Books that I have finished this year, will come after a number. Books I started reading, but didn’t finish, will come after a symbol (8, #, ?, !, etc.). My goal for this year is to have finished 31 books by Dec. 31st, 2014. My goal last year was 52. I think I finished… 18? So 31 it is!
0.5 Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty by Elizabeth Norton. I read the first half of this book in 2012 which is why I numbered it 0.5. Felt guilty giving it a whole number.
Margaret Beaufort is a very interesting person and it was nice to read a book where she was the main subject. The writing was decent and at times it felt like I got a glimpse of Margaret’s personality. For such a short book, there were way too many quotes and passages and paragraphs and pages from original source material. I understand that it is important, even nice, to see someone’s thoughts in their own words, but it shouldn’t take up half of the pages in someone else’s book. I couldn’t tell if it made the author and/or editor come off as lazy, too zealous, rushed or all of the above and possibly more. It also made it confusing as to what type of book this is supposed to be. I don’t know what the intended audience is supposed to be.
I just started reading Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood. Margaret is one of the seven or so women that this book is about. I don’t normally read two similar books back to back like this, but I’m curious. Maybe it’s something I’ll start doing more often or never again.