and one that was not just focused primarily on the monarchy and the filthy rich. While this book is incredibly detailed, it highlights the wills and bequeaths from all levels of social standing and how they shaped Tudor life. A must-read for any British history buff!

Ghostly by Audrey NiffeneggerGhostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Audrey Niffenegger

This was an okay but definitely not an edge of your seat, sleep with the covers over your head, kind of read. It was filled more with obscure tales that were personally chosen by the author. While some were much better then others, overall, it wasn’t what I expected.

One Story, One Song by Richard WagameseOne Story, One Song by Richard Wagamese

Do your soul a favour and read this book – or any other of Richard Wagamese’s works. He is my go to storyteller when I need a reminder of what is really important in life. Simply put, his words are an anchor for a busy, overworked existence.

You Learn by Living by Eleanor RooseveltYou Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life by Eleanor Roosevelt

While this book is a bit outdated in its wording and examples, the lessons within are timeless. Of particular note were the last two chapters which dealt specifically with voting and being a positive public servant. Given all the craziness that is going on with the current U.S. election, I think each are of significant importance for potential voters to review – especially considering they come from the mind of an experienced and cherished former first lady.

Tudors by Peter AckroydTudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd

I listened to this as an audio-book – all 19 hours of it. Having studied and been fascinated by the Tudor period for many years, I was astounded at how much I did NOT know. This detailed historical account filled in so many blanks, not to mentioned helped explain the background to many significant points during the Tudor reign. Very interesting read!

Happy Reading!

Erica 🙂


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