This month, I have picked my three current reads, and one new read for my TBR!
She-Wolves – Helen Castor
IN MEDIEVAL ENGLAND, MAN WAS THE RULER OF WOMAN, AND THE KING WAS THE RULER OF ALL. HOW, THEN, COULD ROYAL POWER LIE IN FEMALE HANDS?
In SHE-WOLVES, celebrated historian Helen Castor tells the dramatic and fascinating stories of four exceptional women who, while never reigning monarchs, held great power: Matilda, Eleanor or Aquitane, Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou. These were the women who paved the way for Jane Grey, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I – the Tudor queens who finally confirmed what it meant to be a female monarch.
Average Goodreads rating: 4.01⭐
El Libro de Arena – Jorge Luis Borges
“He told me that his book was called The Book of Sand, because neither the book nor the sand has a start or finish.”
The first of the reunited tales here takes up the double theme: the protagonists of “The Other” are different enough to be two and are similar enough to be one. “Ulrica” is the story of an ephermal love. “The Congress” describes a business so big that it’s confused with the cosmos and with the sum of the days “Undr” and “The Mirror and the Mask” are stories about secular literature that consist of a single word, whilst other parts imagine inconcievable objects like a book with infinite pages; an unpredictable volume, and at the same time monstrous: The Book of Sand.
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.13⭐
Harry Potter y la Cámara Secreta – JK Rowling
“There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.”
HARRY POTTER’S summer has included the WORST birthday ever, DOOMY warnings from a HOUSE-ELF called Dobby, and RESCUE from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical FLYING car! Back at HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY for his second year, Harry hears strange WHISPERS echo through emty corridors – and then the ATTACKS start. Students are found as though turned to stone . . . Dobb’s SINISTER predictions seem to be coming TRUE.
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.43⭐
The New Spaniards – John Hooper
Modern-day Spain has changed at bewildering speed. John Hooper’s masterly portrayal of the country and its people, revised and updated, explores the causes behind these changes, focusing on everything from crime to immigration and from gambling to sexual mores. It is the essential guide to twenty-first-century Spain.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.86⭐
Have you decided what books you’re reading this month? Do you plan your reading in advance? Or do you just choose your next book as you go along? Do you have any ideas of what I might be preparing for? Let me know in the comments!
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