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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to read a book each week for the rest of the year. Writing about it will hopefully keep me motivated to read more! Feel free to recommend a book you love!

I’ve been waiting for The Red Queen (part of the Cousin’s War trilogy) because it hasn’t been in stock for a while and it FINALLY came this week. I bought what seemed like the last copy on the shelf, so lucky me! I was excited to start reading it but was already in the middle of The Hunger Games so I decided to put it on hold for just a bit.

I realize that with the movie coming out soon, The Hunger Games is being recommended left and right but I have to say, at the risk of sounding redundant, it is SO worth it. It’s not even just that. This book was probably one of the most exciting reading experiences I’ve ever had since Harry Potter – which says so much because I absolutely fell in love with the entire series. I was so captivated that it was almost physically impossible to stop. I mean, this book has been with me everywhere. Towards the end, it got to the point where I was reading as our car stopped at red lights.

I think what made this book really exciting for me was the fact that my imagination took off in a matter of just a few pages in. It was like being with the characters and feeling the action. I’m looking forward to the movie but have to admit that the trailer didn’t do much for me. I did watch it right after finishing the book, which could be why the impact wasn’t quite as strong. Nonetheless I’m definitely excited to see it and will also be picking up the next two books of the trilogy.

I was actually thinking about whether I should write this since it’s slightly unprecedented for me to finish two books in a week. But I finished The Hunger Games at such an alarming speed, that I actually had time to finish The Red Queen as well. The story line is essentially the same as The White Queen but the War of the Roses is from the view of the House of Lancaster instead of the House of York. (see The White Queen) The main character, Margret Beaufort believes she is chosen by God and is destined to become someone extroardinary. She often compares herself to Joan of Arc and sees visions of her while she prays. However, after her first marriage at 12 and giving birth to a Lancaster heir, she  struggles to take control of her life and have people acknowledge her as more than an ordinary girl. Before reading this, I was so sure that I would remain on the York side and continue to be resentful of the hardship Queen Elizabeth had to endure; yet, I found that I was able to connect much more to Margret in The Red Queen. There was a level of closeness and real empathy which I couldn’t quite reach for the York House.

If anything, both books were amazing, but The Red Queen, was the better book for me. Next on my list, the final book of the Cousin’s War trilogy, The Lady of the Rivers!

What have you been reading? 🙂

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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to read a book each week for the rest of the year. Writing about it will hopefully keep me motivated to read more! Feel free to recommend a book you love!

After coming across several raves about The White Queen, I knew it was a book I had to pick up. To sum up my feelings: I LOVED it.

This book is the first of Philippa Gregory’s trilogy, The Cousin’s War, which covers the War of the Roses (a battle for the throne between the House of York and Lancaster). The White Queen depicts the war from the perspective of the York House.

From the beginning of the book Elizabeth’s strength is obvious and as I continued to read I grew to respect and admire her indomitability; from the moment King Edward IV fell in love and married her, to when she became queen of England, to when she had to make life or death decisions about her children who were in constant danger. Through all the misfortune and hardship she was put through, I definitely formed a strong opinion towards the Lancaster House. And even though I don’t doubt that the next book, The Red Queen, will be just as enjoyable, I find it difficult to believe that I will be able to change my view of the opposite house.

This book is fast-paced, dangerous and kept me on my toes. It would not only greatly appeal to those who are into historical fiction but I would also highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great read. Considering my high expectations, I’m surprised how the book blew me away.

What have you been reading?

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