Monday, February 5, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday!



Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is all about books that have been on my TBR the longest. Yikes. It is almost too scary to think about some of the books languishing there.

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This beast has the honor of being the first book I added to Goodreads. It is the tome of all tomes, and will probably take me the rest of my life to read. I check it out from the library and read as much as I can in three weeks before returning it, because there is ALWAYS a hold on it. So basically, I have been reading this book for three years and am only on page 200.

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I don't know how my library system can have every Feinstein book except this one, but they do and that is sad.

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I may or may not ever get to this one. I don't even know if I am that interested anymore.

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I have enjoyed other books by this author and plan to read this as soon as I can find it.

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Still trying to find this one too. Plus, the author's name is Herwig, so that's pretty cool.

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I really have no excuse with this one because I am pretty sure I bought it at Half Price Books in the last couple months. Or maybe I looked at it, and then did not buy it. Both are legit possibilities.

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I actually checked this one out from the library in the last couple years but could not get into it. I feel like it had more to do with my own reading mood than the book, because the story of Jesse Owens is definitely NOT boring. Will try again soon.

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No excuse for this one either. Should have read it a long time ago.

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Pretty sure I bought this one in one of my spending sprees on Amberley's website in the last few months, but I can't actually remember because I bought SO MANY Elizabeth Norton books.

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I think I finally snagged this one from Half Price Books. Again, not totally sure, which is a good indicator I do in fact have an addiction, since I can not even remember all the books that I buy and cram onto my shelves.

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This one is on my shelf somewhere, I am almost certain. This seems to be a theme among the last few books. It is kind of sad that I can't remember what I only looked at, and what I actually bought.

Let me know if you've read any of these, and leave me a link to your books this week.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

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  1. An impressive list Sarah! :-) Herwig is a pretty cool name.

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    1. Thank you Chrissi! I think for most of these, I am finally going to have to break down and buy them online, if I ever want to read them.

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  2. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is somewhere in my house unread too. Let's hope we both get it read.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2018/02/top-ten-tuesday-books-that-have-been-on.html

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    1. Yes!! At this point I think I will have to purchase it if I ever hope to finish reading it. Good luck to you!

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  3. I thought I'd love Under the Black Flag but I didn't? Although it might have just been me. And I was fascinated with the Trojan War as a kid, so that one might really appeal to me. :)

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    1. I think pirates are pretty neat, subject-wise at least. Not all of them could be as cool as Captain Jack of course. I am really hit or miss with the ancient world some times, but the Trojan War and helen of Troy are endlessly fascinating to me.

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    2. Yeah I love pirates, and find their histories fascinating, so it kind of baffled me that I didn't get into that one more.

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    3. Maybe you were in a reading funk and didn't now it! Or it just was not the time for you to be reading it - who knows. I am a little worried to start it now because I have heard a similar statement from others about the book as well!

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  4. No lie - I may have flinched quite a bit when I scrolled down and saw that first book pop up Haha.

    Totally love the Tudor books. I have a ton that are centred around that family and that period of time too.

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    1. Oh no, that was not my intention! I started with that one because it has been on my TBR the longest and I am pretty sure I will never actually finish it unless I buy it myself. It is the definite account of the period, but I also discovered once I had my baby, I could not stomach what I used to be able to read about before.

      The Tudors were my first history-love, and then I discovered the Plantagenets. Now my interest in UK history spans from the first people up through around 1603, give or take a few years. Sometimes James is interesting and sometimes he isn't. I have not yet figured out why!

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  5. I had to laugh at your experience with the Rise and Fall book! Who knows where you’ll be next year! 😀

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    1. I laugh at it myself! I think at some point I will have to buy the book instead of repeatedly checking it out and making minimal progress because it is already on hold for someone else a few days later. I will definitely keep track of my progress on that one - it is my Everest!

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  6. I haven't heard of any of these books, but they sound interesting! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT !

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Thanks for coming by and sharing your list too, I'll be sure to check it out. Happy Reading!

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  7. I've read the Anne Boleyn one but I can't recall much about it. I read it when I first got into the Tudors so I never knew if the facts in it were correct or not and now I can't remember anything about it!

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    1. I will be sure to write a very details review to jog your memory! I remember that feeling with some of the first books I read about the Tudors (I used to really like Alison Weir. Now I am like, um...where are your sources?) and Plantagenets. Now I feel marginally educated about them and can point out a few inaccuracies.

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  8. The Henry the Eighth wives books are lovely. :)

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    1. Agreed, I like when historians choose to look at one wife at a time instead of lumping them all together. They each deserve their own moment in the spotlight.

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  9. I had the same reaction to the first book on this list, Ceri.

    I read part of Under the Black Flag a few months ago. I hope you like it.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Did you not like the book and that is why you only read some of it? Another blogger commented that he did not really like it either, so now I am worried. Pirates are supposed to be interesting, I don't want to be bored!

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  10. Wow, this looks like some heavy reading. I hope you make time for this and find them all very interesting!

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    1. Thank you Barb! I hope to get to them at some point, they've been on the TBR for too long. The one about the Third Reich is the definitive account and one I feel like everyone should read, but shoot, it is a beast of a book! I will probably end up buying it, so I don't have to continue competing with other library patrons to get to it.

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  11. I think I've tried that Mary Tudor book -- or it may have been another one. I was just then starting to view Katherine of Aragon and her daughter in more sympathetic turns, after freeing myself a lifetime of Boleyn propaganda. ;)

    The Nazi Olympics sounds interesting...wasn't reviving the contests their idea? They had an interesting relationship with the past, wanting to build buildings that would make for good ruins, and shamelessly borrowing ancient things to give themselves power. They ruined swastikas, but happily not the Olympics.

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    1. YES! It IS Boleyn Propaganda! Catherine has always been my favorite queen and I always felt so terribly for Mary. Who knows how differently her own reign could have been had she not be subjected to such treatment during her formative years.

      The first modern Olympics was held in 1896, so I am not sure of Germany's connection but they definitely had a yen for taking things that did not belong to them!

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  12. Well, I haven't read any of this or even heard of these. But definitely this looks like an impressive list. I hope you can find some time to read these :)

    My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/02/netgalley-arcs-tbr-longest-still-havent-read/

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    1. Thank you, I hope so too. I think everyone should read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It is far too important and traumatic to ever let it happen again. Thanks for coming by!

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  13. You've got some great books on here. I may have to add a few to my TBR pile!

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    1. Thanks Michael, and thank you for coming by. If you get a chance to read any of them, let me know what you think!

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  14. I like the fact that I often go to be a kindle book and find I've already purchased it and just haven't gotten to it yet. Saves the trouble of buying it twice but it's also embarrassing! I love the last one. There must be enough Tudor and Plantaganet fiction to keep one supplied for years!

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    1. YES!! Thank goodness for that Kindle feature or I would have a lot of duplicates!

      I'm not sure about Tudor fiction, but there is definitely tons and tons and tons of non-fiction to keep me busy!

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  15. I read some of 'Rise & Fall' in school for a History project. I have the Kagan book in a pile of other Greek & Roman books which I mean to get around to.... Black Flag has shown up on various searches but haven't succumbed to it yet.... The Jesse Owens book is on my Amazon Wish List after seeing the movie of his life: 'Race' which is very good.... I do have a couple of Tudor books - but none of those listed.

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    1. Somehow it does not surprise me that we have books in common, and if not the books, then at least the subject matter!

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    1. Hey Tiffany, thanks for coming by! I pretty much read non-fiction almost exclusively so a lot of the time that means serious stuff - but I wouldn't have it any other way. Happy Reading!

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  17. I've been wanting to read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, but there is also a large hold list at my library. Maybe I'll check if it's available on audio. Great list of books. :)

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    1. Audio is def a good idea. And it might be a lot faster than my snail pace! I've held off even requesting it for a while now, over two years, since I have a lot of other stuff going on with galleys and author requests and my own writing project. Some day we will both finish that book!

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  18. I read a few chapter of The Peloponnesian war in high-school, and I found it fascinating. Will definitely pick it up again at one point. Good luck with your reading!

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. Thank you so much Georgiana, good luck to you as well and happy reading!

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  19. I have to admire your dedication on the First Reich book! I admit I would have given up on it months ago

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    1. Exactly! I think the reason I've not given up on it is because it is THE definitive account of the era. I feel like I must read it, and pretty much everyone else should too. Too bad everyone here is trying to read it at the same time as I am!

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