Book Posts Last Week

Blood Colony – The blood of immortals is being used to heal diseases and some people will go to great lengths to stop it.

Service Included – Find out what it takes to be a waiter in a top restaurant

5 Books for My Vegetarian Soul – Sometimes reading food books by carnivores is just too much for me.

March In Review

I was in a bit of a reading slump in March.  Actually, I read a lot but I wasn’t finishing a lot of books.  I finished 10 books.

  • 4 were nonfiction and 6 were fiction
  • 3 were audiobooks
  • Besides the U.S., they were set in Spain, Ethiopia and Sweden, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Hong Kong, and North Korea
  • The authors were 3 white women, 2 black women, 1 black man, 1 Hispanic man, 1 Chinese man,  and 2 Chinese women.

Reading This Week

Listening to:
Written in Red (The Others, #1)Written in Red by Anne Bishop

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.” From Goodreads

A book about a werewolf who runs a bookstore? I’m in.

Reading This Week

Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen VictoriaBorn to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria by Julia P. Gelardi

“Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule is the powerful epic story of five royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who reigned over the end of their empires, the destruction of their families, and the tumult of the twentieth century

Here are the stories of Alexandra, whose faith in Rasputin and tragic end have become the stuff of legend; Marie, the flamboyant and eccentric queen who battled her way through a life of intrigues and was also the mother of two Balkan queens and of the scandalous Carol II of Romania; Victoria Eugenie, Spain’s very English queen who, like Alexandra, introduced hemophilia into her husband’s family—with devastating consequences for her marriage; Maud, King Edward VII’s daughter, who was independent Norway’s reluctant queen; and Sophie, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s much maligned sister, daughter of an emperor and herself the mother of no less than three kings and a queen, who ended her days in bitter exile.

Using never before published letters, memoirs, diplomatic documents, secondary sources, and interviews with descendents of the subjects, Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule is an astonishing and memorable work of popular history.” From Goodreads

I’m really interested in this topic but so far the format of the book is sort of confusing. I hope it settles down so I can get drawn into it.