Reading Roundup | March 2016

I had a nice well-rounded month of reading. I read a few novels, finally finished Better Than Beforeand read a very insightful non-fiction book.

reading roundup march 2016

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

I actually read this last month for Bonnie’s February Book Club. It is about an old man named Ove, who is very grumpy after his wife dies of cancer. At the book club, we kind of agreed that he was like Carl from Disney’s Up. I didn’t like him at all. He was grumpy, judgmental, and a bit of a stick in the mud. I did begin to feel sorry for him and like his back story a bit as we got to know him more and more. However, I would have loved to have known more about his wife. The ending wrapped up all nice and sweet and perfectly, and I thought it was ok. We don’t always have to have a tragic ending or one that ends with a bang. But, you do have to be in a good mood to read it since Ove is rarely in a good mood.

Rival to the Queen by Carolly Erickson

The author has spent a lot of time devoted to researching the Tudor era and has written a lot of history books, as well as historical fiction, on the subject, so she definitely knew her material. (I hope to be the same way eventually one day.) It is about Lettice Knollys, “cousin” to Elizabeth I. Elizabeth’s mom, Anne Boleyn, was famous for her marriage to Henry VIII after he divorced his first wife and left the Catholic Church. Well, not many people realize that she had a sister named Mary Boleyn, who was the king’s mistress. There is a known bastard son between them, but it is hinted that Lettice is also Henry VIII’s granddaughter through Mary Boleyn. In this novel, Lettice is more beautiful than Elizabeth, and she is always jealous, especially when Robert Dudley (whom historians love to analyze Elizabeth and Dudley’s “affair”) marries Lettice.

Obviously, I was enraptured by the story, loving the Tudor era as I do. However, I didn’t like how the author described Elizabeth. I know Elizabeth had her own personality issues, but she was described as a flighty, mentally ill woman, whereas I believe she used her “womanly wiles” with purpose during her reign. It was also a little boring at some times, being more historic than novel. But, I really liked the plot and story itself.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Check here for the full review!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. That’s a great list of books! I really enjoyed “Quiet” (for the most part) and I checked out “Better than Before” from the library this week. I am trying to finish up “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett before moving on to Louise Penny’s third book in the Inspector Gamache series. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

    1. Quiet was pretty good…make sure you check today’s (Thurs, Mar 31st) post–it’s a full review on Quiet.
      Better Than Before is good–make sure you have a notebook ready for notes!

    1. It’s a good one! I loved The Other Boleyn Girl…Phillipa Gregory is the author and she’s one of my favorite historical fiction authors.

  2. It’s so nice to meet you, Taylor, and to connect through our mutual love of books! 🙂
    I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing The Flavors Of Ireland last month and loved it!
    Your featured book, Quiet, caught my eye – I will have to check out your review!

    Followed you on Twitter and invite you to connect!

    I host a month-long party called The Book Nook – please stop by to check out my Book Of The Month, join our featured activities, and share your favorite books with us!

    Happy April to you! 🙂

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