Once again TTT is here, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is 'Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR' and boy, do I have some good ones. Thanks to Amberley Publishing and their amazing/ridiculous sales, I keep finding books that I can't pass up. Seriously. It's like their Black Friday 30%-off-the-entire-site sale was just for me. My entire list is comprised of books from my most recent Amberley order. There are worse things to be addicted to.
Here are my picks, in no particular order:
1. There are few atrocities that Henry VIII committed during his reign that were as cruel and vile as Margaret Pole's imprisonment and execution. I, however unfortunately, already know that story and am interested in her life and want to learn as much as I can about the one woman who frightened Henry so much, he had her murdered to be rid of her.
2. I absolutely love any and everything having to do with King Arthur - insomuch as trying to determine whether he was actually a king who ruled, or nothing more than a mish-mash of several rulers, or pure fantasy. I think I enjoy the what-ifs the most, though in all likelihood he did not exist in the way we think of him today.
3. I am so excited for this one. I love reading about the places that these fascinating people spent their time, and I can't wait for this one to arrive. I myself am trying to do something in a similar vein for Eleanor of Aquitaine, though you can imagine it is a bit trickier going back 900 years than 500.
4. EEEEEK! Another one I can not wait for - that Bess of Hardwick sure was an instigator. This one won't actually be out until May, but it counts for my winter TBR because I have pre-ordered it.
5. Another that I am not-so-patiently waiting for. The origins of the Tudor line never cease to amaze me. Just imagine, had Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois never had children, what would the UK look like today?
6. Another one that I am EEEEKed about. I know very little about Anne, but plenty about her husband and brother-in-law. And I did not realize until now that she did in fact serve all six queens during Henry's reign. I'm quite interested in finding out more about her.
7. A pattern is quickly developing, isn't it? Nearly every book on my winter TBR involves the Tudors somehow. This is yet another I have ordered and am waiting to get my hands on. Arbella's story is such a sad one, I am thankful every single day that I was not in any way, shape, or form connected to the royal family, regardless of which dynasty was in power. So much tragedy for so many.
8. I was pretty much sold on this one the moment I read the phrase 'the Medieval Boudicca'. Plus, she's the daughter of my fave king (Alfred the Great). Heck yes, I'll take a copy ASAP.
9. I almost bought this one so many times with Amberley's previous sales but am glad I waited for the 30% off. You can't really turn down hardcovers for that price, as long as you pretend that the £ is equal to the $. Which I never do.
10. I truly love Scotland best of all the countries I have visited. I've really got quite a soft spot in my heart for Mary. She never stood a chance once she left France. She trusted the wrong people and in the end had nothing to lose as plots against Elizabeth began unfolding. Seeing as how she had been held prisoner for so long, it is easy to see why she would risk her life; one way or another, she was going to be free.
Let me know what you think of my Amberley-sponsored (joking) Winter TBR picks and I'll be sure to do the same for you.