Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by and giving me a look. I’ve been going back and forth on starting a blog for the longest time. I kept telling myself no one is going to read this. There are a ton of bloggers out there that are probably way more intresting than myself. I decideded to just go for it. Even if I just have one or two readers. I love talking about the books I’m reading or have read and frankly I think my husband is getting tired of listening to me, even if he doesn’t say it. I have been a reader for as long as I can remeber, probably 30 years now. I like to explore different genres. Just to give you a little background on me I’m going to list some of my favorites below.
Author(s): Stephen King and Louisa May Alcott have been my top favotire authors for 15+ years. As of recently I have fallen in love with Cassandra Clare, Melissa Landers and Marissa Meyer.
Book(s): Thinner and Misery by Stephen King and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Series: The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Lunar Chronicles
Character(s): Magnus Bane, Sirius Black
Genre(s): YA, Middle Grade, Adult, True Crime, Horror, I pretty much read anything as long as its good.
Movie(s): The Goonies and Spaceballs and of course all the Harry Potter movies
So I watched History Channel’s Knightfall. I have been interested in the Knights Templar and I got excited when this show was about them. As someone who is a history junkie it can be difficult to watch historical fiction shows sometimes. So let’s get into my thoughts. I will start with my likes…
I love the drama in the show. The story line was well done and I didn’t get lost. There is a romance story line but it did not take over the story. It was woven in perfectly. The action scenes were amazing. Not too bloody but a perfect example of how battles were faught in that time period. I don’t know much about the Knights Templar yet so I don’t know how accurate they were with some things. But I do know that this actual story line is fictionalized. Some of the Knights Templar characters might have been real people but their story line is fiction. Which they do state before each episode begins. I do plan on reading some books I own and learn more about them. I will talk about those books at the end of this blog. As for the story line of Joan I of Navarre, wife of King Philip IV of France, there is not much known about her. I don’t think she would have cheated on the King but who knows. I could be wrong. But in any case I think they did alright with her. She died at a very young age, mid 30s, but it’s not known how exactly she died. Some same childbirth and some speculate that her husband, King Philip IV, killed her. I like how they ended her in the show.
Now for my dislikes…..
Ugh once again they screw up history. Yes I know this show was fictionalized but…..you can still get a good story line by sticking to the facts. Princess Isabella, daughter of Philip IV and Joan, was done so wrong. They really fictionalized her story line. She never intended to marry Louis, they have her way older than she was when she did marry. She was 12 years old when she was sent to England to marry Edward
II, son of King Edward I. There was already enough drama and good story line in the show that they could have left her more historically accurate.
All in all I did enjoy the show. While it’s hard to look past historical inaccuracies due to me being a history nerd, I am looking forward to season 2. Well done History Channel! You didn’t fuck up too bad 😂😂😂😂
Here are two books I own that are about the Knights Templar
During the Reign of Terror, Jean-Baptiste Carrier, a member of the Revolutionary Tribunal, was sent to Nantes to suppress a revolt by anti-revolutionaries. Later, in his capacity as the représentant en mission, Carrier set up what was called the “Legion of Marat.” The Legion of Marat was composed of soldiers who received “ten livres a day.” Their job was to watch the inhabitants of Nantes and give mandates of arrest against persons they suspected of being disloyal to the revolution. Moreover, the soldiers could search any suspect’s house and request doors be broken down if inhabitants did not willing open them.
In addition to the Legion of Marat, Carrier was responsible to set up
a tribunal and conduct “fair” trials for the accused. Once prisoners
were found guilty, the Legion of Marat was responsible to quickly
dispose of the guilty. But because so many prisoners were found guilty,
Carrier invented a variety of disposal methods. Among the disposal
methods was a firing squad where the condemned were lined up and shot
one by one. However, there were other extremely torturous ways to
One of Carrier’s most unpleasant and sadistic execution methods was mass drownings (noyades),
which Carrier and his minions nicknamed “immersions,” “bathing
parties,” or “national baptisms.” The first mass of drownings involved
Catholic priests, called the “refractory clergy.” The priests had been
arrested and held at Saint-Clément Convent before being transferred to
Nantes. On the evening of 16 November 1793, a special customized barge
was taken to the docks and ninety condemned priests ordered to be
drowned at once. The barges were railed off so that the condemned
priests could not jump overboard. When the barge was “at a certain
distance, valves in the sides of the vessel were opened, and … [the
If the drownings were not dramatic enough, “boats with guards
followed in the wake of the ship, and whenever a priest appeared
struggling with the waves, he became a target for ball practise.”
Despite the guards best efforts to kill the priests, however, three
escaped. The three priests were rescued by sailors, but the sailors were
forced to return the priests to Carrier. The next night the three
priests were taken with more priests and drown. After the drownings, a
great feast “costing forty thousand livres” was held on the barge.
Someone reported that Carrier celebrated by toasting “in the very boat,
used for the drowning of the unhappy victims.”
This was the first wave in a series of executions that continued
until February 1794. However, it was not just priests that Carrier
executed in Nantes: Old men, pregnant women, and young children were
killed. No one was safe, as every age, every sex, and every class of
people were drowned and done so without distinction. Moreover, it was
said of Carrier that he did his work so well, “the Loire was poisoned by
corpses, that its use for drinking and cooking was prohibited.”
Sometimes Carrier’s drownings also had a sexual component. For
instance, at first, people were drowned in their clothes until one day
Carrier announced something new called “Republican marriages.” Republican marriages were celebrated in the following way:
“[It involved] stripping boys and girls, then lashing them together
face to face, and … turning them round in a most ingenious sort of waltz
to national music, until they reached the river or field of execution,
where they were either cast into the Loire, or massacred by a detachment
of the armée Revolutionnaire.”
A gunner named Wailly was aboard La Samaritain when he and his
friends witnessed some of the drownings at Nantes. Wailly left a
first-person account. He claimed he witnessed “the most horrible
carnage” and heard the most “horrible cries.” He also noted that after
people’s deaths, those that perished became prey to their executioners.
The dead were stripped of “their clothes, their jewelry, their
assignats,” and everything sold to the highest bidder.
Accounts of the number of victims at Nantes varies. However, according to the journalist and historian, Louis-Marie Prudhomme, the victims under Carrier amounted to 32,000. He provided a partial breakdown, which is shown in the table below and lists how 10,244 victims were executed:
The residents of Nantes watched as their friends, neighbors, and relatives were caught up in Carrier’s net. Finally, they began to turn against him, but about this same time, Carrier was recalled to Paris. A few month’s later Robespierre fell from power, and a critical look at Carrier’s conduct in Nantes began. At the same time, prisoners Carrier had brought to Paris from Nantes were examined, acquitted, and released. This lead to further indignation and denunciations against Carrier and his actions at Nantes.
On 3 September 1794 justice was finally served against Carrier. He
was arrested for his iniquities at Nantes, and all sorts of accusations
of inhumanity were leveled against him. Carrier was as unemotional as he
had been vigorous in drowning those resistant to the revolution in
Nantes. He brazenly denounced the accusations saying:
“I took but little share in the policing of Nantes; I was only there
in passing … Hence I have little information to offer … I know little or
nothing of the accused.”
The jury thought otherwise and voted unanimously for his execution. He was guillotined on 16 December 1794.
I just finished the second season the the Netflix show The Crown. I started out loving the show. I enjoyed the show throughout both seasons. Learned a few things I didn’t know before watching the show. I did google some things to make sure Hollywood wasn’t stretching things or adding things for ratings.
For starters I had NO idea that Queen Elizabeth II’s Uncle, Edward VIII, visited Hitler and a training camp for Nazis. I need to read a lot more about him and this to know if he was always a Nazi/Hitler supporter or if it was just because he wanted peace to remain between the two countries.
Next up is Prince Philip and his family. I had no clue that his sister, Cecilie, and her husband had joined the Nazi party. Nor did I know that Philip was raised by them in Germany. I want to read more about this as well. I do get the feeling that Philip was NEVER a supporter of anything Nazi or Hitler related. He did join the Royal Navy not long after the death of his sister.
Towards the end of season 2 I started to feel guilty for watching the show. It was strange. I know Elizabeth and Philip had problems in their marriage, just like all marriages. I also know Hollywood probably made it seem way worse than it was but at the same time I feel like it was digging to much into their personal lives just for ratings. All of this makes sense in my head and I am trying to get it to make sense in this blog. Let me try…….
I recently watched the first 2 seasons the the show Victoria which is about the life of Queen Victoria. I did not feel guilty watching that show as it dove into her personal life because well…she’s dead and has been since 1901. So I feel like enough time has passed. It’s history. Queen Elizabeth II and Philip are still very much alive and in the public eye. I am sure they didn’t ask for their personal matters to be made into a TV show. I am not saying the show should not have been made. There are a lot of interesting things to learn. I just think they may have taken it a little too far, too deep on the areas of their marriage and allegations of cheating. There is ABSOLUTELY NO proof Philip cheated on Elizabeth and frankly if he did it is NONE of our damn business.
I hope that made sense to you. Sometimes I am horrible at getting my thoughts to paper, or in this case a computer.
Has anyone else watched The Crown yet? What do you think of the show?
So Cat and I are at it again 😂🤦♀️ Along with our Back to Hogwarts Reread we decided to start a Kingdom of Ash read-along. We decided we need the emotional support of a buddy read. We will read a chapter a day (we will see if we can stick to that) and on Sundays do a weekly wrap up of our feelings and such on the chapters we have read that week. As always we will remain SPOILER FREE! I will leave comments open to spoiler talk. So if you haven’t read the book yet don’t read the comment section.
If you want to read along with us (it’s ok if you already started) tag us in your posts and stories on Instagram and use the hashtag #KingdomofAshReadalong so we can see your progress.
My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.
Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.
Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?
Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.
This was my first Kate Morton read. I will definitely be picking up more of her work. This was such a magical read. Kate does a great job keeping you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next.
The characters were well written and so was the atmosphere. I could actual picture myself standing with them as they went on their way throughout the story.
Elodie…oh Elodie. I want her job. She works for a company cataloging historical artifacts. Ugh what a dream job! I really do not have anything bad to say about any of the characters. Even the not so nice ones.
My only complaint is that I had trouble keeping up with the stories sometimes. Kate Morton goes back and forth between past and present and between multiple story lines. Sometimes not staying in order. So it got a bit confusing. Other than that it was an enjoyable read for sure. definitely not a genre I pick up often. It is categorized as Historical Fiction. I always thought of Historical Fiction as a story based off a true event and/or person but fictionalized. As far as I know this isn’t based off any true person or event. I would have just catagorized this as Adult Fiction in my own personal opinion.
Hey there! I have been dying to re-read the Harry Potter series…again! When I messaged my sister from another misses about it she wanted to re-read them also. So Cat and I made a plan! We decided to read one book a month (well the first two books are small enough we will read both those in November) that way we can read other books as well.
We will be using the hashtag #BacktoHogwartsReRead on both Instagram and Twitter so keep track of our journey. Feel free to join us. Tag us in posts so we can see your journey as well. I will link at the end all out IG and Twitter pages.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
If anything is to change schedule wise we will let you know. I am so excited to not only re-read the series but to be doing it with my best friend/sister! I also plan on re-watching the movie after I finish the book. Because one can never get enough of Harry Potter!
I always thought the idea of banning books was and still is insane. If you don’t like the content of a book just don’t read it. But in all honesty the reasons people come up with to ban a book are just as insane! I own a lot of books that have been banned, burned and/or challenged. I am going to list them and show the reasons.
Challenged as appropriate reading for Oakland, CA High School honors class (1984) due to the work’s “sexual and social explicitness” and its “troubling ideas about race relations, man’s relationship to God, African history, and human sexuality.” After nine months of haggling and delays, a divided Oakland Board of Education gave formal approval for the book’s use.
Rejected for purchase by the Hayward, CA school’s trustee (1985) because of “rough language” and “explicit sex scenes.”
Removed from the open shelves of the Newport News, VA school library (1986) because of its “profanity and sexual references” and placed in a special section accessible only to students over the age of 18 or who have written permission from a parent. Challenged at the public libraries of Saginaw, MI (1989) because it was “too sexually graphic for a 12-year-old.”
Challenged as a summer youth program reading assignment in Chattanooga, TN (1989) because of its language and “explicitness.”
Challenged as an optional reading assigned in Ten Sleep, WY schools (1990).
Challenged as a reading assignment at the New Burn, NC High School (1992) because the main character is raped by her stepfather.
Banned in the Souderton, PA Area School District (1992) as appropriate reading for 10th graders because it is “smut.” Challenged on the curricular reading list at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, CT (1995) because sexually explicit passages aren’t appropriate high school reading.
Retained as an English course reading assignment in the Junction City, OR high school (1995) after a challenge to Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel caused months of controversy. Although an alternative assignment was available, the book was challenged due to “inappropriate language, graphic sexual scenes, and book’s negative image of black men.”
Challenged at the St. Johns County Schools in St. Augustine, FL (1995). Retained on the Round Rock, TX Independent High School reading list (1996) after a challenge that the book was too violent.
Challenged, but retained, as part of the reading list for Advanced Placement English classes at Northwest High Schools in High Point, NC (1996). The book was challenged because it is “sexually graphic and violent.”
Removed from the Jackson County, WV school libraries (1997) along with sixteen other titles. Challenged, but retained as part of a supplemental reading list at the Shawnee School in Lima, OH (1999). Several parents described its content as vulgar and “X-rated.”
Removed from the Ferguson High School library in Newport News, VA (1999). Students may request and borrow the book with parental approval.
Challenged, along with seventeen other titles in the Fairfax County, VA elementary and secondary libraries (2002), by a group called Parents Against Bad Books in Schools. The group contends the books “contain profanity and descriptions of drug abuse, sexually explicit conduct, and torture.”
Challenged in Burke County (2008) schools in Morganton, NC by parents concerned about the homosexuality, rape, and incest portrayed in the book
Banned as obscene in France (1956-1959), in England (1955-59), in Argentina (1959), and in New Zealand (1960). The South African Directorate of Publications announced on November 27, 1982, that Lolita has been taken off the banned list, eight years after a request for permission to market the novel in paperback had been refused.
Challenged at the Marion-Levy Public Library System in Ocala, FL (2006). The Marion County commissioners voted to have the county attorney review the novel that addresses the themes of pedophilia and incest, to determine if it meets the state law’s definition of “unsuitable for minors.”
Challenged in many communities, but burned in Drake, ND (1973).
Banned in Rochester, MI because the novel “contains and makes references to religious matters” and thus fell within the ban of the establishment clause. An appellate court upheld its usage in the school in Todd v Rochester Community Schools, 41 Mich. App. 320, 200 N. W 2d 90 (1972).
Banned in Levittown, NY (1975), North Jackson, OH (1979), and Lakeland, FL (1982) because of the “book’s explicit sexual scenes, violence, and obscene language.”
Barred from purchase at the Washington Park High School in Racine, WI (1984) by the district administrative assistant for instructional services.
Challenged at the Owensboro, KY High School library (1985) because of “foul language, a section depicting a picture of an act of bestiality, a reference to ‘Magic Fingers’ attached to the protagonist’s bed to help him sleep, and the sentence: ‘The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the fly of God Almighty.”‘
Restricted to students who have parental permission at the four Racine, WI Unified District high school libraries (1986) because of “language used in the book, depictions of torture, ethnic slurs, and negative portrayals of women.”
Challenged at the LaRue County, KY High School library (1987) because “the book contains foul language and promotes deviant sexual behavior.”
Retained on the Round Rock, TX Independent High School reading list (1996) after a challenge that the book was too violent.
Challenged as an eleventh grade summer reading option in Prince William County, VA (1998) because the book “was rife with profanity and explicit sex:”
Removed as required reading for sophomores at the Coventry, RI High School (2000) after a parent complained that it contains vulgar language, violent imagery, and sexual content.
Retained on the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 reading list in Arlington Heights, IL (2006), along with eight other challenged titles. A board member, elected amid promises to bring her Christian beliefs into all board decision-making, raised the controversy based on excerpts from the books she’d found on the internet.
Challenged in the Howell, MI High School (2007) because of the book’s strong sexual content. In response to a request from the president of the Livingston Organization for Values in Education, or LOVE, the county’s top law enforcement official reviewed the books to see whether laws against distribution of sexually explicit materials to minors had been broken. “After reading the books in question, it is clear that the explicit passages illustrated a larger literary, artistic or political message and were not included solely to appeal to the prurient interests of minors,” the county prosecutor wrote. “Whether these materials are appropriate for minors is a decision to be made by the school board, but I find that they are not in violation of criminal laws.”
Challenged in the Jackson County, FL (1981) because Orwell’s novel is “pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter.”
A Wisconsin survey revealed in 1963 that the John Birch Society had challenged the novel’s use; it objected to the words “masses will revolt.” In 1968, the New York State English Council’s Committee on Defense Against Censorship conducted a comparable study in New York State English classrooms. Its findings identified the novel on its list of “problem books”; the reason cited was that “Orwell was a communist.”
Suppressed from being displayed at the 1977 Moscow, Russia International Book Fair.
A survey of censorship challenges in the schools, conducted in DeKalb County for the period of 1979 to 1982, revealed that the novel had been objected to for its political theories.
Banned from Bay County’s four middle schools and three high schools in Panama City, FL by the Bay County school superintendent in 1987. After 44 parents filed a suit against the district claiming that its instructional aids policy denies constitutional rights, the Bay County School Board reinstated the book, along with sixty-four others banned.
Banned from schools in the United Arab Emirates, along with 125 others in 2002. The Ministry of Education banned it on the grounds that it contains written or illustrated material that contradicts Islamic and Arab values—in this text, pictures of alcoholic drinks, pigs, and other “indecent images.”
All my information came from the American Library Association. There are a ton more classics listed in there as well as other categories you can look through.
Now I do get that these books are not for all ages. I sure as shit wouldn’t let me Elementary aged kids read them. But I would let them read them as they got older. Books like these are great for discussions and learning. The world is far from Utopian. The languages used in certain books pertain to the time periods it was written in or goes along with the content. Does it mean it will turn kids (people) bad? Umm NO! As long as you raise your kids right and teach them and talk to them about everything then you shouldn’t have a problem. So go out there and read, read, read! Read everything!
It has been insane since my last Catch Up Sunday post. Been working my ass off. There was one week I worked 7 straight shifts. And as a CNA (nurse assistant) that is NOT an easy task.
Life has not been all that exciting here. Just work, sleep, read when I can. Watch a movie. Contemplating life 😂 I tend to think way too much. I still struggle with focusing on the present and not the far future. I just hate not knowing where I am going. Maybe it’s because at 37 (had a birthday last weekend) I feel like I should already be where I want to be. Not stuck at the beginning.
But anyway enough with the pity party.
Yesterday was the first day of Fall/Autumn!!! 🍁🍂 I am so dang excited! Just wish I was either back in Michigan or in Oregon. Oklahoma doesn’t seem to understand season changes 🙄
This weekend I am just relaxing with my daughter. Speaking of my daughter, Taylor, Friday a note was sent home in her school agenda stating that she ranked top 10 in her grade (she’s 6 and in the 1st grade) and they want to put her in the gifted and talented program 😊😊😊😊 I am so damn proud of that girl! Also here in the USA they have a reading test (at least its in Oklahoma. Not sure if it’s a nationwide thing) called the DIBBLES test. Benchmark scores for 1st grade is in the low 500s. Taylor tested in the mid 700s! Eeeekkkk! I am one happy momma!!!!!
Taylor and I yesterday
Today, Taylor and I are just going to kick back and relax. We do need to run to the store for milk and ice cream. Then its just reading, movies, popcorn and ice cream kind of day! Hope everyone has an amazing Sunday.
CURRENTLY READING UPDATE:
I am currently buddy reading Jurassic Park with my BFF Sophia ( Instagram Page Shes great! Go check her out).
I am also starting my reread of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I have missed this series and wanted to get re-familiar with it before the last book is released. I am so sad to see it ending. My sister from another mother and fellow History Geek partner, Cat, started her reread already and just finished book 3. Check out her Blog and Instagram for all the details of her reread. Plus she’s just awesome anyway!
I decided to add some new stuff to my blog soon. Change it up a bit. On Tuesdays it will be True Crime day. I will post about a a killer, a book or an unsolved crime. #truecrimetuesday. On Fridays I will be doing history facts. #historyfactfriday. It will be a wide range of history. I just love both those subjects and want to talk about them more. Make this more of just a book review blog. That tends to get boring after a while. That will all probably start in November. But in the mean time you can check out snippets of true crime, history and of course loads of book pictures on my Instagram page!
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?
Oh Mr. King…..I think he writes fantastic crime novels. Throwing in that hint of paranormal gives it a good twists.
So this book started out strong. Very dark and disturbing. A horrific murder happens, then BOOM! A WTF moment not even halfway into the book. The killing of a main character less than 200 pages in made me a little mad.
I did enjoy the paranormal, out of this world part. I haven’t read many sci-fi books but it sure makes me want to read more (so recommend me some good sci-fi books in the comments).
Another thing that drove me a bit nuts is the spoiler for the Bill Hodges Trilogy he wrote. I know King likes to connect his books in one way or another but….I feel like if this book is suppose to be a stand alone than make it that. I am not one to bitch too much about spoilers. This one didn’t bother me because even though I had not read the last book in the BH trilogy I already knew what happened to Bill at the end. But I know it would have pissed a lot of people off. I’m good with intertwining characters but maybe figure out a way to not include the spoiler since its suppose to be a stand alone.
Ok last complaint…that ending 🤷♀️ wtf? Sorry but worst ending to any Stephen King book I have read so far. It was sloppy, boring and was just too easy. I almost felt like he got tired of writing this book and just wanted it to end. Well Mr King if you wouldn’t ramble about nonsense in so many books just to get high page numbers maybe you wouldn’t get so bored. Just saying. That ending just pissed me off to no end.
I know I am probably going to piss a lot of King fans off but oh fucking well. I have been a King fan since I was around the age of 13ish (I am now 36) so I feel like I’ve been around long enough to tell him how it is! 😂 Over the years I have slowly just started loosing interest in reading his books. Makes me sad. I still plan to read them here and there. I still call myself a fan, maybe not as big of a fan as I use to be. I am thinking of reading ‘Salem’s Lot next. Maybe in October for a spooky read.