2014 Reading List

  1. Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
  2. The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
  4. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
  5. Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austin
  6. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austin
  7. The Help- Kathryn Stockett
  8. The Glass Castle- Jeanette Walls
  9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s- Truman Capote
  10. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. Nice is just a place in France
  12. Girls in White Dresses- Jennifer Cole

Philippa Gregory- Author

I absolutely love the author Philippa Gregory and all of the books she writes. All of her books are historical fiction stories about the past kings and queens of England. Call me a nerd but I love reading books about history, especially when they include prince and princesses!!

Some of my favorite books by Philippa are:

The Other Boleyn Girl

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Mary Boleyn catches the eye of Henry VIII when she comes to court as a girl of fourteen. Dazzled by the golden prince, Mary’s joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family. When the capricious king’s interest wanes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister Anne. Anne soon becomes irresistible to Henry, and Mary can do nothing but watch her sister’s rise. Anne stops at nothing to achieve her own ambition. From now on, Mary will be no more than the other Boleyn girl. But beyond the court is a man who dares to challenge the power of her family to offer Mary a life of freedom and passion. If only she has the courage to break away – before the Boleyn enemies turn on her.

Read more at: http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-other-boleyn-girl/
Source: Philippa Gregory

The Boleyn Inheritance 

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The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful of the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves. She has her own good reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father, in a country where to her both language and habits are foreign. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she senses a trap closing around her. Katherine Howard is confident that she can follow in the steps of her cousin Anne Boleyn to dazzle her way to the throne but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn, haunted by the past, knows that Anne’s path led to Tower Green and to an adulterer’s death. The story of these three young women, trying to make their own way through the most volatile court in Europe at a time of religious upheaval and political uncertainty, is Philippa Gregory’s most compelling novel yet.

Read more at: http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-boleyn-inheritance/
Source: Philippa Gregory

The Virgin’s Lover

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As a new queen, Elizabeth I faces two great dangers. The French threaten to invade Scotland. But more perilous still is her passion for the convicted traitor, Robert Dudley. Dudley is already married. Amy, his wife, refuses to set her beloved husband free to marry the queen, but she cannot prevent him from becoming the favourite of the plotting, pleasure-seeking court. Yet the queen must marry. Her wisest councillor, William Cecil, knows it must be for policy, not for passion; meanwhile, Elizabeth’s uncle hates Dudley and swears he will murder him rather than have him as part of the royal family. Behind the triangle of loves, the factions take up their places: the Protestants, the priests, the assassins, the diplomats and the moneymakers. Then, someone acts in secret, and for Elizabeth, Dudley and the emerging kingdom, nothing will be as planned.

Read more at: http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-virgin-s-lover/
Source: Philippa Gregory

The Queen’s Fool

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At a time when an innocent woman could be burned for heresy or strangled for witchcraft, to spy on the queen for the love of a traitor was the most dangerous choice of all. Into a Tudor court on the brink of treason comes Hannah, a young Jewish girl on the run from the Inquisition. Sworn into the service of a handsome Robert Dudley, he sends her as a Holy Fool to spy on Princess Mary Tudor, the forgotten heir to King Edward’s throne. Instead of the tyrant of popular legend, Hannah finds a woman waiting for her chance and only wanting the best for the kingdom – while her sister Elizabeth waits to take advantage of any mistakes, and longs for her death. Caught in the lifelong enmity between the rival daughters of Henry VIII, torn between her infatuation with Dudley and duty to her family, thrilled by her own rare gifts, but scared of the unknown, Hannah must find a safe way through dangerous times. Times in which she is both key witness and key player, when the wrong religion is a death sentence, science and magic are one, and true love can mean death.

Read more at: http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-queen-s-fool
Source: Philippa Gregory

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