11/13/14

Arabian Nights



This book was a group read for the entire year.  I finished a few weeks early.

I can honestly say that I have read [The Arabian Nights].  I'm sure that at the time of publication the stories were fascinating, however, in this day and age when many of the individual tales have been adapted to the silver screen, the stories have lost their luster.  Some I had never heard before, others far too many times.

 ★★★

GENRE: Historical Fiction
SUBJECT: morality tales
Setting: Baghdad, Middle East
CHARACTERS: Scheherazade, Sinbad, Ali Baba
DATE READ: January 15 - November 13
NO. OF PAGES: 765
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile

11/12/14

The Queen of Four Kingdoms by HRH Princess Michael of Kent



Yolande d'Aragon, after waiting 9 years for her betrothed, wed Louis II d'Anjou and supposedly ended the conflict over the succession to the kingdoms of Naples, Sicily, and Jerusalem.  Their marriage, which turned into a love match, produced 5 children but more importantly, help to maintain the French monarchy at the time of the Hundred Years War with England.

Yolande (Duchess of Anjou, Countess of Maine, Countess of Provence and Forcalquier,  Countess of Piedmont, and Titular Queen Consort of Naples, Sicily, and Jerusalem) utilized diplomacy and cunning in support of the French helping to unite the French factions of Burgundy and Armagnacs so that together they could defeat the English.  Yolande as regent in Anjou, lent their army of support Jeanne d'Arc and  edventually see the Dauphin crowned.

I have always had a fascination with royalty but usually I tend toward British. This is my first look into the French side and I found it completely captivating.

★★★★

GENRE: Historical Fiction
SUBJECT: Yolande d'Aragon
Setting: France, Anjou, Provence
CHARACTERS: Yolande d'Aragon, Louis II d'Anjou, Charles VII of France, Jeanne d'Arc
DATE READ: October 26 - November 12
NO. OF PAGES: 443
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: LT ER

11/11/14

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin



Being a baseball fan as well, it was great to see this side of such a great writer.
The stories brought back memories of my childhood - the disappointments as well as victories.

★★★¼

GENRE: Memoir
SUBJECT: baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers
Setting: Brooklyn, NY
CHARACTERS: Doris Kearns, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges
DATE READ: November 1 - November 10
NO. OF PAGES: 276
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: Audio stockpile

11/4/14

The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum


Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's farm is going to foreclosure so Dorothy has  Ozma transport them all to Oz.

Dorothy takes her relarives on a tour of the different regions and they meet Rigamaroles, Flutterbudgets, and other interesting creatures.  Meantime, the Nome King has decided that he wants his Magic Belt back and drafts a new general to recruit help from the Whimsies, Growley Wogs, and the Phanfasms.

Fun story with a really cute ending.

 ★★★½

GENRE: Classic
SUBJECT: revenge, relocation
Setting: Oz
CHARACTERS: Dorothy, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Ozma, Nome King
DATE READ: October 31 - November 3
NO. OF PAGES: 111
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: Nook stockpile

10/31/14

The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 by Evan Thomas


This book delves into the interactions of Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge vs. William Randolph Hearst and their viewpoints about the Americans' need to go to war against Spain in the late 19th century.

Factual but hard to get into.

 ★★★

GENRE: History
SUBJECT: Spanish American war, politics
Setting: USA
CHARACTERS: Teddy Roosevelt, William Randolph Hearst, Henry Cabot Lodge
DATE READ: October 21 - October 30
NO. OF PAGES: 413
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: public library